Police Blotter – Feb. 27

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 8 a.m.: Caller requested animal control to pick up stray dogs fighting in the alley, 1500 block of West Gum. 8:25 a.m.: Caller requested animal control to pick up a cat trap, 200 block of Oklahoma Lane. 9:01 a.m.: Caller requested an officer [...]

Local burger choice worth sharing

It was a dark and stormy night … followed by a bright and stormy day, with a blizzard that summoned Alice Cooper and belted out, "Schools … out … for … Monday." I was set to go into the office, where hot chocolate and coffee were already available, but I needed more. The restaurant had [...]

USDA February Ag Report

Snippets from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly ag report for February. Number of farms, and land in farms UNITED STATES: The number of farms in the United States in 2012 is estimated at 2.2 million, down 11,630 farms from 2011. Total land in farms, at 914 million acres, decreased 3 million acres from 2011. [...]

Events Calendar – Feb. 27

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Dr. Seuss' Birthday will be celebrated. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" will be featured. For ages 13-18. Information: 356-3940. Zumba — 5:15 p.m., Portales Recreation [...]

Blizzard takes life of Clovis farmer

Even though he was 81 years old, it came as no surprise to family members that when Monday's blizzard hit, Elbert Mitchell grabbed a shovel and headed out to clear the driveway. Concerned for his safety, Beulah Mitchell asked him to come inside, but she said he told her he was almost through. Elbert Mitchell [...]

Local burger choice worth sharing

It was a dark and stormy night … followed by a bright and stormy day, with a blizzard that summoned Alice Cooper and belted out, "Schools … out … for … Monday." I was set to go into the office, where hot chocolate and coffee were already available, but I needed more. The restaurant had [...]

Our viewpoint: Washington needs more solutions, less bickering

An age-old political game is taking the United States to the brink of fiscal calamity once again. This time, with "sequestration" set to take effect Friday, the objective once more appears not to be to find a political solution, but only to lay blame at the feet of the other side. Here's an idea for [...]

Where does the white goes when the snow melts?

Ah, we're snowed in today, and I love it! I am a snow man, no doubt about it. Not the abominable kind, I hope. Just the very ordinary kind. ("Snow person" might have been clearer, but that would be dangerously close to the politically correct ravaging and neutering of the English language evidenced by such [...]

Roads in Texas Panhandle reopen following storm

AMARILLO — Some roadways in the Texas Panhandle are reopening Tuesday as sunny conditions begin to thaw ice and snow-packed surfaces slickened by a massive blizzard that blanketed the region. Interstate 27 has reopened between snow-hammered Amarillo and Lubbock, about 120 miles to the south. Units with the Texas National Guard have worked to clear [...]

PNT adding Google surveys

Starting Friday, 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 [...]