Escapes trouble county

Portales News-Tribune: File photo
The hole allegedly torn in the roof by Stephen Phillips and Ruben Lozano at the Roosevelt County Detention Center in June.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Two jail breaks with inmates using almost the same techniques to break through the roof earlier this year bring stepped up security at the Roosevelt County Detention Center in 2013. The jail will be receiving a new $57,000 roof from cash accumulated for housing inmates from other counties. [...]

Legislators eye marriage amendment

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Several local Republican lawmakers plan to support a proposed constitutional amendment that could render marriage between gay and lesbian couples illegal. State Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, plans to introduce a statewide constitutional amendment at the upcoming January legislative session that would define marriage as between a man and a [...]

Food science could become necessary evil — Baxter Black

Baxter Black

According to a food scientist at the University of Arizona, more than 100,000 plant and animal varieties have become endangered over the last quarter century. In addition, it is commonly believed that only about 100 species of crops and livestock provide most of the food in the world. His interest is in reviving these endangered [...]

Police blotter — Dec. 29

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday: • 12:21 a.m.: Traffic stop, 1100 block of Chicago Avenue. • 12:29 a.m.: Traffic stop, Avenue B and University Drive. • 4:11 a.m.: Fire/Regular response, 800 block of South Roosevelt Road. • 4:41 a.m.: Ambulance requested,1500 block of South Avenue G. • 9:14 a.m.: Welfare [...]

Events calendar — Dec. 29

Today New Year’s Dance- La Casa Senior Center, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., tickets are $5.00 per person. Dance includes raffle and a live band. Information: Linda Uttaro at 356-5056.  

PHS girls reach title game

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — The Portales Lady Rams will be in their third tournament final of the month tonight. Sophomores Sheraya Cox and Kambrey Blakey combined for 31 points on Friday night and PHS knocked off host Littlefield 46-34 in a semifinal game of the Wildcat Classic. Portales (10-1) will face Claude, Wellington or Snyder [...]

Rams reach Littlefield consolation title game

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — After a tough one-point loss to Farwell in Thursday’s opening round of the Wildcat Classic, Portales’ boys bounced back with a strong performance on Friday. The Rams dominated Whitharral 64-40 and whipped Friona 52-37 in consolation bracket play to earn a final game in the tournament at 1 p.m. (MST) today [...]

Lady ‘Cats cruise into title game

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis junior Nichelle Hyman battles a Sandia player for a offensive rebound in the first half of Friday night’s game at Rock Staubus Gym.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Even Clovis High girls coach Jeff Reed is ready for a bit of a challenge. The Lady Wildcats certainly didn’t get that in two games on Friday in the Plateau Holiday Classic at The Rock, blowing out Amarillo Caprock 67-22 before overwhelming Sandia 63-9 and holding the Matadors to just one [...]

Clovis rides outside shooting to title game

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis guard Marquese Gaither drives down the baseline after getting by Abilene Hawks defender  Allen Martin in the first quarter Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Gaither scored 11 of his career-high 21 points in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ 86-54 win.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com The basketball adage goes that shooting 40 percent from behind the 3-point line is just as good as shooting 60 percent inside it. Shoot around 60 percent from behind the arc? You’re definitely going to the championship for the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic. That’s where the Clovis Wildcats are going, after [...]

Never too late to follow your dreams

Some of our Facebook friends agreed to share their greatest accomplishment in 2013. Here are some of the answers: Taking a job that happens to take me out of New Mexico, and yet still finding ways to celebrate the people and culture of the Land of Enchantment. Jason W Brooks At 61 yrs old I [...]