Better to have small pension than no pension at all

While there are those public retirees who undoubtedly will feel the New Mexico Supreme Court delivered them a lump of coal this holiday season, all should realize that it’s better to receive a pension than to be stuck with one that’s two sizes too small. Or none at all. That’s the bottom line of the […]

Capital outlay can work wonders with proper oversight

Sen. Pete Campos

New Mexico’s haphazard process of annually awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to state agencies, and to city, county and tribal governments, for special projects wastes tax dollars on projects that are not ready to be built, are not integrated into an overall plan, cannot be properly maintained or will not be managed by a […]

More things for me to fail at in 2014

Wendel Sloan

In 2013 I only kept one of my 10 New Year’s resolutions — to stop being civil and dive head-first into mud-wrestling with truculent (quick to argue or fight) people. Not only was it a great stress-reliever, but it did wonders for my complexion. With a .100 batting average, I hesitate to step up to […]

Focus on spill reeks of grandstanding

The Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill is a big problem — a federal one the Air Force says it is addressing. New Mexico’s junior congressional representative, Michelle Lujan Grisham, recently said the massive underground spill should be the delegation’s “No. 1 priority.” She is calling for more independent oversight and accountability of efforts […]

Love everyone, whatever you advocate

Kent McManigal

I love people. If you had known me 15 years ago, that would sound like a shocking statement coming from me. But that was before a few things changed in my life to bring out the best in me. Within a period of a few months I discovered there is a name for how I […]

Hounds hang on late to beat Hardrockers

CMI staff RAPID CITY, S.D. — Senior forward Cornelius Cammock registered Eastern New Mexico University’s first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Greyhounds used an early 15-0 run to outlast South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 68-63 on Wednesday in the Hardrockers’ New Year’s Basketball Bash. ENMU (5-5) […]

PHS cheerleaders raising money for national meet

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Meghan Urevig participates in a jumping competition last month at Portales High School.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales High School cheerleaders say they live for the thrill of competing and are working toward representing Portales in the largest national high school competition. After a successful regional competition in Albuquerque last month, the PHS cheer team was invited to compete in The National High School Cheerleading […]

Getting started on a new year

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonoine.com The Davis family spent a good portion of first day of 2014 inside, only to venture out in the late afternoon to City Park. “Since we stayed in all day, we wanted some fresh air and our boys were getting a little stir crazy,” said Randi Davis of […]

So, that thing I just told him…

By Kevin Wilson CMi columnist While coming back home from Lubbock a few Mondays ago, my friend and I were greeted by the blue and red flash that ruins many a night. “You weren’t even speeding,” I said. “What’s that about?” My smart friend already knew it was a faulty license plate light. She’d already […]

Year in review: Sunland close leaves its mark

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Sunland Inc.., once the nation’s largest organic peanut producer, closed its doors for good in October, unable to recover from a national product recall in the fall of 2012 linked to salmonella.

Editor’s note: This is No. 1 news story in 2013 as determined by PNT staff. By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Portales, most of eastern New Mexico and even its workers were stunned in October when Sunland Inc. filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors. Ultimately, the nation’s largest organic peanut producer was unable […]

Events calendar — Jan. 2

Friday Roosevelt County Extension Council Meeting — 10:30 a.m., McAlister room in the Jake Lopez Building. Information: 356-4417 Tuesday Preschool Storytime— 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “C is for Cookie” will be featured Information: 356-3940. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. […]

My turn: Heedless optimism vital to survival

By Betty Williamson PNT columnist “Heedless, unwarranted optimism.” I stumbled across this phrase in Empire of the Summer Moon, S.C. Gwynne’s gruesome history of the Comanches. Gwynne uses the phrase in a negative way, describing the mindset of a military officer about to recklessly lead his troops into a massacre. But as we turn our […]

Police blotter — Jan. 2

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Caller reported: Tuesday • 12 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 17th Lane and Avenue G. • 1:18 a.m.: Traffic stop, 21st Street. • 4:25 a.m.: Traffic stop, 500 block of South Abilene Avenue. • 5:07 a.m.: Traffic stop, 18th Stret and Avenue D. • 5:33 a.m.: Traffic stop, First […]

Weekly New Mexico fishing report — Dec. 31

Northeast Cimarron River — Keep this water on your list for spring. Low water conditions this time of year make for some tough fishing. Clayton Lake — Closed for the season. Conchas Lake — The shallow and steep boat ramps on the north side of the lake are now open along with the Cove campground […]