Ram band hard at work


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com After placing second in the 2012 Zia Marching Band Fiesta AA division and the 2013 New Mexico Activities Association State Band Contest, the Portales Ram Band has been at work since school ended in May. “We held our rookie camp the week after school ended for our […]

Two local students elected to 4-H state office


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Of the many adventures, challenges and triumphs best friends Lane Wallace and Koby Cone have experienced together, becoming state 4-H leaders is just one more they are preparing to embark. The Roosevelt County seniors were recently elected to state offices at the 90th annual State 4-H Conference held […]

Tax-free weekend hits


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Wallets were unfolding and cash registers were overworked as tax free weekend hit Portales. School supplies under $15, computers under $1,000, computer equipment under $500, and clothes and shoes under $100 are all tax free throughout New Mexico through today.   Many Portales residents took advantage of […]

Airmen, families honored

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Members from the Cannon Air Force Base community line up to be served Friday at Cannon Appreciation Day hosted by Committee of Fifty, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, and Clovis Industrial Development Corporation at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com Madison Schwab, 8, sat at a picnic table and took a big bite of her cheeseburger, smiled, and gave a thumbs up to show the burger won her approval. “It’s a nice picnic,” said Madison’s father, Airman Bobby Schwab. “It’s nice to spend time with family.” “I’m just glad I don’t […]

James nominated for Air Force secretary post


The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A former assistant defense secretary and House staffer is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next secretary of the Air Force, the White House said Thursday. Obama is nominating Deborah Lee James, an executive at the defense contractor Science Applications International Corp., to head the Air Force, where she […]

Some students thrive with extra on their plate


This is the first in a weekly series this month on students entering their senior year of high school. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The last year of childhood and the preparation for life as an adult can have any senior nervous about the future. Social lives, grades, future plans and extracurricular […]

A break from the taxman

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Tori Christiansen, store manager of Hot Threads on Main Avenue, prices jewelry on Thursday, in preparation for New Mexico’s tax-free weekend.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Local store owners are hoping to have a successful tax-free weekend despite U.S. 70 construction limiting access to their downtown businesses. During a weekend that usually brings in a healthy amount of foot traffic to area stores, store owners fear the lack of access and parking will affect […]

Q&A: Moving the troop ahead


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Curtis Utley attended the Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 National Jamboree in Mount Hope, W.V., from July 15-24. Utley raised more than $1,600 to attend the event by writing letters to local organizations, who provided donations. He also received a $1.600 BSA scholarship. Utley is a member […]

My Turn: Art event worth a shot

Betty Williamson

Portales has two new residents this week and next, and rumor has it, they’re going to add to the total of “friendly folks,” rather than boost the number of “old grouches.” Writers Ruth Thompson and Don Mitchell are making Portales their temporary home as they serve as guest Artists in Residence in our community. If […]

Two inducted for service


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com They come from opposite backgrounds but two Roosevelt County women the one thing that brought them to dedicate years to the county’s 4-H program is their children. They used their mothering skills to guide countless children through the program and now Fran Welch and Janie Hardin are being […]

Brief filed to overturn rape case dismissal


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The state attorney general’s office on Friday filed a brief to overturn the dismissal of a rape case involving a former Dora middle school coach. The attorney general’s office filed its motion in support of the district attorney’s appeal of the case in which police said girls basketball […]

Station preps for drive

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
KENW-TV Fall Drive volunteers Dolly Sarkar, left, and Terri Doerr practice their etiquette for when taking pledges from viewers Monday. The week-long drive starts Saturday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Fall hasn’t officially arrived. But it’s getting close for Eastern New Mexico University’s KENW-TV to hold its annual fall membership drive. The goal during the week-long drive — which starts Saturday —is to raise $15,000 to $20,000 in pledges, according to KENW Promotion Director Rena Garrett. “It helps […]

Local Brief: Livestock judging team named state champions — July 28

K Cone - L Wallace

The Roosevelt County Livestock Judging Team was named state champions for the second year in a row at the 90th Annual State 4-H Conference held earlier this month at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, according to a 4-H press release. The following awards were also given out to students from Roosevelt County: Koby […]

Locals bird watch at Oasis State Park

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
This great horned owl caused quite a stir at Oasis State Park Saturday because it was the first time a few people at the bird watching event saw it in-person.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Cheyenne Lattin was mid-sentence talking about the great horned owl when fate and coincidence interfered. People hustled over to the side of the Group Shelter at Oasis State Park with cameras and binoculars in hand, smaller children giving each other a lift to see over the ledge. It […]

Portales Arts Council program gets revived


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Danielle Holmes is excited to revive a Portales Arts Council program that will bring two writers she admires to Portales. Writers Ruth Thompson and Don Mitchell will be featured in the council’s Artists in Residence program to start on Tuesday. The pair will get comfy as they make […]

Q&A: Texas girl at heart


By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Growing up in the small town of Farwell, Charla Corn dreamed of making it big in country music. Since her early beginnings singing at Border Town Days and local county fairs, Corn has toured nationally with the likes of Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Pat Green, Aaron Watson and the Josh Abbott […]

Coaches create offseason training programs


Editor’s note: This is the third story in a monthly series about fitness. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The offseason may be the toughest time for an athlete to train. Staying focused, sometimes without the direction of coaches, can lead to players getting complacent, or out of shape. “I think it is […]

Dairy neighbors file nuisance complaints


By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Farmers and dairymen have seen their fair share of hardships in recent years, including drought and rising operating costs. Most recently, nuisance complaints from neighbors have caused a string of lawsuits against dairies statewide, and many producers and advocates are asking for clearer legislation to help prevent further […]

Cannon drone damaged


CMI staff A remotely piloted aircraft, known as an MQ-9 Reaper, was damaged during a routine training flight Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to the base’s public affairs office. “An investigation has been initiated into the cause of the incident, which took place on the runway,” Marcelo Calero of Cannon public affairs stated […]

Payment freeze forces TeamBuilders to close


By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The leaders of the TeamBuilders Counseling Services are preparing to throw in the towel after struggling to remain in operation since the New Mexico Human Services Department froze Medicaid payments to behavioral health services providers that are under investigation for possible overbillings, Lorraine Freedle, Teambuilders chief financial officer […]