Tax-free weekend hits


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Wallets were unfolding and cash registers were overworked as tax free weekend hit Portales. School supplies under $15, computers under $1,000, computer equipment under $500, and clothes and shoes under $100 are all tax free throughout New Mexico through today.   Many Portales residents took advantage of […]

Airmen, families honored

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Members from the Cannon Air Force Base community line up to be served Friday at Cannon Appreciation Day hosted by Committee of Fifty, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, and Clovis Industrial Development Corporation at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Kevin Baird Madison Schwab, 8, sat at a picnic table and took a big bite of her cheeseburger, smiled, and gave a thumbs up to show the burger won her approval. “It’s a nice picnic,” said Madison’s father, Airman Bobby Schwab. “It’s nice to spend time with family.” “I’m just glad I don’t […]

James nominated for Air Force secretary post


The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A former assistant defense secretary and House staffer is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next secretary of the Air Force, the White House said Thursday. Obama is nominating Deborah Lee James, an executive at the defense contractor Science Applications International Corp., to head the Air Force, where she […]

Some students thrive with extra on their plate


This is the first in a weekly series this month on students entering their senior year of high school. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer The last year of childhood and the preparation for life as an adult can have any senior nervous about the future. Social lives, grades, future plans and extracurricular […]

A break from the taxman

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Tori Christiansen, store manager of Hot Threads on Main Avenue, prices jewelry on Thursday, in preparation for New Mexico’s tax-free weekend.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Local store owners are hoping to have a successful tax-free weekend despite U.S. 70 construction limiting access to their downtown businesses. During a weekend that usually brings in a healthy amount of foot traffic to area stores, store owners fear the lack of access and parking will affect […]

Q&A: Moving the troop ahead


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Curtis Utley attended the Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 National Jamboree in Mount Hope, W.V., from July 15-24. Utley raised more than $1,600 to attend the event by writing letters to local organizations, who provided donations. He also received a $1.600 BSA scholarship. Utley is a member […]

My Turn: Art event worth a shot

Betty Williamson

Portales has two new residents this week and next, and rumor has it, they’re going to add to the total of “friendly folks,” rather than boost the number of “old grouches.” Writers Ruth Thompson and Don Mitchell are making Portales their temporary home as they serve as guest Artists in Residence in our community. If […]

Two inducted for service


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer They come from opposite backgrounds but two Roosevelt County women the one thing that brought them to dedicate years to the county’s 4-H program is their children. They used their mothering skills to guide countless children through the program and now Fran Welch and Janie Hardin are being […]

Brief filed to overturn rape case dismissal


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The state attorney general’s office on Friday filed a brief to overturn the dismissal of a rape case involving a former Dora middle school coach. The attorney general’s office filed its motion in support of the district attorney’s appeal of the case in which police said girls basketball […]

Station preps for drive

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
KENW-TV Fall Drive volunteers Dolly Sarkar, left, and Terri Doerr practice their etiquette for when taking pledges from viewers Monday. The week-long drive starts Saturday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Fall hasn’t officially arrived. But it’s getting close for Eastern New Mexico University’s KENW-TV to hold its annual fall membership drive. The goal during the week-long drive — which starts Saturday —is to raise $15,000 to $20,000 in pledges, according to KENW Promotion Director Rena Garrett. “It helps […]