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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

State official: Clovis ideal location for veteran cemetery

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services held a town hall meeting Tuesday in Clovis to discuss a proposed initiative to build veteran cemeteries in rural New Mexico. NMDVS Secretary Timothy Hale was joined by Lt. Gov. John Sanchez to present the State Veterans Cemetery Initiative, which is […]

My Turn — Biopic pays homage to childhood

If I had one cassette that couldn’t be snatched from my hands and that always stayed in the tape deck of my mother’s car, it was TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool album. I loved “Waterfalls.” I knew Lisa Left Eye Lopes’ verse by heart, even if I messed up the words with what I thought I […]

‘Hot coffee’ lawsuit longest U.S. game of ‘Telephone’

“The bigger the lie, the more they believe.” — Detective William “Bunk” Moreland, “The Wire” It’s been more than 20 years since an Albuquerque woman spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee on herself and was awarded millions by a jury in the most famous example of egregiously frivolous lawsuits. Well, that’s the version in one […]

Events calendar — Oct. 23

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Color Me a Story” will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Teens’ choice. Open to students in grades 7-12. Information: […]

Police blotter — Oct. 23

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:  Monday Caller reported: • 7:31 a.m.: Officer requested, First Street and Main Avenue. • 8:14 a.m.: Motorist assist, Second Street. • 8:37 a.m.: Follow-up request, 400 block of South Roosevelt Road U. • 9:42 a.m.: Alarm activation, 800 block of South Dallas. • 10:13 a.m.: Traffic stop, Avenue […]

Buckner made world a better place

He left the world a better place. I know, it’s trite. But the truth is John Crawford Buckner left the world a better place. He grew from a boy who never wanted for a meal to a man who dedicated a lot of his time and money making sure fewer Americans go hungry. The guy […]

Meetings watch: Portales schools

The following took place at the Portales schools Board of Education meeting Monday night: • The board recognized Shauna Smith for being named the NMGRADS new teacher of the year and Mark Gallegos for being named the New Mexico Activities Association’s Athletic Director “Rookie of the Year.” • Portales High School teacher Franklin Smith addressed […]

Communty program addresses dangers of teen impaired driving


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Melvin Nusser said in the 12 years he’s been principal at Portales High School, he’s thankful that none of his students have died in an accident caused by drinking and driving. He hopes that will remain unchanged through awareness brought to his students and the school’s community through […]

Hounds look to build on back-to-back road wins

CMI staff Now that Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is on a mini-winning streak, second-year coach Josh Lynn is hoping the Greyhounds can take it to the next level. ENMU (3-3, 1-1 LSC) has won its last two games — on the road, no less — and returns to Blackwater Draw for a 3 […]

PHS squads split against Robertson

CMI staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams got a bit of a lift Monday as they try to earn a state Class 1A-3A playoff berth. Senior Brandon Gomez and sophomore Christian Martinez each scored a pair of goals as the Rams defeated Las Vegas Robertson 5-2 in non-district play. The Rams (7-9) close […]

Zias notch team title in Texas Tech rodeo

CMI staff LUBBOCK — Led by junior Keely Weger, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team captured first place in the Texas Tech rodeo over the weekend. Weger, from Mead, Okla., was the women’s all-around winner in the event as the Zias scored 320 points to 290 for host and runnerup Texas Tech. The […]