Court to decide on disability pay

A disabled veteran has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider anew whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran's disability compensation in calculating spousal support. The petition also invites the justices to consider an issue that states are more sharply divided over: Whether federal law bars state courts […]

Their view: Allowing Sunday liquor sales would limit choices

John Livengood, president and CEO of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, offers his view of Sunday alcohol sales. This week, the governor of Connecticut signed a bill expanding the off-premise sale of beer, wine and liquor on Sunday. Like Indiana, Connecticut had previously only allowed the carry-out sales on Sunday of wine at wineries […]

Editorial: Community snapshot cool idea

Portales-area residents are revved up about getting together at 6 p.m. Thursday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The purpose is to have their picture taken — a community snapshot, complete with various modes of transportation, commemorating New Mexico's centennial. What a cool idea. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry said the inspiration comes […]

Q & A: ENMU’s Elder to be honored

Eastern New Mexico University history professor Donald "Doc" Elder is scheduled to be inducted into the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame during an NMBA luncheon on June 9 in Albuquerque. Elder, who turns 60 on Sunday, has broadcast ENMU sports, primarily football, basketball and baseball, for the past 16 years. He has also […]

AG’s office: Noe Torres still awaiting extradition

Accused child killer Noe Torres remains in the custody of Mexican officials, awaiting extradition to the United States, according to a spokesman for the New Mexico Attorney General's office. AG spokesman Phil Sisneros said Tuesday it is "very possible" Torres could go before a federal Mexican judge in the next two or three weeks but […]

Candidates face off in forum

Public service ranked as a top priority of Roosevelt County June 5 primary candidates Tuesday evening at Eastern New Mexico University's KENW-TV studio. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Candidates in the Roosevelt County primary waited under KENW-TV's studio lights for the candidate forum to start Tuesday evening on Eastern New Mexico University's campus. The forum, presented […]

Report shows home values decreasing

The presence of Cannon Air Force Base and its special operations mission, a local Realtor said, creates more of a trend in Portales and Clovis than any statewide factors. Recent sales figures released by the Realtors Association of New Mexico show an upward trend in sales and a downward trend in median home values, while […]

Mid-July target date for start of pipeline construction

MELROSE — The first phase of the Ute water pipeline is expected to begin in mid-July despite a federal lawsuit and two civil lawsuits seeking to halt the project. The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a recommendation Tuesday to begin construction on the pipeline that would carry water from the Ute Reservoir in […]

Candidate forum webcast

KENW-TV will stream a live webcast of the Roosevelt County primary candidate forum at 7 p.m. today. The Event will also be broadcast live from KENW-TV studios to Comcast Cable Channel 19 Public Access for Portales. Here is a link to the webcast: http://198.59.108.27/public_folder.html?folder=1

ENMU briefs: May 23

Membership drive starts soon KENW-TV's Summerfest 2012 membership drive begins in June. People can support KENW-TV by volunteering their time to answer telephones for a few hours from June 2–10. If you are interested in helping with the membership drive, call Rena Garrett at 575-562-2112 or email her at rena.garrett@enmu.edu. Prep courses being offered ENMU's […]

Police blotter: May 23

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Monday 3:31 p.m.: Caller requests to speak to an officer in reference to a civil matter, police station. 4:12 p.m.: Caller reported male with chest pains needs to be taken to the hospital, 1500 block of South First. 4:46 p.m.: Caller reported she has […]

My turn: Life exists outside of work

I usually fear the first time I socialize with superiors outside of a work setting. Just like in high school when you see your teacher at the grocery store or when they accidentally lift a pant leg revealing a tattoo, you have to remember they are people too, and not aliens. As an adult, I […]

No longer valued consumer

I had a birthday last week. It wasn't a major one in the Patton Oswalt rulebook. By that rule, you get to celebrate 1-10, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 and then every decade, and everything else is a waste of cake and paper. But by the television ratings system, I did have a significant […]

Community photo planned at square

A Centennial community photo will be taken on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Roosevelt County Courthouse square, according to a Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce press release. The community at large is welcome to participate in the photo. According to the press release: Chamber Executive Director Karl Terry said the photograph will loosely recreate […]

Police blotter – May 22

Police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 8:46 a.m.: Officer requested for an animal problem, 500 block of West 14th. 9:04 a.m.: Deputy requested for a traffic stop, NM 202. 9:25 a.m.: Call in reference to a grass fire, 200 block of South Roosevelt Road S. 10:08 a.m.: Caller reported a stray cat needs to […]

Late teen subject of student film

Juan Rivera said he only exchanged pleasantries with Peyton Chavez a few times before conducting interviews for a documentary film on the late Portales Junior High School student. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Portales High School media students Juan Rivera, right, and James Idsinga edit a documentary film about Peyton Chavez. Rivera said he learned a […]

City cracks down on unsafe buildings

The city of Portales is not bluffing anymore when it comes to rundown buildings. Either fix the situation or the city will. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Neighbors of this residence on North Austin Avenue that the city has deemed dangerous say the house caught fire a few months back. They hope the issues the house […]

ENMU duo eyes nationals

Eastern New Mexico University's track program has two qualifiers in the outdoor nationals for the first time in five years, and coach Mike Harney thinks both have a chance to finish higher than they're seeded going into the three-day meet beginning Thursday at Colorado State-Pueblo. Isaiah Samoei Junior Isaiah Samoei of Eldoret, Kenya, is ranked […]

My turn: Young man shows chivalry alive and well

Earlier this month I was involved in some serious clean-up. Although I usually work at my desk, I'm no stranger to manual labor on hot days. I don't mind pulling on the gloves. And since I'm no spring chicken, I'm especially grateful for good health and the ability to work a shovel. My job was […]

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 10 p.m. for Curry, De Baca, Quay and Roosevelt counties.