Legislative roundup — Feb. 1

Days remaining in session: 19 Here’s to you, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson: Nike founder and owner Phil Knight visited the New Mexico House of Representatives on Friday to honor Charles and Mara Robinson of Santa Fe. A memorial in the House sponsored by Speaker Kenny Martinez, D-Grants, recognized the Robinsons “as New Mexico living treasures” […]

Locals appointed to state positions

Stacey Martin of Clovis and Donald Elder III of Portales were recently appointed by the governor to state positions. Martin has been appointed to the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. Martin has served as the president of Western States Insurance Group, Inc. since 1987, and he has served on the Committee of Fifty since […]

PHS boys basketball capsule — Feb. 1

New Mexico Military (7-10) at PHS (10-9) • When: 7 p.m. today at the RAC • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 • Last meeting: Dec. 14, Portales handed the Colts a 64-44 loss at Roswell. • Last time out: NMMI lost at Class 1A No. 3 Hagerman 59-45 on Tuesday. The Rams absorbed a 69-59 home setback […]

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 1

MEN ENMU (10-8, 3-3 Lone Star Conference) at West Texas A&M (9-9, 1-5) • When: 3 p.m. (MST) today at Canyon, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9, KGNC-AM 710. • Last time out: Both teams defeated South Dakota School of Mines & Technology at home this week, WT winning 70-60 on Wednesday night and ENMU posting […]

Knee-jerk reaction not a solution

Kent McManigal

People frequently do the wrong thing for the right reasons. It is right to care about people who hurt themselves or others through substance abuse. It is wrong to impose prohibition in an attempt to save people from themselves or others. It is right to care about innocent victims of random violence. It is wrong […]

Senators who broke system should fix it

Call Harry Reid a stranglehold of one. Senate Democrats in a supposed effort to end partisan gridlock — with strong support from New Mexico’s own Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich — pushed through a change in Senate rules, the so-called nuclear option, that stopped filibusters for most presidential nominations by allowing a simple majority […]

Mason bids adios with concert

Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community has […]

Letters to the editor policy

Letters to the editor should be on topics of public interest and no more than 300 words. Private disputes are not acceptable topics for letters. A few other guidelines: • Letters must be original, previously unpublished and written by the person whose name appears with the letter. The writer’s name must be included with the […]

Stars’ life story detail treasure trove

The other day, I stumbled across “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer,” one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies from her late teens. The movie entails her becoming infatuated with an art professor played by Cary Grant. Upon finding this movie, I Googled the actress to find out her age and I stumbled upon a biography […]

Farm bill goes to Senate

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As the much-anticipated farm bill moves to the Senate, agricultural producers across the eastern side of the state are optimistic the programs they need will finally be secure, according to a state Farm Bureau official. The bill, which failed to make Congress’ floor the past two years, had […]

Life a run to the finish, like football

My understanding of football is not the greatest and when I ask dumb questions I am really showing ignorance of the game. However in our family I try to become more knowledgeable. My family is patient, explaining each play until about halftime and then its one grunt means “No” and two grunts mean, “Yes.” This […]

Event calendar — Jan. 31

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Closing reception for Remote Viewing — 5 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Runnels Gallery in the Golden Library. The exhibit’s artist Rey-Mel Cornelius will be in attendance. Information: Jonathan.barr@enmu.edu. Andy and Don’s Farewell Concert — […]

Hot-shooting Hounds dispatch Hardrockers

Tony Bullocks: Clovis Media Inc.
ENMU senior Dennis Hardwell pulls up for a jump shot over South Dakota Mines senior Michael Dietz during the first half of Thursday night’s game at Greyhound Arena.

CMI staff Senior guard Rodney Blackmon drained a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession, and the long balls just kept coming for Eastern New Mexico University’s men Thursday night. Senior guard Rafael Love scored 21 points —17 in the second half — and Blackmon finished with 19, including a combined 8-for-13 from 3-point range, as […]

Police blotter — Jan. 31

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: • 12:02 p.m.: Follow-up request, 500 block of North Avenue L. • 1:01 p.m.: Fraud, Portales. • 1:06 p.m.: Animal complaint, 1600 block of South Avenue C. • 2:08 p.m.: Animal complaint, 200 block of South Avenue B. • 2:12 p.m.: Prisoner transport, U.S. 70. […]

Portales girls basketball capsule, Jan. 31

Portales (16-2) at Goddard (9-10) When: 7 p.m. today at Roswell Last meeting: The Lady Rams edged Goddard 35-29 one year ago tonight at the RAC. Last time out: Both teams played on Saturday, with PHS winning at Moriarty 54-42 and the Lady Rockets falling at Santa Teresa 42-38. Goddard players to watch: Stephanie Kolker, […]

Building cleanup in full swing

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales demolished its first two dangerous buildings in 2013 using the money it budgeted to tackle what city officials have labeled a public health issue. Dangerous buildings, which are described as being a threat to public health, have been a big concern and a priority for the Portales […]

Elida mayor gets probation

PNT staff Elida Mayor Duward Dixon was sentenced to 12 months of probation Wednesday related to a domestic dispute that took place in June 2011. Deputy 9th Judicial District Attorney Brian Stover said Wednesday was a continuation of a plea and disposition hearing for Dixon, 47, who was charged with false imprisonment, aggravated assault, and […]

Legislative roundup — Jan. 30

Days remaining in session: 21 Gazing at the sun: Inside the Roundhouse and out, eyes were trained Wednesday on the fiery orb around which life revolves. For Earth, that’s the sun; for New Mexico, it’s the zia sun symbol. While some lawmakers inside the Capitol decried widespread commercial use of the state symbol, outside the […]

Roosevelt County inmate escaped briefly

PNT staff A Roosevelt County inmate briefly escaped Wednesday morning during a hearing at Magistrate Court, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office official. Fabian Romero, 22, made it about 30 yards before being captured, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Parker said Romero broke from a transport guard’s restraint inside of the court area […]

Immigrants push to keep licenses

By Barry Massey The Associated Press SANTA FE — Immigrant workers urged lawmakers on Wednesday to focus on improving New Mexico’s economy rather than considering Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s proposal to stop the state from issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the country illegally. Members of an immigrant rights group brought 5,000 petitions to […]