A tumbleweed did that? Yes, it did

If 2013 was the Year of the Goathead, then 2014 is lining up to be the Year of the Tumbleweed. Our “brief and limited amounts of precipitation” (which the fascinating reference volume, Weeds of the West, says is ideal for tumbleweed procreation) produced a bumper crop. Every time the wind changes direction, new volunteers break […]

Events calendar — Jan. 30

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Chinese New Year Celebration — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Open to students in grades 7-12. Information: 356-3940. Forensic Files of the Smithsonian Institute — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. David Hunt, assistant collections manager at the […]

Police blotter — Jan. 30

Call logs for Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday • 1:05 a.m.: Premise check, U.S. 70. • 3:42 a.m.: Premise check, 1000 block of North Chicago. • 3:48 a.m.: Premise check, 1300 block of East Brazos. • 4 a.m.: Premise check, 1600 block of East Elbe. • 4:02 a.m.: Premise check, 500 block […]

Ticket feature — Murder mystery set for Valentine’s Day

CMI staff The Clovis Civic Center is pulling out all the stops for Valentine’s Day with a murder mystery dinner presented by Clovis’ own Brickstreet Players. “Murder on the Rebound” will feature four widowed friends who pool their insurance money to buy a restaurant called Rebounds. Each friend has a mysterious new man in her […]

ENMU men’s basketball capsule — Jan. 30

South Dakota Mines (6-15) at ENMU (9-8) When: 7:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Hardrockers lost 70-60 Wednesday at West Texas A&M. ENMU lost to Lone Star Conference leader and fourth-ranked Tarleton State 86-64 on Saturday. Last meeting: The teams played on New Year’s Day at Rapid City, […]

County inmate flees during court appearance

PNT staff A Roosevelt County inmate briefly escaped Wednesday morning during a hearing at Magistrate Court, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office offial. The inmate made it about 30 yards before being captured, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. His charges will now include an escape attempt, according to Parker.

Legislative roundup — Jan. 29

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 22 ‘Abuelos’ get their due: More than half the grandparents in New Mexico are raising their children’s children. About 55 percent of grandparents in the state are raising grandchildren, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey. Often, the grandparents shoulder parental duties for five years […]

Let loose the hounds

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
 Eastern New Mexico University’s new greyhound mascots cuddle in their kennel Monday after a visit to the veterinarian.

It looks like a case of puppy love. “I got to walk them this morning, and I love them, they’re so cute,” said Eastern New Mexico University junior Yvonne Tillman of a pair of greyhound puppies being groomed to be school mascots. Nicknamed Deuce and Trey, the puppies will replace the male half of Vic […]

Events calendar — Jan. 29

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime— 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Puppy Pals” will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Tweens’ choice. Open to students in grades 4-6. Information: 356-3940. Thursday Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Chinese New […]

What might your perception be?

While having dinner with a friend a few weeks ago, I ordered fajitas. Just before delivery, my friend dropped in that she’d never actually had a fajita. What was it about a fajita, she asked, that made it special? As the tortillas, toppings and sizzling meat came to my table, I told her and myself, […]

Relationships bring about changes

I think I realized why people get married; it’s to find someone that will make you a better person. But don’t get so mushy, I didn’t mean that in a romantic way. I think we all know that one functional person who was a mess in a certain area of their life who then got […]

Job creation expected

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales’ city manager says he expects more job creation with upcoming projects in Roosevelt County after a New Mexico State University economist’s study showed the county seeing no growth in job creation from last year. Roosevelt County ranked sixth in job creation among the state’s 33 counties last […]

Police blotter — Jan. 29

Call logs for Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Saturday • 12:14 a.m.: Premise check, 500 block North Globe Avenue • 12:15 a.m.: Premise check, 1300 block East Brazos St. • 12:23 a.m.: Officer requested, 1400 block South Main Avenue • 12:29 a.m.: Noise disturbance, West First Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 100 […]

Too old? Only if your imagination has withered

I turned 57 the other day. No big deal, even though 57 is widely recognized as a serious milestone. I’m sure if you “Google” it, you’ll find all sorts of articles and blogs where “Baby Boomer” folks like me wax philosophic about the big 57. My generation has always been gifted when it comes to […]

Rattlers upend Portales

Tony Bullocks: Clovis Media Inc.
Portales senior Zachary Campbell goes for the layup while Tucumcari’s Cody Ryen goes for the block attempt in Tuesday night’s game at the Ram Athletic Center.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com In the first half, Tucumcari’s John Paul Garcia went off from downtown. When Portales tried to take that away, senior Cody Ryen picked up the slack in the second half. Garcia scored 16 of his 24 points in the first two periods and Ryan had all but four […]

Prep basketball capsules — Jan. 29

Tuesday Non-district Boys Dora 74, Grady 48 Grady (4-11) — Koby Valentine 21, Gunner Burrage 4, Ryan Bone 2, Trenton Lee 11, Cannon Burrage 4, Tucker Northcutt 6. Totals 18 4-7 42. Dora ( 15-4) — Eddie Arzate 2, Jesus Villegas 17, Josh Walker 9, Dalton Privett 10, Dylan Privett 29, Lervi Bickham 2, Koby […]

Session too small for governor’s laundry list

An energized Gov. Susana Martinez laid out her priorities for the state of New Mexico last week, summing them up like this: education, jobs and cooperation. It was a less combative Martinez than in past States of the State — a governing official rather than a politician, probably the image she wants going into a […]

Events calendar — Jan. 28

Today Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board meeting – 5:30 p.m., RGH Hospital conference room. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Books N Babies – Portales Public Library. “Squeaky Clean” will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Wednesday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime— 10:30 a.m., Portales Public […]

Vacation memories will last

Breezes were blowing softly, making the humid air bearable. Hot sun was splashing on the vibrant red hibiscus blossoms women and girls were wearing in their long, jet black hair. The bright colors in the fabric of the skirts and loin cloths were just magnificent against the backdrop of the rainforest. We had ridden in […]

Tumbleweed invasion

This car on Spruce Street is blocked in by tumbleweeds on Monday afternoon. County road officials have been removing tumbleweeds, and recommend that drivers do not run them over.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com As Eastern New Mexico University student James Moreno pulled out of his home Monday morning in rural Roosevelt County, his normal route to work was blocked by a large pile of tumbleweeds. “It pretty much blocked the four way. I had to take another route to work,” […]