Events Calendar – April 30

Today Books N Babies — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. "Puppy Play" will be featured. For ages 0-3. Information: 356-3940. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Yoga — 7 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Brass Choir Concert — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University's […]

My Turn – Wagons on road not so long ago

Am I the only one who's worn to a frazzle? You don't even have to know what a frazzle is. If you're worn down to one… you know it! Perhaps it's old age setting in. (And that's a very likely scenario.) Perhaps it's the incessant wind that sweeps over these plains in April. While we'd […]

Police Blotter – April 30

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday Caller reported: 9:11 a.m.: Criminal damage, 300 block of South Avenue I. 9:50 a.m.: Requested to speak to a deputy regarding a domestic situation, 1800 block of Loma Vista. 10:11 a.m.: Requested to speak to an officer regarding a subject who has taken […]

Rams win nailbiter, then rout to complete sweep

APITAN — The Portales Rams jumped all over Capitan in the first inning on Saturday, then had to hang on late for the win. They had no such problems in the second game, following up their 12-9 squeaker with an 11-1 blowout of the Class 1A Tigers in the nightcap. Capitan (11-4) pulled to 10-9 […]

Hounds sweep Buffs

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team combined solid pitching with just enough offense on Saturday to end its 10-game losing streak in a big way. CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU shortstop Brett Ackerman can't quite come up with a smash into the hole by West Texas A&M's Tyler McKnight on a second-inning single […]

BSE global disaster for cattle producers

One of the biggest upheavals in food production in the last ten years was the result of one of the tiniest imaginable scares. It would be comparable to one single Aborigine threatening the U.S. with a fly swatter, and our government issuing every homeowner a .50 caliber machine gun to defend themselves! Peruse any Ag-media […]

Voluntary claims process extended

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who claim discrimination by the USDA in past decades. Those who file a claim by May 1 will be considered for a cash payment or for loan forgiveness. According to John Padalino, the USDA rural utilities acting […]

NMDOT starting next construction phase

The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Constructor, Inc. will be starting the next phase of construction starting Monday. The construction will move from east of Avenue C on Second Street to Avenue A and the south, outside lane will be closed. Construction will begin on westbound First Street from Boston Avenue to Avenue A […]

Events Calendar – April 28

Today Mother, Daughter and Friends Tea Party Fundraiser — 2-4 p.m., St. Helen's Catholic Church Parish Hall. Admission is $10 per person. Information: 356-4241. When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University's Studio Theater. Admission is $5 or free for ENMU students with an ID. Information: 562-2711. Wind Symphony and […]

Swanee Singers to perform at library

Eastern New Mexico University's Swanee Singers will be performing at the next meeting of the Friends of the Portales Public Library noon Thursday. The Swanee Singers are ENMU students. The ensemble performs music ranging in styles from 16th Century madrigals to jazz standards and contemporary ballads. The meeting is open to the public and people […]

Area Road Construction – April 28

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County will be chip sealing County Road O from County Road 9 to State Road 467. Please be advised of minimal usage during the hours listed below. Tuesday (6 a.m.-4 p.m.) — First layer of chip seal Wednesday (6 a.m.-4 p.m.) — Second […]

Volunteers spring into action

After filling up on donuts and breakfast burritos, volunteers from around Portales sprung into action Saturday to help renovate the Recreation Center as part of Comcast Cares Day. The majority of the volunteers came from Portales High School's cheer, track, tennis and softball teams. According to Candra Reynolds, coordinator for the event and a Comcast […]

Rangeland still waiting for rain

Lane Grau of Grady has sold about 30 percent of his cattle over the last couple years because his land could not support grazing. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird Lane Grau kneels down to get a better look at the dead turf on his property. He estimates one-third of the turf on his rangeland has […]

Schoolyard antics not becoming of a leader

Steve Kush, the suspended executive director of the Bernalillo County Republican Party, is right about two things. His comments regarding women who voiced viewpoints with which he disagreed at a County Commission meeting on raising the minimum wage were insensitive and "moronic." Now, if Kush won't resign, he should be fired. Because it is in […]

Barney just can’t see logic

The answering machine blinked ominously. "Hey, little feller, we need to chat. Heh. Heh. Heh." Just my luck. It was my friend Barney and he was clearly well in into cocktail hour. Barney has this screwy notion New Jersey is the world center of intellectual eminence and cultural superiority. He thinks New Mexico is still […]

How to raise revenue, not taxes

Like most Americans, I am concerned about deficit spending. Recently, after downing a couple of Great Value strawberry sodas and two Banquet chicken pot pies while watching reruns of "Cops," I was inspired to brainstorm ways to raise revenue without raising taxes. My sodium-and-sugar-addled ideas include allowing citizens to purchase yearly permits for: Driving over […]

Jail cells are not the solution for mentally ill

Local law enforcement and corrections officials shouldn't be responsible for mentally ill residents. Too often, though, in eastern New Mexico and across the state and nation, mental patients are locked in our jails because we don't know what else to do with them. A better idea than a jail cell is needed. Last Sunday's Clovis […]

Zias dealt 11-3 loss in finale at Cameron

LAWTON, Okla. — After being eliminated from a chance to make the Lone Star Conference softball tournament in Friday's doubleheader loss, Eastern New Mexico University just couldn't get up for Saturday's season finale. Cameron scored six runs in the first inning, shut down a potential comeback bid in the third and went on to an […]

Comcast Cares Day at the Portales Recreation Center

Results of EPAC track meet

Thursday at Melrose Boys Team standings: 1. Texico 146; 2. Fort Sumner 73; 3. Eunice 69 3/5; 4. Logan 61; 5. Tatum 41 1/5; 6. Melrose 16; 7. Dora 15; 8. Floyd 11; 9. San Jon 10; 10. Clovis Christian 6; 11. Grady 2. High point individual: Michael Giannini, Fort Sumner 20. Field events Long […]