Venture into anime worth it

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer About a year ago, my rank in nerdom rose to new heights. It was not watching “Star Wars” for the 100th time or rereading the “Hobbit” for a fourth time, which I have done. It was going into the dark dimension known as anime. Que shocked faces and disapproving glares. […]

Cross ‘The Kid’ off the to-do list

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Rule: When a friend texts, “I miss you,” and you both have the day off, and she says, “Let’s do something we’ve never done before,” that’s exactly what you do the next day. And this is how I found myself on the road, driving more than 100 miles roundtrip to […]

Police blotter — Sept. 10

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 8:02 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, First and Knoxville streets. • 8:30 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 11:57 a.m.: Standby domestic, 500 block of South Avenue G. • […]

To do list — Sept. 10

Today • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., board room at Portales Municipal School District, 501 S. Abilene. Property tax rates will be set. Interviews for the county manager job will be held in executive session. • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Searching for Dragons. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • […]

Floyd earns national acclaim

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com Floyd High School has claimed two top spots on “Newsweek’s” lists of top high schools in the nation. Floyd ranked 98th in the “Beating the Odds: America’s Top High Schools for Low-Income Students” list and made the top 500 in the magazine’s “America’s Top High Schools 2014” list. “We’re […]

Meetings watch: Portales school board

Portales Municipal Schools Board members on Monday: • Approved a request for easement for enhanced firefighting capacity. City Public Works Director John DeSha said officials want to place a pipe, which will run water from the wastewater plant, on the south side of Valencia Elementary School. The water will run to all the schools except […]

To do list — Sept. 9

Today • Afterschool @ the Library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Lego Bookmarks. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., board room at Portales Municipal School District, 501 S. Abilene. Property tax rates will be set. Interviews for the county manager job will be held in executive session. […]

Police blotter — Sept. 9

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:02 a.m.: Trespass in progress, 1500 block of South Avenue K. • 1:13 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of South Avenue H. • 1:26 a.m.: Deputy requested, Second Street and Avenue I. • 2:25 […]

9/11 anniversary triggers dread

By Sandy Fields Local columnist The anniversary approaches. September 11. I remember that fateful day 13 years ago with anguish in my heart. I have grown to dread the date every year as it approaches. There is reason to worry. There is chatter. I wonder how there could be such a vicious element of anger […]

Attorney: County manager candidates have ‘wide range of experience’

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Eight of the 12 candidates for the Roosevelt County Manager’s job will be participating in interviews that begin Wednesday and continue through Sept. 16, county officials said. Half of the finalists have close ties to Portales, while all eight are in New Mexico. All the candidates have managerial experience. […]

New ‘in-state tuition’ protection starts fall 2015

By Tom Philpott Military Digest Perhaps the first thing veterans using GI Bill education benefits should understand about new “in-state tuition” protection that Congress approved last month is that it won’t take effect for another year — fall semester 2015. That delay will give state-run colleges and universities — or, in some cases, state legislatures […]

ENMU grad returns to comedy roots

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Steven Michael Quezada, a former ENMU student, said his comedy act is about family.

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communication Services Former Eastern New Mexico University student Steven Michael Quezada is returning to the Portales campus for a comedy act at 7 p.m. Monday in the ENMU Theater. The actor is known for his role as Steven Gomez on the Emmy-Award winning series “Breaking Bad.” “The show was not […]

On this date

Sept. 9, 1954: The Las Vegas Daily Optic newspaper published an editorial praising former state Rep. R. G. Bryant of Portales and Dr. H.A. Miller of Clovis for publicly questioning payment of a state education department employee while she attended classes at the University of Colorado. “The two have been assailed in some circles as […]

Cannon appreciation day set

Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo
Cannon children will be supplied with pumpkins to decorate during the annual Cannon Appreciation Day 
scheduled for Saturday in Portales. These unidentified youngsters were beneficiaries last year.

Staff report The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to show Cannon Air Force Base personnel how much they mean to the citizens in and around Portales. The Chamber’s annual Cannon Appreciation Day is scheduled Saturday and will feature games, live music, and food for CAFB personnel and their families. Karl Terry, the […]

ENMU enrollment hits another high

Staff report Aggressive recruiting efforts, expanding athletic programs and the advent of online education are just a few reasons Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment figures continue to rise, according to university President Steve Gamble. The university announced on Saturday its fall enrollment is up for the 18th consecutive year. The number of ENMU students enrolled […]

Mother, children get help from locals

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Quaylene Parkey was walking into Portales’ Wal-Mart when she noticed a pregnant woman with two small children in front of the store. They had a bag of groceries, but seemed to be having a “melt down,” Parkey said. Parkey began talking to the woman and learned she was dropped […]

Hardware store to switch brand

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Portales’ Surplus City, better known as Trader Horn’s True Value, is severing ties with the True Value brand after 30 years. The store will be converted to an ACE Hardware and Home Center. The plan is to bring lower prices and more name brands to its Portales customers, co-owner […]

Ute Water Checkup: Chair gives update on project

Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of question and answer sessions with community leaders. Gayla Brumfield chairs the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, a consortium of communities charged with completing the estimated $550 million Ute Water Project. The project is largely a massive 88-mile pipe that will draw water from the […]

Community Calendar — Sept. 7

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 575-356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

Pages Past — Sept. 6

 this date … 1974: Tickets were on sale to see Rare Earth, a Detroit rock group whose 1971 hit “I Just Want to Celebrate” reached No. 7 on the pop charts. The Motown recording group was set to perform Sept. 8 at Eastern New Mexico University. General admission tickets were $3, on sale at the Campus […]