Setting it Straight – May 31

A story about the Portales schools superintendent search in Thursday's edition contained incorrect information. Elida schools Superintendent Jim Daugherty said he withdrew his application as of May 21, and is no longer a candidate for superintendent of Portales schools. The Portales News-Tribune endeavors to accurately report local news events. Errors of fact will be corrected […]

Events Calendar – May 31

Today Car wash — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Valero gas station on 301 W. Second Street. The car wash is hosted Eastern New Mexico University's African-American Affairs office and will raise money for scholarships. Information: 562-2437. Fifth Friday — 5-8 p.m., Downtown Portales. Portales MainStreet and area businesses are hosting a night of fun and entertainment. […]

My Turn – Cheap movies can be good

Some low budget films turn out to be really good movies, because they have a great story line and amazing acting. For example, "Fireproof" and "Courageous" are both lower budget Christian films with heart-wrenching synopses and good acting that will move a viewer to tears. They are sad but moving and family appropriate. Lower budget […]

Girl Scouts target bullying, pollution

Girl Scout Troop 609 is starting a campaign to put a stop to pollution and bullying in Portales. The troop of Brownies (girls in their third year of Girl Scouts) came up with the idea to post signs throughout First and Second Street and run a radio campaign on Mix 107.5 by themselves. "They come […]

Eleventh suspect jailed

Another suspect charged last week with drug trafficking in Portales is behind bars, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center staff. Francisco "The Tank" Lopez, 23, turned himself in, bringing the total to 11 who have been taken into custody as a result of four-month drug-trafficking investigation, police said. Ten Portales residents were arrested last week […]

ENMU’s Creamer honored

Eastern New Mexico University senior designated hitter Peter Creamer has been chosen as an NCAA Division II honorable menton All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Creamer, from Boston, is the first player in the history of the ENMU program to earn All-American status from the NCBWA. Creamer, who led the Lone Star Conference […]

Police Blotter – May 31

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday Caller reported: 12:20 a.m.: Subject removal, 1500 block of West 18th Street. 12:31 a.m.: Trouble breathing, requesting ambulance, 500 block of Avenue D. 1:00 a.m.: Suspicious activity, 900 block of South Avenue. 1:58 a.m.: Officer requested, 700 block of West 17th Lane. 3:26 […]

You can’t give away what you don’t possess

Can you give me an actual living, breathing tyrannosaurus rex? No. Why not? Because you don't have one to give. You can't give away something you don't possess — especially if it doesn't exist. So how can you pretend to give government employees the authority to do things on your behalf that you never had […]

Unpredictable weather reminder to stay safe

High Plains residents should know the drill this time of year. The weather becomes infamously unpredictable, posing a threat to life and property. It happened yet again Tuesday night, across the Texas Panhandle, through Amarillo and to points east. If the twister that killed 24 in Moore, Okla., this month wasn't enough of a reminder, […]

Boys State mock elections teach leadership

Daniel Ahrens, a senior-to-be at Los Alamos High School, is participating in New Mexico's Boy State this week. Boys State, an American Legion program, teaches high school students about civics by allowing the students to form city and state governments in the course of a week. Ahrens was elected to the city council among his […]

Superintendent search being reopened

The search for a replacement for retiring Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler will continue. The Portales schools Board of Education voted 3-2 Wednesday to re-advertise the superintendent position. Board President Alan Garrett and members Mary Lou Rowley and Rod Savage voted in favor of reopening the search. Vice President Antonio Sanchez Jr. and board member […]

Three Questions With: Harvey Hedden – May 30

Law enforcement officers from Roosevelt and Curry counties gathered at Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday and Wednesday to attend a training seminar aimed at improving their customer service. The classes were instructed by Harvey Hedden, executive director of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. Hedden, a native of Wisconsin, has been a law […]

Fishing report – May 29

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes — We had no reports […]

Events Calendar – May 30

Friday Car wash — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Valero gas station on 301 W. Second Street. The car wash is hosted by Eastern New Mexico University's African American Affairs office and will raise money for scholarships. Information: 562-2437. Fifth Friday — 5-8 p.m., Downtown Portales. Portales MainStreet and area businesses are hosting a night of fun […]

My Turn – Music lifetime for 25 cents

From the time he was a small boy in Abilene, Kan., Bill Wood knew he wanted to make music. "I begged my parents to let me take lessons," Bill remembers from his first-grade days. Happily for many of us, they agreed to shell out the shiny silver quarter needed to pay for each session, and […]

County leads median beautification project

Senior Airman Franchisca Thompson didn't know what a yucca was until she helped plant more than 140 of them on a median on Highway 60/84 near Cannon Air Force Base. "Now that I've seen them I think they're cool," Thompson said. "I hope they're here for a long time." Thompson, who works in billeting in […]

Clovis spelling champ fails to advance to semifinals

Clovis' Ariel Kokoricha performed perfectly onstage in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. However, the Clovis Christian School sixth-grader to be will not be advancing to today's semifinals because she did not earn enough points in a formula that combined Wednesday's onstage rounds with a computer test that included a section on vocabulary for the first […]

Three Hounds earn all-region second team

Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University baseball squad — senior designated hitter Peter Creamer, senior outfielder Luis Quinones of Las Cruces and junior infielder Colton Sims of Reno, Nev. — were chosen to the ABCA/Rawlings All-South Central Region team on Tuesday. Creamer, who led the Lone Star Conference in hitting at .422, earned […]

Solar energy should be aim for Martinez

In a state where the sun shines 300-plus days a year, solar energy is good business. Bringing solar panels to the state Capitol complex also makes sense – which is why a citizens' group, Go Solar, was able to persuade state legislators to allocate $185,000 to design and build a photovoltaic solar array. The money […]

ENMU closing in on filling coaching positions

Eastern New Mexico University is closing in on filling two head coaching positions. The school is looking to fill its women's basketball and softball positions after Lindsey Wilson and Lauren Sigwing resigned those posts, respectively, earlier this month. ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the school received 43 applications for women's basketball, and […]