Traffic concerns raised

Billie G. Rains made screeching noises as she described the nearly daily occurrence of driver's slamming on their brakes to avoid vehicle accidents on Main Avenue. A Suburban stops beyond the stop sign into the intersection of Third Street and Main Avenue to watch for traffic on Main Avenue before crossing. A hair stylist who […]

Meter change halfway complete

The city of Portales is halfway through four-year project of installing a new automated water meter system. according to City Manager Tom Howel. Howell said city water department workers have spent the last two years replacing outdated water meters with meters that use an automatic reading system, eliminating the need to physically read meters, saving […]

Their view: Legislation aims to curb predatory lending

Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and two other senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic Lending Act. The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to enforce already-existing rules to protect consumers from predatory loans. "Too often, families who […]

Pledge threat to defense budget

Worried by the "sequestration" blade set to fall on defense budgets in January, Republicans are sounding alarms with special hearings, a flurry of press releases and bills that offer at least interim solutions. But will Republicans also reconsider their "anti-tax hike" pledge to the powerful lobbyist Grover Norquist? A rising chorus of critics, including some […]

Editorial: Bushs’ efforts put spotlight on AIDS issue

Before the moment passes, we join others in extending our appreciation for former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura's ongoing support for efforts to break the deadly AIDS epidemic threatening Africa. Thank you, President and Mrs. Bush. The former first couple spent a week earlier this month in Zambia helping to build a […]

Events Calendar – July 25

Today Astro Tots — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Preschool storytime. Play hard. Information: 356-3940. Thursday Big Stars — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Guest musician Travis Erwin. Information: 356-3940. Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m., the corner of First Street and South Avenue B. Dirt City Dance Hall concert — 7 p.m., Yam Theatre. […]

My Turn – July 25

I got the privilege of covering the Portales High School reunion of the class of 1962 this past weekend. I met all of these cool people with memories to share and it made me wonder about my high school class. I wonder if our class can get together and be like we were. It's been […]

Police Blotter – July 25

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Sunday Midnight: Caller reported a party with underage drinking, First Street and Boulder. 12:03 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 1300 block Oakwood Drive. 12:17 a.m.: Caller reported tapping noises on their window, 1100 block Leo Drive. 12:35 a.m.: Caller reported a fight, 1600 block South Avenue D. 12:49 […]

Zia Juniors stay alive at state

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars stayed alive Monday night in the state Junior Division Little League tournament with an 11-1 win over Santa Fe. Zia, which lost to Roswell Noon Optimists 11-4 in a second-round winners game on Sunday, is one of four teams left in the eight-team, double-elimination event, and will face Albuquerque […]

Police Blotter – July 24

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 2:35 p.m.: Caller requested an ambulance for a male in severe pain, 1400 block South Abilene. 3:29 p.m.: Caller reported a stray dog in her front yard, 300 block East Rose. 4:31 p.m.: Caller reported criminal damage, 1600 block South Avenue A. 5:30 p.m.: Caller requested to […]

My Turn – July 24

I was walking along barefooted inside our workshop. You're probably thinking that sounds unwise. You could be right. But it's usually pretty clean, I'm usually barefooted, and there's no terrible ending to this story. My path took me about 2 feet in front of the long forks on a piece of machinery. I wasn't even […]

Event Calendar – July 24

Today Cosmic Crafts — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Olympic crafts: Olympic torches. Information: 356-3940. Wednesday Astro Tots — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Preschool storytime. Play hard. Information: 356-3940. Thursday Big Stars — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Guest musician Travis Erwin. Information: 356-3940. Dirt City Dance Hall concert — 7 p.m., Yam Theatre. […]

Police blotter – July 22

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 12:50 a.m.: Caller reported a missing plane, Airport Road. 1:47 a.m.: Caller reported a male looking inside cars, 1700 block of North Avenue O. 3:49 a.m.: Caller reported a burglary to their vehicle, 1300 block of Oakwood. 6:02 a.m.: Deputy advised of a domestic, North Main and […]

Alumni celebrate reunion

Judy Crume laughed aloud with friends Saturday as she recalled cramming into a classic Volkswagen beetle with 10 other classmates for lunch at a local restaurant while in high school. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Members of the Portales High School Class of 1962 met Saturday for a 50-year reunion at the Memorial Building. Christina Calloway: […]

Next step of U.S. 70 construction project to start

With Phase 1 of the U.S. 70 road construction project beginning its next step by moving over to First Street between University and South Avenue C in Portales, Project Supervisor John Guldemann of Constructors Inc. decided to share information on where road crews are at and where they're going: Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Constructors Inc. […]

HPJRA rodeo endures rough start

Early in Saturday's action in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Events Center, in the world of man-vs.-animal, it was the animals who had the better time of it. Two riders were thrown to the ground, causing temporary delays while they gathered their senses. And then a bull sent another would-be […]

Church holding service project

The Portales Ward and the Llano Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites residents to join them in a service project 8 a.m. Saturday at Oasis State Park The project involves removal of unwanted fences and includes a lunch of hot dogs, cold drinks and watermelon. Volunteers are asked to provide […]

Zia Juniors win opener; Roosevelt County falls to Silver City

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars took the lead for good with an eight-run third and went on to beat Albuquerque South Valley 14-9 on Saturday night in the opening round of the double-elimination state Little League Juniors Division tournament. CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero Clovis Zia third baseman Jacob Wolftongue tags out Albuquerque Eastdale's Josh […]

Shelburne: God’s love never in short supply

We don't hear much about surpluses these days. Shortages, yes. Surpluses, no. But I suppose one thing will never be in short supply. We may even have a surplus of … experts. Flip on any channel. Lift up any rock. Look around any corner. And you'll find yourself eyeball to eyeball with an expert. Looks […]

Editorial: Longer prison sentences costly for states

J ails and prisons are there for a reason: to keep the public safe, to deter crime, bring a sense of justice and responsibility, and, hopefully, reform offenders. A new report suggests that cash-strapped states could save millions of dollars by reducing sentences for nonviolent crimes without risking an increase in crime. The numbers of […]