Police blotter — May 16

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 2:51 a.m.: Alarm activation, 400 block of North Main Avenue. • 8:04 a.m.: Animal complaint, 800 block of South Main Avenue. • 8:14 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1200 block of West First Street. • 8:21 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1000 block of East Danube Street. • […]

Doubling school spending won’t help students

Here’s a vital question for every candidate this election season who says New Mexico must increase education spending as the first, best and only way to raise dismal achievement and graduation rates: Are you aware just how much we are spending now to get results that rank near the bottom nationally? New Mexico already spends more […]

Government shouldn’t ID for anything

By Kent McManigal Local columnist The arguments in favor of requiring a photo ID to vote — specifically, I assume, a photo ID issued from some governmental authority — center around the assertion that you don’t want people voting who aren’t entitled to vote. However, if voting is to have any legitimacy, which is highly […]

Karma comes back to you in the end

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Guest columnist My friend Brandon and I are on shift work. Like so many, we earn our pay on weekends and holidays at all times of day. I’m not complaining about this — it’s what I signed up for. But your life can fall into a rut, if you aren’t careful. I […]

Shelburne: Can we come back after we’ve been broken?

Curtis Shelburne

Can we “come back” after we’ve been broken? That’s the question. Anything columnist Charles Krauthammer writes is worth reading, so I wasn’t surprised that his recent book Things That Matter, a compilation of some of his best columns, is filled with gems of uncommon sense. Krauthammer tells an amazing “come back” story from the world […]

Rams face tough obstacle in 3A bracket

KEVIN WILSON: Staff photo
Portales senior shortstop Jarret Faust takes a swing at a  batting practice pitch as junior Matt Martinez catches during the Rams’ Tuesday practice. Portales (16-12), seeded eighth in Class 3A, faces No. 1 Silver in a noon quarterfinal today at Eldorado High School.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com If the Portales High baseball team can get to Saturday’s Class 3A championship, it will have a pretty good routine with a noon Thursday quarterfinal, an 11 a.m. Friday semifinal and a 12:30 p.m. Saturday championship. But the first game is a pretty big “If.” A top-seeded “if.” An […]

N.M. Fishing Report — May 15

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: Trout fishing was fair to […]

Christian Believers celebrates 35th year Friday, Saturday

Staff report The Christian Believers will commemorate their 35th anniversary with a weekend celebration filled with special guests. The Believers will welcome internationally known author, speaker and teacher John Perkins, as well as Vernell Crittendon, the recently retired spokesperson for San Quentin State Prison in California. Music will be provided by California-based gospel vocalist Linda […]

Students create jingle for water conservation

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Lindsey-Steiner Elementary students, from right to left, Kylie Niece, Taryn Wood, Brie Russ, Sean Carandall, Ruth Chavez and Juan Manuel Carbajal, talk about water conservation with their teacher Danna Smith on Wednesday at Lindsey-Steiner. Smith is showing them a poster about conservation.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Water conservation for Lindsey-Steiner student Taryn Wood is an important topic to her. “We have to conserve water for the future generation. We can’t survive without it,” Wood said. Wood and six other fifth grade students, with the help of their teacher Danna Smith, created a jingle to bring […]

Drug Court commemorates eight years with celebration

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Ninth Judicial District Adult Drug Court
participants gather up food they collected for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico on Wednesday at the Drug Court celebration in the Roosevelt County Courthouse.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Pamala Combs looked onto a group of recovering drug addicts Wednesday as she gave an emotional plea for them to stay consistent with their efforts to be sober. A grandmother from Clovis, Combs told her story of drug abuse and the long road to recovery. She said she would reach […]

ZTA sisters ‘leave the world a better place’

Betty Williamson

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Whether it is serving up spaghetti, encouraging family math fun at a local elementary school, hosting canned food drives, or sponsoring glow-in-the-dark fun runs, the women in Eastern New Mexico University’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority have a proven record of service to others, and a knack for raising money that […]

Events calendar — May 15

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Yam Music Series feat. Franklin J. Smith — 7 p.m., Yam Theater. Tickets cost $5. Information: 607-9261. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation […]

Student profiles: Floyd High School

Floyd-Grad

Editor’s note: It’s graduation season. This is the second story in a series of Roosevelt County graduate profiles. By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Four Floyd High School students shared their hopes for the future and reflected on their high school careers as their senior year comes to an end. Graduation is at 1 p.m. […]

June 3 primary sample ballots

Roosevelt County Republican Party U.S. Senator • Allen E. Weh • David Kale Clements U.S. Representative District 2 • Steve Pearce District 3 • Jefferson L. Byrd Governor • Susana Martinez Lieutenant Governor • John A. Sanchez Secretary of State • Dianna J. Duran State Auditor • Robert J. Aragon State Treasurer • Rick J. […]

Fishing report — May 15

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 — Trout fishing was fair […]

Portales hopes for 1-2-3 route to title game

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Portales softball coach Robbie Crowley, left, tosses a fly ball for senior Kacie Terry during Tuesday’s practice at Wheeler Park. Portales (20-6), seeded second in Class 3A, will face Pojoaque in a 9 a.m. game at Cleveland High School. Win or lose, Portales will play either Raton or Bloomfield at 1 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament. The Class 3A title game is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the University of New Mexico.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Portales High softball team is aiming to reach its third Class 3A title game in four seasons. Reaching it a little quicker is preferable as well. The double-elimination tournament, which opens Thursday morning at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, is a straight-forward format. Win and reaching the […]

Portales sophomore 13th at state

Staff report LAS CRUCES — Portales High sophomore Bailey Rowley shot 48-46 — 94 on Tuesday to finish with a two-day total of 180 for 36 holes in the Class 1A-3A girls state golf tournament at the New Mexico State University golf course. Rowley tied for 13th place overall with Lovington’s Brianna Clayton. Lady Rams […]

Events calendar — May 14

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Developing Winning Proposals — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Clovis Chamber of Commerce. Information: 784-2415. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Teens’ choice. Open to students in grades 7-12. Information: 356-3940. Thursday Step […]

Roosevelt County Courthouse reopens

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com All floors of the Roosevelt County Courthouse have been reopened with the exception of the basement, according to Ninth Judicial District Chief Judge Drew Tatum, after it was thoroughly cleaned following the discovery of mold in the building. Tatum said Judge Donna Mowrer did not hold any court proceedings Monday […]

Responses from Magistrate Judge candidates

Linda Short

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Roosevelt County Magistrate Judge in the June 3 primary election. Both candidates responded to a series of questions from the Portales News-Tribune: Timothy Gibson Age: 31 Profile: Gibson has served in law enforcement for a little more than 10 years and is […]