Pages past — Feb. 10

On this date … 2006: A fifth consecutive month without significant moisture had area farmers and ranchers concerned. Dale Miller, who grew wheat and grazed cattle 13 miles north of Portales, said his cattle production stood to decline 50 percent if the rains did not come. Said Joe Whitehead, district conservationist with the U.S Department […]

We want to hear from you — Feb. 10

With Portales City Council elections quickly approaching, newspaper staff would like to have another question and answer session with candidates. We’d like to hear from you on what kind of issues you would like to see your ward candidates asked about. Contact Managing Editor Alisa Boswell at aboswell@pntonline.com or bring questions to the Portales News-Tribune […]

Local briefs — Feb. 10

Free cancer retreat to be held in Albuquerque Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Family Cancer Retreat will be held April 22-24 at the Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North Hotel, according to a press release. This free program provides New Mexico adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with tools and information they need to manage the […]

Rodriguez: Days of Lent have begun

Mondays are Manic or Miracle Mondays. Tuesdays are Taco Tuesday, or Tejano Tuesday, as I call them. Today, Wednesday, is Hump Day. I hate that term. Thursday is Throwback Thursday and Friday is … well … what more need I say? As for today though, today is the day after Fat Tuesday, also known as […]

Meetings watch — Feb. 10

Portales Municipal Schools The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education met together in regular session Monday at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. The following was action taken during the meeting: • Board Members Antonio Sanchez and Alan Garrett were recognized by the board for receiving the Exemplary Award from the New Mexico School Boards Association. […]

To do list — Feb. 10

Today • Community Services Center public forum — 1:15 p.m. at the center’s meal site, 1100 Community Way. The forum is to gather public information on citizen’s needs in city, county. Information: 575-356-8576 • Teen game day — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game: Minecraft. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool story time […]

Legislative roundup — Feb. 9

Days remaining in session: 9 Medicaid probe Democratic Attorney General Hector Balderas on Monday delivered results of his investigation that cleared 10 of the 15 behavioral health care providers that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration had accused of committing $36 million in potential Medicaid fraud and over-billing in June 2013. The announcement set off competing […]

Foster Grandparent Program turning 50

Courtesy photo: Community Services Center
Foster grandparent volunteer Paul Stradley poses for a photo with teacher Abby Culpepper at the Community Service Center’s celebration for the 50th anniversary of the foster grandparent program.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com It’s not just the Portales Community Services Center turning 50 this month. The center’s Foster Grandparent Program has also hit its 50th birthday with the center having celebrated the program last week. Foster grandparents, according to program director Lucia Benoit, are volunteers over the age of 55 who work […]

Opinion: Pledges, doubts shared over women in ground combat jobs

By Tom Philpott Military Update Army and Marine Corps leaders swapped pledges with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday not to cave to political pressure and relax ground combat skill requirements so that more women will qualify to serve in infantry, armor, and special forces units. Certainty that such pressure will come, […]

Police blotter — Feb. 9

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 8:56 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 500 block West University Drive • 9:07 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1200 block North Chicago Avenue • 9:32 p.m.: Criminal damage, 800 block West 19th Street, report taken Saturday • 4:19 a.m.: Motor vehicle […]

To do list — Feb. 9

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Book: Be Mine. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Community Services Center public forum — 1:15 p.m. at the center’s meal site, 1100 Community Way. The forum is to gather public information on citizen’s needs in city, county. Information: 575-356-8576 • Teen […]

Pages past — Feb. 9

On this date … 1966: The day’s Peanuts cartoon in local newspapers depicted Charlie Brown in a spelling bee. The word was “maze,” but our hero apparently had baseball on his mind, spelling it like Willie Mays. “AAUGH!,” read the last strip as Charlie Brown realized his mistake. 1956: The Yowell family, which lived at […]

Q&A: Teen MVP turns Harlem Globetrotter

Courtesy photo: Harlem Globetrotters
Harlem Globetrotters Forward Moose Weekes dunks the ball at a game. The Globetrotters will be at the ENMU Greyhound Arena on Thursday, Feb. 11.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Alex “Moose” Weekes is a forward for the Harlem Globetrotters. He will be playing with the team in Portales on Feb. 11. According to his profile on harlemglobetrotters.com, Weekes inherited a love of basketball from his mother, a basketball player herself. Before joining the Globetrotters, he solidified himself as […]

Q&A: Tuition increases expected at ENMU, says president

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Steven Gamble is the president of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. A public records request — submitted in November 2015 — revealed that rationales behind student-fee allocations are not documented during deliberation. Are the rationales something the university […]

Pages past — Feb. 7

On this date … 2006: A movie filmed primarily in Clovis and Portales, “Believe in Me,” debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California. The movie, filmed in 2004, was about a 1960s-era Oklahoma high school girls’ basketball team. Its stars included Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis and Bruce Dern, and it featured dozens […]

To do list — Feb. 7

Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Book: Be Mine. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Community Services Center public forum — 1:15 p.m. at the center’s meal site, 1100 Community Way. The fourm is to gather public information on citizen’s needs in city, county. Information: 575-356-8576 • Teen […]

Boswell: No true winners of murder trials

Friday was a fresh reminder that no one wins when it comes to a murder trial. In some ways, it’s been rewarding to have opportunities to cover a few murder trials and learn about the judicial process, but I must confess, it’s one of my least favorite parts of my job. A week of eight […]

Child porn bill alive but changed

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com It’s not what the sponsors wanted, but a bill to discourage downloading child pornography is still alive in the New Mexico Senate. Rep. Randal Crowder, R-Clovis, said House Bill 65 cleared the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Friday afternoon, though it’s been amended from his original intent. “What they’ve done […]

On the shelves — Feb. 7

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library City on Fire by Garth Rick Hallberg reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power when a blackout plunges the world into darkness and the lives of nine strangers are forever changed as they intersect around the mystery of a New Year’s Eve […]

Citizens Bank gets special honor

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Kent Carruthers, president of The Citizens Bank of Clovis, accepts the Citizen of The Year Award at Friday’s night Clovis/Curry County Annual Banquet.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com It’s hosted two major motion picture productions and been the site of real-life drama in two downtown locations. And now, the century-old financial institution that promotes itself as “the best bank around” — in part because of its circular design — has made history again. Citizens Bank is the Clovis/Curry […]