My Turn – What’s next for homecoming mum?

For anyone who has ever questioned the existence of evolution, I offer irrefutable evidence on display in at least three area schools this weekend: The homecoming mum. I grew up in a basketball school. Mums were rare. Those that occasionally appeared were simple — a fresh white flower, a trickle of ribbons, a sprinkle of […]

Events Calendar – Sept. 27

Today Sprockets — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Preschool story time. Information: 356-3940. New Dawn Educational Services class — 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Portales Senior Citizens Center. Educational class on the signs and symptoms of chemical dependency and addiction and the brain. Information: 791-7061. Night of the Song Bird: Viva Vegas — 7 p.m., Studio Theatre […]

Police Blotter – Sept. 27

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 12:08 p.m.: Caller reported an animal problem, 400 block of Broadmore Acres. 12:46 p.m.: Caller reported her daughter is being threatened, 800 block of North Avenue Q. 1:03 p.m.: Caller reported phone fraud, 800 block of West 14th Street. 1:05 p.m.: Caller reported an alarm, 1200 block […]

Sunland shuts down portion of plant

ALBUQUERQUE — A peanut butter plant in Portales has been shut down since Saturday after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to the facility. The Sunland, Inc., plant is being scrubbed top to bottom and tests are being done to see if the bacteria is on the peanut butter-making equipment. Sunland officials say the rest […]

Weekly LSC volleyball update

Standings All Times MDT Conf. All W-L W-L Angelo State 5-0 12-2 West Texas A&M 4-0 13-1 Texas Woman's 5-1 11-3 Tarleton State 4-1 9-4 Texas A&M-Commerce 3-2 11-3 Incarnate Word 2-3 5-8 Eastern New Mexico 1-3 5-8 Cameron 1-4 5-9 Abilene Christian 1-4 4-9 Midwestern State 1-4 3-10 Texas A&M-Kingsville 0-5 6-7 Friday's matches […]

Zias top Cameron in five

Eastern New Mexico University survived two close set losses Tuesday night, rallying for a 27-29, 25-18, 24-26, 25-21, 15-9 Lone Star Conference victory over the Cameron Aggies at Greyhound Arena. CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroENMU senior Emily Lubbers goes on the attack during Game 2 of the Zias' Lone Star Conference volleyball match against Cameron on […]

Broadening horizons

Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Eastern New Mexico University homecoming queen candidate and sophomore Stephanie McCorkel, left, visits Tuesday with homecoming king candidates Tim McCoy, center, and Phillip Gomez at the Associated Student Activities Board office. The three students said the most exciting thing about running for the positions is getting to know more of their […]

Chief search narrowed to three

Acting police chief Mark Cage is among the three finalists for the city's police chief position. Veteran law enforcement officials Daniel Shawn Fullagar of Coppell, Texas, and Charles Douglas Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., are the other two candidates. The three finalists were chosen from 35 applicants. Jeff Gill retired at the end of August after […]

NMMI blanks Portales boys

ROSWELL — The Portales Rams went toe-to-toe for a half with New Mexico Military on Tuesday. The second stanza, though, was another story. Senior Jorge Garza scored twice to lead the Colts' second-half charge in a 4-0 victory over the Rams. Portales (4-5) controlled the ball for much of the opening half, but couldn't break […]

Lady Rams fall in three on road

ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams weren't able to duplicate a solid home win earlier this month over Class 4A Roswell High in Tuesday's rematch. The Lady Coyotes were in control most of the way and registered a 25-9, 25-19, 25-21 win over the Lady Rams, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. Portales won the […]

ENMU president expects NCAA punishment

Eastern New Mexico University's president said Tuesday he expects the college's eligibility issues to be cleared up by mid-November. He also expects some form of punishment from the NCAA because athletes were missing paperwork required to be kept by the college's compliance office. Steven Gamble has noted that the eligibility questions have been self-reported, and […]

Lady Tigers top Dora, remain perfect

DORA — The Elida Lady Tigers, top-ranked in Class B volleyball, improved to 10-0 for the season on Tuesday with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-18 win over host Dora. The Lady Coyotes, who finished second in an eight-team tournament at Cimarron over the weekend, fell to 3-6 for the season. AREA PREP SUMMARIES Fort Sumner 3, […]

Prep polls – Week of Sept. 24

FOOTBALL Max preps.com Top 5 (plus local teams) Class 5A 1. La Cueva 4-0; 2. Rio Rancho 3-1; 3. Las Cruces High 2-1; 4. Mayfield 2-2; 5. Manzano 3-1. 10. Clovis 2-2. Class 3A 1. St. Michael's 4-0; 2. Silver 3-0; 3. Lovington 1-2; 4. Ruidoso 4-0; 5. Taos 3-0. 8. Portales 1-3. Class 2A […]

Cosmetics company has ‘cash flow’ issues

A cosmetics company that has received nearly $2 million in financial assistance from the city is having issues opening its facility. Clovis city officials are planning a meeting next week to get more information and see what can be done to keep the project alive. Beauty Health and Science Innovations Corp. was formed when Minnesota-based […]

Event Calendar – Sept. 26

Today Wii Wednesday: Wii Sports Resort — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. 13 to 18 years old. Information: 356-3940. Sprockets — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Preschool story time. Information: 356-3940. Night of the Song Bird: Viva Vegas — 7 p.m., Studio Theatre of the ENMU University Theatre Center. Tickets $4. Information: 562-2711. Thursday Sprockets […]

My turn – Thank you, Roosevelt County

I experienced another first in New Mexico this past week, a first that I consider a milestone. I found out Wednesday that one of my Better Newspaper Contest entries won an award. I actually owe a big "thank you" to Roosevelt County because my column about the hospitality of locals during Heritage Days earned me […]

Police Blotter – Sept. 26

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Sunday 12:36 a.m.: Caller reported a domestic situation, 17th Lane and Avenue H. 1:40 a.m.: Caller reported a motorcycle accident, 16th Street and Avenue I. 3:09 a.m.: Caller reported a loud party, 100 block South Globe. 3:16 a.m.: Caller reported a woman lying in the street, 600 block […]

Animals sometimes road hazards

Why did the chicken cross the road? In communities surrounded by agriculture, maybe it's just to get back home after some sort of disruption. It doesn't happen too often, according to local officials, but eastern New Mexico is susceptible at times to something like a stray horse or cow wandering the streets. "Generally, it's because […]

War trauma story affects military

On the stage, seated with a small group of wounded warriors sharing stories of grievous injuries and inspirational recoveries, is an attractive young woman with short and spiked blond hair.When it's her turn to speak, she does so confidently and with a pleasing southern drawl.Tara Dixon introduces herself as an Army Reserve major and a […]

Viewpoint – Social media message blurs content of trial

A Facebook posting about a pending case by 2nd Judicial District Judge Samuel Winder illustrates why the court system is right to be concerned about the use of social media by those involved in justice.Winder recently posted comments about a murder trial at which he was presiding. After the jury convicted the defendant, he posted […]