Mixed reactions to health care ruling

La Casa Family Health Center CEO Seferino Montano declared Thursday a victory in health care reform. Rep. Stuart Ingle, R-New Mexico, said President Barack Obama's health care bill will not help the current health care system. Seferino and Ingle were two of many who expressed mixed reactions to the Supreme Court's historic ruling to uphold […]

Business owners voice concerns over road construction

With weather and other factors putting the year-long U.S. 70 construction project behind, local business owners asked project officials Thursday how the delays would affect the schedule and their businesses. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Representatives from local restaurants, companies and Eastern New Mexico University attended an open meeting held in Portales' Memorial Building to voice […]

Their view: Licensing creates obstacles to opportunity

Robert Kramer, a communications associate with the Institute for Justice writes about licensing. Here is a sampling: As the July 4th holiday approaches, American's thoughts will rightfully turn to the freedoms we are supposed to enjoy. But consider two facts in that context: In the 1950s, roughly one in 20 American workers needed the government's […]

Societies shouldn’t be ‘run’ at all

When I defend liberty I constantly get accused of condoning all sorts of things I don't condone. Rather than "condoning" them, I realize that those things are simply none of my business; not mine to approve or condemn. Nor are they anyone else's business, either. Recently a fellow libertarian posted a comment on Face-book that […]

Country founded on biblical principles

I love my country and I want it back. I don't want our anthem changed. I don't want my flag disrespected. When I pledge the flag I say, "One Nation Under God." I want my money to have "In God We Trust" on it. Our founding fathers had the wisdom to govern our constitution on […]

Forum focuses on lack of housing

Lack of rental properties are still a problem in the Clovis and Portales communities, largely due to the influx of Cannon Air Force Base personnel, according to local real estate officials. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Kent Carruthers, chair of the Housing Task Force, introduced real estate officials, who spoke Thursday on housing needs in Clovis […]

Portales woman jailed for overdue library books

Lori Teel says she doesn't use the Portales Public Library, never has, and probably never will after what happened to her the night of June 12. Teel, pregnant and the mother of four small children, was arrested, handcuffed and hauled away to jail in front of her kids for failing to pay library fines of […]

Police blotter: June 29

Call logs for Portales police, sheriff and fire: Wednesday 9:17 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 1300 block South Avenue D. 9:25 a.m.: Caller reported a domestic situation between a brother and a sister, 1500 block South Avenue E. 9:49 a.m.: Caller reported a reckless driver, U.S. 70 near Elida. 10:12 a.m.: Caller reported a false […]

My turn: UFO festival fun, affordable

Other than enjoying good times of barbecuing with friends on Sunday, I should probably be embarrassed to admit that the rest of my weekly entertainment included more obsessive catching up on Netflix. I have been catching up on the television show Bones, which is about a forensic anthropologist who solves murder cases. Yes, it sounds […]

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay […]

Fishing report – June 27

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed […]

My turn: Dear friend worked to save book collection

There's an African proverb that says, "When an old man dies, a library burns down." It honors the loss of a lifetime of memories, experiences, lessons, and stories. But for my dear friend, Richard Lambirth, the proverb might need to be rewritten. Richard died early this month, after a lifetime of seriously collecting books, many […]

Whooping cough cases climbing

Confirmed cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in New Mexico are three to four times higher than previous years, according to Chad Smelser, medical epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health. Smelser said he did not know the exact numbers of whooping cough cases in New Mexico in 2011, but numbers have […]

High schooler headed to Germany

Portales High School student Isaac Brown will be traveling to Germany courtesy of the Portales Rotary Club's revived youth exchange program. Brown The program, administered through Rotary International, sends students abroad for one year. While Brown, 16, is sponsored to go to Jessen, a town about 20 miles outside of Berlin. Portales will be host […]

Ticket feature: Roswell UFO Festival going strong

Based on a visitor that's still questioned more than 60 years later, the City of Roswell is welcoming all walks of visitors Thursday through Sunday with its annual UFO Festival. Courtesy photo: Roswell Museum One of the features of the annual UFO Festival in Roswell is the costume contest, held for adults, kids and even […]

Police blotter – June 28

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 11:30 a.m.: Walk up for fingerprints. 11:48 a.m.: Caller reported three stray dogs running around, 300 block South Avenue D. 11:52 a.m.: Caller reported a dead cat, 800 block East Danube. 12:08 p.m.: Caller reported being harassed, 500 South Roosevelt Road U. 12:33 p.m.: Caller reported a […]

Press release: Cargill to build new feed facility in Bovina

(From Cargill) MINNEAPOLIS, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Cargill announced today it will build a new facility in Bovina, Tx for various feed product production including its Sweet Bran® and RAMP specialty feeds. The facility will be located on an adjoining property to an existing Cargill Cattle Feeders (CCF) location. "We are very excited about […]

Their view: Farm bill supports N.M. agricultural industry

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman this week voted to approve the farm bill that passed, 64-35, and was sent to the House of Representatives. Here is his press release: Agriculture is a more than $3 billion industry in New Mexico. Our state has more than 21,000 farm operations, with our top commodities being dairy, beef cattle […]

Perfect wager all about the gamble

My name is Kevin, and I've got a thing for gambling. I'm not trying to be a Gamblers Anonymous member, as I'm pretty bad at anonymity. Nor am I trying to make light of people who have serious gambling problems and need all the help and self-control they can get. I think my attitude on […]

Editorial: Supreme Court ruling does not fix immigration

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona immigration law, and life as we know it continued. Both sides claimed victory in what amounts to a ruling that changes parts of the controversial law but leaves the nation no closer to an effective strategy to address immigration. While the high court ruling primarily centered on […]