Company appoints vice presidents

Staff report J.D. Heiskell Holdings, LLC has appointed two new vice presidents at the corporate level: Shayleen Rambur of California and Jefferson Hillman of Nebraska. Rambur, the first female to be appointed corporate vice president since the 1940s, has worked for the livestock feed and trading company since November 2004 and has served as controller […]

Pages past — July 12

On this date … 1971: All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl winners at the Curry County 4H Club Rodeo included Joe Calvert of Clovis and Sis Echols of Clovis. Each received hand-tooled leather saddles. 1951: Clovis Chamber of Commerce officials were warning area residents that peddlers were in town. The Chamber’s Better Business Bureau asked residents to […]

Local market off to slow start

Staff photo: Anna George

Patrick Kircher, left, and Don Wiley exchange hellos Thursday on the opening day of the Portales Farmer’s Market. It is Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 5 p.m.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The Portales Farmer’s Market kicked off Thursday evening with only two vendors on site at the First Street and Avenue B market location. While it is off to a typically slow start, the market should expand within a couple of weeks, according to Good Shepherd Farms owner Don Wiley. […]

Former Portales man sentenced to 18 years in prison


By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A former Portales man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to child molestation charges. Jose Zamora, 33, pleaded to three separate counts — one count of criminal sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13 and two counts of criminal sexual penetration […]

Criminal cases continue through court

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER On Thursday, three cases were brought before Portales Ninth Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer: • A pre-trial conference was held for alleged child molester Rocky Banda to discuss the defendant’s lack of an attorney. According to Mowrer, no entry of an appearance was made by another attorney since Tye […]

Local transgender people talk about life experiences


According to a recent report by National Public Radio, New Mexico has one of the nation’s highest percentages of adults who identify as transgender — 0.8 percent. Three area transgender adults agreed to talk with Portales News-Tribune and share their experiences as well as their thoughts on advancements in trans rights. Randi Vigil, 20, is […]

School officials say respect is best transgender policy

By Anna George Staff Writer Transgender policies and practices are a hot topic nationwide. Several Roosevelt and Curry County school officials say respect is the best policy. Johnnie Cain, superintendent of Portales Municipal School District, said school officials have no specific policy regarding transgender students but that their non-discrimination policy covers it when saying […]

Boswell: About to say the hardest goodbye

I know I’ve done it before — devoted my column to my grieving over great staff members and coworkers leaving me for new chapters in their lives. It’s never so much self-pitying as it is a need to pay them tribute or let everyone know how awesome they truly are, because they are good people […]

Stevens: Don McAlavy had a passion for our past

Don McAlavy was known for many talents. Some knew him best as a historian, others as an artist, and still others as an actor. I knew him as a journalist. McAlavy, 84, died in January after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. Memorial services are at 2 p.m. today at Muffley Funeral Home in Clovis. […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Thursday • 1:35 p.m.: Domestic in progress, 200 block South Avenue F • 2:54 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 600 block West 17th Street • 5:17 p.m.: Fire rural, location unknown • 5:39 p.m.: Harassment report, 16th Street/Avenue I, report taken […]

Pages Past

On this date … July 10 1956: Floyd Golden, president of Eastern New Mexico University, was preparing to leave for an education workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The five-day seminar was to be held on the campus of the University of Michigan. 1956: Clovis school board members approved the purchase of land for a new […]

To do list

Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: Unplugged. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Melted crayon art. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: […]

Violence in Dallas

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Police Chaplain Furgus Tunnell of Clovis leads police and citizens in prayer Friday afternoon in front of the Clovis Police Department. The group came to pray for the protection of the police as a result of actions against the Dallas Police Department Thursday evening.

By Laura J. Nelson and Nigel Duara Los Angeles Times MESQUITE, Texas — The shooter, barricaded in a downtown Dallas parking garage, bantered with negotiators during an hours-long standoff. He did not seem nervous and said he was not afraid to die. He told the armed officers facing him that he had been preparing for […]

Mother suing for improper detainment

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR A Clovis mother is suing the Curry County Commission and former employees of the Curry County Detention Center for improper detainment of her son resulting in post traumatic stress disorder. The case brought by Kelly Cook has been randomly assigned to U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt in Las […]

Pages past — July 9

On this date … 1951: A Clovis man, a regular at the city jail for public drunkenness, was arrested for trying to break into a jail cell. The man, 41, had spent the weekend in jail, but was released about noon on a Monday. Then Tuesday night, police said they caught him trying to re-enter […]

Berry: Garage sale taught life lesson

Last Saturday I passed a garage sale. I could not help myself; I had to stop. I don’t often go looking for garage sales, but I can never pass up a good bargain. I have found some really good and useful things. A few years ago I found a rotary phone. I paid a dollar […]

Johnson: Pets, like people, need relief from heat

It’s been a little hard not to notice, but in the interest of giving ample attention to the obvious, it’s hot outside. And if you fell for that cloud cover on Friday, you might as well give up on any hope of rain, fill the back yard pool, dig out the sunscreen and get ready […]

Jail ready for administrator

By Anna George Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator position was posted last week since an interim administrator has held the position since January 11. Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton said the RCDC felt that it was important to maintain some “essential functions” of the facility before worrying about filling the position, […]

Brown: Lots of miles put in on the farm

Modern farming involves a lot of driving. There’s the drive to and from the field, which is likely to vary from no miles to fifty miles, depending on the spread of your operation. I’m not saying there aren’t further fields, but I’m going with confidence intervals, not absolutes today. Then there’s the driving in the […]

To do list — July 8

Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: Unplugged. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Melted crayon art. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: […]