The community has taken up a collection for Sunlands laid off employees


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Marnee Stratton stood at the beginning of a line, placing bars of soap in empty boxes that were passed to her Thursday morning. Stratton was part of a volunteer assembly line that packed the boxes with household essentials to distribute to the 100 laid-off workers from the Sunland […]

Events calendar – Oct. 25

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Saturday 13th annual fall atlatl competition — 10 a.m., Blackwater Draw Site. The […]

Police blotter — Oct. 25

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:  Wednesday Caller reported: • 8:23 a.m.: Welfare check, East Amazon and Kilgore. • 8:57 a.m.: Welfare check, 400 block of North Avenue K. • 9:31 a.m.: Welfare check, 500 block of South Avenue A. • 9:54 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident no injuries, 42000 block of U.S. 70. • […]

Government meddling not helping

When judging whether you should do more of something, or even continue to do it at all, a necessary step is to look at the results your actions have produced so far. After more than a century of government schooling —“public education” — illiteracy is at crisis levels in America. Another century of letting government […]

Peyton Manning sets standard for excellence

In Peyton Manning’s first year with the Denver Broncos, he was selected to his 12th Pro Bowl. This season, after seven games, he had thrown 25 touchdown passes and had the highest quarterback rating in the NFL. At 37, he’s still arguably the best player at the most difficult position in football. He achieved hall […]

Constitution requires equal treatment

The escalating movement toward equal marriage rights for all had another date with history this week. The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments on whether the state constitution allows for marriage between same-gender couples. The argument by supporters of gay marriage is tied to New Mexico’s Equal Rights Amendment, which requires equal […]

Gallery is local art staple

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Art Department intern Betsi Ordonez Santos refreshes the Runnels Gallery guest book to prepare for a new exhibit that started Wednesday featuring the works of Santa Fe artist Patricia Pearce.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University’s Runnels Gallery in the Golden Library has been an art staple in the community, not just at the university. The space provides a home for a variety of artwork to be shared with students and the community, and features an array of artists that […]

ENM Water Authority: Delays costly

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer During an hour-long meeting Wednesday morning, members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority looked at the next step for the pipeline project, while briefly bemoaning some of the delays in current steps. The authority agreed to a few contractual matters on the construction of the intake […]

RCCDC director search going slowly

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Community Development Corp.’s biggest task is looking for a new economic development director, according to former director and current Portales City Manager Doug Redmond. He said applications will be accepted through Nov. 10. The position pays $65,000 to $70,000, depending on the applicant’s experience. The […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt General Hospital Board: Oct. 24

CEO Larry Leaming reported the following from Tuesday’s Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting: CEO Larry Leaming introduced Dr. Praveen Chava and Dr. Vineela Lavu and Chief Nursing Officer Anne Carey as the newest members of the RGH medical staff. Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens presented financial statements that said operating revenue for August and September […]

Regulators endorse prairie chicken plan

Staff and wire report Federal wildlife regulators endorsed Wednesday a voluntary conservation plan for the lesser prairie chicken drafted by five states where the rare grouse is found. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endorsement is an important step toward protecting the species and minimizing the economic impacts of […]

State fishing report — Oct. 24

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 […]

My Turn: Curious Chris ‘edu-tains’ locals

Betty Williamson

For 15 years, Chris Harrell taught elementary students in Portales and Clovis, reinforcing lessons with clever original songs performed on guitar, harmonica and jug band instruments. When he retired in May from Bella Vista Arts Academy in Clovis, Chris happily closed his grade book and waved farewell to “all the hoopla that goes along with […]

Events calendar — Oct. 24

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. October Family Night — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Singing scientist Chris Harrell will present “Symbols of Enchantment: The Music and Science of New Mexico’s State Symbols.” A book giveaway for children will […]

Police blotter — Oct. 24

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller reported: • 9:46 a.m.: Animal complaint, 42000 block of U.S. 70. • 9:53 a.m.: Welfare check, 900 block of East Canadian. • 9:54 a.m.: Missing person, 400 block of North Avenue B. • 10:55 a.m.: Welfare check, 900 block of East Canadian. • 10:58 a.m.: Animal […]

Elida, Dora post volleyball wins

CLOVIS — The Elida Lady Tigers cruised to a 25-7, 25-5, 25-15 District 2-B vollyball win over Clovis Christian on Tuesday night. Elida also won the junior high preliminary from the Lady Eagles 26-28, 25-18, 15-9. The Lady Tigers (17-1, 6-0 district) close out the regular season with home district matches against San Jon on […]

Lady Rams sweep Ruidoso

Todd Fuqua: Ruidoso Free Press
Portales' Simone Lauren tips the ball over the block of Ruidoso's Isa Lindsey, middle, and Andi Harrelson on Tuesday in Ruidoso.

CMI staff RUIDOSO — Portales pulled away in the third game Tuesday night on the road to keep control of the District 4-3A volleyball race. Senior outside hitter Kristen Wagner had a solid all-around effort with 18 kills, four blocks and 13 digs as the Lady Rams cruised to a 25-14, 25-21, 25-17 victory over […]

Portales couple carries on family tradition of grinding own red chile powder


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer For the last 37 years, Corrine Gonzales goes through a day-long process of cutting, toasting and grinding red chiles. The year supply produces about eight to 10 large jars of chile powder, about the amount her family can consume in a year. It’s a tradition she inherited from […]

ENMU hopes self-imposed penalties enough

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has asked for, and expects, severe punishments for more than 100 self-reported eligibility violations that span nearly every sport the Division-II school offers. The university’s athletic department is working on a supplemental report about 113 violations discovered with 386 student-athlete files reviewed. Athletic Director […]

Sunland considered Chapter 11 filing first

By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor More documents filed recently in the Sunland bankruptcy case indicate the defunct peanut processor spent weeks planning a Chapter 11 reorganization before deciding to shut it down and seek Chapter 7 protection. Other filings in federal bankruptcy court indicate at least two of Sunland’s three major creditors believe […]