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 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 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 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 […]