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

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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 […]