Editorial: No danger evident, no reason to ban taxpayer from PRC

It was encouraging this week to see that most of New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission disagreed with its chairman, Pat Lyons of Clovis, who wanted to ban a man from attending and speaking to the group. Martin de la Garza often gives rambling, long-winded, accusatory testimony at PRC meetings. He was fired in 2009 for […]

Hats off

After the tassels turned and the caps flew high in the air, family and friends rushed the arena floor to embrace their graduates. CMI photo: Tony Bullocks Members of the Portales High School class of 2012 toss their caps into the air during the conclusion of Friday night's graduation ceremony at Greyhound Arena in Portales. […]

McGee: Electrical handiwork leaves something to be desired

I learned a healthy respect for electricity as a kid in school and in Boy Scouts, but every now and then I try to get around the rules of current and voltage. And I get caught by The Lady of the House. That's probably a good thing. She grew up in a house where they […]

DA: Man pointed gun before officer shot him

The man Clovis police shot on Wednesday spent a week threatening his ex-girlfriend before breaking into her house and sexually assaulting her, court records show. Paul Villanueva, 23, of Clovis, was shot after he tried to run out the back door of the woman's house and collided with police. Officer Kevin Littlejohn shot Villanueva in […]

CHS graduation moved to events center

The students came in, two at a time, and split up as they headed to their seats, while Clovis High School principal briefly hummed out, "Pomp and Circumstance." CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis High School seniors file in at the Curry County Events Center Friday morning. The students were practicing for the 10 a.m. […]

Our animal neighbors are quite diverse

After years of living in close proximity or at the very least, sharing the same aquifer, you should probably ask yourself how well you really know your neighbors. Perhaps you think you know them pretty well already, but indulge for a moment if you would, while we run through a few names just to be […]

Alumni offer PHS seniors advice

Tonight marks the graduation of the class of 2012 for Portales High School. Some past Portales High graduates, who returned to be part of the campus family once again, shared their past goals and where they led them while current graduates shared where they plan to go from here: Courtesy photo This is a photo […]

Religion feature: Students tout benefits of yoga

Chantel McConnell was exposed to the exercise aspect of yoga by her mother as a child. As a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University she has learned about the spiritual side. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Yoga instructor Yolanda Chaves, right, and assistant instructor Dawn Woodring have a potluck with their students from the Eastern New […]

Their view: Republican bill does little to address domestic abuse

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., spoke on the House floor Wednesday in opposition to a partisan House Republican bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Below are his remarks as prepared. "Madam Speaker, it is with great disappointment that I rise today in opposition to this bill, not because the issue of violence […]

Ravens nothing to crow about

In Roosevelt and Curry counties, as well as other areas in the eastern side of our state, Chihuahuan ravens are frequently called crows, a common misidentification. Courtesy photo: Tony Gennaro The range of American crows is mid- and northwestern New Mexico in woodland and forested areas; the range of Chihuahuan ravens is eastern New Mexico […]

Resident talks women’s ranch rodeo

Portales resident Megan Burris, a women's ranch rodeo participant for three years, is participating in tonight's all-women rodeo. We asked her to share some insight into women's rodeo: Megan Burris: Courtesy photo Megan Burris of Portales will be competing in tonight's allwomen's rodeo at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds in Portales. Burris said she has been […]

Greyhounds add prep forward

Eastern New Mexico University's mens basketball team on Thursday added prep school forward Lawrence Domingo. Domingo, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward from Stoneridge Prep School in Los Angeles, will join the Greyhounds as a freshman. "He'll start off for us as a power forward," Helton said, noting the Hounds had significant losses at the 4 position. […]

Police blotter: May 18

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 12:37 p.m.: Caller requested an officer to help him get into his house, 1900 block of West 18th. 1 p.m.: Walkup for fingerprints, 1700 block of North Boston. 1:08 p.m.: Caller reported stray dogs, 1000 block of South Boulder. 1:42 p.m.: Case number requested for bench warrant […]

Friends enrich, enhance our lives

Someone has defined a "friend," as being someone who knows everything about you and loves you anyway. Friends bring sunshine and sparkle into our lives. Friends stick by us through "thick and thin." It has been said friends are like postage stamps. They "see us through, even if they have to take a licking." "A […]

B.B. Lees still collecting honors for sporting life

If we tried to put a face to Eastern New Mexico University athletics, it would look a lot like B.B. Lees. No individual in the school's history has brought more prestige and respect. Lees, 81, has battled serious health issues the past four years, but we caught him leaving his Portales home on his way […]

State has no place in marriage

Recently, gay marriage has been all over the news. First, North Carolina voters decided to define marriage in such a way as to prevent homosexual marriages (among others), and then President Obama went on the record in support of gay marriage. Of all the things in life that should not be subject to majority opinion, […]

Police investigating stabbing

A 52-year-old Portales man was stabbed Wednesday evening at a residence on East Brazos Street, Portales police said. The man was flown to a Lubbock hospital early Thursday morning. He was listed in stable condition Thursday afternoon. According to Lt. Mark Cage: Officers were dispatched to 710 East Brazos at 11:48 p.m. where they found […]

Governor re-appoints local educator to council

Michael Shaughnessy of Portales has been re-appointed to the New Mexico Brain Injury Advisory Council by Gov. Susana Martinez. Shaughnessy is a professor of special education and educational studies at Eastern New Mexico University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Mercy College and a Master of Science in education from Bank Street […]

My turn: Excited to spend time with mom

I got to join in graduation festivities last weekend due to my roommate graduating from Eastern New Mexico University. The fun entailed four of her male friends singing karaoke to 1990s boy bands, such as 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. You can only imagine the fun and entertainment that came along with that. High […]

Chamber: Changes in store for annual festivals

The annual events of Heritage Days, scheduled for June 15-16 and the Peanut Valley Festival, Oct. 20-21, will experience significant changes this year, according to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry. Both events will highlight New Mexico's centennial with the Heritage Days parade, a birthday cake and a centennial booth. Terry said […]