Police blotter — May 17

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 8:47 a.m.: Battery, 700 block East Third Street, report taken • 8:53 a.m.: Criminal damage, 900 block South Avenue A, report taken • 11:40 a.m.: Fraud, 1700 block North Boston Street • 11:50 a.m.: Theft, 1300 block […]

Family starting local winery

Staff photo: Anna George
Joe Archuleta, a “jack-of-all-trades among Max Merrick’s employees, files down the poles at the beginning and end of the Enchantment Vineyard rows on Monday. He said this allows them to fit caps on top to prevent rust within the poles.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com At today’s Portales City Council meeting, city councilors are set to decide when a new Portales vineyard can start producing wine. Max Merrick and his daughter, Megan Hamilton, enjoyed a walk on their five-acre family grape farm Monday morning as they talked of their excitement over the prospect of […]

Elida seniors take stage

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Hannah Bilbrey gives her valedictorian speech Saturday evening at Elida High School graduation. Bilbrey talked to her fellow graduates about overcoming fears and letting God guide your life.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Elida High School’s senior class took the stage Saturday evening to receive their diplomas before their friends, family and faculty. According to guest speaker Shannon Norris, of the Department of Agriculture, graduation is an opportunity for the students to strive for continued success in the future. “If God created […]

Local roundup — May 17

University to host trainings Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting two training courses in May: The ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate) instructor training course and a management and personnel styles training course. The ALICE course will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23 and 24 at the Jack Williamson Liberal […]

Pages past — May 17

On this date … 1971: A nationwide Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen union railroad strike had failed to halt freight services in Clovis. Picket lines sprang up at Clovis’ Santa Fe rail yards at 6 a.m., and railroad officials said 500 to 700 local workers were involved. The railroad continued to move freight with “supervisory personnel,” […]

Real estate season in bloom

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The spring season is in full bloom — and apparently so is real estate. Both national and local trends show it’s a seller’s market this time of year, as the demand for homes proves to be higher during late spring to early summer. Many companies like The Huffington Post, […]

Looking to the future

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Cassidy Dogherty of Melrose, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and journalism, receives her degree at Eastern New Mexico University’s 2016 spring commencement on Saturday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com On Saturday morning, Eastern New Mexico University celebrated its largest commencement ceremony yet, with over 1,100 students graduating, according to President Steven Gamble. After presenting faculty with awards and recognizing retirees, Gamble introduced commencement speaker Gary Tonjes. Tonjes, a 1978 graduate of ENMU himself, is the current president of […]

Dora graduates looking forward

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Dora High School senior Lindsey Fletcher, right, accepts her Salutatorian Award Saturday afternoon before giving her speech at the Dora High graduation. See more graduation photos on page 3B.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Focus was the theme of the day for guest speaker Caleb Gustin at the Dora High School graduation Saturday. Gustin opened his speech by telling audience members and graduates to hold out their hands, then turn them upside down with thumbs pointed out, then cross them and hook their […]

Pages past — May 15

On this date … 1956: A Ninth District Court jury found two men innocent of providing alcohol to a 15-year-old girl. Testimony showed the girl had passed out from drunkenness at a west-side Clovis skating rink. The girl testified the men had given her a Coke to drink and that the men had whiskey, but […]

To do list — May 15

Today • Rise Above Republic concert — 4 p.m. at Lindsey Park. Truth 2 the Streets Tour. Information: 575-562-1011, AnnaMaria Short Monday • Child Find pre-screening clinic — 9 a.m.-noon at Melrose schools. For children birth to age 5. Information: 575-253-4266 Tuesday • Valencia Elementary violin recital — 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at ENMU’s Buchanan Hall. […]

Wilson: Satellite radio a godsend in remote areas

I grew up in the wide-open spaces of Montana, and somehow ended up in the wide-open spaces of New Mexico, and I can tell you satellite radio is a godsend. Local stations do well, but the signal fades if you’re traveling more than 50 miles out of towns. On the more remote roads (I’m looking […]

Boswell: Big thanks to graphic design artists

Alisa Boswell

This is a bit overdue, as it should have mentioned last Sunday, but I’d like to give a special thank you to Brad Hamann’s Graphic Design Projects class at Eastern New Mexico University for working with the local newspaper in designing our new flag for the Portales News-Tribune. This class was full of some extremely […]

Ranchvale school celebrated

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Former Ranchvale students of the 1950s (from left) Carolyn Tate Harris, Irene Davis Jones, Wesley Myers, Sonja Madera Myers and Kenneth Davis reminisce in front of their old school during the “Ranchvale Through the Years” farewell event.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com RANCHVALE — A farewell gathering at Ranchvale Elementary School on Friday afternoon drew more than 80 decades’ worth of students. Current and former teachers, staff members and students gathered in the school’s gym for “Ranchvale Through the Years” — a celebration honoring the legacy of the school and its […]

Clovis Christian graduates walk today

Staff report Scholastic achievement, commitment to service and a laser-focused approach to making a difference in the lives of others will be celebrated during today’s Clovis Christian High School graduation ceremony. “We’re extremely proud of this year’s graduates,” said Clovis Christian Schools Superintendent and High School Principal Ladona Clayton. “I believe they are exceptional. They […]

States balk at bathroom directive

By Jonathan Drew and Paul J. Weber The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Politicians in Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere vowed defiance — and other conservative states could follow suit — after the Obama administration told public schools across the U.S. on Friday to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their […]

Pages past — May 14

On this date … 1976: Marshall Junior High freshmen girls set a local record as 15 of them crammed into a telephone booth. Sixteen girls were actually in the booth, but one was an eighth-grader. The previous record for freshmen girls in a Marshall phone booth was 14 set in 1975. The girls all dressed […]

Johnson: Hot vehicle no place for pets

Tongue flapping in the wind, huge gulps of fresh air; the occasional speeding bug and watching the world go by on a bright, sun-shiny day – what’s not to love? Many a pooch’s day is made by an afternoon drive with their favorite human. Sure, not all critters like riding in the car – most […]

ENMU tailgating policies announced

By Anna George Correspondent The final policies for tailgating at the upcoming Eastern New Mexico University Football Stadium, due to be done in August, were announced at the ENMU Board of Regents meeting on Friday. Patrice Caldwell, who presented the rules, said there will be wristbands given to people who present proper identification as a […]

Berry: Gone are cartoon superheroes

I was going to put some cartoons on television for the grandkids last Saturday. I thought they might enjoy it. When I was their age, Saturday morning cartoons were pretty special. After looking around for a while, it occurred to me that cartoons have changed a lot in the last thirty years. There were no […]

ENMU President Gamble tenders resignation letter

By Anna George Correspondent Steve Gamble, president of Eastern New Mexico University, brought his official letter of resignation before the ENMU board of regents on Friday. “Please know that I intend to retire as president of the Eastern New Mexico University System effective with a date between June 1 and August 1, 2017,” the letter […]