Fishing for family fun

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Sonya Montoya and her uncle Tommy Salas chat while fishing Saturday during the catfish derby at Oasis State Park. Montoya and Salas came to compete along with five other members of their
family.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Patience was virtue at the fifth annual Biggest Catfish Derby Challenge Saturday at Oasis State Park. Some 177 competitors and their families lined the lake at Oasis, trying to win a cash prize and bragging rights for catching the biggest catfish. Competitors paid $5 to fish for [...]

Hospital dispels ER rumors

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital officials are out to dispel rumors that imply patients will have to pay for the entire trip to the ER out of pocket during ongoing negotiations between a major insurance provider and a local physicians group. Because Sunbelt Oasis Emergency Physicians, the contracted physicians group [...]

Holiday Closing List — Sept. 1

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday: City of Portales offices Portales Police Department administration Portales News-Tribune administration Portales Public Library Roosevelt County offices Roosevelt County Magistrate Court Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office administration   American Heritage Bank First Financial Credit Union J.P. Stone Community [...]

Local Brief: Hunting season opens today

Hunting season is upon us with today serving as opening day for deer, elk, squirrels, doves, grouse and band-tailed pigeons in New Mexico, according to a NM Department of Game and Fish news release. Hunters are urged to stress safety in the field, especially during archery seasons when hunters commonly are dressed in camouflage. Hikers, [...]

Things have changed

Labor Day was created by Unions to recognize the American Worker. It did not include ranching and farming; if they did it would destroy the ability of a farmer to get a loan. If a farmer included the cost of his daily labor on a financial statement, no banker could find a way to show [...]

Events Calendar — Sept. 1

Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Commission Room in the courthouse. Information: 356-5307. Books N Babies — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Down on the Farm” will be featured. Open to children ages 0-3. Information: 356-3940. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales City [...]

Area Road Construction — Sept. 1

Area road construction and closure information for this week: City of Clovis Norris Street was opened Monday to traffic between Mollie Circle And Wilhite Road. Norris Street remained closed from the south side of Mollie Circle to Llano Estacado for reconstruction of the area which began with utility relocations as well as the installation of [...]

After death, life well explained

Nancy Gentry recently reminded me of a tribute I wrote after legendary Portales resident Dallan Sanders, 60, passed away on Sept. 2, 1999, following neck surgery in Albuquerque. Spookily, due to a glitch, I received my final email from Dallan, titled “The Explanation of Life,” the day after he died. He wrote, “The surgery is [...]

New Mexicans deserve due process

“What do you guys call Susana Martinez? Governor? Dictator?” Barney barked into my ear. It was my New Jersey friend’s Smirnoff voice, never a good sign. The Pinot Grigio Barney is slightly smoother. The erstwhile curmudgeon has this wrongheaded idea his state is a model of modern democratic eminence while New Mexico is still sitting [...]

Public officials have no authority on marriage

The gay marriage issue has divided friends and neighbors, Christians and non-believers across the nation and around town. Despite the differences, most of us can at least agree on this much: It’s none of government’s business. New Mexico’s county clerks last week asked the courts to decide on whether they should issue marriage licenses to [...]