Division among the ranks

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Proposed legislation at the state capitol has divided prosecutors and criminal-defense attorneys on whether or not it could help bring justice in domestic violence cases. According to a press release from Gov. Susana Martinez’s office, the legislation seeks to clarify New Mexico law so that law enforcement officers can […]

Senate confirms Skandera as education secretary

By Robert Nott The New Mexican The Senate voted Monday to confirm Hanna Skandera as secretary of the Public Education Department by a vote of 22-19. Five Democratic senators joined 17 Republicans in voting for Skandera. The Senate action ends more than four years of political conflict, committee hearings and public testimony over her confirmation, […]

Military officials divided over retirement reforms

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, new chairman of the Senate armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel, has signaled he will defend retirement reforms proposed for a new generation of service members by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Graham last week led Commission Chairman Alphonso Maldon Jr. carefully through the logic that fueled its […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 8:28 a.m.: Officer requested, 600 block of West Commercial Street • 11:36 a.m.: Fire rural, 500 block of East 18th Street • 12:41 p.m.: Officer requested, 500 block of South Avenue F • […]

Travel makes for nostalgia

As much as I love to explore new places and see new sights, there’s something so very special about traveling back to scenes from my past. When I lived thousands of miles from Portales, it was always with great joy that I watched the patchwork quilt of farmland come into view through airplane windows. Nostalgia […]

Dora school news

BPA Four members of the Dora Chapter of Business Professionals of America are competing in the BPA State Leadership Conference this week in Albuquerque. Velinda Fierro, Lance Fletcher, Dianna Herrera, and Hayden Skinner will be representing Dora at the competition, along with sponsor, Colleen Tollett. Progress reports Progress reports will be handed out to students […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. • County Commission meeting — 9 […]

A legacy preserved

Derek Major: Staff photo
A group of die-cast police cars sits on a shelf inside of the late Charles Perez’ home. Perez’ children Kristyn and Jake plan to keep the toys in their father’s honor.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about antique collectors in Portales By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com To walk into the late Charles Perez’ home office is to walk into an era of toys that cannot be found today. Perez had an enormous collection of foot-tall G.I. Joe action figures, […]

Changes, additions at Ag Expo

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Attendees at this week’s 2015 New Mexico Ag Expo can expect to see a few changes and additions. For starters, Roosevelt County Extension Service Agriculture Agent Patrick Kircher said this is the first year the event will be held on a weekend. Kircher said ag expo has traditionally taken […]

To do list — Feb. 15

Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. • County Commission meeting — 9 […]

Meetings watch — Feb. 15

Elida Municipal Schools The following items are on the agenda for the Elida Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Elida High School library: • Superintendent’s report • Gym dressing rooms • Quality of education surveys • Purchase of lots • Approval of donations • Budget committee • Approval of […]

Basis for ENMU Natural History Museum started years ago

By Tony Gennaro Guest columnist On a beautiful summer morning in Raton, my friend Frankie and I were sitting on the edge of a small arroyo. Frankie commented, “I’ll bet this arroyo gets much deeper.” I responded, “I imagine it does.” We were both 9 and nature fascinated us, even a small arroyo. We looked […]

Love is in the air

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales couple Devan Griego, left, and Kameron King joke Friday afternoon at the district court offices outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse while they recall the early stages of their relationship. Couples throughout Roosevelt and Curry Counties will be
celebrating their relationships for Valentine’s Day.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com Like other couples in Roosevelt and Curry County, Devan Griego and her fiancé Kameron King will be celebrating their relationship for Valentine’s Day today, but the real story is how their romance started. King and Griego, who have been dating for three years, said they met at Griego’s sorority function while […]

Time, attention as good as treats to pets

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies Cards, chocolate and flowers just won’t do when it comes to the critters, but that isn’t stopping pet owners from expressing overtures of love to the furry ones on Valentine’s Day this year. It makes sense that they should be included in a day set aside to acknowledge […]

Pages past — Feb. 14

On this date … 1974: Clovis city commissioners were attempting to secure funds from the State Library Commission to overhaul a historic building and turn it into a library. The building, located at Fourth and Mitchell, was originally a post office on land that was first home to Clovis’ zoo. The zoo moved to Hillcrest […]

Portales woman wins Valentine giveaway

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Publisher Robert Arrowsmith delivered Antonia Salas’ 12 dozen roses to her in person Thursday 

The winner of Portales News-Tribune and Butterfly Floral’s Valentine giveaway was Antonia Salas, who received 12 dozen roses Thursday morning. Here is what Antonia’s daughter, Margarita Pacheco, said about her: My special valentine is my mom You wouldn’t believe how amazing she is Valentine’s Day: An opportunity to say why I love her Always providing […]

Eastern New Mexicans shade-seeking kind of folks

By Grant McGee Local columnist “Was it really years ago? Seems like only yesterday … ” So goes the opening line of the Waylon Jennings song “Old Friend.” Yeah, it’s like it was only yesterday that I drove on down to Lubbock to see Waylon in concert. It was a hot spring day about 15 […]

Artistically different

Derek Major: Staff photo
Corey Pickett’s piece of the Black Panthers is on display at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library Thursday. Pickett’s work known as Out Of The Box will be on display until Feb. 27.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor @pntonline.com On a typical night Corey Pickett stalks the sidelines, gives his team direction and works the referees as Clovis Christian’s high school basketball coach. On his own time, Pickett is an artist. His works are on display until Feb. 27 at Eastern New Mexico’s Golden Library. Pickett, who […]

Center’s focus to help more senior citizens

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Meals, home assistance and transportation are top priorities for Roosevelt County senior citizens, a Thursday public forum established. The Community Services Center in Portales hosted a full house with more than 50 people attending to share thoughts and concerns on how the organization’s programs and volunteers can better serve […]

You’d think I’d wear the warm clothes when it’s cold

By Audra Brown Local columnist The weather likes to keep everybody guessing. It seems like this time of year, it likes to put out a few, nice, warm days before swapping back to cold in the middle of the day and catching me with my coat in the pickup, rather than between me and the […]