Rams ready to take practice field on Monday

CMI staff Second-year Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez figures things can only get better for the Rams this season. PHS, with just one starter returning, went 2-8 in 2012, including a Class 3A first-round playoff loss at Las Vegas Robertson. The Rams begin preseason workouts on Monday at the PHS practice field, practicing in […]

Two local students elected to 4-H state office


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Of the many adventures, challenges and triumphs best friends Lane Wallace and Koby Cone have experienced together, becoming state 4-H leaders is just one more they are preparing to embark. The Roosevelt County seniors were recently elected to state offices at the 90th annual State 4-H Conference held […]

Tax-free weekend hits


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Wallets were unfolding and cash registers were overworked as tax free weekend hit Portales. School supplies under $15, computers under $1,000, computer equipment under $500, and clothes and shoes under $100 are all tax free throughout New Mexico through today.   Many Portales residents took advantage of […]

I guess I done told you that


The West was peppered with bad guys whose conduct was misunderstood Yet, today we treat them as heroes like they were a Robin Hood. We tend to portray them as victims, who, through no fault of their own Grew up to be convicts and perverts, but, hey, they were raised in a broken home. They’d […]

Report: Lesser prairie chicken survival may decline

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Lesser prairie chicken nest survival may decline to a level too low to sustain its current population by 2050 because of climate change, according to a recent report by Texas Tech University and the U.S. Geological Survey. The report points to the effects of temperature and precipitation change […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 4

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Thursday Caller reported: • 10:59 a.m.: Caller stated possible fight in the area, 1300 block of South Avenue E. • 11:33 a.m.: Child custody issue with mother of his children, 1300 block of North Avenue B. • 11:41 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, 600 block of South Avenue D. […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 4

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.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. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Artists in Residence Creativity Group — 7-9 p.m., Art and Anthropology Design Lab […]

Saving smelly fish sustained, costly endeavor

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Steve Pearce isn’t a big fan of relaxed immigration policies, food stamps, bargain air fares, or most critters, especially the Rio Grande silvery minnow. New Mexico’s Second Congressional District congressman may have something with that last one. Back in 2003 he told a Belen audience: “We all understand in the west that water is about […]

Living fulfilling life motivation, reward enough

Wendel SloanBW 2011

I do not know if there is an afterlife. When I admit this, some readers send me emails telling me I better choose their brand of truth, based on a book they seldom read, if I want to escape the contradictory fires of eternal darkness. Their arguments never include anything revelatory, and I often know […]

NM tax holiday designed to give families a break

— The Santa Fe New Mexican Get set, get ready, get shopping! It’s back-to-school season, complete with one last day without sales taxes on certain purchases. New Mexico is one of 17 states that provides a break on taxes on certain purchases, according to the conservative Tax Foundation group. The New Mexico tax holiday is […]

Airmen, families honored

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Members from the Cannon Air Force Base community line up to be served Friday at Cannon Appreciation Day hosted by Committee of Fifty, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, and Clovis Industrial Development Corporation at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com Madison Schwab, 8, sat at a picnic table and took a big bite of her cheeseburger, smiled, and gave a thumbs up to show the burger won her approval. “It’s a nice picnic,” said Madison’s father, Airman Bobby Schwab. “It’s nice to spend time with family.” “I’m just glad I don’t […]

McGee: Aunt Maude’s lessons priceless

Grant McGee

A few days ago a bicycle shop customer overpaid me. “Keep the change,” said the man. “Well,” I said, “When I was a boy my Aunt Maude told me, ‘Boy, if someone hands you money you take it.’” Maybe you had an aunt like Aunt Maude. Aunt Maude was actually my great aunt — my […]

In search of ponies: Television enters its dog days

Within a few days, there may very well be new dents in the couch cushions, atrophied muscles and another languid set of eyes in the house. Congratulations pups, you’ve made the big time. Not only do dogs now have their very own TV shows, they will have their own 24-hour channel playing non-stop dog-oriented programming […]

Accused embezzler sought

Charles Fleming

CMI staff Law enforcement is searching for an accountant accused of embezzling $296,000 after he failed to appear and faces charges in Magistrate Court in Clovis, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Friday in a press release. Officials believe Charles W. Fleming, 54, could be hiding in eastern New Mexico or west Texas, Chandler said. He […]

Portales mayor hospitalized

CMI staff Portales Mayor Sharon King was hospitalized Thursday at Covenant Medical Center, according to staff at the Lubbock hospital. Neither Portales city officials nor staff at the hospital would give information about King’s condition or reason for the hospitalization. King’s friend, former Clovis mayor Gayla Brumfield, did not get into details of the hospitalization […]

James nominated for Air Force secretary post


The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A former assistant defense secretary and House staffer is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next secretary of the Air Force, the White House said Thursday. Obama is nominating Deborah Lee James, an executive at the defense contractor Science Applications International Corp., to head the Air Force, where she […]

Honor Roll — Aug. 4

Schuschke The Dean’s list for spring semester at The University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, has been announced. Wendy Schuschke of Colorado Springs, Colo., an occupational therapy major, has attained a 4.0 grade point average. She is a former resident of Clovis.

Club Notes — Altrusa International Inc.

Altrusa International Inc. Pictured is Curt Jaynes, owner of GardenSource Nursery & Landscaping, presented a program on growing an herb garden for the Altrusa Club of Portales. The Altrusa International. Inc. club of Portales met noon July 29 at GardenSource Nursery and Landscaping for the Fifth Monday meeting, which was also guest day. The Sunshine/Courtesy […]

Wedding — Aug. 4

McKinney Kit Aay Vongrasamy and Branden McKinney, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 in Clovis. A family friend performed the traditional ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Viseth Vongrasamy and Pransom Lasner, both of Clovis. The bridegroom is the son of Elizabeth Missildine of Clovis. He is the grandson […]

Engagements — Aug. 4

O’Dell-Bilberry Fran Bilberry of Lubbock and Mike Bilberry of Portales wish to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jena Bilberry, to Andrew O’Dell of Lubbock. Andrew is the son of Rob and Judy Smyer of Lubbock and Kenyon O’Dell of Rolla, Miss. Jena is the granddaughter of Mildred Gardner and Stanley and […]