City considers water restrictions

As summer approaches, bringing increased demands on shrinking water supplies in the drought stricken High Plains, water restrictions are the order of the day. Albuquerque began mandatory water restrictions April 1, effective through October, and Carlsbad initiated voluntary, stage one water restrictions the same day, according to news reports. Lubbock has also mandated water restrictions. […]

Zias shut out Kingsville to open series

PORTALES — Freshman Amy Smith pitched a three-hit shutout and Elizabeth Velasquez and Katie Ramsay hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, leading the Zias to a 5-0 win in the first game of their two-day Lone Star Conference series. Smith (6-14) struck out five and walked six while recording the Zias' first shutout […]

Portales suffers first loss in split at West Las Vegas

Portales ran its season-opening win streak to nine before losing in the second game of a road doubleheader Thursday at West Las Vegas. Kelsey Laurenz scatted six hits in the opener and batterymate and sister Simone Laurenz went 4-for-5 with a two-run double as the Lady Rams cruised to a 10-4 win. Marissa Cordova limited […]

Letter to the editor: Bill proposes easier move to civilian workforce

Angela Hansen is disabled Air Force veteran who lives at Cannon Air Force Base, where her husband is stationed. This submission on the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 is part of a project for a college class. The Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 is a bill that would allow for veterans of the military to […]

Walker should stay as Wisconsin governor

Few people should be surprised that a recent poll of Wisconsin Republicans shows 82 percent of them approve of embattled GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Or that the state's liberals — led by Democrats and their union labor leaders who create smear and fear in equal measure — have targeted him in a June 5 recall […]

Residents reflect on Lent

The tradition of practicing Lent is not about what you give up but about what you gain, according to local Lent participants. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Kathy Hale sews purple cloth Thursday afternoon in preparation for a Thursday night service at St. Helen Catholic Church. The service honors Jesus Christ's last supper with his disciples. […]

Police Blotter: April 6

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 11:12 a.m.: Officer was requested to attempt to locate a stolen vehicle, 900 block of South Globe. 12:46 p.m.: Officer was requested to attempt to locate stolen vehicle, 1600 block of South Avenue E. 1:03 p.m.: Officer requested in reference to student trouble, […]

Family, friends gather to remember student

Between the tears and the sniffling, a comical picture of Peyton Chavez — like him in a hula skirt and bikini top — would pop up during the slideshow, causing an uproar of laughter in the Portales Junior High School gym. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Thursday was an emotional day for Portales Junior High School […]

Be wary of brown recluse spider

The brown recluse, also called the violin spider, is a venomous spider found in Elida, Portales and Clovis. Drs. Darren Pollock and Kenwyn Cradock — entomologists with the Natural History Museum at Eastern New Mexico University — and I have identified specimens collected by Ken Carlson from these areas. They are definitely brown recluse spiders. […]

Dora news: April 6

FFA winners at Roswell contest Pasture and Range — first place: Taylor McAlister, third high individual Dairy Foods — first place: Lindsey Fletcher, third high individual Livestock Crops: Second place: Taylor McAlister, first high individual Farm Business Management, 3rd place: Kyler King, 2nd high individual in Home Site. Sports schedule Today — Varsity/JV baseball at […]

My turn: Jamboree full of talent

Floyd Lions Club members weren't lying when they said this year's Floyd Jamboree would be the best one yet. I attended the Thursday night show last week and the event had a great variety of songs and performers. The instruments sounded amazing and there was fun humor thrown in, such as someone in a devil […]

Religion column: Easter proves love stronger than death

The tomb is empty. The stone's been rolled away bringing endless hope to the human heart. We have been redeemed. Let the world rejoice. He is risen! It is the greatest moment in the annals of time. Easter symbolizes victory. Jesus is our champion. The one who endured the cross still reaches out to hurting […]

Friday morning briefing: An egg hunt, hitting a knuckle ball and and a fast ostrich

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Egg hunt There's an Easter egg Hunt 2 p.m. Saturday at the Softball Complex on Industrial Drive in Portales. It's open to all kids ages 10 and under. Information: Veda Urioste at 356-6662, ext. 1018 or Joan Martinez-Terry at 356-6662, ext. 1012. Breakfast The American Legion Auxiliary […]

Chubby Checker to headline music festival

Singer-songwriter Chubby Checker is coming to town. Courtesy photo Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said Chubby Checker will be the headliner for Clovis Music Festival, scheduled for September. Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said Checker, who rose to stardom in 1960 with the […]

ENMU counselors say more students seeking help

Eastern New Mexico University wellness counselors believe the stigma associated with seeking help is going away. Since 2006, the number of students seen at the career and counseling center has increased each year, according to Susan Larsen, director of career and counseling services. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Office assistant and Eastern New Mexico University freshman […]

Police blotter – April 5

Here is a sampling of Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 1 p.m.: Caller reported a stray dog in the area, 300 block north Laredo. 2:14 p.m.: Caller reported being hit by a cane, West Fir and North Avenue M. 2:40 p.m.: Caller reported his wallet being stolen, Walk up. 4:02 p.m.: Caller […]

My turn: Rather spend spring break on the High Plains

A dozen Midwestern college students spent part of their spring break in the Milnesand area last week doing some volunteer work for The Nature Conservancy. On their last night here, my TNC friend, Tish, invited me to stargaze with the group. We walked a couple of hundred yards east of Milnesand on a quiet side […]

Zias third, Hounds seventh at Snyder rodeo

SNYDER, Texas —Eastern New Mexico University's women finished third and the men seventh over the weekend in the Western Texas College rodeo. The Zias tallied 285 points, trailing Texas Tech (355) and Vernon College (345). Junior Jessie Kirkes was second in the first go in 7.5 seconds and second in the short go in 7.8 […]

Ticket feature: ‘Sordid Lives’ on display in Amarillo

The story of "Sordid Lives" has taken on numerous forms, from Del Shores' 1996 play, to the 2000 film Shores wrote and directed, to the 2008 television series. Courtesy photo The following scene from "Sordid Lives," presented by Amarillo Little Theatre, features Wardell (played by Brent Womble), LaVonda (Treva Oller), G.W. (Scott Royster) and Noleta […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cheap books, ripening tomatoes and irrational fears

Good morning and welcome to the Thursday briefing. Books cheap The Friends of the Clovis-Carver Library offer good books cheap at their sale, beginning Saturday and continuing through next week during library hours. Meetings watch The Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. today at city hall. Curry County Commissioners meet at 4 p.m. Friday […]