Man arrested for impersonating officer


CMI staff If you’re going to pretend you’re a police officer, the worst thing you can do is pull over a couple of law enforcement agents. John Shelton, 26, of Logan did just that on Thursday, according to New Mexico State Police. On Thursday afternoon, he was in jail facing charges of impersonating a police […]

Q&A: Floral shop owner to judge flower show

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Rosalie Richards makes adjustments to an arrangement at Hestand’s Floral in Portales. Richards will be the judge of the Flower Show at the upcoming Roosevelt County Fair. This will be her second time judging the event.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer It’s almost fair season, which means county residents will have the opportunity to display their hard work to the whole community. In this year’s flower show at the Roosevelt County Fair, hosted by the Portales Women’s Club, judge Rosalie Richards will have the tough task of deciding […]

Mayor diagnosed with cancer


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Portales Mayor Sharon King said she’s fighting fatigue but was feeling much better Wednesday after finding out she was diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, during a recent hospital stay. King, 59, said she plans to be back on her feet soon, and has no […]

Local farmers introduced to guar gum

Kevin Baird: CMI staff photo
Wheat farmer Doug Gibbs of Clovis smells the guar plant during the New Mexico State University annual field day at the NMSU agricultural science center at Clovis. There is a high demand for guar because guar gum is used in the hydraulic fracturing process.  

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline Area farmers were introduced Wednesday to a desert crop that is in high demand because of its use in the hydraulic fracturing process. “The U.S. spent $1 billion importing guar gum from India in 2011,” crop scientist Dick Auld of Texas Tech University said. “Guar is indigenously adapted […]

Rams get into swing of practice

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Portales Rams sophomore Jacob Salgado tags a pad held by PHS assistant coach Vic Lopez during a foot and handwork exercise on Monday as the Rams opened practice for the 2013 football season. PHS hosts Las Vegas Robertson in its opening game on Aug. 30.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer It was obvious by the intensity and direction of Monday morning’s gathering of football hopefuls that this wasn’t just a summer workout. This was real practice at Portales High School, and it showed as the Rams began preparing for the upcoming football season. Everyone looked in sync, […]

Ram band hard at work


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]