Lottery scholarship, texting bills among those passed during Legislative session

Stock Image: Texting while driving

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Within the 30-day state legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature passed 10 bills including the compromised $6.2 billion budget. Here are a few of the bills that will affect the local communities:   Lottery scholarships The Legislature combined several ideas to save the state’s lottery-funded scholarship program, which […]

My turn: Lots to love, in spite of it all

Sandy Fields

I shall be brutally honest. I have a love-hate relationship with this place. One moment I’m rejoicing, the next I’m scowling. Who wouldn’t be beside themselves with glee when they’re eating a chocolate pecan shake from Pat’s? But then there’s the business of driving home and bouncing over the pot holes and drainage dips … […]

Hounds’ upset bid falls short

grayhounds

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Tarleton State has been pretty successful this season riding its hot hand, whether it’s De’Andre Upchurch or Chuck Guy. Saturday night, the pair were more than enough to clinch a share of the Lone Star Conference regular season title. Upchurch had 23 of his career-high 38 points in […]

Seeking stewardship

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Norman Nelson, New Mexico SiteWatch coordinator, talks to a group of volunteers Saturday during training. Nelson said this will be the first SiteWatch chapter in the northeast region.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University graduate student Trish Byers has been in Portales for two years and finds the archaeological sites here fascinating. Byer’s interest is in preserving archaeological sites, including historic buildings and places, trails, neon signs, bridges and structures. She is originally from Maryland. On Saturday, Byers […]

Thursday area prep summaries — Feb. 20

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Dora senior Josh Walker pulls up for a shot over Jal’s Jordan Lujan, right, during the first half of Thursday night’s District 8-1A boys matchup at Dora. The Coyotes clinched the regular-season championship with an 80-36 win over the Panthers.

BOYS District 8-1A Dora 80, Jal 36 Jal (5-15, 1-5) — Jaime Lujan 3, Ryan Beckham 2, Anthony Anderson 6, Servando Navarrette 2, Jordan Lujan 3, Adrian Rodriguez 9, Lorenzo Vargas 11. Totals 12 10-13 36. Dora (22-4, 6-0) — Eddie Arzate 7, Jesus Villegas 7, Daniel Stephens 3, Sam McConnell 2, Josh Walker 11, […]

That’s a wrap, folks

Courtesy photo: Clayton Barber gives a demonstration on fire resistant clothing at the New Mexico Ag Expo, one of several seminars hosted at the two-day event.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Ag Expo organizers said this year’s seminars garnered good feedback from attendees. In its 22nd year, the New Mexico Ag Expo brought new trends and kept old traditions to cater to the agricultural communities of New Mexico and west Texas. The two-day event wrapped up Wednesday at the […]

Training to fetch

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Kyle Dillard has one of his dogs herd the sheep to him on Wednesday at Idsinga Pavilion. This male border collie is still in training.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Twister, a 1-year-old border collie, with the help of his owner, Kyle Dillard of Milnesand, herded six sheep into a pen at the Idsinga Pavilion on Wednesday at the New Mexico Ag Expo. Dillard breeds, raises and trains border collies for herding cattle and other livestock. Dillard presented […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]