Local Brief: Glascock promoted to deputy chief

New Mexico State Police District 9 commander Capt. Jimmy Glascock was promoted to Deputy Chief of State Police on Aug. 2 and now oversees statewide uniform operations. Glascock was promoted by Gorden Eden, secretary of the state Department of Public Safety, after Gov. Susana Martinez announced she had appointed Deputy Chief Pete Kasset to be […]

My Turn: Haven’t had the chance to grow up

Saturday my summer buddy goes back home for school, which means no more Power Rangers, Disney TV shows, reading children’s books before bed or nightly Samurai sword fights. Although I won’t miss the Power Rangers, I will miss the young spirit in the house livening things up with his antics, energy and general silliness. The […]

Roosevelt reaffirms land use position

Editor’s note: A story in Wednesday’s paper incorrectly stated Roosevelt County’s position on a regional land use study. Commissioners said they only intended to reinforce their position in a 2011 study involving local landowners, Cannon Air Force Base and local government entities. This report details and clarifies commissioners’ actions on Tuesday. By Christina Calloway PNT […]

Prison museum might help avoid repeat of history

— The Santa Fe New Mexican Let’s face it. The notion of a museum dedicated, even in part, to the horrors of New Mexico’s prison riot is creepy. In 1980, inmates at the Old Main prison killed 33 of their fellow prisoners as riots engulfed the penitentiary. Evil ran wild, with beheadings, burned bodies and […]

Read beyond your comfort zone

Just about anytime you bring up the subject of libertarian books and authors, someone will mention Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” That’s OK, and I do enjoy the book — even the infamous monologue — while pointing out it is not specifically libertarian. I will admit it has inspired a lot of people to shift their […]

Q&A: Floral shop owner to judge flower show

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Rosalie Richards makes adjustments to an arrangement at Hestand’s Floral in Portales. Richards will be the judge of the Flower Show at the upcoming Roosevelt County Fair. This will be her second time judging the event.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It’s almost fair season, which means county residents will have the opportunity to display their hard work to the whole community. In this year’s flower show at the Roosevelt County Fair, hosted by the Portales Women’s Club, judge Rosalie Richards will have the tough task of deciding […]

Mayor diagnosed with cancer


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales Mayor Sharon King said she’s fighting fatigue but was feeling much better Wednesday after finding out she was diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, during a recent hospital stay. King, 59, said she plans to be back on her feet soon, and has no […]

Local farmers introduced to guar gum

Kevin Baird: CMI staff photo
Wheat farmer Doug Gibbs of Clovis smells the guar plant during the New Mexico State University annual field day at the NMSU agricultural science center at Clovis. There is a high demand for guar because guar gum is used in the hydraulic fracturing process.  

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline Area farmers were introduced Wednesday to a desert crop that is in high demand because of its use in the hydraulic fracturing process. “The U.S. spent $1 billion importing guar gum from India in 2011,” crop scientist Dick Auld of Texas Tech University said. “Guar is indigenously adapted […]

Local Brief: Ex-legislator Roberts dies

Former state representative Earlene Roberts died Tuesday at her home in Lovington. She was 77. She served in the Legislature for eight terms (16 years) as representative of District 66, which covered Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties. She was a real estate broker who as served two terms as Lea Country treasurer. U.S. Congressman […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 8

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller reported: • 12:22 p.m.: Requested officer, Portales. • 12:33 p.m.: Fire alarm activated, 1400 block of South Avenue K. • 12:38 p.m.: Lost or stolen Ipod, 1500 block of South Avenue D. • 1:57 p.m.: Suspicious male in area, 1500 block of North Abilene. • 2:27 […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 8

Today Belly dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m., North Chicago Street, across from Big Valley Automotive. Information: 760-0690. Boot camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Artists in Residence Poetry Workshop — 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Lea Hall Conference […]

My Turn: Citizen puts ideas into action

Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Prince is a young woman on a mission: to make her hometown of Portales a cleaner place, and to involve other young people of our community in the effort. It was an idea born from a birthday gift she received in June. New skateboard in hand, Kelsey started frequenting the skate park by […]

Portales mayor diagnosed with myeloma

PNT staff Portales Mayor Sharon King has been diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, according to a letter she sent to the Clovis Media Inc. about her recent hospital stay. In the letter, King said she had not been feeling well for about four weeks prior to receiving medical attention locally last […]

Fishing report — Aug. 8

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 […]

Director: New plant needed

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Portales City Council is looking at options to fund the construction of a new wastewater plant. Public Works Director John DeSha said the city’s need to replace its outdated plant is based on a growing population and because the current plant is not meeting state standards. The […]

Meetings Watch: Portales City Council — Aug. 7

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: The Portales Police Chief Doug Jones introduced the Portales Police Department’s new Special Response Team. Jones said because of recent mass shootings within the last year in the country, the need for a SWAT team is important, but since […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 7

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Monday Caller reported: • 10:25 a.m.: Close patrol, 700 block of Wiley Cox Circle. • 10:36 a.m.: Animal problem, 600 block of South Avenue F. • 11:30 a.m.: Stray dog, 700 block of West 18th Street. • 11:31 a.m.: Officer requested case number, 700 block of South Avenue […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Commission — Aug. 7

The following took place at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting in the Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Jon Koehn of Infinity Wind Power presented a project overview of the Roosevelt Wind Ranch. The facility is projected to be on a 131,000-acre plot between Elida and Dora that contains land from 66 landowners. The […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 7

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Artists in Residence Open Mic — 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Roosevelt County Brewing. Information: Danielle.Holmes@enmu.edu. Thursday Belly dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales […]

My Turn: Excited to be me

Christina Calloway

New music happens for me in three phases. I either hear a song from a variety of places, whether it be Pandora radio or surfing the web, or someone recommends I listen to it. There’s the introduction. If I like it, it may get more play on my headphones, and if it’s trash, I disregard […]