Officials: Portales participation needed for Ute Water Project

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer City officials say even with recent additions to the city’s water well field, Portales’ participation in the Ute Water Project is necessary to ensure the city’s future water needs are fulfilled. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha says the city’s well field, located on N.M. 202, remains in […]

Nostalgia in the air as class of ‘93 reunites

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales High School class of 1993 has fun with their sign Saturday at Rosary Park.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Nostalgic was a word used to describe the feeling of being at the class of 1993 reunion this weekend in Portales. “Definitely nostalgic,” said Jason Thompson, a class of 1993 graduate who now lives in Seattle, Wash. The giddiness among adults was clear as they gathered Saturday […]

Police Blotter — July 21

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Thursday Caller reported: • 9:58 a.m.: Stray pit bull, 1200 block of East Elbe. • 10:30 a.m.: Suicidal subject, 300 block of East First Street. • 11:54 a.m.: Cat in a trap, 2000 block of Aspen. • 12:04 p.m.: Boss won’t give him his check, 1700 block of […]

Events Calendar — July 21

Today Archery Shoot — 1 p.m., Portales Outdoor Range on N.M. 202. The cost is $10 per adult, $7 for youth ages 15-17, and $5 for cub shooters. Pee-wee shooters are free. Information: 356-8541. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Dig Into Reading — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public […]

Local Brief — July 21

Scott Christensen of Portales has been reappointed to the Manufactured Housing Committee by Gov. Susana Martinez, according to a press release issued Friday by the governor. Christensen is the President of Portales Homes, LLC, which Christensen opened and grew into the oldest independent manufactured housing retail sales operation in New Mexico, the press release said. […]

Even dumbest creatures can be useful


The pastor was making a point Sunday morning. He said, “Even God’s dumbest creatures can be useful.” I tried not to take it personally. However, if he’d seen my grade transcript from vet school, I would certainly qualify for half of it! But, he was talking about sheep. Most people would agree that sheep are […]

HSD, providers must put clients first

— Albuquerque Journal In 1965, Title XIX of the Social Security Act created Medicaid “to assist states in furnishing medical assistance to eligible needy persons” — not to keep health-care providers in business, much less in golden parachutes. Yet that’s where the focus of discussion has been too often since the state Human Services Department […]

Profound profundity into guy stuff

No one can really understand the gist of the First Gent Alligator Hunt Scandal without a basic grasp of Guy Stuff. I use the term “scandal’ loosely. This is such a boring New Mexico summer we’ll stoop to just about anything to get our juices stirring. Levi Chavez notwithstanding. What happened is Guv Hubby went […]

Three-Buck Chuck wine still bites

Before Christmas, I attended a cult meeting in Portales. For the safety of the 20 attendees, I’ve kept it under wraps until now to give everyone time to cover their tracks. Only waterboarding, dark chocolate or a 19-year-old could get their identities or the address out of me. In the hosts’ driveway, we circled our […]

Five injured in two-car crash

CMI staff Five people were hospitalized Friday afternoon after a two car crash on N.M. 209 north of Ned Houk Park, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The injured included Casey Turnbough, 38, Hallie Turnbough, 12, both of Portales, Suzy Powell, 64, Brooke Fleming, 12, and Brittany Fleming, 13, all of Grady. Waller said […]

Finals are family affair


By Kevin Baird Samantha Hamilton, 6, competed in her first rodeo this week, at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association, the very rodeo her grandfather helped found. Dwayne Ridley, 73, is one of five men who began the HPJRA in 1974. Although he is retired from rodeo he spends a lot of time in […]

District swears in Van Soelen

CMI staff The Ninth Judicial District swore in its newest judge Friday afternoon in the Curry County Courthouse. Former Clovis City Commissioner and Deputy District Attorney Fred Van Soelen was sworn in by Judge Stephen CMI staff The Ninth Judicial District swore in its newest judge Friday afternoon in the Curry County Courthouse. Former Clovis […]

What To Do When You’re “World-weary”

World-weary. I need a word, and perhaps the hyphen-spliced alliterative combination-word above is not too far wide of the mark. Webster’s online says the word has to do with “feeling or showing fatigue from or boredom with the life of the world and especially material pleasures.” I’m not sure that last half suits my need, […]

In search of ponies: Rain can be mixed bag for pets

Do not panic. That strange shine everywhere is perfectly normal and the clean smell in the air, well, it may not happen real often in dusty cattle country, but it is normal(ish), too. Rest assured, despite how frighteningly odd all the sloshing and splashing around town may be, it is completely safe to continue on […]

McGee: Be choosy when talking carcasses

The Lady of the House and I visited Earth, Texas, last Saturday. At lunchtime we stopped in a barbecue joint. The eatery also doubled as a livestock and game processing business. On the wall along with the prices for barbecue were killing fee prices and fees for processing your pig, your goat or the deer […]

Fitness-dance craze keeps Portales in shape

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Local ladies enjoy a Zumba workout Thursday at Curves Weight Loss Center in Portales.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about fitness. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Zumba is the flavor this July. Women around Portales are joining the fitness-dance craze which burns calories and lets ladies scratch their dancing itch to different forms of Latin music. Hilary Strong is a certified Zumba […]

Needles found at Rotary Park

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer A local mother is terrified about a trip to Rotary Park gone awry for four children in a local daycare, an incident she says will haunt her until she receives closure. Amber Hamilton, an employee of Roosevelt General Hospital, considers herself a woman of faith so when she […]

Groups split on racino license

CMI staff The New Mexico Horseman Association, New Mexico Horse Breeders Association, the Jockeys’ Guild and representatives of Zia Park in Hobbs favored a sixth racino license during Thursday’s meeting of the New Mexico Racing Commission, according to Warren Frost, director of the Quay County Gaming Authority, who attended the meeting. The commission opened the […]

Meetings Watch: ENM Water Utility Authority — July 19

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. During the meeting: The authority, with new member appointments, held votes for leadership within the authority. By unanimous vote, Chair Gayla Brumfield, Vice Chair Sharon King and Secretary Caleb Chandler were re-elected to the positions they served in the previous year. […]

Life doesn’t get any better

In the midst of a desperate situation, “throwing in the towel” seems tempting. Depression sets in and the burdened soul thinks “What’s the use?” It seems at that time no one else in the world has ever had a similar problem. Whether it is a bad day, an annoying constant problem or heavier burdens of […]