School supplies campaign gaining momentum

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico's "Stuff the Bus" campaign is gaining traction in the community according to a spokeswoman for the organization. United Way received 3,592 school supplies and $740 in monetary donations during the month-long campaign. Last year, which was the campaign's first, brought in 2,627 school supplies. The campaign collects school […]

Paperwork key point at renters forum

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Much like a landlord rights and responsibilities forum in May, the key point illustrated in a Monday night companion forum for renters was paperwork. Matt Rowland, managing attorney for the New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis, opened up the forum by noting that the most important aspect […]

Dora schools to be starting soon

PNT staff Registration for new and returning students for kindergarten through 12th grade will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Buses will not run on this day, nor will meals be served. Tables will be set up to allow parents to complete registration packets. Elementary students will be able to meet their classroom […]

Meetings Watch – August 7

The following items will be on the agenda for the Portales City Council at 7 p.m. today in the Council Chambers at city hall: Update on U.S. 70 improvements. Presentation of Main Street Traffic Study. Notice of Intent to adopt an ordinance amending, deleting and replacing parts and sections of the Lodgers' Tax Article VII. […]

Spokeswoman: ‘Stuff the Bus’ gaining traction

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico's "Stuff the Bus" campaign is gaining traction in the community, according to a spokeswoman for the organization. United Way received 3,592 school supplies and $740 in monetary donations during the month-long campaign. Last year, which was the campaign's first, brought in 2,627 school supplies. The campaign collects school […]

Police Blotter – August 7

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 9:48 a.m.: Caller reported having an argument with their son, 1400 block North Avenue A. 10:26 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 1300 block North Avenue A. 10:31 a.m.: Caller reported a motor vehicle accident, 1600 block East Spruce. 10:38 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 800 block West […]

My Turn – August 7

Finally! August has arrived, just when I was beginning to think it would never get here. While many cling to the wonderfully long days of summer, hoping they'll last a little longer, I'm always a bit eager to see them go. In our line of work, the unspoken business hours are sun-up to sun-down. Construction […]

Events Calendar – August 7

Today Child Seat Clinic — 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Hilltop Plaza parking lot in Clovis. Information: 763-9427. National Night Out — 6 p.m., Greene Acres Park in Clovis. Outdoor activities, food, fun, information, child ID kits, police vehicle displays and DWI Awareness. Information: 763-9427. CAFB Varsity Men's Basketball Team tryouts — 7 p.m., CAFB Fitness Center. […]

Tucumcari native prepares for Olympic competition (Day 5 added)

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Team roping has marathon type of feel

If PBA bull riding is like the 100-meter dash of rodeo events, full of glitz and instant big rewards for the winners, team roping is more akin to the marathon. CMI photo: Kevin WilsonPatty Moberly of Melrose successfully ropes the head at the U.S. Team Roping Championships Saturday at Curry County Events Center, helping her […]

Rams set to begin football practice on Monday

The Jaime Ramirez era in Portales is about to begin. Ramirez, hired in March as the Rams' new football coach, will lead his team into two-a-days beginning on Monday at the PHS practice field. "I'm hoping we're get anywhere from 60-80 kids out," he said. The Rams will practice in shorts and helmets from 6:30-8 […]

Scientists gather to discuss crops

By Alisa Boswell Tye Vineyard, left, Anthony Owusu-Appiah, center, and Courtney Vineyard hoe weeds from pink-eyed pea crops Saturday at Keystone Ranch in Curry County. CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com New Mexico agriculture lives on despite the prominence of drought, according to New Mexico State University agricultural scientists. More than 70 agricultural minds gathered onto two […]

Community Events – August 5

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday's paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

Farmers looking for less heat, more rain

By Benna Sayyed CAPTION Sangu Angadi, a crop street physiologist for New Mexico State University, talked to agricultural science and farming professionals about a new New Mexico crop, the safflower, Friday at the Clovis NMSU Science Center's annual field day. Angadi said after vegetable oil is squeezed from the seeds, there is a protein substance […]

You can only put fire off for so long

Every summer we watch hundreds of thousands of acres of forest burn. As I listen to folks anguish and wring their hands, I have to remind myself it is all part of nature's cycle in the west. Granted we try and blame the Forest Service, the BLM, the pine-bark beetle, untended campfires, tossed cigarettes or […]

Police Blotter – August 5

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday 10:52 a.m.: Caller reported a grass fire, Floyd. 11:26 p.m.: Officer requested a case number, 300 block of East Rose. Noon: Walk-up for fingerprints, 1700 block of North Boston. 1:11 p.m.: Officer requested a case number regarding an animal problem, 1100 block of West Hickory. 1:58 p.m.: […]

Events Calendar – August 5

Monday Tenant Rights and Responsibilities Seminar — 6 p.m., Clovis Community College town hall. Free seminar to inform tenants of their rights and responsibilities. Information: 935-0211. CAFB Varsity Men's Basketball Team tryouts — 7 p.m., CAFB Fitness Center. Active duty, dependents, DOD civilians and DOD contractors are all eligible to participate. Information: 784-7533. Tuesday Child […]

My Turn – August 5

I recently received an email from Andrea Fluhman. I'm having trouble remembering her, but — based on her salutation — we must be close. zzz "Dearest Friend, "I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, my family and I came down here to Madrid Spain for a shot (sic) trip, unfortunately we got mugged at […]

Residents enjoy tax-free holiday

By Kevin Wilson CMI STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Shoppers around New Mexico were filling up their carts, and filling up a few school buses, while trying to not completely empty their wallets this weekend. For the seventh August, residents took advantage of a limited tax-free holiday, which started Friday and runs through Sunday. Under terms of […]

City furious over case

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales city councilor Keith Thomas said Saturday he was disgusted when he learned about felony charges against former Portales police officer Victor Castillo. Castillo, charged Friday with 31 felonies, is accused of maintaining a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl he met while serving as the department's school […]