Events calendar — Jan. 21

Today Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. “Chinese New Year” will be featured. Open to students in grades K-6. Information: 356-3940. Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Commission Room. Information: 356-5307. Portales City Council meeting — 7 p.m., […]

Budget session to see some action

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor The non-stop action in the movie series “Fast and Furious” will likely have nothing on the New Mexico Legislature’s upcoming 30-day budget session. Come today in Santa Fe, the clock will have already started ticking on lawmakers already anxious to divvy up what’s left of a projected $253 […]

Oceans’ pull strong, even now

Sandy Fields

This new year… I cruised into it, literally. I stared at the endless blue sea and thought of my connections to the ocean. If you have parents who will spend summer vacations driving across a vast continent so you can see the Gulf, the Atlantic and the Pacific, you are one lucky little girl. Just […]

4-H more than livestock

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Ryan Craig looks over a 4-H shooting sports manual at his desk at the Roosevelt County Extension office. Craig will be implementing a shooting sports program this year in hopes to bring more involvement in 4-H from the county.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer As Roosevelt County’s 4-H agent, Ryan Craig oversees the clubs involvement in showing livestock, 4-H event in county, state and nationally, and also tries to bring more awareness of 4-H in the county “It has been a busy past year, but I have learned so much and had […]

District attorney to resign

Matt Chandler

CMI staff Matt Chandler will resign as 9th Judicial District attorney effective March 1, he said Monday night. “After several months of prayer and consideration,” he said, “I made the decision to pursue new endeavors in the private sector.” Chandler, 38, has held the district attorney position for Curry and Roosevelt counties since his election […]

Hounds survive in overtime


By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer A week ago, things didn’t look too good for Eastern New Mexico University’s men. Now, after back-to-back four-point wins, including Saturday’s hard fought 72-68 overtime decision over Angelo State at Greyhound Arena, the Hounds are back to being a factor in the Lone Star Conference race. Senior forward […]

Zias move to 3-1 in LSC play

ENMU junior Jasmine Johnson is fouled on her way to the basketball by Angelo State junior Kayla Turner in the first half of Saturday’s afternoon game at Greyhound Arena. Johnson scored 12 points in the Zias’ 74-64 win.

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer Don’t look now, but the Eastern New Mexico University Zias are suddenly in the middle of the Lone Star Conference basketball race. Junior forward Tori Tucker posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, leading five Zias in double figures in a 74-64 victory over Angelo State […]

Area prep summaries — Jan. 19

Saturday Boys Logan 63, Dora 48 Dora (12-4) — Jesus Villegas 3, Josh Walker 8, Dalton Privett 12, Dylan Privett 21, Koby Cone 4. Totals 19 4-9 48. Logan (9-7) — Kristopher Cordova 1, Wyatt Strand 13, Leslie Gudgell 19, Dennis Earle 9, Chris Roberts 7, Grinton Roach 14. Totals 23 11-16 63. Dora 15 […]

St. Mike’s adds to Portales woes in Shootout

CMI staff SANTA FE — Coach Rickie McBroom says his Portales Rams are playing as hard as they can. They’re just having a hard time finding the basket. Portales struggled on offense for the third consecutive night in the St. Mike’s Shootout round-robin, losing on Saturday night to the host Horsemen 44-26. Senior guard Chris […]

Getting public pensions in black necessary goal

It will take years of new contributions and benefit schedules to get the state’s public pension programs in the black. But two bills passed into law last year have the programs on track to do just that, and the change has not gone unnoticed at the national level. Moody’s Investor Service is praising the state […]

Words can tell so much, so little

Wendel Sloan

Whether I had 300, 3,000 or 3 million words, it would only scratch life’s surface. In the last photo I took of my mother — with my big-hearted Arkansas cousin Tim and his lovely wife, Ruby — shortly before mother died at 92 in assisted living, deep wrinkles and fragility etched her full-life face. Also […]

Debate? No, we’re just blowing smoke

Ned Cantwell

“Got your bong yet?” Barney asked. I don’t feign total innocence about the world of pot smoking but, on the other hand, I am hazy on the exact nature of what you do with a bong. “Breaking Bad” fans know it is used in some manner for inhaling marijuana. Barney enjoys tweaking irritation and he […]

King events slated

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer This year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee and Eastern New Mexico University will be working together to celebrate the day. Draco Miller, director of campus life, said this year is the first time the program will be held on ENMU campus as […]

Be careful when navigating Santa Fe

By Steve Terrell The Santa Fe New Mexican While politicians talk a lot about welcoming public participation in the New Mexico Legislature, which convenes at noon Tuesday, in reality, trying to participate can seem like an obstacle course for members of the public who are unversed in the ways of a legislative session. Published schedules […]

Four things to watch in this legislative session

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer There are four issues that have received quite a bit of buzz and have been labeled priorities by local lawmakers prior to this upcoming legislative session. The 30-day session begins Tuesday.   Lottery scholarships Lawmakers are being pressured to find a solution to a dwindling lottery-financed college scholarship […]

Local DA selected to prosecute Roswell shooting

Matt Chandler

CMI Staff Clovis-Portales District Attorney Matt Chandler has been named special prosecutor in connection with last week’s shooting at Roswell’s Berrendo Middle School. The Roswell Daily Record and other media outlets reported Roswell DA Janetta Hicks asked Chandler to prosecute the case because of multiple conflicts of interest in her office. Mason Campbell, 12, has […]

Termites prove tricky to eliminate

Illustration by Tony Gennaro

My first encounter with termites was financed by a grant to study lizard biology on the sand hills between Clovis and Portales. With a crew of biology students, my study began by using dowels (wooden pegs) to mark off 10-by-10 feet sections within the study plot of 100-by-100 yards. The dowels (stakes) were three feet […]

Police blotter — Jan. 19

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Caller reported: Thursday • 1:21 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of East Quince Street. • 2:52 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, Roosevelt County. • 4:41 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 100 block of North Boulder Avenue. • 6:08 a.m.: Animal complaint, NM 267. • 6:44 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 500 block of […]

Events calendar — Jan. 19

Monday 51st Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration — March starts at 5 p.m., at Memorial Building to MLK tree. Presentation at 6 p.m. at the ENMU ballroom. Information: 356-6662 ext. 1018 La Escalera Art Guild — 6:30 p.m., Wesley Foundation Student Center at ENMU Campus. Artist Gary Ward will be doing a […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will close Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday: • City of Portales offices • Magistrate Court: Closed all day • Municipal Court: Closes at • Portales Animal Shelter • Portales Area Transit • Portales Police Department • Portales Public Library • Roosevelt County […]