U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce speaks on issues

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce was in Portales Wednesday for a town hall meeting about the lesser prairie chicken. The Portales News-Tribune asked him several questions about key issues facing the area, his 2016 GOP predictions, and the immigration activists who have been calling him out through protests across his district. Pearce represents District 2, which […]

Events calendar – April 20

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Relay for Life Team Captain Meeting — 5:30 p.m., PMS Annex Zia Room. Information: 760-0526 or relayforlife.org/portalesnm. La Escalera Art Guild — 6:30 p.m., Roosevelt County Electric Hospitality Room. LaWanda Calton will be demonstrating in […]

Tom, the Nebraska mule

By Baxter Black On the edge of common sense Rarely do I hear a bad mule story, especially in conversations comparing mules to horses. Mules are held up most often as having common sense, calmness in a wreck, not having sense of humor, and sleight of hand (or hoof) tricks. Hank was wintering some big steers […]

Celebrating our planet


By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Celebrating Mother Earth has been an American pastime since 1970, and this year eastern New Mexicans have several options to get in on the environmental action. Earth Day will officially be recognized Tuesday, but students at Eastern New Mexico University can start celebrating Monday with the Recycle Rally, which encourages students […]

In search of ponies: Danger lurks on Easter

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Frilly sundresses and bonnets, perfect, tiny little bow ties and shiny shoes — Easter is a day for fancy duds and in the space of another sunrise, life will be about bright colors, fuzzy critters, treat baskets, and happy kiddos. But amidst the celebratory tone of the day, dangers lurk […]

McGee: Getting old is tough

By Grant McGee Local columnist Have you been talking to old  friends lately? Comparing0  notes on how life is going? My old friend Catfish caught up with me the other day. Catfish and I go way back. Among my favorite memories are those summer days when I was 7 years old, sitting on the back […]

The cup runs over

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
The CUP group enjoyed a roast beef sandwich, salad, French fries and cake as part of their celebration. They also received certificates for graduating the 16-week program.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com James Neal Van Winkle had only joined the Roosevelt County Detention Center’s Children Uniting with Parents program to be able to see his son Daemon and daughter Fiona, but he said he got so much more. “They not only got to visit me, but I learned how to raise […]

Perfect attendance

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Randy Rankin, director of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, looks through the home’s newsletters that are given to churches across the state. Rankin joined the Portales Rotary Club because he wanted to give back the community that has supported the children’s home.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Leroy Thomas has been a part of the Portales Rotary Club for the past 43 years and in that time he has never missed a meeting. Thomas said perfect attendance is encouraged […]

Police blotter — April 18

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:25 a.m.: Harassment, 1000 block of West 18th Street. • 7:10 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:37 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1900 block of North Avenue K. • 8:08 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1100 block of North Boston Avenue. • 8:35 […]

God paints us a glorious picure

Pat Cantwell

By Pat Cantwell Religion columnist In the last two weeks, I have finally been motivated to remove the fall debris from my flower pots and flower beds. I try to plant perennials because I know they will sprout again every spring. But looking at the dry, hard clumps of dirt, I always have my doubts. But […]