Libertarianism strictly individual philosophy

Kent McManigal

Commentator Michael Lind called it “The question libertarians just can’t answer:” “If (the libertarian) approach is so great, why hasn’t any country anywhere in the world ever tried it? Why are there no libertarian countries?” It seems Lind doesn’t understand what he’s asking; he certainly doesn’t understand libertarianism. That’s a common problem with criticisms of […]

Q&A: Summer in full swing

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Hanna Wade, 6, swims at the City Pool with other children from the Portales Recreation Center.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer The Portales Recreation Center provides a place for local children to learn and have fun during their summer program. Games, activities, and field trips highlight what the children participate in daily. We sat down with young Hanna Wade, 6, as we got to know one of the […]

Veteran assistance expands

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Roosevelt and Curry counties are among 19 in the state receiving help through an expansion of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which offers case management and temporary financial assistance for homeless and near-homeless veterans. According to Terry Armstrong, case management director for […]

Chairman: Dry may be norm in New Mexico

Although drought persists in New Mexico, Curry and Roosevelt counties have seen improvement over the last month. The area of D4 exceptional drought has receded in both counties. Roosevelt County has dropped to a D2 severe drought.

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer The chairman of a newly formed state drought subcommittee says a study showing decades-long droughts in New Mexico is an eye-opener. Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Dona Ana County was referring to a precipitation study of the last 2,000 years based on tree rings that showed there was a […]

Local Brief: Last trafficking suspect in custody


The last suspect wanted in connection with a drug trafficking sting is in custody. Abran Baeza, 22, of Portales was arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon at a residence in the 1500 block of South Roosevelt Road 3, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. Baeza was among 17 Portales residents accused in warrants issued in […]

Local Brief: Free movie to show at Yam Theatre


There will be a free showing of the Disney Pixar movie “Up” 7 p.m. Friday at the Yam Theatre in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, This movie is sponsored by the Roosevelt Chamber Ambassadors and Hunton Insurance Agency. There will be chairs for seating or kids may […]

Cannon housing deal going into effect Aug. 1

A deal plagued by delays between the Air Force and a civilian contractor to privatize housing at Cannon Air Force Base will go into effect Aug. 1, according to a press release from three members of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation. Under the plan, Balfour Beatty Communities will renovate 361 homes, demolish 402 homes and construct […]

Xcel Energy to improve capacity, reliability

Xcel Energy is set to spend $24.7 million on a multi-year project to improve the reliability and capacity of the electric transmission system that serves Portales, according to an Xcel press release. “The existing system is just not capable of sustaining the kind of growth we’ve seen and the additional growth we expect to see,” […]

Police Blotter — July 25

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs Tuesday Caller reported: • 10:09 a.m.: Cat in a trap, 1100 block of West University. • 10:51 a.m.: Welfare check, N.M. 206. • 10:57 a.m.: Ambulance requested, N.M. 206. • 12:06 p.m.: Requested standby, 500 block of East Third. • 12:52 p.m.: Fraud, 1300 block of South Avenue […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Hospital District board meeting — July 25

The following is a report from CEO Larry Leaming on Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Hospital District board meeting: Larry Anderson of J.W. Anderson and Associates presented audited financial reports from the fiscal years of 2011 and 2012. He reported the net income for 2011 at $2.15 million and $684,000 for 2012. Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens […]

Majority of Conservation Reserve Program land in local counties

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer More than three-quarters of the land in New Mexico accepted into the Conservation Reserve Program this year is in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties. The program, which pays agricultural producers to turn environmentally sensitive crop land into conservation areas, is expected to pump more than $552,000 annually into […]

Setting It Straight — July 25

A story in Wednesday’s edition about driver’s license fraud included incorrect information. Veronica Diaz, 38, of Portales entered what is known as an Alford plea, in which she maintains her innocence but acknowledged the risk of being convicted at trial in light of the evidence against her. She was charged with 47 counts, including forgery […]

Events Calendar — July 25

Today Closing Party — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Games, activities and prizes to celebrate the end of the summer program. Open to all ages. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales Farmer’s Market — 5 p.m., North Chicago Street, across from Big Valley Automotive. Information: […]

My Turn: Year of the goathead


I was in the backyard filling my third five-gallon bucket with goathead plants a few mornings ago when my friend Tish called me to see how my day was going. I whined about my prickly chore, and she told me, “I think this is the Year of the Goathead.” I am afraid she’s right. My […]

White space is not your enemy

I just ordered a book recommended to me by a friend helping me with some ideas for the cover of my new Christmas record. (A CD is still a “record,” as in “recording.” And, no, it is not difficult at all to sing “Let It Snow” with deep feeling on a 100-degree day.) The title […]

ENMU women’s soccer team picked for last place in LSC

CMI staff RICHARDSON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team didn’t fare any better in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll than its volleyball counterparts had a day earlier. The Zias were picked for sixth out of six teams in the LSC poll, a complilation of coaches, sports information directors and various […]

Fishing report — July 25

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 Cabresto Lake — We had no […]

ENMU professor gives New Mexico the blues


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer It has been almost a century since the musical genre of the blues could be categorized as “new.” Yet, in this instance it may be suitable as KENW-FM on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University now broadcasts a weekly blues program called All These Blues on […]

Portales woman pleads guilty to fraud

Staff and wire reports A former public notary from Portales has pleaded guilty Monday to fraudulently obtaining hundreds of New Mexico driver’s licenses for people living outside the country. She is the fifth defendant to plead guilty in what state officials termed at the time the case broke as “one of the largest driver’s license […]

Mayor: Jail contract issues need rectification

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer Contract negotiations for a land deal between Clovis and Curry County for the purpose of building a new jail are ongoing, according to Mayor David Lansford. The deal, as presented by Lansford, would be handled as a government-to-government transfer giving 15 acres east of the landfill on Brady […]