Area road closure information – Dec. 30

Area road construction Curry County continues to patch potholes on roads throughout the county. Please, be aware of workers and posted speed limit signs. Constructors, Inc. remains on First and Second streets in Portales. On First Street, the north lane remains closed from avenues C to K. The open lane is narrow between avenues J […]

Technology has pampered our progress

Grandpa Tommy was reminiscing, "It's a shame everybody couldn't go through the Great Depression. I know what he meant. I think. He didn't mean it like "It's a shame everybody hadn't been in a concentration camp or had polio." He was remarking that most of us Baby Boomers and younger are unable to appreciate how […]

Holiday Closures – Dec. 30

The following businesses will be closed Jan. 1 in observance of New Years Day: American Heritage Bank Bank of America Bank of Clovis Cannon Federal Credit Union Citizens Bank James Polk Stone Community Bank New Mexico Bank & Trust U.S. Bank Western Bank of Clovis Wells Fargo Bank Clovis Municipal Schools Clovis Community College Clovis […]

Events Calendar – Dec. 30

Today Zamora Team Roping — 9:30 a.m., Curry County Events Center. #11 World Series qualifier, #10 World Series qualifier, #9 World Series qualifier. Information: 505-469-4388. Monday Steven Watson Memorial New Years Eve Ranch Rodeo — 2 p.m., Curry County Events Center. 4hd calf roping, 12 and under Shetland pony bareback bronc riding, open bronc, sorting, […]

My Turn – Resolve must be strong in 2013

This year I am determined to keep all 10 New Year's resolutions. Last year I only kept three: Not bad for a batting average, but not stellar when the ones kept were exercising five more minutes per week, saving $5 more per month and eating five fewer vegan meals per year. My problem was setting […]

Year in Review – Prayer divided city

Editor's note: This is one of a series on top stories in the PNT coverage area in 2012. In mid-September, Portales' city leagues Sports Director Mike Doerr told the Portales News Tribune that coach-led prayer would no longer be allowed at games under the city's auspices. He added that, "There's nothing up for discussion." Doerr […]

Year in Review – Police faced setbacks

Editor's note: This is one of a series on top stories in the PNT coverage area in 2012. To say that 2012 was a bit of a rough year for the Portales Police Department would be a major understatement. By the time fall turned to winter, the Portales PD had a new chief but had […]

Their view: Senate should pass House proposal to avoid fiscal cliff

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson issued the following statement urging the Senate to act on legislation that would avert the fiscal cliff of tax increases on every American: "Although the Senate has passed legislation that would affect tax rates at the start of the new year, the bill itself is unconstitutional, as S. […]

Editorial: Real ID Act step down slippery slope

You wait in line, oftentimes for hours, at the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles office to obtain a driver's license. After all, it's the state's exclusive business to ensure that you meet the requirements set down to qualify for a license, right? Not so fast, according to an intrusive federal law called the Real […]

Local charities use gifts efficiently

One day remains to make a charitable gift that benefits others, make you feel good for your actions, and allows you to take a tax deduction for 2012. A new tax year starts Tuesday. When you make a gift, give with confidence to Curry and Roosevelt charities that have been designated by the Internal Revenue […]

Hounds, Zias return from holiday break

Andrew Helton would certainly like to have a better record than 5-6 at this point in the season, but he says it's all relative. "We're better than our team was a year ago, and we were 9-4 (at this point)," the fourth-year Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball coach said. "It's a function of our […]

Lady Cats make short work of another foe

Clovis High's girls continued to cruise in the Plateau Wireless Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. They may get a stiff test in tonight's championship game. Much as they had Thursday against Albuquerque High, the Lady Cats dominated Class 2A county foe Texico from the get-go, rolling to a 20-2 first-quarter lead and a 57-12 […]

Roswell holds off Lady Rams in title game

ROSWELL — Despite three potential game-winning shot attempts in the final 10 seconds, the Portales Lady Rams fell to Roswell High 32-31 Friday in the championship game of the Roswell Goddard Holiday Classic. Freshman Kambrey Blakey scored 15 points and freshman Sheraya Cox added eight for the Lady Rams (9-4), who rallied from a five-point […]

Denver City pulls away from Rams late

LITTLEFIELD — Portales' fourth-quarter magic in the Wildcat Classic ran out Friday against Denver City. With the help of a 13-for-16 effort at the free-throw line, the Mustangs pulled away in the final quarter for a 65-58 win over the Rams in the championship semifinals. Portales (4-4) dominated the fourth quarter in pair of wins […]

Making a fresh start

With a new year arriving, Clovis and Portales residents are preparing to rid themselves of bad habits or committing themselves to projects, ideas or people. File photo Local musician Will Banister is one of many area residents making new year's resolutions for 2013. Banister said as far as music is concerned, his resolution is to […]

Trent Internationale reaches boys final; Gallup in girls

Sugar Land, Texas-based Trent Internationale advanced to the finals of the boys Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic on Friday at Rock Staubus Gym by beating El Paso Cathedral 59-49. Senior guard Qua Foster scored 22 of his game-high 28 points in the second half for the Phoenix (9-3), who pulled away from a 41-41 tie early […]

McGee: Time to get to know new neighbors

I was taking my trash out to the alley trash bin only to discover it was full. So I walked to another trash bin past one of the rent houses in the neighborhood, realizing that I had no idea who lived there. In years past I've gotten to know some of the folks in that […]

In search of ponies: Pet obesity likely human’s fault

Mmm… Cheese balls, cookies, dips, turkey, smooth, creamy gravy, stuffing and potatoes, and let's not forget that fruit cake, dense and rich enough to sustain a small country for a couple weeks… Yeah, this time of year things are good around the table, and the table legs. A truly lucky pooch or kitty might even […]

Year in Review – Siblings’ deaths rocked town

Editor's note: This is the second of a five-part series on the top stories in the PNT coverage area in 2012. The death of the Anthony brothers of Elida is No. 4 on the PNT's list. It didn't even happen in Roosevelt County, but when one truck was hit by a larger truck in Chaves […]

Rams win pair in first day of Littlefield tournament

LITTLEFIELD — The Portales Rams used big fourth quarters Thursday to win twice and advance to the semifinals in Littlefield's Wildcat Classic basketball tournament. Portales stretched its early-season winning streak to three by overhauling Shallowater 65-62, then blowing out Andrews 84-56. The Rams (4-3) will face undefeated Denver City in a 4 p.m. (MST) semifinal […]