Higher aspirations


Editor’s note: This is the third 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 Shelden Breshears and Leslie Bohn enter their senior years at Dora High School with high expectations and higher aspirations. Shelden Breshears has a 3.4 overall grade […]

Q&A: Representing the county

2013 Roosevelt County Fair Queen Krista Avritt.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Fair Queen Krista Avritt is a senior at Elida High School. She said she loves fair food, especially sweets, can throw a spiral with a football, hopes to earn a college degree in agribusiness, and would improve parking in Portales if she had a chance.   […]

Q&A: Udall answers questions during Clovis tour


CMI staff Sen. Tom Udall spent much of Wednesday in Clovis as part of a three-day swing through eastern New Mexico that concludes Thursday morning in Santa Rosa. In Clovis he toured the Veterans Administration Clinic and Cannon Air Force Base. He also stopped by the Clovis News Journal to answer a series of questions […]

My Turn: Tiny tenors of Portales

Betty Williamson

We desert-dwellers obsessed with precipitation have many markers to measure moisture — certain roads that become impassable, a playa that finally fills, a concrete porch step that sings with the splatter of raindrops. But none of these hold a candle to the raucous “Hallelujahs!” belted out by a thousand thirsty amphibians after a torrential downpour. […]

Portales schools in session


By Eric Norwood PNT staff writer enrowood@pntonline.com New outfits, new teachers, new classes, new school year. Portales students in grades third through 12th headed back to school on Tuesday, and many were experiencing something new. Ashley Ray, a teacher at Valencia Elementary, is new to Portales and fourth grade. “I taught third grade in Lubbock […]

Udall: Livestock feed research ‘ground-breaking’

Kevin Baird: CMI staff photo
Professor Darron Smith, left, gives a container of laboratory processed algae to Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.,as they discuss the nutrition benefits of algae cattle feed. According to Smith, algae feed is high in protein and energy, and is nearly 100 percent digestible.

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Sen. Tom Udall was impressed with the “ground-breaking research” of converting algae into livestock feed at Eastern New Mexico University after touring the university’s agriculture building Tuesday. Udall, D-N.M., was instrumental with getting ENMU involved in the project, which is researching whether there is feed value and marketing […]

NWS: Wet week incoming

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
A vehicle navigates through a large puddle on the corner of Commercial and Main on Monday.

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Recent rain showers in Portales are just the beginning of what’s shaping up to be a wet week. According to the National Weather Service, Portales received 1.13 inches of rain Sunday and into the early morning hours Monday. It is estimated that the wallop of rain Monday afternoon […]

Dora students get school year refresher

Dora Student

  Students told tales of the summer at the third-grade lunch table as they waited their turns to dump their trays. Down the hall, the school veterans of the 11th and 12th grades reclined in the dimly lit auditorium while Principal Brandon Hays gave them a welcome to school speech. Dora schools are officially back […]

Co-op water advisory lifted


The New Mexico Environment Department has lifted the boil-water advisory it issued last week for the Roosevelt County Water Utility Authority. NMED issued the advisory after bacteriological contamination was found that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for E. coli, according to an NMED news release. Water samples tested Sunday were clean of e. coli […]

Keeping Portales healthy

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Yasmin Garcia, 8, of Portales with Sparky the firehouse dog. Sparky came to the La Casa Health Fair Saturday with the Cannon Air Force Base mobile fire safety house.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The community of Portales was present and accounted for at the La Casa Health Fair on Saturday. “This event is a takeoff for National Health Center Week, which kicks off on Monday,” said Seferino Montano, chief executive officer of La Casa Family Health Center. Family and health […]

Rep. Pearce says amnesty not answer

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway

Republican U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, right, listens to a local farmer’s concerns about immigration reform.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Immigration reform was the hot topic at Friday’s town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce in Portales. About 40 area residents, many representing the Somos Un Pueblo Unido immigrant group, gathered at the Yam Theater as Pearce answered questions from his constituents. While several concerned citizens posed questions about the […]

Roosevelt co-op customers remain under boil-water advisory


  By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Water Co-op customers will remain under a “boil water advisory” until at least Monday morning, according to the cooperative’s manager. The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau issued the advisory Friday morning after bacteriological contamination, E. coli, was detected in a routine monitoring sample. The city’s water […]

Seniors excel on, off the field

File photo
Weldon “W.T.” Whitecotton was the starting quarterback for the Broncos last year as a junior. He also starred in basketball and baseball.

Editor’s note: This is the second 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 Floyd High seniors Weldon “W.T.” Whitecotton and Tessa Nall will be busy campers this fall, with a full schedule of activities and commitments. Nall plays volleyball, […]

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 enorwood@pntonline.com 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 ccalloway@pntonline.com 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 Enorwood@pntonline.com 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 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 […]