VFW honors students

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Gage Fontenot, left, shakes hands with Chief Master Sgt. Paul Henderson at the VFW Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy Award dinner Wednesday night. Fontenot was one of 14 winners.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com K.C. Alatorre aspires to go to a good college and become an NBA player. The seventh-grade Portales Junior High student knows he only has a shot at his dreams because of the freedom he has to do so, and that’s what makes him a patriot. Alatorre was one […]

Commerce tops cold-shooting Hounds

CMI staff COMMERCE, Texas — Freshman guard De’Andre Carson’s 3-pointer gave Texas A&M-Commerce its first lead with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the half and the Lions pulled away in the second half for a 79-71 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball victory over cold-shooting Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday night. Senior guard […]

Man arrested on child exploitation charges

Robert Hawkins

  A Portales man was arrested Wednesday and charged with 167 counts of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age. Robert Hawkins, 43, is currently being held on a $15,000 cash only bond at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. According to court documents: • The New Mexico State Attorney’s Office Internet Crimes Against […]

Lions roar past Zias in second half

CMI staff COMMERCE, Texas — Sophomore guard Zenobia Winbush had five 3-pointers and a career-high 19 points while junior guard Ashlee Johnson added 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting with four assists and four steals, both off the bench, as Texas A&M-Commerce used a 17-0 run to erase a 10-point deficit en route to an 84-65 […]

Ticket feature: Hartley House extravaganza set for March

CNJ staff The Hartley House is bringing denim, diamonds, burlap and bling to the Clovis Civic Center March 1 as part of its 25th Annual Extravaganza. The event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and music by the Will Banister Band. The biggest auction of the evening will be a trip to Arizona […]

Rams return favor with victory at Lovington

Basketball in Flame

CMI staff LOVINGTON — After losing at home to Lovington last week, the Portales Rams returned the favor Tuesday night. Senior post Zach Campbell led three Rams in double figures with 14 points in a 59-53 victory over the Wildcats that puts PHS (13-11, 2-1 district) into the lead in the 4-3A race and in […]

Lady Wildcats get best of Portales again in rematch

CMI staff LOVINGTON — At least for the moment, you’d have to say the Lovington Lady Wildcats have the stronger claim to No. 1 in Class 3A girls basketball. For the second time in a week, second-ranked Lovington handled No. 1 Portales, although Tuesday’s 45-41 victory was at least tougher than last week’s 45-33 decision […]

Tuesday area prep summaries — Feb. 18

District 8-1A BOYS Dora 79, Tatum 42 Tatum (6-17, 1-4) — Luis Magallanes 5, Donavan Radcliff 9, Carlos Mendoza 5, Cristian Hinojosa 13, Oscar Orrantia 10. Totals 17 1-3 42. Dora (21-4, 5-0) — Eddie Arzate 9, Jesus Villegas 3, Daniel Stephens 6, Sam McConnell 5, Josh Walker 13, Jestin Watson 7, Dalton Privett 10, […]

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 19

MEN ENMU (13-10, 6-5 Lone Star Conference) at Texas A&M-Commerce (15-8, 4-7) • When: 6:30 p.m. (MST) today at Commerce, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Greyhounds lost in overtime at home to Midwestern State 81-79 on Saturday while the Lions routed Angelo State 99-78, also at home. • Last meeting: […]

Some businesses against wage hike

Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A proposed statewide minimum wage hike is making its way through the New Mexico Legislature this week, but some area business people are not convinced it is the best move for the local economy. If approved before the legislature adjourns noon Thursday, Senate Joint Resolution 13 would let voters […]

Audit concerns raised despite clean report

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Despite a clean audit report, Portales city councilors raised concerns about it after an accountant who presented on the audit cautioned the city about its spending and suggested staff look at cutting expenditures. Dahlia Garcia, a certified public accountant with White + Samaniego + Campbell, LLP, told councilors […]

Former Melrose coach arrested, charged


CMI staff A former Melrose contract coach has been arrested and charged in connection with an unlawful relationship with a student, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Allison Draper, 28, of Melrose, was charged Tuesday with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and five counts of criminal […]

Reviews are for your protection

Reviews have a major effect on where I do business and what products I buy. I’m always looking for both positive and negative feedback; you accept some people may get a lemon but it’s important to get a well-rounded view before you spend time or money. A review once saved me from a big mistake. […]

Ag Expo schedule

Wednesday 9 a.m.: Expo and exhibits open 10 a.m.: A Look at Cattle Health and Nutrition – New Mexico Discussion Cacahuate Room, JLCC Antique Tractor Games Somewhat-Homemade Cooking McAlister Room, JLCC Antique Tractor Parade Midway 10:30 a.m.: Working with Stock Dogs Idsinga Pavilion Noon: DFA Dairymen’s Lunch (Open to all Dairymen) Jake Lopez Bldg. 12:30 […]

Education clock needs turning back — Letter to the editor

The decline of public education has continued along the parallel lines of the removal of prayer, discipline, quality-core subjects that instill self-discipline (arts, science, social studies and vocational classes), work ethics, honesty and trust. Public schools have allowed the almighty dollar and politics to dictate education quality and a well-rounded education curriculum. The irony of […]

Police blotter — Feb. 19

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:01 a.m.: Criminal damage in progress, Seventh Street and Avenue D. • 1:12 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1400 block of South Avenue D. • 3:52 a.m.: Traffic stop, location unknown. • 4:48 a.m.: Animal complaint, NM 206 and Roosevelt Road 7. • 5:38 a.m.: Prisoner […]

U.S. customs legislation needs a fair hearing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has “a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.” It is difficult, to say the least, […]

Events calendar — Feb. 19

Today New Mexico Ag Expo — 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: nmagexpo.com or (800) 635-8036. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. After School at the Library – 4:30 p.m. Portales Public Library. Theme is “Sock Snowmen.” Information: 356-3940. Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Commission […]

Didn’t have to hit the gym after all

I was teaching a sport Monday. I was learning that same sport 15 minutes earlier. I normally abhor a split shift at work, but on this particular Monday I had a honey-do at the hardware store. Also on my schedule: • Meet these guys I don’t know for a game of ultimate Frisbee; • Go […]

Do-it-yourself goes ag


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Glenda Belcher has found a use for all of those pallets that accumulate over the years in the barns of farmers. The Curry County extension agent and home economist kicked off the 22nd annual New Mexico Ag Expo by showing a group of about 75 people Tuesday how […]