Christmas special, different

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer For Dianne Parker, Portales city council member, Christmas has always been a very special time for her family. Parker’s youngest daughter was due on Christmas day, but was born more than a week late, and two of her grandchildren were born only a few days after Christmas. “Just […]

Empty Stocking wrap: Charity fund sees shortfall

CNJ STAFF A group of large donations that helped the Salvation Army reach fundraising goals for the Empty Stocking Fund last year have not so far materialized for 2013. Donations were at $5,895 on Tuesday, significantly down from $13,800 received by last Christmas Eve. Lynn Berry, community relations manager for Clovis Media Inc., said a […]

Stuffing your stocking with ideas — Kevin Wilson

I file this column knowing this might be the most least-read thing I do all year. It’s like when Rick Reilly wrote the column on the back page of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. I could write a cure for cancer, and nobody would catch it. Still, we forge ahead. Today I present not a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 25

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Saturday • 12:02 a.m.: Domestic Violence Order violation report, 1200 block West Hickory Street. • 12:45 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 800 block West 14th Street. • 2 a.m.: Premise check, 600 block West 16th Street. • 2:07 a.m.: Premise check, 700 block South Avenue B. • 2:10 a.m.: Premise […]

Events calendar — Dec. 25

Today Community Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., El Rancho in Portales. Information: 359-9118. To add an event, contact Lillian Bowe at 356-4481 or e-mail

My Turn: Music transports to holidays past — Sandy Fields

Kenny Loggins comes on the radio singing “Celebrate Me Home,” and I get tears in my eyes. It’s a Christmas tradition I apparently have no control over. It makes no sense. The lyrics seem to be about someone longing to be home with loved ones, though he’s on the road. I’m right here in my […]

Christmas Is Only As Strong As Its Weakest Link — Curtis K. Shelburne

By Curtis K. Shelburne I don’t usually think of Christmas and chains as going together, unless I’m reading about the ponderously-chained Ghost of Christmas Past who so terrorized old Ebenezer Scrooge! But I believe this to be true: Christmas is a “chain” which is only as strong as its weakest link. If Christmas deals only […]

New deputy no stranger to Portales


By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer A new face of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department, Deputy James Beatty, 28, is not a stranger to Portales. Beatty, born and raised in Roswell,  went to New Mexico State University for his education, but found the second largest city in New Mexico too big. Transferring to Eastern […]

New clerk appointed

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Ninth Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer swears in DeAun Searl as Roosevelt County’s new county clerk Monday. The seat became vacant Friday after former Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned in protest because issuing same-sex marriage licenses conflicted with her personal and religious beliefs.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission grudgingly filled the county clerk position Monday that was vacated last week in protest to New Mexico becoming the 17th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages. During an emergency meeting Monday, commissioners expressed their disappointment with state Supreme Court’s ruling but felt […]

Empty Stocking Fund

• Today’s focus: Family G • Household members: 4 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: The father’s hours at work have been cut, plus they are struggling to pay medical bills and have no insurance. Also, one of the children’s birthday is in December. • Needs: Boy age 5 — wants anything, but would especially […]