Portales resident thankful for second chance

Amidst the loud chatter and the aroma of turkey and stuffing, Paul Mefford sat grateful with a smile you could spot from a mile away. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Mikayla Ferrell, left, and Kambrilyn Eppinger color Thanksgiving pictures at the Portales Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Ferrell and Eppinger are both part of military families and they […]

Murder trial canceled

The trial of a Portales man being charged with murder in connection with an April 2011 shooting death that was scheduled for Monday has been canceled, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler declined to comment on the reason the trial was canceled. Jorge Alonso Quinonez-Hernandez, 22, and two other men were arrested […]

Their view: GOP’s top-down approach must change

John Billingsley is 1st vice chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. Here's a snippet from his recent column on post-election strategy: Election Day was a tough one for Republicans. It was tough for our candidates, our volunteers and Gov. Martinez. Despite an investment of nearly $3 million by the governor and her related […]

Libertarian values bring peace

Being libertarian isn't all fun and games. We are not necessarily the "party crowd" we are sometimes made out to be. While some libertarians are undoubtedly that way, as are many non-libertarians, it certainly isn't a given. Libertarianism is not about taking liberties, but about respecting the liberty of others to do as they wish […]

Editorial: Giving up on America is un-American

It's hard to take seriously the thousands of people who have signed a petition urging Texas to amicably divorce the rest of the union. Even in the fiercely independent Lone Star State, this idea is roadkill. While the signatories are exercising their right to free speech, this idea is just plumb screwy and an odd […]

What are you thankful for?

Stay-at-home mother Anna Mitchell shared a laugh with her friend Sarah Pattison as they watched Mitchell's children climb and hang off of the jungle gym like monkeys. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Rylie Mitchell, 7, left, and Reagan Mitchell, 5, taunt their mother as they stand and dangle from the Rotary Park gym Wednesday during a […]

Businesses highlight Black Friday deals

Local retailers in Clovis and Portales have increased sales events to attract customers this Black Friday. Burns Do It Center in Clovis will have its first Black Friday sale since reopening at a new location last March. The store is holding a giveaway on Black Friday. A shopper's name will be drawn and the recipient […]

Meetings Watch – Nov. 22 – RGH

The board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District met in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital: Eva Stevens, chief financial officer, reported on the financial statements and balance sheet for October. Gross revenue were up for the month at $4.8 million, resulting in operating revenue […]

Q&A: Clovis area U.S. Air Force recruiter discusses career

Tech Sgt. Norris Robbins, originally from Birmingham, Ala., serves as a recruiter for the U.S. Air Force in the Clovis area. He has served in the Air Force for 14 years and has experience in logistics, equipment management, mobility and flight-line work. He has deployed overseas to Iraq several times and has served at bases […]

Police Blotter – Nov. 22

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 1 a.m.: Caller reported a disturbance near her home, Portales. 1:10 a.m.: Caller requested a welfare check, 200 block of North Mike. 4:30 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 800 block of West 16th Street. 6:42 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance for a subject who fell, 400 block […]

Events Calendar – Nov. 22

Today Portales Community Thanksgiving dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Memorial Building. Deliveries from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To place an order: 356-4241 or 356-6001. Information: Joe at 607-5927 or Veda at 693-3319. Wednesday Free meal at St. Helen's — 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Helen Catholic Church. Alzheimer's "Savvy Caregiver Program" — 10 a.m.-noon, Los […]

My Turn – Easy way out of kitchen duties

If you drew kitchen duty today and are feeling a bit overwhelmed, here is a helpful suggestion for next year: volunteer to work at the annual Turkey Day at First United Methodist Church when it rolls around in early November. Besides being one of the premier social events in Portales, an unspoken side benefit of […]

Empty stockings to get filled

For many families in eastern New Mexico, times are tough. It's never more true than during the Christmas season, when there is pressure to not only make a living but a Dec. 25 worth remembering. On Friday, Clovis Media Inc. launches its Empty Stocking program, in partnership with The Salvation Army, to help some of […]

Letters to the Editor – Nov. 21

Conservatives lost election, not minds A comment on David Kilby's letter last week regarding climate change: Kilby sorely misrepresented the issue at hand. The guy probably still sports a Gore-Lieberman bumper sticker on his electric car. The controversy over climate change isn't whether or not it exists, but rather the ridiculous, arrogant claim that it […]

Christmas gift list pretty simple

I have plenty to be thankful this season. But so do you, dear readers. Yes, both of you. You don't have to read one of those "things Kevin is thankful" columns. Instead, I give you a gift by avoiding that easy holiday pitfall of columnists … and instead go right into the next holiday pitfall. […]

Military pay cap budget option

The Congressional Budget Office has released a report on military compensation that puts a red laser dot on nearterm pay raises, beneficiary healthcare fees and retirement of future forces as potential cost-saving targets Congress might want to consider in any debt-reduction deal. Thanks in part to what CBO says were pay raises that exceeded private […]

Viewpoint: Budget fixes will not be without pain

The top executives of more than 80 U.S. corporations signed on to a letter calling for a bipartisan solution to the federal government's fiscal problems by looking at the revenue and the spending sides of the ledger. The letter says, "Policy makers should acknowledge that our growing debt is a serious threat to the economic […]

Stores closing on Thanksgiving holiday

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Thursday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday: American Heritage Bank (closed 1 p.m. Wednesday) First Financial Credit Union City of Portales offices Elida Municipal Schools (closed Wednesday) Eastern New Mexico University (closed Wednesday) Floyd Municipal Schools (closed Wednesday) J.P. Stone Community Bank (closed […]

Meetings Watch – Nov. 21

City council At a Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in city hall, councilors: Approved ratification of finance department's actions regarding bills for October 2012. Approved a resolution for mid-year budget adjustments. Approved city manager Tom Howell finding a candidate to be the city's lobbyist and draw up a contract and present it to city councilors […]

Not too early for Christmas list

I have plenty to be thankful this season. But so do you, dear readers. Yes, both of you. You don't have to read one of those "things Kevin is thankful" columns. Instead, I give you a gift by avoiding that easy holiday pitfall of columnists … and instead go right into the next holiday pitfall. […]