Black Friday results mixed for merchants

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Grady Goodson, left, helps check out Black Friday shopper Michael Wood at Bar G Western Wear Friday afternoon in Portales. Goodson came in to help his parents at their store during the Black Friday shopping event.

By Aubry Buzek and Joshua Lucero Depending on the retailer, locals showing up for Black Friday shopping this year may have experienced smaller than usual or just about right crowds searching for holiday savings. Several large retailers in Clovis offered consumers the savings early, opening in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day and at […]

Empty Stocking Fund — Family B

Today’s Focus: Family B Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special Circumstance: This is a single mother of four taking care of two boys ages 17 and seven, and two girls ages 16 and one. She is working while trying to earn her nursing certificate. Working and studying full time requires childcare for her young children, […]

In search of ponies: Careful with your context

In the world of wagging tails and tilting ears, the words themselves don’t mean a whole lot, rather it is the way things are said — tone, body language and emphasis — that make all the difference. Admittedly it makes things fun from time to time. “Who’s so ugly all the other dogs run away…?” […]

McGee: My FBI ‘interrogation’

There was a newspaper report that some agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation were in town a few weeks ago investigating a bank robbery. It reminded me of the time I came face-to-face with a real, live FBI agent. I was kicking back one sunny High Plains afternoon at my bicycle shop when a […]

Pages Past — Nov. 29

On this date … 1972: Mrs. Ila Mae Doyal was appointed postmistress in Elida. The Rotan, Texas, native entered the postal service in 1966. 1968: The Clovis News-Journal presented the following “filler” item in its news hole: “The Niagara is one of the few rivers in the world to flow in a northerly direction.” 1964: […]

UTPB notches 67-58 triumph over ENMU

Staff report LUBBOCK — Texas-Permian Basin used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take control, then hit nine consecutive free throws in the final two minutes on Friday to seal a 67-58 women’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University in Lubbock Christian’s Thanksgiving Classic. Senior guard Giselle Loya had four 3-pointers […]

Hornets turn back Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — The good news on Friday for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team is that it posted a season-low in points allowed. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, they also struggled to score, finishing with a season-low total in a 74-63 loss to Emporia State in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic. […]

Plenty of help, plenty of food

Derek Major: Portales News-Tribune
Volunteers map out driving schedules Thursday to deliver food to those who couldn’t make it to the annual free Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building. Volunteers delivered over 100 meals in Portales throughout the day, in addition to around 200 served on-site.

By Derek Major Staff writer Dozens of volunteers came together on Thanksgiving day at the Memorial building to prepare, serve and deliver food for the Community Thanksgiving in Portales. Now in its 12th year, the Community Thanksgiving effort is as strong as ever. We had a wide variety of people volunteering,” said Berni Cordova, […]

Small sellers seek Saturday shoppers

By Derek Major Staff writer Saturday more 100 businesses in Clovis and 40 in Portales will be open for business, observing Small Business Saturday, which gives area shoppers a chance to support locally owned businesses. According to Dianna Thompson, marketing specialist for the New Mexico Small Business Development Center, Small Business Saturday is a […]

Farm holidays don’t always go as planned


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Good food, good company, and (hopefully) a good football game or two. Aunts, uncles, and all my cousins get together at Grandma’s for a carefree day of eating, playing cards, and catching up on what we might have missed. You know how it goes: After we stuff ourselves […]

God helps with impossible everywhere

On Nov. 12 the world watched a space robot land on a comet located 317 million miles from earth. What did this landing have to do with Thanksgiving? Everything. I am so thankful to be living in these days for in my youth I saw the first rocket fired from Cape Canaveral and now I […]

Empty Stocking Fund — Nov. 28

• Today’s focus:  Family A • Household members:  4 • Children:  2 • Special circumstance: This is a couple in their 60s taking care of their granddaughters, ages 14 and 12. This family has felt the financial burden of many medical emergencies and corresponding trips to Lubbock. The gentleman of the couple has been in […]

Day Trip — Bosque Apacha National Wildlife Refuge

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Wildlife photographers have plenty to see at the Bosque Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

At the Bosque Apache National Wildlife Refuge, sometimes it’s hard to tell which makes the greater flock — sandhill cranes, geese and other birds, or the long-lens photographers who gather to click photos of the flocks with wings. The details: The refuge encompasses 57,331 acres along a wild stretch of the Rio Grande near Socorro […]

Spight takes roundabout path to ENMU

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Eastern New Mexico University running back E’lon Spight races past several West Texas A&M defenders during the Greyhoujnds’ Nov. 1 Lone Star Conference playoff game against the Buffaloes at Blackwater Draw. Spight set ENMU single-season records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns this fall.

By Derek Major Staff writer Eastern New Mexico University running back E’lon Spight spent the 2014 season running through and around defenders on his way to 1,611 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, both Greyhounds single season records. His effort helped the Hounds to their second consecutive seven-win season. However, Spight, who grew up in […]

To Do List — Nov. 28

Monday YAM Entertainment Committee meeting — 10 a.m., Chamber office. Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Building. Information:  575-356-5307. Thursday Little Miss Merry Christmas pageant — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Yam Theater. Information: 575-356-8541. ENMU holiday concert — 7 p.m.-9 p.m., ENMU Campus Unio Ballroom. Dec. 5 Christmas Jubilee Light Parade […]

ENMU weekend basketball capsules — Nov. 28-29

All Times MST MEN ENMU (3-2) vs. Emporia State (2-2), vs. Harding (3-1) • When: 1:30 p.m. today (Emporia State), 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Harding) in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic at Canyon, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 (Saturday only) • Last time out: The Greyhounds downed Western New Mexico 94-87 on Saturday at The Pit […]

Stores prep for Black Friday sales

DEREK MAJOR: Staff photo
Troy Harris stocks packages of protein mix to prepare for Fitness and More’s Black Friday sale.

By Derek Major Staff writer Stores in the Portales and Clovis area will be stocking the shelves and opening early for Black Friday sales. Creighton’s Town & Country’s Black Friday sales will include 20 percent off belts, clothing and jewelry. “It’s been good to us in the past, and last year was great,” said […]

Students thankful for family, food

Photo illustration by Joshua Lucero

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Students from James Elementary and Valencia Elementary shared what they are thankful for during the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a sampling of their letters. “I  am thankful for my house and my toys.” Keith Grayson, James Elementary “I  am thankful for my mom, because she is the best mom […]

Holiday opportunity to travel for some

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For international college student Menglin Wong, Thanksgiving means traveling to places he’s never been before. Wong, a senior from China attending Eastern New Mexico University, said he is taking advantage of the five-day break from school to go to Las Vegas, Nevada, with friends. “If I could go home […]

To do list — Nov. 27

Today • Portales Community Outreach Thanksgiving dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Building at Seventh and Abilene streets. Deliveries available to homebound only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 575-356-4241, 575-356-6001 to order. Information: 575-607-5927 or 575-693-3319. Monday • YAM Entertainment Committee meeting — 10 a.m., Chamber office. Tuesday • Roosevelt County Commission meeting […]