Thursday prep roundup – Feb. 28

PREP PLAYOFFS (Seeds in parentheses) Boys District 4-5A Thursday (2) Hobbs 78, (3) Carlsbad 65 Saturday Championship Hobbs at (1) Clovis, 8 p.m. District 4-3A Tuesday Seeding playoff at Roswell Portales 57, Lovington 48 Thursday (2) Lovington 59, (3) Ruidoso 47 Saturday Championship Lovington at (1) Portales, 7 p.m. District 4-2A Tuesday (4) Clayton 46, […]

Efforts at combating bullying go down for a 3 count

Rio Grande High School wrestler Nick Chavez has a state championship while the justice system, some South Valley political power brokers and the anti-bullying efforts of Albuquerque Public Schools all have a black eye. A state senator, a Bernalillo County commissioner and an APS Board member all saw fit to use their official clout and […]

Not a libertarian? You’re not free

So, you're still not a libertarian? Why not? Let's get beyond misguided religious excuses, justifications regarding "fairness" and overblown, irrational fears. What all these excuses boil down to — as reasons why you can't embrace libertarianism — is wanting to feel OK with having someone available to hurt other people who are not harming you. […]

Spring’s arrival brings ‘barn swallow love’

During my earlier days, I watched individuals make adobes along the floodplain of the Rio Grande. They mixed clay soils with water, sand, and straw and placed the mixture into rectangular molds. The bricks made were used as building blocks for dwellings. I asked the workers, "Why the straw?" Their answer was, "Cause that's just […]

Faith in God will take you home

In a world that would ignore God, we often feel like aliens on a different planet. Daily you and I are bombarded by ungodliness. Our culture seems to be on a downhill side. Children are murdered. Corporations are crumbling because of individual selfishness and greed. Terrorists are on a mission to kill Christians and Jews. […]

Police Blotter – March 1

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 2:09 p.m.: Caller reported an alarm, 1300 block of South Avenue G. 3:54 p.m.: Caller requested an officer for a civil issue, 200 block of East 10th Street. 4 p.m.: Caller requested that animal control pick up a stray dog, 1000 block of […]

More Ute suits possible

The Tucumcari-Quay County Regional Water Authority armed itself Thursday for a long legal battle to pull the plug on the Ute Water Project. The authority hired a Santa Fe legal firm to represent it with plans to ask for a new federal appeals court review. It also created a committee to lobby state and federal […]

Online readers asked to take survey

Starting today, online readers of the Portales News-Tribune will be asked to take a short survey to access full versions of stories. The PNT is part of Clovis Media Inc., which includes the Clovis News Journal, the Quay County Sun and Cannon Connections. Along with the PNT, the Clovis paper is partnering with Google to […]

Events Calendar – March 1

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Dr. Suess' Birthday Party — 3:30 p.m., Portales Public Library's Meeting Room., Games and good to celebrate. For all ages. Information: 356-3940. The Music Man — 7 p.m., Portales High School Auditorium., General admission is $5. Information: 356-7000. Saturday Southeastern New Mexico […]

My Turn – Weekend promises to be eventful

This weekend promises to be an eventful one as I attend my first live hockey game and a high school musical. I recall in March of last year going to Portales High School to take pictures of a rehearsal for "My Fair Lady." I remember being struck by the fact that the student playing leading […]

ENMU will host regional science fair

Organizers are hoping that the pursuit of higher education will prevail at this year's Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Eastern New Mexico University. This is the largest science fair in the 55 years it's been held at ENMU's campus, according to ENMU professor and fair director Ken Cradock. This regional fair […]

Official: Act endangers farmers

New Mexico Peanut Growers Association President Wayne Baker is not a big fan of the upcoming Food Safety Act. "If this thing is passed, they need to put farmers on the endangered species list," said Baker Thursday as he introduced guest speaker David Lucero with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, who was at the […]

Softball sweeps Oklahoma Panhandle State

The Eastern New Mexico University softball team got late heroics from Kuuleiokealoaha VonSchriltz, and some late help from Mother Nature to score a doubleheader sweep Wednesday against Oklahoma Panhandle State. VonSchriltz, a sophomore second baseman known as "Ke" to her teammates, doubled home the winning run in the opener, and Mary Jo Granger picked up […]

Zias stay alive for seventh place despite loss

CMI STAFF By the end of Wednesday night, the playoff fortunes improved just a little bit for Tarleton State. With some help, the same was true for Eastern New Mexico University. The host TexAnns used a 17-4 run to open the second half, ending all doubt in a 96-58 win over the Zias that kept […]

Hounds drop contest at Tarleton

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball team entered Wednesday's game at Tarleton State with a losing streak in Stephenville that dates back to Bill Clinton's first presidential term. They'll have to wait another year to try and break the dry spell as Chuck Guy scored 21 points and De'Andre Upchurch added […]

Air service, school lunches among services that sequestration could impact

School lunches, county seniors, Clovis airport and Cannon Air Force Base could all suffer if Congress fails to reach a budget agreement by the sequester deadline Friday. The problem for most in charge of the programs or institutions locally is trying to gauge just how hard they will be hit if sequestration becomes reality. During […]

Sunland aims for full production by end of March

Five months after being at the center of a nationwide recall that shuttered its plant for several months, Sunland Inc. is ramping up for full production by the end of March, according to Vice President Katalin Coburn. Sunland was linked to a salmonella outbreak in September that sickened 41 people in 20 states. "We're working […]

Police Blotter – Feb. 28

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Saturday 12:01 a.m.: Officer requested information on probation status, 1600 block of South Avenue D. 12:22 a.m.: Caller reported a stolen vehicle, 700 block of North Avenue O. 12:39 a.m.: Caller reported a noise complaint, 1000 block of West 15th Street. 12:42 a.m.: Caller […]

Local Brief – Local becomes ENMU regent

Jane Christensen of Portales has been nominated for appointment to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents by the governor. The announcement was made Tuesday. Her appointment needs to be approved by the Senate. Christensen is the secretary and treasurer of Homespot Properties in Portales and holds a master's degree in business administration from […]

Setting it Straight – Feb. 28

An item in the Legislature Roundup section of Wednesday's newspaper contained inaccurate information about a governor's appointee. John Kormanik of Santa Fe was appointed Tuesday to the New Mexico State Board of Finance. The Portales News-Tribune endeavors to accurately report local news events. Errors of fact will be corrected in a timely and appropriate manner. […]