Portales trainer helps Clovis officer in weightlifting

By Dave Wagner Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum has always enjoyed weightlifting and working out to stay in shape. But he wondered about the possibility of competing as a bodybuilder. It’s something he thought he’d enjoy. Encouraged by friends and aided by Michael Gonzales of Portales, Yoakum recently participated in two bodybuilding events sponsored by […]

Fun takes center stage at town square

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By Mike Linn A wisecracking stuffed dog wheeling around the Portales square in a fire truck? It earned a plethora of attention from curious children — and a few adults — on Thursday. But many of the interested onlookers were unaware of how a stuffed animal could be so witty and such a talented driver. […]

Man surrenders to police after 16-day disappearnce

By Kevin Wilson Isaac Porras’ restroom break is over. The 21-year-old Clovis man was arrested June 24 on charges of filing a false report with police. Following his arrest, Porras was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for treatment of a head wound. From there, he walked away from police custody after receiving permission to use […]

Calendar, July 25

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 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 — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

Jesus whispers, “Hold Steady”

By Joan Clayton My plants take a beating with these hot windy days. At noon they curl up their leaves and wilt. All of my work and energy wasted, I think. I made plans in early April about my garden. I gave my flower beds tender care by planting, watering, and fertilizing. The plants thrived […]

Church acquires new name, new pastor

By Gary Mitchell Pastor Jim Maxwell has set at least two goals since assuming the pastorate of Portales’ Trinity Family Center. His primary goal is spiritual — to reach more people for Christ, especially among the younger crowd. “One of our greatest goals is to reach younger people,” the 50-year-old pastor said. “My wife (Anita) […]

Buglers needed for veteran’s funerals

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A bugler will be available to play taps at the funerals of more veterans this year under a state plan. More than half of the roughly 1,400 burials last year at Santa Fe National Cemetery had no live bugler. A tape is often played at funerals at private cemeteries […]

Dora High teen wins cooking contest

By Mike Linn Jena Bilberry wasn’t going to let a frito pie win this year’s New Mexico 4-H cooking competition. The Dora High School junior who had smelled but never tasted victory in seven previous years finally won approval of the judges’ stomachs on July 16 in Las Cruces. She edged 16 other competitors and […]

Caught red-handed with bluebonnets

By Helena Rodriguez I promised last month to tell the story of how bluebonnets almost got me in trouble with the Texas law. You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t Mess With Texas!” Well, them Texans don’t like you messin’ with their state flower either, even if you’re a Nuevo Mejicano only visiting the state for 2 […]

Colleges look forward to larger enrollments

By Gary Mitchell Interest in higher learning is on the rise. All four area colleges anticipate higher enrollment figures for the upcoming fall semester. Officials at Clovis Community College and the Clovis/Cannon branch of Wayland Baptist University say they’re hoping to see record growth this term. “We had record enrollment in 2002-2003 with an increase […]