Merry Christmas, God bless ya’ll

We started out the year in Pasadena riding in the Rose Parade as part of RFD-TV's 100 Palominos entry. I came home with flowers in my hair! It was one of five speaking programs I did (out of 65 in 2012) that were in California. The National Western Stock Show in Denver has been a […]

Holiday closings – Dec. 23

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas holiday: City of Portales offices Portales Police Department (Closes at noon on Monday) Portales News-Tribune administration (Closes at noon on Monday) Portales Public Library (Closes at noon Monday) Roosevelt County offices Roosevelt County Magistrate Court Roosevelt County […]

Police Blotter – Dec. 23

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday 9:45 a.m.: Caller requested a case number, 400 block of North Main. 11:01 a.m.: Call in reference to an animal problem, 900 block of East Canadian. 12:04 p.m.: Caller reported a suspicious vehicle, 500 block of West 17th Street. 12:36 p.m.: Caller reported child abuse, U.S. 70. […]

Empty stocking fund – Dec. 23

Today's focus: Family V Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: Mother has just become a single parent and is looking for work but has not been able to find any. She gets no child support or assistance so money is tight. Clothing needs: Boys size 18, shoe size 4; girls size 7, shoe size […]

My Turn – I wear medium, but not polyester

My Christmas newsletter: I am so blessed to live in the flattest place on Earth. When my dog ran away, I watched him for three days until he became entangled in tumbleweeds. When I picked him up on my scooter, he was too exhausted to resist being strapped to the luggage rack for the trip […]

Lighthouse Mission stages Kids Auction

A walk through a west Clovis neighborhood on Saturday turned into an early visit from Santa Claus for Billy Jo Facio and her children. While walking, Facio discovered the Kids Auction at the Lighthouse Mission, an event that placed more than 200 toys in the hands of 72 children. Children from Portales and Clovis benefited. […]

Empty stocking fund: Family W2

Today's focus: Family W2 Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: This family has a single mother who has just been blessed with a new house. With moving into this house, she has had to buy some furniture and beds for the children. This has left very little to buy Christmas toys. Clothing needs: Boys […]

Letters to Santa Claus

Editor's Note: One of the best things about Christmas are the many children's letters to Santa sent to us by the kids or forwarded to us by the U.S. Postal Service for sharing with the community. Sometimes humorous, at times touching, these letters are presented as written by the many children so full of hope […]

Feds allow Sunland to resume operations

Sunland President Jimmie Shearer calls Friday's deal with federal regulators to resume some operations next week a Christmas gift. File photo Portales peanut company Sunland Inc. is set to open some operations, including the shelling of millions of pounds of Valencia peanuts, the day after Christmas after reaching a deal with the Food and Drug […]

Friday area prep summaries – Dec. 21

Boys Farwell 63, Lockney 50 Farwell (12-2) — Colton Morris 20, Austin Mason 12, Ruben Gutierrez 9, Kurt Lankford 7, J.J. Herrera 4, Collin Christian 4, Luis Galvan 3 (1), Christian Pena 2, Bretton Stancell 2. Totals 23 13-22 63. Lockney (2-10) — Kidd 22, Teeter 9, Hooten 8, Dunbar 5, Cortez 4, Fulton 2. […]

Cats pull away after half, beat Portales

After spending the first three weeks on the road in a season full of road trips, the Clovis Wildcats had a home opener that would make them tough to beat on any court in the state. That kind of opposition, Portales coach Rickie McBroom said, can only make the visiting Rams better. CMI photo: Kevin […]

Lady Cats hand Canyon first setback

Clovis High's girls left no doubt they can play with quality teams Friday night. Sophomore guard Danni Williams posted her sixth 20-point outing of the season and the Lady Wildcats made key plays throughout the fourth quarter to knock off previously unbeaten Canyon 52-48 at The Rock. CMI photo: Tony BullocksClovis senior guard Niki Cordova […]

McGee: Old age catching me by surprise

It was a typical Saturday afternoon at The Stucco Hacienda. I woke up from a nice long nap and noticed my toes were stiff. It was a new, weird feeling. "You know," I said to The Lady of the House. "Ever since that last birthday I've been having more aches and pains. Last week it […]

Rumors lead to extra security at local schools

Schools in Clovis and Portales saw extra police presence Friday after rumors posted on Facebook and other social media spawned concern about possible shootings. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said his officers along with Curry County Sheriff's deputies and New Mexico State Police officers stepped up patrols and presence at three schools: Clovis High School, […]

In search of ponies: Doomsday prophecies laden with animals

If you're reading this, it's safe to say it didn't happen. And it's OK to admit you smiled a little when you woke up this morning — be it a sarcastic smirk because you never believed, or a happy smile because humanity survived. Yep, the delivery of the paper this morning, or the fact that […]

Deal reached to reopen NM peanut butter plant

ALBUQUERQUE — A troubled New Mexico peanut butter plant that had its licensed yanked after being linked to a widespread salmonella outbreak reached a deal Friday to resume some operations the day after Christmas under the watchful eye of federal regulators. A consent decree filed in federal court says Sunland Inc., the nation's largest organic […]

Letters to the editor: Clean energy key to our future

The Dec. 11 newspaper had an informative article about lawmakers pushing for an extension to wind energy tax credits. Our two senators and one representative, Ben Lujan, are for the extension. Ken Starcher, associate director at Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M, explained the importance of the tax credit to speed up the development […]

Self defense prevents massacres

Mass murders. Who commits them? Where do they happen? How can they be prevented? How can they be stopped when prevention fails? These seem to be the only reasonable questions to ask in the wake of Sandy Hook. Who commits them? People who have mental problems, which have often been treated with medication. That includes […]

Editorial: Education best way to curb teen birth rates

On paper, New Mexico has a serious teen pregnancy problem. The state has the second-highest teen birthrate in the nation, at 53 per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19. (The national average is 34.2.) And on paper, reducing that birthrate involves clear steps: Male involvement, comprehensive sex education, confidential clinic services, service learning programs and […]

Buffs, Broncos split in Floyd

FLOYD — Tabitha Ornelas scored 21 points to lead three in double figures, as Floyd took over in the second half for a 65-43 victory over Melrose. Floyd (8-2), which also got 14 from Tessa Null and 12 from Jasmine Gomez, turned a 29-28 halftime lead into a double-figure advantage with a 15-6 third quarter […]