Curry County livestock auction tops $300,000


By Kevin Baird For one teen, auctioning his prize steer wasn’t all about the money. “I’m going to miss him,” Tristan Lockmiller said while patting his steer Monopoly on the shoulder, shortly after auctioning off his grand champion steer Friday night at the Curry County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Events […]

Higher aspirations


Editor’s note: This is the third in a weekly series this month on students entering their senior year of high school. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Shelden Breshears and Leslie Bohn enter their senior years at Dora High School with high expectations and higher aspirations. Shelden Breshears has a 3.4 overall grade […]

Q&A: Representing the county

2013 Roosevelt County Fair Queen Krista Avritt.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Fair Queen Krista Avritt is a senior at Elida High School. She said she loves fair food, especially sweets, can throw a spiral with a football, hopes to earn a college degree in agribusiness, and would improve parking in Portales if she had a chance.   […]

Q&A: Udall answers questions during Clovis tour


CMI staff Sen. Tom Udall spent much of Wednesday in Clovis as part of a three-day swing through eastern New Mexico that concludes Thursday morning in Santa Rosa. In Clovis he toured the Veterans Administration Clinic and Cannon Air Force Base. He also stopped by the Clovis News Journal to answer a series of questions […]

My Turn: Tiny tenors of Portales

Betty Williamson

We desert-dwellers obsessed with precipitation have many markers to measure moisture — certain roads that become impassable, a playa that finally fills, a concrete porch step that sings with the splatter of raindrops. But none of these hold a candle to the raucous “Hallelujahs!” belted out by a thousand thirsty amphibians after a torrential downpour. […]

Portales schools in session


By Eric Norwood PNT staff writer New outfits, new teachers, new classes, new school year. Portales students in grades third through 12th headed back to school on Tuesday, and many were experiencing something new. Ashley Ray, a teacher at Valencia Elementary, is new to Portales and fourth grade. “I taught third grade in Lubbock […]

Udall: Livestock feed research ‘ground-breaking’

Kevin Baird: CMI staff photo
Professor Darron Smith, left, gives a container of laboratory processed algae to Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.,as they discuss the nutrition benefits of algae cattle feed. According to Smith, algae feed is high in protein and energy, and is nearly 100 percent digestible.

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer Sen. Tom Udall was impressed with the “ground-breaking research” of converting algae into livestock feed at Eastern New Mexico University after touring the university’s agriculture building Tuesday. Udall, D-N.M., was instrumental with getting ENMU involved in the project, which is researching whether there is feed value and marketing […]

NWS: Wet week incoming

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
A vehicle navigates through a large puddle on the corner of Commercial and Main on Monday.

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer Recent rain showers in Portales are just the beginning of what’s shaping up to be a wet week. According to the National Weather Service, Portales received 1.13 inches of rain Sunday and into the early morning hours Monday. It is estimated that the wallop of rain Monday afternoon […]

Dora students get school year refresher

Dora Student

  Students told tales of the summer at the third-grade lunch table as they waited their turns to dump their trays. Down the hall, the school veterans of the 11th and 12th grades reclined in the dimly lit auditorium while Principal Brandon Hays gave them a welcome to school speech. Dora schools are officially back […]

Co-op water advisory lifted


The New Mexico Environment Department has lifted the boil-water advisory it issued last week for the Roosevelt County Water Utility Authority. NMED issued the advisory after bacteriological contamination was found that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for E. coli, according to an NMED news release. Water samples tested Sunday were clean of e. coli […]