Rams host Lovington

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com It’s been far from the best season for the tradition-laden Lovington Wildcats, who are an un-Lovington-like 1-7 as they enter District 4-3A play tonight against Portales High at Blackwater Draw. Some of that is deceptive because of the rugged schedule the Wildcats take on. Still, they usually have […]

PHS soccer squads set for first-round road tests

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Portales High’s boys face an uphill struggle today in the first round of the Class 1A-3A state soccer tournament. That said, the 11th-seeded Rams (8-10) have played reasonably well late in the season while their opponent, No. 6 Hope Christian, has been a bit up and down. The […]

Elida finishes perfect run through district

ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers cruised past Grady 25-5, 25-7, 25-6 on Thursday in their District 2-B volleyball and regular-season finale. Elida finishes the regular year at 19-1, including 8-0 in the district. The Lady Tigers will host the survivor of next week’s district tournament in the championship game at 6 p.m. on Saturday. […]

Housefly no friend of ours


I recall experiences I had with houseflies when I was a teenager growing up in Raton. Whenever a housefly ventured into our home, the National Guard was called. My dad was the National Guard. I can still see him — fly swatter in hand, eyes glancing this way and that, until the invader was cited […]

God’s goodness unequaled

America has given us so many blessings we can hardly count them. Aren’t you glad you were born? Can you contain the joy of knowing God planned your birth? He has a special plan for your life. Had I never been born, I would not have I known or appreciate God’s provision of healing. (Psalm […]

‘Die Hard’ still among best

I had a blast from the 1980s and 1990s past last weekend when I spent most of my Saturday lying on the couch watching the first Die Hard movie with Bruce Willis and Civil Action with John Travolta. As most of us know, Die Hard is one of the greatest action movies out there, but […]

A hobby is born


by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Local classic car collector Nino Baca has turned a lifetime interest into a full blown hobby. After buying the first of his four classic rides six years ago, Baca hasn’t looked back. “My cousin convinced me to go take a look at a 1938 Dodge Sedan. When […]

Food stamps cuts kick in

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Thousands of Eastern New Mexico residents who receive food stamps will see a decrease in their benefits starting today as a boost to the federal program from the 2009 economic stimulus has expired. According to the Agriculture Department, that means a family of four receiving food stamps will […]

Commission votes down new pipeline study


By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com GRADY — Echoing the wishes of various city and village commissions and councils, members of the Ute Water Commission on Thursday voted down a request for a new field study on the long-term feasibility of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The vote was 7-4 vote, with […]

Never confuse theft with charity

I’m as far from being a Republican as I am from being a Democrat — as far as east is from west. But when I see misguided criticisms and flawed comparisons aimed at the wrong target, I feel the need to address them. Recently I witnessed someone scolding Republicans for their “opposition to socialism,” as […]

Event calendar — Nov. 1

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m., ENMU. Information: 562-2253. Ask-a-Lawyer — 2-4 p.m., Yam Theatre. Attorneys and civil legal service providers will be available to answer all your civil legal questions and provide free general consultations. Information: 356-4434. Step aerobics […]

Police blotter — Nov. 1

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: • 9:22 a.m.: Harassment, 400 block of South Avenue C. • 11:51 a.m.: Domestic dispute, 1700 block of North Avenue K. • 11:54 a.m.: Animal complaint, 800 block of East Amazon. • Noon: Motor vehicle accident, no injuries, South Avenue O and Second Street. • […]

Literacy gets focus


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Eastern Plains Community Action Agency Head Start has proclaimed November as their Literacy Awareness Month in an effort to focus on literacy for Head Start students and prepare them for kindergarten. “This is a statewide literacy awareness event,” said Susan Zamora, Head Start director for EPCAA. […]

Costumed kids get safe sweets


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Olivia Low did not want to be a princess or anything that girls would stereotypically be. She wanted to take one small step for candy but a giant step for girl power with her astronaut costume. “I wanted to be an astronaut because everyone else is something girlie,” […]

My Turn: Miss Jan’s manners best Halloween tradition

Betty Williamson

My friends Jan and Rick Hauptmann lived in a beautiful home on East 17th Street in Portales, a broad road that bisects one of the most popular trick-or-treating neighborhoods in town. Jan, known as “Miss Jan” to my young daughter and hundreds of area youngsters, was the queen of Halloween. Early each Halloween evening, Miss […]

Events calendar — Oct. 31

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Movie and Popcorn — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. “Monsters University” will be screened. The movie is rated G. Information: 356-3940. Haunted House — 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Admission is $5. All proceeds benefit the center’s After-School Program. Information: 356-8598. Friday Aerobics […]

Police blotter — Oct. 31

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Tuesday • 10:17 a.m.: Fraud, 1000 block of West First Street. • 10:25 a.m.: Harassment, 400 block of West Fir. • 10:37 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block of Wiley Cox Circle. • 10:38 a.m.: Requested deputy, 200 block of South Roosevelt Road T. • 10:47 a.m.: Animal complaint, […]

Fishing report — Oct. 31

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 […]

ENMU Library holds film history

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s Special Collections Librarian Gene Bundy said Star Wars Creator George Lucas provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.

CMI staff A few dedicated sci-fi fans are in on the secret about Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s gem in the Special Collections section. Upon request, there are original movie scripts and screenplays available for public viewing from Leigh Brackett, an author and screenwriter who was good friends with ENMU legend and science fiction […]

Tatum downs Floyd in four

CMI staff FLOYD — The Tatum Lady Coyotes took a District 8-1A volleyball victory on Tuesday night, beating the Lady Broncos in four sets. Scores of the match were not available. Tatum improved to 13-5 (5-0 district) with the win while dropping Floyd to 5-12 (1-4). The Lady Coyotes took the junioir varsity match in […]