Frank Sinatra a timeless legend

Alisa Boswell Staff writer I think I finally found someone who beats my sister as Frank Sinatra’s biggest fan. Last week, I attended a concert in Clovis with Frank Sinatra impersonator Cary Hoffman. Hoffman was a great performer, but what was really unique about him is that moonlighting as Frank Sinatra isn’t his job. It’s […]

Ailing cemetery trees on the mend

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Saving the 90-year-old elm trees at the Portales Cemetery is just the tip of the iceberg for citizens and city officials in their effort to beautify the city landmark. Portales officials want to make improving the cemetery a community effort and are hosting a Friends of the Cemetery meeting […]

Project in final phase

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Constructors Inc. crews are back at it again with the third and final phase of the U.S. 70 road construction project in Portales.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer The time has come at last to complete a road construction project almost a full year behind its original completion date. The $8.3 million state road reconstruction project on U.S. 70 in Portales began in May 2012 and was intended to be a one-year project. But after numerous setbacks, […]

Costco missed opportunity for good will

Kent McManigal Local columnist Like just about everyone else around here, I was dismayed to see 58 truckloads — 950,000 jars — of perfectly good Sunland peanut butter, packaged for Costco Wholesale, go into the Clovis landfill. That is a tremendous waste. Facilitating the sale of the bankrupt Sunland Inc. was one of the justifications […]

Important that UNM fiscal accountability talks continue

Last week, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents rejected a general increase in tuition — a move that under the best of circumstances will force the university administration to look for savings to finance faculty and staff raises, could help limit student debt, and should force a conversation on UNM’s future. Regent Jamie […]

Home finally sweet home for Zias


Staff report For the first time this season, Zia Softball Field was the friendly confines for Eastern New Mexico University. Alberta Medina went 5-for-7 on the day, while Erica Armendarez hit a pair of homers in the nightcap as ENMU pulled an 11-3, 12-9 doubleheader sweep Wednesday over New Mexico Highlands University. Mary Jo Granger […]

N.M. fishing report, April 3

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 Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was rated […]

Sci-fi buffs celebrate Jack Williamson

Staff report In Portales, the beginning of springtime brings a science fiction storm to Eastern New Mexico University. Community members, students and sci-fi buffs swarm ENMU each year to celebrate Jack Williamson, one of the genre’s pioneers and former ENMU faculty member. Today and Friday a series of events and workshops will take place on […]

Police blotter – April 3

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 2:53 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 7:14 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 100 block of Airport Road. • 7:36 a.m.: Theft, U.S. 70. • 7:59 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 400 block of Avenue A. • 8:57 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 100 block of Airport Road. • 9:04 […]

Events calendar — April 3

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Jack Williamson Lectureship — 6 p.m., Campus Union Building, Sandia Room. A reading with Drynda Jones. Information: Patrice Caldwell, 562-2315.   Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — […]

Darynda Jones’ career a fairytale

Betty Williams PNT columnist Darynda Jones is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, but the newest chapter in her life story opens this week in her hometown as she settles into the guest of honor seat for the 38th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship at ENMU. Darynda’s appearance marks a couple of firsts […]

Being a friend first

Lillian Bowe: staff photo
From left, Kinzie Davis, Kylie Stenstrom, Rylie Purcell, Tammy Hunton, Annali Flores, Emmalyn Vest and Paige Gard from the Lindsey Steiner BFF lunch group sit on the ‘buddy benches’ with their guidance counselor, Tammy Hunton. The girls also made posters and other art projects that help with awareness of
bullying and how to make friends.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Lindsey-Steiner Elementary sixth-grader Paige Gard was tired of classmates making fun of her and being mean. So, Gard joined Be a Friend First, or BFF, lunch group started by Tammy Hunton, counselor, and Tera Wong-Williams, the youth development specialist with Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. The group’s goal […]

Honor rolls — Valencia, Lindsey-Steiner, PJHS

Editor’s note: Names of some honor-roll students may not be listed due to parents’ privacy concerns.   Portales schools Valencia Elementary Third grade A honor roll Matthew Enrique Aranda Valeria Arango Emma Rose Baca Timothy Biersdorfer Jenna Kate Brown Jazper Kenneth Burrow Yajaira Ceniceros Berdena Marie DeGroot Haley Lorrayne Disney Xandria Dawn Dobbins Kymberlyn Shae […]

Target in suspected murder plot says her husband ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’

Cody Guss is being held in undisclosed location

(Photo courtesy of NewsChannel 10 in Amarillo)

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Kristi Guss said she is praying her husband can come home soon. She does not believe he tried to hire someone to kill her, as alleged in federal court documents. Cody Guss, 36, is in the custody of U.S. marshals who have declined to reveal his exact whereabouts. Officials […]

Fishing report — April 3

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 Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was rated […]

Lady Rams rally, gain split

Staff ROSWELL — The Portales High softball team had something of a rarity in recent years early on Tuesday evening — a losing streak. However, the Lady Rams will host Clovis on Thursday with a chance to start another winning streak after splitting against Roswell High, losing 9-5 in the opener before winning 11-7. The […]

NMMI deals PHS pair of setbacks

Staff ROSWELL — Roswell hasn’t been a very friendly place to the Portales Ram baseball team so far this season. After a 10-8, 5-4 sweep by New Mexico Military, Portales (6-5) dropped to 0-4 on the road. Class 4A Roswell Hifh swept Portales last Tuesday. “Things didn’t really bounce our way,” Portales coach Dusty Nusser […]

Rams eighth, Lady Rams ninth in Roswell meet

Staff ROSWELL — The Portales High boys golf team finished eighth in the nine-school Spring River Classic, which featured mostly Class 4A and 5A schools. Freshman Andrew Underbrink led the Rams, shooting 42-38 — 80, while junior Ty Bergman followed at 41-42 — 83. Hobbs took team honors at 310, nine strokes ahead of New […]

Sunland sale complete


The deal is done; Bankruptcy Trustee Clarke Coll confirmed Tuesday the sale of Sunland Inc. to Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods is complete. Golden Boy Foods, the high bidder at $26 million in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court auction for the defunct peanut processor, has plans to reopen the peanut butter plant and begin production […]

Wouldn’t you like to know?

A few things I’d like to know some day: • Who was that girl down in Clovis that Hank Williams Jr. sang about in his 1975 song, “Clovis, New Mexico?” We know she was a green-eyed lady in old jeans that were faded. But did she actually exist, or did Bocephus make her up in […]