New Mexico fishing report — Feb. 27

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: Open for the season […]

Events calendar — Feb. 27

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940.   Friday 51st annual chili supper — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., First Methodist Church. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. Informtion: 749-1840. Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: […]

Curry County Outlaws are coming

For a bunch of outlaws, they seem like pretty nice guys. The truth is the Curry County Outlaws aren’t likely to cause much trouble anywhere they go — unless it becomes illegal to tap your foot to a classic country tune, or to spontaneously grab a partner and start two-stepping. If the law ever goes […]

Police blotter — Feb. 27

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:29 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of South Roosevelt Road 6. • 2:18 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1900 block of South Avenue O. • 4:52 a.m.: Traffic stop, Spruce Street and U.S. 70. • 5:58 a.m.: Traffic stop, 16th Street and Avenue D. • 6:26 […]

State-grown produce headed to schools

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer More state-grown fruits and vegetables will be headed to school lunch rooms in the next school year under a bill passed by the state Legislature. The New Mexico Grown Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for School Meals bill provides $240,000 in recurring funds to schools to buy such staples […]

Lady Rams gain district tourney finals


By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer Getting ready to face rival Lovington again, the Portales Lady Rams have to feel better about themselves than they did after Friday’s relatively close win at Ruidoso. This time, PHS overwhelmed the Lady Warriors with aggressive fullcourt defense, built a 35-9 lead late in the first half and […]

Area district basketball tournaments — Feb. 24

(Seeds in parentheses) DISTRICT 4-3A Boys Monday Tiebreaker for top seed At New Mexico Military, Roswell Lovington 57, Ruidoso 50 Thursday (3) Portales at Ruidoso, 7 p.m. Saturday Championship at Lovington, 7 p.m. Girls Tuesday (2) Portales 65, (3) Ruidoso 28 Saturday Championship Portales at (1) Lovington, 5:30 p.m. DISTRICT 8-1A Boys Tuesday (4) Tatum […]

Still winning battles with flu bug

It’s been a crazy flu season. I know larger news outlets have reported that but obviously things don’t become real life until it’s happening to you or someone you know. On top of this area being known to worsen allergies with its dry weather, it seems like nearly everyone I know has gotten a cold […]

Events calendar — Feb. 26

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime— 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. 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 Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales […]

Police blotter — Feb. 26

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 1:18 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1300 block of East Elbe Street. • 1:19 a.m.: Domestic, 500 block of East Amazon Street. • 3:29 a.m.: Traffic stop, Main and Nogal streets. • 6:22 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 8. • 6:28 a.m.: […]

Pentagon facing tough fight

By Bradley Klapper The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Lawmakers signaled a difficult battle ahead for the Obama administration’s plan to dramatically overhaul the nation’s military, voicing opposition Tuesday to proposed cuts in benefit packages, long-standing weapons programs and bases that mean money and jobs across America. The skepticism from both Republicans and Democrats augured poorly […]

Synthetic drug testing at issue

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer When a bill that would have put in statute more than 100 chemicals found in synthetic drugs failed to pass, Sen. Wilson Beffort took matters into her own hands. The Sandia Park Republican issued a letter to law enforcement agencies across the state urging them to prosecute distributors […]

Capital outlay request includes Ute study funding

By Thomas Garcia CMI staff writer In an ironic twist, a capital outlay request that included $100,000 for the Ute Pipeline would also fund a new study of the feasibility of the project. Some Quay County officials are opposed to the federally authorized $500 million project that would pump water from the Ute Reservoir […]


Portales ballot and poling places • Early voting will continue through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Portales City Hall. • Election day is from 7 a.m. to p.m. at the Portales Memorial Building.   Mayor Vote for one • Sharon L. King   City Council Ward A Vote for […]

In-flight cell phone usage should be airlines’ call

Why would Congress jump into the debate over whether people should be able to talk on their cellphones while flying on airplanes? The answer is obvious: political pandering while avoiding some of the real issues the people we send to Washington should deal with. Like the fact the country is headed for financial disaster. A […]

Away from gridiron, poetry reigns

• How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning   • “Love, if you knew the light — That your soul casts in my sight.” — Robert Browning   Before the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl in Arizona, I happened upon the sixth-ranked Baylor University Bears practicing indoors in Waco, […]

Act of kindness inspires pay-it-forward attitude

Just when you think, that things are really bad around here, someone comes along and brightens your day. My husband and I went to the Yam theater on Thursday and enjoyed listening and dancing to Will Banister and the Modern Day Ramblers. I left my purse in the theater, and did not realize it until […]

Event celebration brought about unintended results

I am writing to apologize for the 5 a.m. fireworks that occurred without warning last Saturday morning. The university has received more than a few emails and phone calls about the noise and confusion this caused. The fireworks occurred at the conclusion of the university-sponsored “Up All Night” function, an exceptional event dedicated to raising […]

All friends cannot be labeled the same

Kevin Wilson

“Oh,” he intoned. “So you two are friends?” We gave each other a brief glance, each unsure how and by whom the query should be handled. We were spending time together, getting along splendidly, and in a setting where neither of us would argue this was a date. “Yeah, that’s it,” she responded to break […]

Nuclear waste storage should be top priority

Zero. That’s essentially the tolerance level for radiation escaping from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, according to N.M. Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn. WIPP, near Carlsbad, is the nation’s only deep underground repository for U.S. nuclear defense waste. WIPP operators are scrambling to figure out what caused radioactive plutonium and americium to be detected on Feb. […]