Students remembered in vigil


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Losing a loved one is never easy, but the pain was eased for those who knew and loved Padyn Reanell Hughes and Adrienne Trujillo on Wednesday night. A memorial service was held for the two Eastern New Mexico University students who were killed in a car accident […]

Zias have definite local flavor


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER PORTALES — Don’t put too much stock in a 21-point exhibition loss at Grand Canyon on Saturday for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. The Zias, under first-year coach Joshua Prock, also hope to prove wrong the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, which has them finishing […]

Director: Show aligns with Portales


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University Professor Jon Barr is bringing a story about a girl’s attempt to escape a hard life by becoming a famous soccer player to the University Theatre Center’s Main Stage. “Guapa” has a message that Barr believes everyone can relate to, but will also show […]

Pair of new Portales officers introduced


By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer Interim Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos and City Manager Doug Redmond introduced the Portales Police Department’s two newest staff members at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. Daniel Narvaez and Calvin Tayler graduated from the Farmington Police Academy the end of September and have been in field training since, […]

Two ENMU students die in rollover (update)


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Adrienne Trujillo was a caring person with a goofy side who wore her heart on her sleeve, according to family and friends. Padyn Reanell Hughes was outgoing and always having a positive outlook on life. The two Eastern New Mexico University students were killed Sunday evening after being […]

Q&A: Portales senior Anna George hopes to pursue career in film, theater or journalism


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Portales High School senior Anna George serves is a major cog behind the Portales School News page, which runs in the Friday edition of the Portales News-Tribune. George is the editor of the Portales School News Page, and has been a member of the journalism class since […]

My turn: Making the Dalai Lama proud

Sandy Fields

By Sandy Field PNT columnist The Dalai Lama said, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” I think that’s a grand idea. I’m not sure I do that every year, but I’ve certainly had some success with this suggestion. There are many places within a few hours’ drive that I still need to […]

Peanut growers in bind


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Peanut farmers have a different pay schedule than most. Once they harvest their peanuts in the fall, typically about mid to late-October, they are paid for their crop for the entire year. When Sunland Inc., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy early in October, growers in eastern New Mexico and […]

Oasis hosts annual fishing clinic


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer The 23rd Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic was up and running bright and early Saturday morning at Oasis State Park. Youth anglers brought their poles, tackle boxes, and listening ears as they took in the fundamentals of fishing from volunteers representing various organizations. The Kids Fishin’ Clinic was […]

Rams beat Lovington in regular season for first time since 1994

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Ram wide receiver John Young snags a long pass over Lovington's Laden Blythe in the first half of the Rams Friday evening game against the Lovington Wildcats at Greyhound Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson BLACKWATER DRAW — Matt Martinez was taking a nap at home Thursday afternoon when a teammate came to tell him he was Friday’s starting quarterback in the Portales Rams’ must-win game against the hated Lovington Wildcats. “I thought,” the Ram junior said, “I might still be dreaming.” Well, don’t wake him […]

Literacy gets focus


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer The Eastern Plains Community Action Agency Head Start has proclaimed November as their Literacy Awareness Month in an effort to focus on literacy for Head Start students and prepare them for kindergarten. “This is a statewide literacy awareness event,” said Susan Zamora, Head Start director for EPCAA. […]

Costumed kids get safe sweets


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Olivia Low did not want to be a princess or anything that girls would stereotypically be. She wanted to take one small step for candy but a giant step for girl power with her astronaut costume. “I wanted to be an astronaut because everyone else is something girlie,” […]

My Turn: Miss Jan’s manners best Halloween tradition

Betty Williamson

My friends Jan and Rick Hauptmann lived in a beautiful home on East 17th Street in Portales, a broad road that bisects one of the most popular trick-or-treating neighborhoods in town. Jan, known as “Miss Jan” to my young daughter and hundreds of area youngsters, was the queen of Halloween. Early each Halloween evening, Miss […]

ENMU Library holds film history

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s Special Collections Librarian Gene Bundy said Star Wars Creator George Lucas provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.

CMI staff A few dedicated sci-fi fans are in on the secret about Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s gem in the Special Collections section. Upon request, there are original movie scripts and screenplays available for public viewing from Leigh Brackett, an author and screenwriter who was good friends with ENMU legend and science fiction […]

13th year for spear contest


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer The 13th Annual Fall Atlatl Competition Saturday morning at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site drew participants from across New Mexico and Texas. Nicholas Unger made a trip from San Marcos, Texas, with his two grandsons. “I’ve been coming to this event for the past four years,” said […]

Blood drives crucial for community benefit


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer While most people were sitting down to a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Exie Price Williams was in the hospital that Thursday in 2008. She was there with a stomach virus she says saved her life because while there, her blood work revealed she had aplastic anemia, a bone […]

West Texas A&M sweeps meet; ENMU men second


By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams knew their chances of winning Lone Star Conference championships on Saturday were slim, but they’ll take what they got. ENMU’s men, the two-time defending LSC champions, put three runners in the top 15, good for all-confrerence honors, en […]

Hall of honors 2013


CMI staff This year, Eastern New Mexico University inducts five new members into its Hall of Honors. The five selected, in alphabetical order, are: Phil Clabaugh, former ENMU baseball coach Lindsey Davison-Masiarek, former Zia volleyball setter Mike Maguire, former ENMU volleyball coach and athletic director Elizabeth Richards-Capps, former Zia basketball forward Tommy Joe Smith, former […]

PHS topples Clovis


By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer Nothing specific was really on the line when Clovis played Portales in volleyball on Thursday night at the Ram Athletic Center. That doesn’t mean the teams didn’t go hard at each other in what amounted to a rubber match for the season. Staring at a likely 2-1 deficit […]

The community has taken up a collection for Sunlands laid off employees


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Marnee Stratton stood at the beginning of a line, placing bars of soap in empty boxes that were passed to her Thursday morning. Stratton was part of a volunteer assembly line that packed the boxes with household essentials to distribute to the 100 laid-off workers from the Sunland […]