Police blotter: Aug. 31

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 11:53 a.m. Officer requested for warrant service, 1000 block of Community Way. 12:18 p.m.: Caller requested to speak to an officer about a dispute, 100 block of South Globe. 12:43 p.m.: Caller requested an ambulance for an elderly male, 700 block of Wylie Cox Circle. 12:57 p.m.: […]

Q&A: ENMU alumni says play based on residents

Playwright and former Eastern New Mexico University student Robert Patrick will be showing his play "You're Family" to benefit the Bennett trust for Eastern New Mexico University at Ruidoso on Sept. 21-22 at the Old Dowlin Mill in Ruidoso. Patrick Patrick answered questions about his play, the life of a playwright and his history with […]

Local gardens survive summer

Margie Plummer held her hand over her eyes, shielding the sun as she surveyed her extensive vegetable crops behind her business, Turnbough's Corner, just outside Portales. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Roosevelt County gardener Margie Plummer, right, picks okra from her garden off of U.S. 70 with her grandson, Andrew Plummer, 10, on Wednesday afternoon. Plummer […]

Ticket feature: Blues Brothers to kick off Cultural Arts Series

With performers from Portales to Chicago to India — and many parts in between — Clovis Community College is set for its upcoming Cultural Arts Series schedule. Courtesy photo The Clovis Community College's Cultural Arts Series is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 with The Blues Brothers Revue at Marshall Auditorium. With 11 events running through […]

Residents plan to stay in town for Labor Day holiday

Locals say they're spending Labor day weekend at home even though AAA's recent travel survey found that more Americans plan to hit the road for the holiday. Portales housewife Carol Martin said she and her family may break from their traditional outing to Sumner Lake State Park and stay in town for Labor Day. "We're […]

Police blotter – Aug. 30

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday Noon: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 1 p.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 1:18 p.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 1:28 p.m.: Caller reported an individual using a stolen credit card, walk up. 1:31 p.m.: Caller reported an alarm, 1300 block South Avenue G. 1:45 p.m.: Someone […]

My turn: Fair booth honors longtime resident

More than a few of us wondered if a Roosevelt County Fair could happen without Lillie Belle Toombs. Lillie Belle, who died early this month at the age of 90, "was the heart of the Home Arts building" for seven decades of Roosevelt County Fairs, according to Connie Moyers, our local extension home economist. Diane […]

Pigskin Preview 2012

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Lady Rams slip past Hobbs in opener

HOBBS — Veteran Portales volleyball coach Ruth Chavez probably won't be sending the tape of Tuesday's season opener against Hobbs into the Volleyball Hall of Fame, but she was pleased with the result. PHS lost two games handily, but pulled out a couple of close ones and left two with a 25-14, 15-25, 25-23, 14-25, […]

Hoaxes flourish in social media

This was supposed to be a column where I remembered the late Bill Nye. I was going to talk about seeing him on TV when I was a kid, and how I will still chant to myself, "Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY," whenever he'd come on places […]

Police blotter: Aug. 29

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Sunday 12:11 a.m.: Caller reported someone chasing her, 1000 block North Avenue B. 12:15 a.m.: Caller requested an officer for a delayed report on a domestic situation, 200 block East Juniper. 12:25 a.m.: Caller reported a vehicle racing, Sixth Street and Avenue D. 1:01 a.m.: Caller reported someone […]

Peanut producers optimistic about crop

Local peanut farmers are hoping for a sunny and dry September to finish off what they're predicting will be a much better harvest than last year for Roosevelt County's prized crop. Sunland Inc. President Jimmie Shearer said last year's harvest was horrible. File photo New Mexico State University graduate students survey a peanut field in […]

Annual food drive dedicated to Taylor

Sharon Null's voice was overcome with emotion, trying to describe the kind of person her sister-in-law, Nancy Taylor, was. "I was only blessed with knowing her eight years," Null said, emotion etched in her voice. "It wasn't nearly enough. She was like a big sister to me." Malinda Montgormery: Clovis Media Inc. Albertsons' employee Chad […]

Roosevelt County Fair unlike any other

I feel like I've never experienced a fair like the Roosevelt County Fair this past week. Being a city kid, I was attracted to the illuminated rides and the delicious deep fried fair food. Features such as pie eating contests, 4-H competitions and livestock shows were somewhat mythical to me because of movies and television. […]

Letter to the editor: Important to look at candidate’s history

When considering someone to fill a responsible position you have to carefully investigate their record. Let's look at GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's record. He supported Bush tax cuts for the rich. The tax cuts account for about half the deficit. He opposes ending the cuts. The Congressional Budget Office could not analyze Ryan's […]

Editorial: DWI laws need to be enforced, not increased

What happened to Aileen Smith as she drove through New Mexico on one of the happiest journeys in a woman's life is a mind-numbing tragedy. But adding to the state's DWI laws in the name of getting tough on repeat offenders won't prevent the same tragedy from happening to someone else — unless and until […]

Tumcumcari volunteer firefighter charged with DWI

A Tucumcari volunteer firefighter involved in a collision while responding to a fire call Sunday has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Edgar Shipley III, 36, failed to stop at a red light traveling north on First Street when his 2007 Jeep Wrangler collided in the intersection with a gray 2012 Dodge Challenger driven by […]

Area high school volleyball preseason capsules

Texico Lady Wolverines District 4-2A CMI photo: Kevin WilsonTexico's Kimber Harrison, left, and Taylor Stevens set up a wall against Portales hitter Audri Underhill during a Saturday afternoon scrimmage at Rock Staubus Gym. The six-time defending Class 2A state champion Lady Wolverines open the 2012 regular season tonight at Melrose. Coach: Kristen Scanlan (5th year) […]

Organizers say fair successful

Successful was the word Roosevelt County Fair officials used to describe this year's county fair with incoming profits up 13 percent from last year. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Roosevelt County Fair officials said sales for fair entrance were up 13 percent from last year's fair. Fair entertainment coordinator Chek Rippee said the Friday night Will […]

Cats to host opener at Capital’s request

Veteran Clovis High football coach Eric Roanhaus will have a chance to enter the New Mexico Activities Association record book at home this week, rather than on the road. The Wildcats, scheduled to open the season at Santa Fe Capital on Friday, will instead play the Jaguars in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Leon Williams […]