Lucero: Conversation key to solving problems

I often find myself thinking for long periods of time about how I can possibly make a positive change in the world around me. These thoughts keep me up at night, trying to wrap my head around problems that face our quickly changing world. Being a journalist, I read the news daily and I am […]

Governor names new ENMU regent

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University announced Thursday that Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Dan Patterson to replace late Board of Regents member Brett Leach. Patterson has more than 40 years of experience in education, including in administration. He served as superintendent and deputy superintendent of school districts throughout New Mexico and Colorado, including Moriarty […]

To do list — May 1

Saturday • ENMU choir’s Spring Concert — 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Buchanan Hall in the music building. Free and open to the public. Information: 575-562-2377. • Prehistoric New Mexico Open House — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blackwater Draw ‘Clovis Site.’ Activities, demonstrations start approximately 10 a.m. Free, open to the public. […]

Gas line fix done

STAFF REPORT Repairs for a gas leak on 18th Street were complete by 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to New Mexico Gas Company Area Manager Danny Deckard, who said the leak was small. “No guests or customer service people were in danger,” he said of the incident, which entailed TLC contractors hitting the line while building […]

Roch: Governor right to push reading bill


The 2015 New Mexico legislative session is over, but the 60-day period entailed hard-fought battles over education legislation with wins and losses on both sides. The education battles, however, are long from over, according to state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, who was named the incoming chairman of the Legislative Education Study Committee on Monday. Roch, […]

How they grow

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
Second grade students at James Elementary admire recently hatched chicks from the embryology program. The 
program teaches students about the life cycle.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The annual three-week embryology program held at James Elementary came to an end on Wednesday with a lot of broken eggs. According to Ryan Craig, a 4-H agent with the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service that sponsors the program, it has been in the community for 15 years and […]

Gas main hit during pipe work

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR A gas leak Wednesday in Portales caused police to shut down 18th Street between Avenue B and Abilene and evacuate residents from their homes. Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart said TLC, the company contracting to build and install the wastewater plant pipeline, struck a gas line. The section of […]

Notebook — April 30

Hit the road… • Get yourself some culture and live music. The Eastern New Mexico University choir’s annual spring concert fills the air starting 7 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Hall. Hit the circuit… • High speed and lots of dust. Sounds like a typical spring day in eastern New Mexico but no. It’s dirt track […]

To do list — April 30

Today • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Saturday • ENMU choir’s Spring Concert — 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Buchanan Hall in the music building. Free and open to the public. Information: 575-562-2377. • Prehistoric New Mexico Open House — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blackwater Draw […]

Dora school news — April 30

BPA Nine students from the Dora Chapter of the Business Professionals of America, who qualified at the State level will be traveling to the National contest on Tuesday, May 5, through Sunday, May 10: Jessica Barron, Isaac Carrasco, McCray Clark, Velinda Fierro, Amanda Hurt, Francis Lopez, Shania Ramirez, Charlyn Simpson and Gema Villanueva. Sponsor Colleen […]

Our graduates — April 30


Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of profiles about graduating high school seniors. Portales High School Austin Lucero, 18, plans on attending Eastern New Mexico University to pursue a degree in engineering. Lucero participated in basketball, tennis and National Honor Society during high school, and said the activities gave him the discipline and […]

Williamson: People like ‘Cotton’ rarely make headlines

The best kinds of people rarely make headlines. Living a simple, honest life isn’t newsworthy. But they are my favorite stories to tell. Lifelong Roosevelt County resident Walter “Cotton” Clark died last week at the age of 87; Ila Jean, his wife of 64 years, preceded him in 2012. Cotton (who picked up his nickname […]

Police: Scam artist posing as officer

Portales police say a scam artist is going around town representing himself as a officer. Police said the man tells his targets they are winners of Royal Star Sweepstakes and to collect their prize, they need to give him 1 percent of the total prize money. Police said they are not part of any sweepstakes […]

Train wreck victim jumped before impact

Staff Report Officials say a crew member from Texico who was aboard a freight train that struck a parked train near Roswell probably would have survived if he had not jumped right before impact. Jesse Coburn III, 48, the engineer, was found dead at the scene Tuesday by first responders. National Transportation Safety Board investigators […]

Pages past — April 30

On this date … 1970: New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Eastern New Mexico University could keep teacher salaries secret, for now, if its board of regents promptly appealed a Roosevelt County District Court decision to make them public. ENMU student journalists Ernest Sanchez and Arthur Dula took the college to court, claiming its 280 teacher […]

Police close roads due to gas leak

STAFF REPORT A gas leak in Portales caused police to shut down 18th Street between Avenue B to Abilene and evacuate residents from their home Wednesday afternoon. Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart said TLC, the company contracting to construct the wastewater plant pipeline, struck a gas line while working Wednesday. The section of street was […]

Former police chief making travel plans

Melvin McAfoos served as the Elida Police Chief for eight years before retiring at the end of 2014. The Portales News-Tribune caught up with McAfoos to see how he’s enjoying his retirement. So what have you been doing since you retired? Doing anything I want really, but mostly I have more time to spend with […]

Field day focus: Canola

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Sangu Angadi, a New Mexico State University crop physiologist at the Clovis Ag Science Center, showed farmers dryland and irrigated canola plants Tuesday at the Canola-Wheat Field Day.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer For the layman, fields of bright yellow canola are simply pleasant to look at. But for local farmers and agriculture researchers, the crop is becoming an important, drought-tolerant option for winter planting in the region. “Precipitation is unpredictable,” said Sultan Began, a research specialist at the Clovis Ag Science […]

Deputy serves childhood community


Name: T.J. Gibson Title: Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy What made you want to go into law enforcement? It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. It’s all I ever wanted to do. What’s it like to serve the community you grew up in? It‘s a great feeling to serve this community. We […]

Notebook — April 29

Notebook Step up … • Time to step up for those of you who say there’s nothing to do in Clovis. The city is looking for someone to serve on its Cultural & Ethnic Affairs Committee. Contact the city manager’s office at 575-763-9653. Step back … • The Prehistoric New Mexico Open House is 9 […]