Never too late to follow your dreams

Some of our Facebook friends agreed to share their greatest accomplishment in 2013. Here are some of the answers: Taking a job that happens to take me out of New Mexico, and yet still finding ways to celebrate the people and culture of the Land of Enchantment. Jason W Brooks At 61 yrs old I […]

Not this year — Things we refuse to include among new year’s resolutions

Some of our Facebook friends agreed to share the one thing you refuse to include among your new year’s resolutions. Here are some of the answers. I refuse to give up Duck Dynasty!! Virigina Gonzales My husband would like for me to give up Diet Dr. pepper. Karen Donice Strickland Caffeine free coke zero and […]

McGee: Health care used to be a lot simpler

Grant McGee

By Grant McGee CMI columnist I got to thinking about this health care stuff everybody’s talking about; about how I wish things were simpler. It began with a discussion about the appropriateness of a gift. The Lady of the House and I were “yardsale-ing” a few weeks ago. This particular sale had an abundance of […]

There’s not just one way to pick pet names

By Sharna Johnson CMI columnist “Fuzzyclaw.” Thank goodness for the “try again” button. Next: “Cosmo” — the suggestion for an unfriendly, lazy cat suffering gender ambiguity. It can be hard to come up with a moniker for a new family pet. The responsibility can even be a little overwhelming at times in the search for […]

PHS girls take two in Littlefield

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — The Portales Lady Rams are halfway to a championship in Littlefield’s Classic. Standing in the immediate way is the host team. Sophomore Kambrey Blakey scored in double figures in both games and the Lady Rams improved to 9-1 by beating Smyer 44-28 in the afternoon and Sudan 47-40 at night on […]

Farwell edges Portales in Littlefield

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — A strong night from beyond the arc wasn’t enough for the Portales Rams on Thursday. Farwell built an eight-point, second-half lead and the Steers were able to withstand a late PHS rally for a 57-56 victory in the opening round of the Wildcat Classic basketball tournament. Farwell (10-2) advanced to a […]

Long, winding road

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Constructors Inc. officials are saying they will wrap up phase two of what was supposed to be a year-long project in January and move onto phase three in March. The project began in May 2012.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer A construction project on the city’s major throughway that will run well past its projected completion date proved a major inconvenience and source of complaints for drivers and businesses alike in 2013. Began in May 2012, the refurbishing of U.S. 70 was supposed to be a year-long project. […]

ENMU hoping for fall 2015 stadium opening

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

Editor’s note: This is No. 5 news story in 2013 as determined by PNT staff. By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer If everything goes as planned, Eastern New Mexico University will be playing home football games on campus as soon of 2015. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of its student body […]

Lujan Grisham contradictory on fuel spill

The Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill is a big problem — a federal one the Air Force says it is addressing. New Mexico’s junior congressional representative, Michelle Lujan Grisham, recently said the massive underground spill should be the delegation’s “No. 1 priority.” She is calling for more independent oversight and accountability of efforts […]

Life is better without coercion — Kent McManigal

I love people. If you had known me 15 years ago, that would sound like a shocking statement coming from me. But that was before a few things changed in my life to bring out the best in me. Within a period of a few months I discovered there is a name for how I […]

God has plan for all of us — Joan Clayton

Joan Clayton

I firmly believe God has a purpose for every person born on this earth. To be given a chance at life is the highest form of love. To me this earthly journey is a training ground…a time to learn to forgive, to laugh, to love, to bless and to encourage people. All of us have […]

Events calendar — Dec. 27

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 11:19 a.m.: Animal complaint, 500 block of East Amazon. • 1:35 p.m.: Requested officer, 100 block of Airport. • 2:20 p.m.: Alarm activation, 400 block of North Kilgore. • 3:52 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West 18th Street. • 6:25 p.m.: Motor vehicle […]

Police blotter — Dec. 27

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 11:19 a.m.: Animal complaint, 500 block of East Amazon. • 1:35 p.m.: Requested officer, 100 block of Airport. • 2:20 p.m.: Alarm activation, 400 block of North Kilgore. • 3:52 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West 18th Street. • 6:25 p.m.: Motor vehicle […]

My Turn: My favorite Christmas movies (No. 10 counts) — Alisa Boswell

Alisa Boswell

So this holiday season, my parents gave me the best Christmas present anyone could ask for. They saved me from countless hours of boredom. There is always a certain amount of fun and excitement that comes with traveling for my job, but the amount of time spent in the car is not part of that […]

10-year tradition

Dozens of people were lined up at the El Rancho buffet during lunch on Christmas day. Many newcomers could be found at the dinner this year.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer What started out 10 years ago as a means for Joe Garcia to share his family’s love has now become exactly what he envisioned it to be. “One day, I was just taken aback by how big and loving and giving my family is and I just wanted […]

New Mexico fishing report — Dec. 26

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.  Dec. 24  Northeast Charette Lakes: Closed for the […]

Police blotter — Dec. 26

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Monday • 12:43 a.m.: Traffic stop, U.S. Highway 70. • 1:14 a.m.: Traffic stop, West 18th Street and South Avenue C. • 1:20 a.m.: Traffic stop, Ivy Street and Avenue M. • 2:05 a.m.: Traffic stop, 600 block of South Avenue C. • 4:49 a.m.: Traffic stop, 18th […]

Bird watching great from inside

That last cold, drizzly Friday before Christmas, when most people were juggling school parties, baking, shopping, and wrapping gifts, a small but intrepid group of bird watchers slogged through the pastures and fields in a seven-mile radius around Milnesand participating in the 114th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. On that dreary next-to-the-shortest day of the […]

New BAH rates will cover hikes

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in the United States will rise an average of 5 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs over the past year. But senior defense officials are weighing whether this should be the last significant hike in housing allowances for a […]

Fifty-year-old message still relevant today

“Do you hear what I hear?” It’s been noisy leading up to Christmas this year. The drama started nearly a month ago when child advocates became alarmed after learning the Internet Santa tracker NORAD would have fighter jets flanking the jolly old elf and his sleigh. The North American Aerospace Defense Command website is “completely […]