Events calendar — Feb. 20

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Dan Greathouse Book Signing and Presentation — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Guest Soprano Recital — 7 p.m. Buchanan Hall. Tamara Wilson will be performing. Information: Kathi Fraze at 575-562-2377. Will Banister […]

Police blotter — Feb. 20

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 2:39 a.m.: Alarm activation, 300 block of South Roosevelt Road R. • 3:50 a.m.: Traffic stop, 19th Street and Avenue H. • 5:33 a.m.: Deputy request, RCSO. • 5:50 a.m.: Traffic stop, First Street and Avenue A. • 6:31 a.m.: Traffic stop, First Street […]

There was time when people celebrated water

On Cacahuate Road between Portales and Muleshoe, a few miles east of the state line, is a simple marker in the corner of a field. The metal plaque, put up by the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, encourages the curious to look 500 yards south across an open vista to what in 1909 was the […]

Training to fetch

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Kyle Dillard has one of his dogs herd the sheep to him on Wednesday at Idsinga Pavilion. This male border collie is still in training.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Twister, a 1-year-old border collie, with the help of his owner, Kyle Dillard of Milnesand, herded six sheep into a pen at the Idsinga Pavilion on Wednesday at the New Mexico Ag Expo. Dillard breeds, raises and trains border collies for herding cattle and other livestock. Dillard presented […]

DFA hosts Dairyman’s lunch at Ag Expo

Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) hosted the Dairyman’s lunch at the New Mexico Ag Expo on Wednesday with more than 50 dairy farmers in attendance. Lunch was served to the dairymen as Peter Vitaliano, vice president of economic policy and market research of National Milk Producers Federation, gave […]

Rec center facelift proposed

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com City Councilor Matt Hunton is looking to give the Portales Recreation Center a major facelift by expanding it and adding a variety of features. Hunton shared his ideas with his fellow councilors at their Tuesday meeting, asking them to explore the different options he provided. “If this is […]

Sex crimes investigation continues

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Almost 10 months ago, Melrose schools Superintendent Jamie Widner heard rumors one of two coaches now under investigation for sex crimes might be having inappropriate contact with a student. Widner said Wednesday that he decided to counsel the coach last April rather than report him to law enforcement […]

VFW honors students

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Gage Fontenot, left, shakes hands with Chief Master Sgt. Paul Henderson at the VFW Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy Award dinner Wednesday night. Fontenot was one of 14 winners.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com K.C. Alatorre aspires to go to a good college and become an NBA player. The seventh-grade Portales Junior High student knows he only has a shot at his dreams because of the freedom he has to do so, and that’s what makes him a patriot. Alatorre was one […]

Commerce tops cold-shooting Hounds

CMI staff COMMERCE, Texas — Freshman guard De’Andre Carson’s 3-pointer gave Texas A&M-Commerce its first lead with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the half and the Lions pulled away in the second half for a 79-71 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball victory over cold-shooting Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday night. Senior guard […]

Man arrested on child exploitation charges

Robert Hawkins

  A Portales man was arrested Wednesday and charged with 167 counts of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age. Robert Hawkins, 43, is currently being held on a $15,000 cash only bond at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. According to court documents: • The New Mexico State Attorney’s Office Internet Crimes Against […]

Lions roar past Zias in second half

CMI staff COMMERCE, Texas — Sophomore guard Zenobia Winbush had five 3-pointers and a career-high 19 points while junior guard Ashlee Johnson added 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting with four assists and four steals, both off the bench, as Texas A&M-Commerce used a 17-0 run to erase a 10-point deficit en route to an 84-65 […]

Ticket feature: Hartley House extravaganza set for March

CNJ staff The Hartley House is bringing denim, diamonds, burlap and bling to the Clovis Civic Center March 1 as part of its 25th Annual Extravaganza. The event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and music by the Will Banister Band. The biggest auction of the evening will be a trip to Arizona […]

Rams return favor with victory at Lovington

Basketball in Flame

CMI staff LOVINGTON — After losing at home to Lovington last week, the Portales Rams returned the favor Tuesday night. Senior post Zach Campbell led three Rams in double figures with 14 points in a 59-53 victory over the Wildcats that puts PHS (13-11, 2-1 district) into the lead in the 4-3A race and in […]

Lady Wildcats get best of Portales again in rematch

CMI staff LOVINGTON — At least for the moment, you’d have to say the Lovington Lady Wildcats have the stronger claim to No. 1 in Class 3A girls basketball. For the second time in a week, second-ranked Lovington handled No. 1 Portales, although Tuesday’s 45-41 victory was at least tougher than last week’s 45-33 decision […]

Tuesday area prep summaries — Feb. 18

District 8-1A BOYS Dora 79, Tatum 42 Tatum (6-17, 1-4) — Luis Magallanes 5, Donavan Radcliff 9, Carlos Mendoza 5, Cristian Hinojosa 13, Oscar Orrantia 10. Totals 17 1-3 42. Dora (21-4, 5-0) — Eddie Arzate 9, Jesus Villegas 3, Daniel Stephens 6, Sam McConnell 5, Josh Walker 13, Jestin Watson 7, Dalton Privett 10, […]

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 19

MEN ENMU (13-10, 6-5 Lone Star Conference) at Texas A&M-Commerce (15-8, 4-7) • When: 6:30 p.m. (MST) today at Commerce, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Greyhounds lost in overtime at home to Midwestern State 81-79 on Saturday while the Lions routed Angelo State 99-78, also at home. • Last meeting: […]

Some businesses against wage hike

Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A proposed statewide minimum wage hike is making its way through the New Mexico Legislature this week, but some area business people are not convinced it is the best move for the local economy. If approved before the legislature adjourns noon Thursday, Senate Joint Resolution 13 would let voters […]

Audit concerns raised despite clean report

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Despite a clean audit report, Portales city councilors raised concerns about it after an accountant who presented on the audit cautioned the city about its spending and suggested staff look at cutting expenditures. Dahlia Garcia, a certified public accountant with White + Samaniego + Campbell, LLP, told councilors […]

Former Melrose coach arrested, charged

Coach

CMI staff A former Melrose contract coach has been arrested and charged in connection with an unlawful relationship with a student, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Allison Draper, 28, of Melrose, was charged Tuesday with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and five counts of criminal […]

Reviews are for your protection

Reviews have a major effect on where I do business and what products I buy. I’m always looking for both positive and negative feedback; you accept some people may get a lemon but it’s important to get a well-rounded view before you spend time or money. A review once saved me from a big mistake. […]