To do list

Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, School Board Meeting Room. Information: 575-356-5307. Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662. Saturday Supa-Soul Saturdays Open Mic Night — 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Vines upstairs. Cost $8 per person or $6 for military or with a student […]

Meetings watch — Aug. 31

Roosevelt County Commission Roosevelt County commissioners are scheduled to award a contract for chip seal aggregate and approve a resolution supporting Legislative priorities of the New Mexico Association of Counties on Tuesday. Their meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, 501 S. Abilene. Commissioners are expected to hear […]

Labor day closures — Aug. 31

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed today for the Labor Day holiday: • J.P. Stone Community Bank • U.S. Bank • Wells Fargo Bank • New Mexico Bank & Trust • First Financial Credit Union • Western Bank of Portales • City of Portales offices • Portales Public Library: […]

Times, people change

By David Stevens Editor Times change. Who alive in 1948 could have imagined that we’d have mini computers in our pockets today? Or that we’d pay 100 bucks to enter taxpayer-funded professional sports stadiums with fake grass? Or that Colorado and Washington state would legalize recreational marijuana? Eight decades ago, phonograph records and Scrabble were […]

Clovis Music Festival’s gone country

Staff report The Clovis Music Festival is going country this year, with appearances by Phil Vasser, the Kentucky HeadHunters and the Highway Men Live tribute band. The 27th annual festival also includes tours of the Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum and Norman Petty Studios and the 17th annual Desert Cruzers Run to […]

Community calendar — Aug. 31

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 575-356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited.     Friday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — […]

The eyes have it in recent dog study

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It’s one of those little ironies that has become a punch line of sorts — fat ones, skinny ones, short-snouted ones … somehow, dogs and their owners share a resemblance to one another. The fact that dogs often share striking similarities to the people who love them is such an […]

Hopefully your number won’t be up too soon

By Grant McGee Local columnist Did you ever hear that saying, “Well I guess their number wasn’t up”? I can remember the first time I heard the phrase. I was just a kid. My mom and dad were getting ready to go on another trip. They were always going on trips. They’d go to a […]

Pages Past — Aug. 30

On this date … 1967: Poor Boy’s Butcher Shop, at 801 Prince in Clovis, offered 4 pounds of fresh, lean hamburger for $1, in a Labor Day weekend sale. And the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. was promoting a new way to enjoy its products — in no-deposit, no-return bottles. 1955: Around 500 hands were at work […]

Prep football scoreboard — Aug. 29

Las Vegas Robertson 23, Portales 20 Muleshoe 48, Levelland 46 Farwell 24, Panhandle 14 Santa Rosa 25, Texico 12 Bovina 40, Plains 0 Melrose 50, Mescalaro 0

Home team pride

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
The Portales High School Rams prepare for the football 
season wearing the school’s signature red and black colors during their Tuesday afternoon practice. Local high school football fans will be able to cheer on their hometown teams  beginning  Friday.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Two things come to mind when Michael Doerr thinks about high school football in Roosevelt County: pride and unity. “People align themselves with the team and feel like they are a part of it. It creates a sense of unity,” Doerr said. Portales Rams fans will have to travel […]

Student population holds steady

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Portales schools’ student population has been gradually declining the past four years, but officials said it’s holding steady so far this year. Wednesday saw 2,816 students on the roster, compared to 2,804 at the end of last year. Superintendent Johnnie Cain said he is pleased with the overall increase, […]

No time for those pesky varmints

By Audra Brown Local columnist Plowing, planting, branding, weaning, harvesting, herding. Agriculture keeps you plenty busy, but you might not believe how much time is spent on pest control. Fact is, there’s never enough time for this particular duty. It’s almost as never-ending as building fence. On the lower end of the size-spectrum and the […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday: • J.P. Stone Community Bank • U.S. Bank • Wells Fargo Bank • New Mexico Bank & Trust • First Financial Credit Union • Western Bank of Portales • City of Portales offices • Portales Public Library […]

To do list — Aug. 29

Today Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

Police blotter — Aug. 29

Tuesday • 12:39 a.m.: Civil matter, 200 block of East Seventh Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block of South Main Avenue. • 2:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of South Avenue I. • 7:12 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 9:10 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block of South […]

Heard that before

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Drivers take a detour Wednesday afternoon while construction crews prepare to reopen the outside lane of West Second Street. The construction, which has taken nearly 27 months to complete, is said to be wrapping up in about two weeks, but a few business owners are skeptical of the expected completion date.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Chuck Abbott is aware the road construction through the heart of Portales is supposedly coming to an end. He remains skeptical. “They (Constructors Inc. officials) have been saying it would be done time after time,” said Abbott, who owns Big League Sports on the Portales square. “They don’t seem […]

Fairly good numbers

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Fair goers walk through the Roosevelt County Fair’s south entrance during the third day of the fair. According to officials, 2014 fair attendance was up 28 percent compared to 2010.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Statistics don’t lie. The Roosevelt County Fair has grown more popular for the fifth straight year. Numbers released Wed-nesday show the 2014 fair saw 28 percent more people pass through its gates than in 2010. Officials said 4,756 people were on hand for the fair’s finale on Saturday, boosting […]

Today’s technology confusing

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I clearly remember the first cell phone I ever saw, sometime in the 1980s, strapped securely on the belt of a friend. It was huge by modern standards — about the size and weight of a brick, with an antenna as big as a pencil. To demonstrate this wonder, from […]

Chief: Military vehicle earns keep

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor One of the first things Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders did when his department got a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, from the Department of Defense, was to make it look less like a military vehicle. “It’s unfortunate that it’s a big monstrosity,” said Sanders. “We tried to […]