Zias alive for league tourney

Eastern New Mexico University's Kate Medrano was one of the Zias' top hitters in 2011, hitting .323 with five home runs. While she's had a tough time this spring, the senior put together a big day on Friday at Zia Softball Field to help ENMU stay in the hunt for a Lone Star Conference tournament […]

A&M-Kingsville rolls past Hounds

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Texas A&M-Kingsville's Jaden Dillon improved to 8-0, facing just two batters over the minimum as the Javelinas routed Eastern New Mexico University 11-0 on Friday in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. Dillon struck out 11 of the 23 batters he faced and walked none. The only hit […]

Lady Rams squeeze out victory in second game

The Portales Lady Rams won two more softball games on Friday, but they had to really work for the second one. After blitzing District 4-3A rival Lovington 15-0 in the opener, PHS rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, then scored four in the eight to pull out […]

EPAC track summary

Thursday EPAC meet At Fort Sumner Boys Team standings: 1. Texico 134 1/2; 2. Fort Sumner 91; 3. Eunice 81; 4. Logan 53 1/2; 5. Melrose 22; 6. Clovis Christian 18; 7. Tatum 17; 8. San Jon 11; 9. Floyd 10; 10. Dora 9; 11. (three-way tie) Elida, Grady, House 0. High point individual: Kolter […]

Friday area prep baseball roundup – April 20

District 3-2A First game Texico 12, Clayton 2 Clayton 010 001 — 2 5 5 Texico 410 403 —12 10 3 Jody Leal and Dakota Montoya; John Myers, Jonah Walls (5) and Josh Treadway. W — Myers. L — Leal. Top hitters — Clayton: Josh Hatfield 1-2, 2B; Zane Vandiver 1-3, RBI. Texico: Jarron Hill […]

Dogs have own way of acclimating to camping trip

T he other weekend we took our dogs with us to the mountains, their first road trip with us. There's Lilly the Aussie mix and Buddy the cocker mix. Lilly is adventuresome and likes to herd things, Buddy likes to stand around with his "dog smile" and wag his tail. When it was time to […]

Return of miller moths best appreciated from porch

During the daylight hours it's easy to forget they exist, but as the sun falls they emerge and in the blink of an eye, they're everywhere. Their shadows flicker by the window and agitate your peripheral vision; they cover the walls, tickle your skin as they pass by and make you think it's snowing in […]

Home and garden show features doghouse contest

The annual Clovis Home and Garden Show is designed for all sizes of upgrades for the average home. But the biggest upgrade for some families this weekend will be for their little furry friend. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Holly Stockstill of Clovis lays out decorations for the front of the Coldwell Banker Realty-sponsored doghouse […]

Lubbock woman facing fraud charges

A Lubbock woman was indicted Friday on charges of nearly $50,000 in fraud over a three-year period, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District. Tovia O'Neal, 35, was charged with one count of misappropriating public assistance over $20,000 and two counts of misappropriating public assistance over $2,500. She faces a maximum of 15 […]

Rams shut out Texico

In a rematch between 2A Texico and 3A Portales, the spoils went to the 3A Rams once again. JOSHUA LUCERO: CMI correspondent Portales senior Brandon Lovato drops a fourth-inning squeeze bunt to bring in a run during Thursday's game against Texico at Ram Field. JOSHUA LUCERO: CMI correspondent Texico's Jonah Walls slides safely into second […]

Lovington tennis teams beat PHS

LOVINGTON — Lovington swept a District 4-3A tennis doubleheader from Portales on Thursday, winning the boys dual 7-2 and the girls matchup 9-0. The Rams' wins came in singles, where Austin Lucero won by injury default at No. 3 and Derek Stone posted a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory at No. 4 singles. In other singles […]

Police blotter: April 20

Samplings of Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 11:36 a.m., Caller reported she found a puppy, 800 block of East Amazon. 11:44 a.m., Caller reported someone stole his air conditioner, 1100 block of North Boston. 12:53 p.m., Caller reported someone stole a washer, 300 block of North Chicago. 2:46 p.m., Caller reported a […]

Habitat for Humanity collecting tools, supplies

Habitat for Humanity is accepting donations of tools, building materials and home supplies noon to 6 p.m. April 27 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28 at North Plains Mall. The tool drive will be held on the recruiters patio at the east mall entrance. Donors will receive a reusable Habitat for Humanity shopping […]

Their view: Celebrity reaction to Dick Clark’s death

Music and television icon Dick Clark died Wednesday at 82. Here are some celebrity reactions, as reported by The Associated Press: "This is a sad day. He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart […]

Teens deserve to be informed of options

We know that the only sure defense against teenagers becoming pregnant is abstinence. Steering clear of intercourse also is the only foolproof way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. The Daily Republic printed an Associated Press story noting that teen birth rates have declined again in the United States. According to the report, the 2010 rate […]

No justice in Florida teen’s slaying

One recent big national news story where I seem to differ with a lot of libertarians is the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin shooting. I have seen the prevailing voices shift support behind whichever of the two the latest reports seem to vindicate. I continue to support both, and neither. Which is to say I support truth […]

ENMU focuses on school safety

With several noteworthy instances of school shootings over the past few decades — notably the Columbine High School shootings 13 years ago as of Friday — Eastern New Mexico University Police Chief Brad Mauldin says it only makes sense to be prepared. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Eastern New Mexico Police Chief Brad Mauldin spoke with […]

Meetings watch: City council

At a public meeting held Tuesday in the Council Chambers at city hall, Portales city councilors agreed to move forward with the first construction phase of the Portales Industrial Park Master Plan. The following were statements made during the meeting: City Manager Tom Howell said Abengoa Bioenergy is operating with a skeletal crew at the […]

Religion column: God’s photo album includes you

Do you like to look at old family pictures? It seems I have had to do a lot of that lately. Sorting through family photos is hard for me. I go through the gamut of emotions with joy, laughter and tears. I also have a profound realization of the brevity of time. It seems only […]

My turn: Tempted to join in on the fun

Every time I take pictures of activities for work, it's tempting to join in the fun. That's the sad part about deadlines and journalistic integrity — they rarely allow such luxuries. On Saturday, I will be taking pictures of the Women's Day Out activities and the Portales Recreation Center being painted for ComCast Care day, […]