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 […]

Study proposes pay changes

If endorsed by the White House and enacted by Congress, a new blueprint for modernizing military compensation after 11 years of war would reshape many traditional service pays to strive for more efficiency. The 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, after two years of study, has produced some wide-ranging recommendations, from replacing combat zone tax […]

Police blotter: June 27

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Monday 12:28 a.m.: Officer requested to respond to caller's home, 700 block of West 16th Street. 1:07 a.m.: Caller requested a deputy regarding suspicious activity, South Roosevelt Road 6 and South Roosevelt Road P. 2:56 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 1700 block of South Avenue O. 5:40 a.m.: […]

Bar owner to continue no-cost taxi service

Dawg Houze owner Chad Heflin said he will continue to keep his bar's taxi service free of charge because it's his way of giving back to the community. He originally planned to charge for the Dawg Houze transportation when he began operating the service in late April but decided charging patrons isn't worth the hassle. […]

Missing Clovis girl found

Aly Marques A 16-year-old Clovis girl, missing more than two weeks, has been found safe in Detroit, family members said Tuesday night. Aly Marques will be "returning to Clovis as soon as arrangements can be made," her uncle, Sam Haskell, wrote on his Facebook page. "We haven't been given any other details yet." Haskell said […]

Residents coping with heat

Some Portales and Clovis residents enjoyed cool treats to beat the triple-digit heat Tuesday, others say they're used to the hot temperatures in the summer. Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent Kadyn Collins, 9, gets a snow cone Tuesday afternoon from the Snow Cone Zone Tuesday to cool off after a day at the Portales Recreation Center. […]

Portales native killed in train collision

Beverly Hall's voice cracked as she tried to find the words to describe her husband's character. John Hall "There's no words to describe what an amazing man he was," she said. "He loved God so much and that carried over into his love for his family. He always had integrity in everything that he did." […]

Tasks delegated for incoming regional growth planner

The Local Growth Management Committee decided Tuesday what tasks will be delegated to a regional growth planner. In the committee meeting on May 1, committee members discussed where to go with the position after previous regional planner Rick Draker terminated his contract in the end of April. The Local Growth Management Organization was created to […]

My turn: Lebron deserved this ring

LeBron James critics are now going to have to come up with some different material to taunt him with. The man finally got his championship ring. In an NBA final series where many thought Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant would lead his team to defeat the Miami Heat in six games, the Heat stole it […]

Officials: Arizona bill not likely to have much local impact

Officials polled across New Mexico doubt the Supreme Court upholding the most-discussed portion of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 will have much local impact. But the reason why is, like Monday's decision, somewhat split. In a 5-3 opinion released Monday, the high court eliminated three portions of the law. Portions struck down by the Supreme Court […]

Doherty awarded Melrose baseball position

Melrose promoted from within Monday, giving Jim Doherty coaching duties for the Buffalo baseball squad. Doherty, who came to Melrose from Des Moines last year, finished his first season as boys basketball coach. "Coach Doherty is an outstanding coach and has a background in baseball and basketball," Melrose Schools Superintendent Jamie Widner said. "He played […]

Zias add four distance runners

Four athletes have been signed to compete for the Eastern New Mexico University women's cross country and track and field teams, according to a release from the university. The four athletes, all from New Mexico high schools, include Amber Saiz of Belen, Farrah Hood of Gallup and Hobbs teammates Andrea Whittman and Jherica Rhodes. n […]