Father shares rodeo with son


Teen says his confidence and strength to compete in rodeo from from father’s support By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Joshua Walker knows that when he’s astride his horse, ready to dominate in tie-down roping, he can look back and his father will be there. It’s something he can count on because is father […]

Dishonor in the ranks


Police chief says he knows he inherited problems; working hard to fix them By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One evening in January, a Wal-Mart employee alleged uniformed Portales Police Officer Fred Hamner walked up to her and  unzipped her jacket. She gave investigators this account of what happened next: “(Hamner) says he has […]

Photos link to past


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jeanette Pitcher says the buffalo grass grew freely in New Mexico during the early 1900s, well at least that’s a tale she heard passed down from her ancestors who homesteaded in Elida. Pitcher, who lives in Oregon and is a native of Artesia, has collected photos that she […]

Community comes together to help victims of thunderstorm

Eric Norwood Jr: Portales News-Tribune
From left, Patrick Rogers, Ben Pritchett, Will Fair and Aaron Goodwin begin repairs to the roof of Ben Pritchett’s house on Wednesday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Floyd residents Ben and Roxie Pritchett are recipients of community goodwill, as family, neighbors and friends banded together this week to help rebuild their home damaged in last Friday’s storm. A volunteer workforce of 27 people arrived early at the Pritchett’s that following Saturday, not counting the […]

Tradition is underlying theme of Heritage Days

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Heritage Days organizers Sandy Van der Veen, left, and Karl Terry test the children’s carnival games for Saturday’s celebrations.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Tradition is an underlying theme of Heritage Days celebrations in Portales and this year one tradition has returned to the Heritage Days parade; the presence of the Portales High School Marching Band. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry said it’s been seven years since the band […]

Blackwater Draw site hosts archaeology students

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Meng Zhang, a Chinese archaeological student studying at University of New Mexico, water screens soil to find any fragments that weren’t discovered during excavation.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The sun beat down on Emily Jones as she crouched down to dust off the area she just excavated. It was almost quitting time for a snack, but Jones didn’t let the searing 90-degree heat bother her Wednesday because she was still feeding off the energy she got […]

Rumors spark police training

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Portales police officers practice firing their guns while moving toward their target Tuesday at a gun range southeast of Portales. The exercise was part of a special response team training.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Knees bent and backs curved, the officers walked forward and fired their guns in unison at their target. The eight Portales police officers were in training Tuesday at a city-owned shooting range just southeast of town to become a special response team. The team was receiving techniques to […]