Zias blow out Lady Mustangs

ENMU media relations: Joshua Lucero
ENMU junior Tori Tucker looks to push the ball ahead on a fast break during the Zias’ 75-36 blowout of University of the Southwest on Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. Tucker finished with 12 points and a season-best 17 rebounds.

CMI staff The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team dominated University of the Southwest on Tuesday, and it was certainly a team effort. Junior forward Tori Tucker posted her first double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds and sophomore guard Jaylyn Cooper also had 12 points, a season high, as the Zias crushed the […]

Tuesday area prep basketball summaries — Dec. 3

Boys Floyd 74, Clovis freshmen 30 Clovis freshmen — Merit Gran 3, Ethan Davis 5, Shannon Davis 2, Lane Kellog 7, Marcy Hamarodo 3, Tylar Damman 10. Totals 10 9-15 30. Floyd (2-0) — W.T. Whitecotton 15, Laneith Chenault 6, Lane Wallace 6, Jose Torres 7, Rigo Navarro 8, Jonathan Diaz 6, Tanner Essary 4, […]

City meetings watch

The following took place Tuesday night at the Portales City Council meeting: • Public Works Director John DeSha gave an update on the U.S. 70 reconstruction project. DeSha said the project should be complete by March 2014 and that workers are in the process of finishing in the downtown area. DeSha said a smaller crew […]

Magistrate courthouse funding reviewed

PNT staff Representatives from RBC Capital Markets, LLC gave an informational presentation on the funding options for the proposed Magistrate County Courthouse on Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting. The proposed 10,800 square foot building will cost $3.3 million, and will be built into the back of the current Roosevelt County Detention Center. RBC […]

Gallegos new police chief


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As a teenager, Pat Gallegos never thought he’d become a police officer, never mind the police chief of the community he grew up in. During Tuesday’s city council meeting, , City Manager Doug Redmond announced Gallegos, 37, has been promoted from acting chief to chief. Gallegos was hired […]

Still investigating vet supply fire

CNJ staff The cause of a Sunday fire that destroyed Muleshoe Vet Supply and Animal Clinic is still under investigation, according to Muleshoe Fire Marshal Benny Parker. Parker said the fire’s point of origin has been narrowed to a heater closet in one of the offices in the building, and that the nature of the […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission

The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commissioner’s Meeting. • Erik Harrigan, vice president of RBC Capital Markets, presented options for financing the construction of the Magistrate Court Project. This was an informational item, and no action was taken by the commission. • David Casanova, Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova reported a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 4

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday 7:33 a.m.: Animal complaint, Hickory and Avenue I. 7:41 a.m.: Animal complaint, 800 block of West 17th Street. 8:11 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block of South Roosevelt Road R. 8:58 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, private property, 900 block of North Avenue O. 9:29 a.m.: Animal […]

Forever families

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Kayla Strachan, 7, jumps and releases her last balloon Tuesday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse, celebrating her adoption at the National Adoption Day ceremony.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kayla Nevaeh Beaman sat restlessly on Sharon Strachan’s lap. The 7-year-old wore pink from head to toe, her hair tied with ribbon curls. Kayla had anxiously waited for Tuesday too long, her parents said, so when her name was finally called by 9th Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer […]

Aha moment comes just in time

The extra load from taking just one class these last few months has been worth it. In my back to school chronicles, I noticed that the kind of student I am hasn’t changed but my desires have. We’re destined to be students are entire lives, but the institutional aspect of education isn’t for everyone. I, […]

Supreme Court critics should shift focus to kids

Last week a state district court judge threw out a wrong-headed challenge to the new state teacher evaluations that finally put student achievement front and center. It was the second such loss by opponents in as many years. The Supreme Court rejected a similar challenge last year. Can we move forward now and try to […]

Conditions for discharge misused

Navy Department medical personnel are misusing an administrative separation authority called “Condition Not A Disability” on many sailors and Marines whose medical conditions should be screened through the disability evaluation system, an advocate for wounded warriors is charging. “The use of administrative discharges for conditions that require DES (disability evaluation system) processing simply has to […]

Yes, they are Christmas movies

Everybody has their favorite Christmas movies, and the reasons they’re so special. You know the lines by heart. • “And may God bless us, every one.” • “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” • “You’ll shoot your eye out.” And then there are the ones I treasure: • “Now I have […]

Events calendar — Dec. 4

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Home on the Range” will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Tweens’ choice. Open to students in grades 4-6. Information: 356-3940. Thursday Student Composition Recital — 2 p.m., ENMU’s Buchanan Hall […]

Extended cold snap on way

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico is headed for a deep freeze later this week as temperatures are expected to dip below freezing for an extended period. National Weather Service Meteorologist Christopher Luckett said Wednesday’s high temperature is expected to hit 60 degrees, but will only peak at 27 degrees Thursday. […]

Zias basketball capsule —Dec. 3

University of the Southwest (1-3) at ENMU (1-5) When: 6:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: none. Last time out: The Lady Mustangs lost at New Mexico Highlands 83-64 on Nov. 21. The Zias posted their first win of the season on Saturday, downing Oklahoma Panhandle State 73-66 at Greyhound Arena in their home opener. […]

Two horses die in fire at Muleshoe clinic


By Eric Norwood and Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITERS Two horses and five or six dogs and cats were killed in a fire Sunday night that gutted Muleshoe Animal Clinic and Vet Supply, according to co-owner Steve Kennedy. There were no workers at the facility at the time of the fire and no human injuries […]

Holiday sales please retailers

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Clovis residents welcomed the holiday shopping season with open arms over the weekend as many area businesses experienced steady business thanks to Thanksgiving sales. Area shoppers were out in force for the newly dubbed Gray Thursday, as well as the usual Black Friday shopping. North Plains Mall General […]

My Turn: Songs have way of making us happy

How many times have I sung this song? I can’t begin to imagine. How many times have you sung the ABC’s or the Star Spangled Banner? Like so many grand gospel songs, this one was embedded in my heart long before I could read the words, and certainly before the shaped notes meant anything to […]

Santa Claus gig suits him fine

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Portales Animal Control employee Adam Aguilar, right, is already in the holiday spirit, giving away candy canes to records clerk Nora Navarrete at the Portales Police Department on Monday. Aguilar will dress as Santa Claus for the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop program, which will be giving out toys Dec. 21st at the Memorial Building.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales Animal Control officer Adam Aguilar will play Santa Claus this year as part of the Portales Police Department’s Operation Santa Cop. The program is entering its 15th year. Aguilar, a Portales native, volunteered for the position, and will be dressed as Santa Claus, complete with sleigh […]