Ag producers hope to not repeat farm bill quick fix

Members of the agricultural community are hoping they won't see a repeat of what happened late last year as Congress continues to work on a new farm bill. The bill, which many farmers were in support of because it included disaster assistance programs, never made it to the floor of Congress. Instead, the existing farm […]

Credit score can hurt in job hunt

David Hemley said if employers are using a candidate's credit score as an initial screening tool for hiring, they probably shouldn't because it's not indicative of that person's job performance. Hemley, a professor of economics at Eastern New Mexico University, is concerned that the unemployed in New Mexico may stay that way because a state […]

Officers conducting warrant roundup

Dozens of state law enforcement officers began an effort Tuesday to search for more than 100 fugitives who have failed to appear on felony cases over the last decade, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District. Each person on the search list has been arrested, indicted and released from jail, then later failed […]

Honoring those who have fallen

Joe Terry of Portales said his father's service inspired him to join the U.S. Army because he understood that it was something he had to do for his country. "He always said it was a responsibility of citizenship," Terry said. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Lt. Col. Travis Norton of Cannon Air Force Base talks about […]

Students display growth through art show

Recent Eastern New Mexico University graduate Mikaela Lombardo will be showing her flesh pottery and murals at the Show Me Your Venus art exhibition at the Yam Theater throughout this week. The exhibition is a collaborative effort among Lombardo, who heads the group, and five of her university friends comprised of graduates and graduating seniors. […]

Thank veterans while you still have the chance

My great-uncle Ottis passed away two years ago, just around his 98th birthday. Born in 1913, Ottis would've turned 100 this week, May 30th, Memorial Day. I knew him from family visits about once a year. Either they came here to see us, or we went to Oklahoma City to see them. He was quiet […]

Events Calendar - May 28

Today 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. Wednesday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Zumba — 5:15 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training — 5:30 […]

Everyone has a story to tell

When I'm asked where I get ideas for this column, I explain that in my travels among the agricultural masses, everyone has a story to tell…and they tell me! Almost always they include getting bucked off, run over or humiliated in some form, by large domestic mammals. However, there are some subjects that are just […]

Holiday Closings – May 26

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday: City of Portales offices Portales Police Department Portales News-Tribune business offices (newsroom is open, call 356-4483) Portales Public Library Roosevelt County offices Roosevelt County Magistrate Court Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office American Heritage Bank First Financial Credit Union […]

Local stitches quilt for charity

Laura Merrick spent three months hand stitching a big pink quilt that has raised $1,500 so far for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. At age 90, this is no small feat. Merrick suffers from arthritis in her hands. "I don't quilt continuously because my back hurts, my eyes hurt so it takes longer […]