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. […]

Area prep district 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 (3) Ruidoso at (2) Portales, 7 p.m. Friday Championship at (1) Lovington, 7 p.m. DISTRICT 8-1A Boys Tuesday (4) Tatum […]

Hounds midway through spring football drills

CMI staff Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is halfway through its spring drills, with a scrimmage on tap this week at Clovis High’s Leon Williams Stadium and the green-and-silver game set for March 8 at Greyhound Stadium. Third-year coach Josh Lynn said the early start to spring drills was designed to avoid having to […]

Q&A: Artist paints from connections

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Sherry Shiner, left, and daughter Piandria Shiner talk about their art, which is being exhibited at the Golden Library as part of Black History Month. Sherry’s art consists of subjects, she finds inspiring and what she connects too.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University alumna Sherry Shiner’s art is being featured at the Golden Library as part of the Black History Month Celebrations. The art at the Golden Library, Shiner said, displays her heritage. “I love to paint animals, especially from Africa, because I feel connection with them […]

Lottery scholarship, texting bills among those passed during Legislative session

Stock Image: Texting while driving

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Within the 30-day state legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature passed 10 bills including the compromised $6.2 billion budget. Here are a few of the bills that will affect the local communities:   Lottery scholarships The Legislature combined several ideas to save the state’s lottery-funded scholarship program, which […]

Elida school news — Feb. 25

Upcoming events • Thursday — Junior varsity girls and varsity girls basketball game in Grady, 4 p.m. • Baseball season starts March 18 with a junior varsity-varsity doubleheader game at Floyd starting at 3 p.m. Breakfast menu Tuesday — sausage & biscuit, fruit, milk, cereal Wednesday — omelet, juice, milk, cereal Thursday — waffle sticks, […]

Dora school news — Feb. 25

BPA state champions Last week, sponsor Colleen Tollett and nine members of the Dora Chapter of the Business Professionals of America participated in the BPA State Leadership Conference on Feb. 17-19 in the Albuquerque. The state championship for Business Professionals of America is designated as the Business Professional Cup and was awarded to the Dora […]

Events calendar — Feb. 25

Today Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Books N Babies — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Wednesday 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 […]

Police blotter — Feb. 25

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 12:04 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 12:27 a.m.: Officer requested, location unknown. • 1:52 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 800 block of 14th Street. • 4:31 a.m.: Threats, 200 block of West Fourth Street. • 4:54 a.m.: Traffic stop, First Street and Avenue I. • […]

My turn: Lots to love, in spite of it all

Sandy Fields

I shall be brutally honest. I have a love-hate relationship with this place. One moment I’m rejoicing, the next I’m scowling. Who wouldn’t be beside themselves with glee when they’re eating a chocolate pecan shake from Pat’s? But then there’s the business of driving home and bouncing over the pot holes and drainage dips … […]

Hounds rout USW twice, improve to 10-2

CMI staff HOBBS — Freshman right-hander Keigan Basso carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Eastern New Mexico University pounded out 21 hits in a 19-1 rout of University of the Southwest on Sunday to complete a doubleheader sweep. In the opener, left fielder Ryan Forkel went 4-for-4 as the Greyhounds posted a 9-1 […]

Zias fall to defending national champion UCO

CMI staff SAN ANTONIO — Central Oklahoma pitchers Kalynn Schrock and Nicole Brady combined on a two-hitter and the defending NCAA Division II national champion Bronchos blanked Eastern New Mexico University 4-0 on Sunday in the finale of the Rattler Invitational softball tournament, hosted by St. Mary’s. Former Lone Star Conference member UCO (9-7), which […]

District basketball tournament brackets

District 4-3A All games 7 p.m. (Seeds in parentheses) Boys Monday/Tuesday Tiebreaker for top seed Lovington vs. Ruidoso, site TBA Thursday (3) Portales at Monday loser Saturday Championship at Monday winner   Girls Tuesday (3) Ruidoso at (2) Portales Friday Championship at (1) Lovington   District 8-1A (Seeds in parentheses) Boys All games 6 p.m. […]

Hounds’ upset bid falls short


By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer Tarleton State has been pretty successful this season riding its hot hand, whether it’s De’Andre Upchurch or Chuck Guy. Saturday night, the pair were more than enough to clinch a share of the Lone Star Conference regular season title. Upchurch had 23 of his career-high 38 points in […]

Greyhounds sweep Texas-Permian Basin

CMI staff ODESSA, Texas — Senior designated hitter Blake Cooper had five hits and curled a leadoff home run around the right field foul pole leading off a four-run ninth, and Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team completed a 4-0, 4-1 sweep of Texas-Permian Basin on Saturday. ENMU (8-2) was within an out of a […]