Xcel Energy educates customers


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Community leaders got a closer look at how Xcel Energy brings the local communities power and the company’s future plans at what Xcel calls its Customer and Community Xchange meeting Wednesday in Portales. The meeting was one of six in Xcel’s Texas-New Mexico service area this week and […]

My Turn: Fair is bouquet of memories

Betty Williamson

The News-Tribune website conducted a poll this week asking readers, “What is your favorite part about the fair?” Participants could choose “the food,” “the rides,” “the animal shows,” “the music,” or “I don’t go to the fair.” Another answer needed to be there. It’s the reason I go to the fair, and why I’ll bet […]

Show of the swine


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com There was no bigger smile in the show arena than the one coming from 12-year-old Devin Medina, who proved to be a competitor to be reckoned with at his first try at the swine show of the Roosevelt County Fair. Medina, of Portales, wore his second-place ribbon proudly […]

Prepping for the show


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Heather Buzard said the hardest part about raising 22 animals this year was going from barn to barn in the heat of the day to check on them. She hopes her hard work and investment in her animals will prove to be a fruitful endeavor this year at […]

New ENMU professors incoming

New Professors

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Every semester, Eastern New Mexico University adds new professors and instructors to their faculty. Many are students themselves, and teach while attaining a higher degree. Others may have worked in the field they teach, and come back to be instructors. Classes start today. Here are five with […]

Food, family and fun

Fair schedule graphic

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The 2013 Roosevelt County Fair is in town and will be opening on noon Tuesday. Delicious food, live family friendly entertainment, Livestock Shows, and fun rides highlight what figures to be an enjoyable experience. Everybody from lifetime Roosevelt County residents, Eastern New Mexico University students to Cannon […]

ENMU welcomes new students


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The incoming freshmen could not wait to get on campus at Eastern New Mexico University this semester. “I’m finally here. It was heartbreaking leaving my mom but I’m ready to start class,” said James Reeder, an incoming freshman from Amarillo. ENMU welcomed all of its new students […]

Jumping at the opportunity


By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com While most people his age would rather play golf, 51-year-old Allen Scott prefers motocross. “My thing is,” Scott said. “I want people to say, ‘that old guy is pretty fast.’” Scott, who is from Lubbock, raced in the pro-level heat Friday evening at the Curry County Fair’s Arenacross event. He finished […]

Curry County livestock auction tops $300,000


By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com 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 enorwood@pntonline.com 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 enrowood@pntonline.com 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 kbaird@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 […]

Keeping Portales healthy

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Yasmin Garcia, 8, of Portales with Sparky the firehouse dog. Sparky came to the La Casa Health Fair Saturday with the Cannon Air Force Base mobile fire safety house.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The community of Portales was present and accounted for at the La Casa Health Fair on Saturday. “This event is a takeoff for National Health Center Week, which kicks off on Monday,” said Seferino Montano, chief executive officer of La Casa Family Health Center. Family and health […]

Rep. Pearce says amnesty not answer

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway

Republican U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, right, listens to a local farmer’s concerns about immigration reform.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Immigration reform was the hot topic at Friday’s town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce in Portales. About 40 area residents, many representing the Somos Un Pueblo Unido immigrant group, gathered at the Yam Theater as Pearce answered questions from his constituents. While several concerned citizens posed questions about the […]