Fishing derby continues Sunday

The adage goes that a bad day of fishing is better than a good day doing almost anything else. Saturday at Oasis State Park, the adage could have been that few things beat a great day of fishing — except maybe two of them. Kevin Wilson: CMI staff Kevin Sanchez of Vaughn shows a caught […]

My turn: Agitation comes easily

It is hard to admit, but I may be a psychopath. I have never been violent — except against vending machines — but I seldom feel genuine empathy. Oh, I'm good at pretending. I can look others in the eye and nod empathetically with the best of them — but, as soon I realize that […]

Their view: First amendment doesn’t protect defamation

We often refer to our First Amendment to protect our speech and symbolic actions. Freedom of speech is freedom from prosecution for voicing our opinions and beliefs or for support of our position in civil cases. However it does not by default limit us to exposure, risk or liability. The First Amendment does not protect […]

Defense of Marriage Act illegal

Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner pledged to continue defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act in court — this time against a challenge brought by members of the U.S. armed forces who claim that the law unconstitutionally denies them access to more than 100 family benefits that are otherwise offered to all […]

Parental involvement needed for progress

Hearing state legislators express the same frustrations many of us have about our struggling public schools system is not surprising. Now if only they could either figure out the solution to fix the problems or, our preference, get the state out of the way so more parents can take a crack at it. Education dominated […]

ENMU announces art show results

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales has announced the juried results of the third annual K through ENMU Juried Youth Art Exhibition as part of National Youth Art Month in March. Artists selected for this year's event include: Derek Gonzales, Dora ISD Jaecy Banther, Dora ISD Ryan Lopez, Lindsey Steiner, Portales Joseph Erwin, Lindsey Steiner, […]

What’s Happening: March 25

Today 3rd annual Spring Trout Derby — 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oasis State Park. Open to all ages. $5 park entrance fee and $5 per person to enter event. Information: 356-5331. Monday Kitchen Creations — 6-9 p.m., ENMU campus. The class will meet four times on Monday evenings in Portales. It is a diabetes cooking school […]

Police blotter: March 25

Samplings of police, sheriff and fire calls logs: Thursday 2:49 p.m.: Caller reported a dog in a trap, 200 block of East Quince. 2:55 p.m.: Caller reported stray dogs in the area, 1000 block of Boulder. 3:44 p.m.: Caller reported she found a dog under her car, 900 block of West 17th. 4:03 p.m.: Caller […]

ENMU Preview Day gives high school students peek at college life

It's 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning and three high school juniors are wiping the sleep out of their eyes trying to focus on some big decision making. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Michael Baty, right, wasn't as excited about seeing the Eastern New Mexico University's girls dorm as Anyssa Barbosa. The high school juniors were […]

Errors haunt Zias

Eastern New Mexico University's struggling softball team had a chance to upend Texas Woman's on Saturday at Zia Softball Field. It was a matter of how long the Zias could hold off the Pioneers. ENMU broke down in the seventh, committing two errors to help TWU break a tie with six runs ENMU's Josette Aguirre […]

Cameron beats Hounds twice in final at-bat

LAWTON, Okla. — Last weekend, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team was bludgeoned by Tarleton State in the teams' Lone Star Conference-opening series, losing all four games decisively. Saturday, the Greyhounds experienced the other end of losing, twice getting within an out of victory before Cameron snatched both contests. The Aggies, who were also […]

Rams complete round-robin sweetp

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior Zach Blaeser, with seventh-inning help from senior David Rodriguez, blanked Tucumcari after the first inning on Saturday and Portales edged the Rattlers 3-2 to complete a sweep in a four-team, round-robin baseball tournament hosted by West Las Vegas. The Rams (7-2), who beat the Dons 13-12 on Friday, won their […]

Portales squads finish fifth at Hobbs meet

HOBBS — Senior Collin McAfee won both hurdles races and Portales High's boys finished fifth with 38 points in its season-opening track meet on Friday, the seven-team Gene Wells Relays. The PHS girls also came in fifth with 42 points. Hobbs ran away with both division, scoring 155 1/2 points in the boys meet and […]

Hope Christian blanks PHS tennis teams

The Portales High tennis teams took one on the chin on Friday against Hope Christian at the Bill Wahlman and ENMU tennis courts as the Huskies swept both duels by 9-0 scores. Three matches went to a supertiebreaker in the girls' clash, with Sabrina Montoya falling 10-3 to the Huskies' Nardos Dawit in No. 2 […]

Pioneers hand Zias two losses

Texas Woman's likes to run the bases, as shown by its 110 steals this season (in 121 attempts). As they demonstrated on Friday, though, the Pioneers can also hit for power. TWU smacked four home runs — including three two-run shots in the first inning of the nightcap — in a 10-0, 10-1 Lone Star […]

Rams edge West Las Vegas 13-12

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Mikey Lovato went 4-for-4 and keyed a seven-run fifth-inning rally with a bases-loaded triple as Portales rallied past West Las Vegas 13-12 on Friday in the first game of a four-team, round-robin hosted by the Dons. Portales (5-2) trailed 11-3 after the Dons (5-7) scored seven runs in the bottom of […]

Lady Rams stay perfect

CMI photo: Tony Bullocks Portales sophomore Simone Laurenz is greeted at home plate Friday night by teammates after hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the third inning against Clovis at Portales softball field. PORTALES — Once they got rolling, it didn't take the Portales Lady Rams long to take control of Friday's matchup […]

Friday area baseball linescores – March 23

NMMI Colt Classic At Roswell Championship semifinals Dexter 16, Texico 11 Dexter 420 060 4 —16 14 8 Texico 001 304 3 —11 14 5 Edgar Munoz and Ramiro Robles; John Myers, Carlos Silva (5), Sergio Posada (7) and Jonah Walls. W — Munoz. L — Myers. Top hitters — Dexter: Justin Salas 4-4, 2B, […]

Close encounters of the presidential kind

The president of the United States came to New Mexico this past week. He went to Carlsbad though, he didn't stop to visit us here on the High Plains. It's not the first time someone from the White House has been nearby and didn't drop by to see us. In 2004 President Bush came to […]

Mother Nature always repackaging creatures

Traipsing through dense plants while swatting at exotic blood-sucking insects and side-stepping vipers, some guy in a floppy hat stops to flip over a chunk of rotting wood and BINGO! A new species is added to the list. In the daily grind of alarm clock-drive-work-drive-chores-dinner-TV-lights out-alarm clock, it's easy to believe everything is all figured […]