House finch a delight in color and sound

Larry Brock: Courtesy photo
Males with the brightest feathers are highest in social rank among house finches.

By Tony Gennaro PNT Outdoors columnist Have you noticed a bird with red feathers on the head and breast in your yard? If so, you were observing a male house finch, a beautiful bird that is with us year-round. In addition to a show of color, the male announces the arrival of spring by uttering […]

War by any name is still war

Let’s imagine a world where you are the ruler of a town. All the people in your town are encouraged to get all their news and information from people connected to you. There are plenty of other sources of information, but the people have been convinced the news they get from “official sources” is more […]

Obama must do more to earn Congress’ nod

— Albuquerque Journal If President Barack Obama is to win the congressional buy-in he seeks for military action in Syria, he and his team need to do a better job of laying out our strategic objectives and what the U.S. stands to gain by intervening. Using chemical weapons — there is little doubt that has […]

Military life is what you make of it


It is 11:30 p.m. on a Friday night at Incirlik Air Base Turkey. I have just received an e-mail informing me I have permanent change-of-station orders. My wife cannot control her excitement. I am doing my best to hide my own. We decide to wait until Monday morning to learn our fate. After 10 minutes […]

Q&A: ENMU athlete encouraged by famous brother

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball player Nelsha Peterson runs a drill during individual workouts at Greyhound Arena on Wednesday. Peterson is entering her sophomore year after averaging seven points and four rebounds a game last season.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer When young athletes get the opportunity to attend a university and play sports, it can be an exciting and frightening experience. Luckily for Nelsha Peterson, a sophomore basketball player at Eastern New Mexico University, she has a few good role models guiding her in her father Nelson […]

Zias hope to change fortunes

CMI staff PORTALES — Sia Poyer knows Eastern New Mexico University well, having graduated from the school and served as an assistant volleyball coach for 14 years. Poyer, who has spent the past eight seasons at Valdosta (Ga.) State, is determined to get the Zias back on track. His work is definitely cut out. Since […]

ENMU hires third baseball coach in 22 years

CMI staff David Gomez, an assistant coach at Alcorn State University for the last four years, was hired Tuesday as Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball coach, according to a school press release. Gomez will be just the third coach in the program’s 22-year history. He takes over for Chris Terry, who left in August to […]

Joining in harmony

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Choir participants play a name game to get to know one another better as they warm up for their first rehearsal.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Heather Vest said the best thing about directing Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir is that all of her participants are excited to be there. It’s certainly the case for 10-year-old Emma Lazara of Clovis because no matter where she lives in the country, music is the one universal […]

Portales police chief resigns

PNT staff Portales Chief of Police Doug Jones is resigning after less than one year at his position, according to Portales City Manager Doug Redmond. Redmond said Jones, who has been with the department since November, was not asked to resign. Redmond, in his second month as city manager, said he requested a meeting with […]

Fishing Report — Sept. 5

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake — We had no reports […]