Fire destroys sorghum, hay on ranch east of Portales

51afdb1ca6b62.jpg

Fire destroyed an estimated $800,000 worth of ground hay and sorghum this afternoon on a ranch east of Portales. According to Wes Fraze, son-in-law of the W Diamond Heifer Ranch owner, R.L. Rogers, the fire began when a contracted worker was grinding the hay and sorghum. Fraze said the worker believed a rock had gotten […]

My turn: Border collie slow to mature

It has been two years now since we were adopted, or perhaps I should say assaulted, by a young border collie cross who showed up on a chilly afternoon to wreak havoc on our lives. After a fruitless attempt to find her owners (who we suspect may have been hiding nearby, chuckling with glee), we […]

ENMU committee focuses on business etiquette

lvnuxu-lvnux6enmu.jpg

Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University faculty members recently began a new committee on campus, the Etiquette Committee, geared towards preparing students for the working world by teaching them professional etiquette, dress sense and more. “THE ENMU Foundation and the Alumni Association originally had the idea when they were brainstorming about alumni and outreach,” Foundation […]

Letters to the editor: Drivers should take extra precautions

Drivers should take extra precautions School began for most Portales students last week. I was surprised that I didn’t see any patrol officers around to serve as a reminder of the school zone speed limit. As I was waiting for my children after school at Valencia Elementary last week, I noticed two vehicles pass through […]

Detention center officers take class on inmate rights

ll22pj-ll22kf512corrections2web.jpg

Alisa Boswell A training course for detention center officers, which began Wednesday morning at Eastern New Mexico University, is geared toward teaching corrections officers about inmate rights and liabilities. “New Mexico Association of Counties insures counties and a detention center is part of that so they promote training,” said Art Murphy, an NMAC consultant and […]

Lindsey-Steiner fifth-grader saves fellow student

lhrn9b-lhrlqr39schoolheroweb.jpg

Alisa Boswell Jesus Lavalle, a fifth grade elementary student at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary, may be an example of how heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Lavalle, 10, was eating lunch in the school cafeteria Monday afternoon when another fifth grade student began to choke on a corn dog at the other side of the table. […]

Our people: Non-traditional student

lh8zux-lh8zsx227ourpeople1.jpg

Clovis resident and Eastern New Mexico University instructor Lonzo Lassiter began what he calls the second half of his life at age 50 when he attended college for the first time. Prior to that, he worked in construction and carpentry but after three surgeries, doctors told him to find something else to do for a […]

Computer games addictive

I may have developed an addiction. I Boggle when I should be doing other things. I while back I downloaded a Boggle game app on my iPad and began to play endlessly in single player “Quick Play” mode. I do it while watching television. I do it before I go to bed at night and […]

Oregon woman donates crocheted caps to Clovis cancer program

lgfj50-lgfj1d211knittedcaps1.jpg

Liliana Castillo A big fan of crocheting from Sea Side, Oregon is spreading cheer to Clovis area cancer patients. Evelyn Rush, 73, began crocheting colorful caps after she got the pattern from a friend. “I started making them and it sort of ballooned,” she said. Rush said she enjoys sitting in the evening and crocheting. […]

Portales past: Feb. 18, 1954

Feb. 18, 1954: The Portales Tribune: On Tuesday, Mrs. Alvin Click began her new duties with KICA after being a news broadcaster with KENM for many months, and gave a news program at 12:45. The studio was moved to the second floor of the Cal Boykin Hotel.

Our people: Windmill man

leqbl9-leqb7619ourpeople4.jpg

Portales resident Bill Dalley has delved into his retirement hobby of restoring antique windmills. He has restored 80 for himself and 25 for others. Sometimes, moving or repairing a windmill became a family project, needing multiple trucks and trailers to haul the oversized collectibles. Dalley decided to donate the windmills to Roosevelt County and began […]

Hanukkah: Celebration of freedom

Freedom New Mexico Observant Jews around the world began the celebration of Hanukkah, a festival of lights, on Wednesday. It was instituted to celebrate the liberation of Israel from domination by the Syrian Seleucid empire, which sought to suppress the traditional Hebrew religion by law and violence. It is thus a celebration of religious freedom, […]

Trial for 1993 slaying begins

Jared Tucker Trial began Tuesday in Portales district court of 39-year-old Arnoldo Navarette, who is accused of shooting and killing a man in 1993. Navarette is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in the May 30, 1993, shooting death of Rey Ornelas, according to court records. During Tuesday’s testimony, Don Guy, a sergeant […]

County fair celebrates local culture

It all began with the turtle — or, more properly, the tortoise, the box tortoise. Sorry, but before switching to education in college, I was a wildlife biology major. Those little distinctions distract me. It is a tortoise, not a turtle; it is a bison, not a buffalo. Anyway, the huge tortoise was moving across […]

Manners sign of respect

Clyde Davis Pulling into the crowded drive-through of a fast food chain restaurant on a Saturday morning, I paid for the iced mocha and began to fold the change back into my wallet. The young woman taking the money at the window looked at me in a way which gives life to the clich

‘No female’ rule on ranch not fair

By Glenda Price: State columnist My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we […]

New fishing rule changes take effect

The next New Mexico fishing license year began Thursday. Three rule changes you might want to know about are: • The length of the Special Trout Water on the upper Pecos River has been reduced by about half a mile. • The bag limit on striped bass has been decreased to two fish. • Unlimited […]

Portales Past: March 27, 1960

March 27, 1960: Mountain States Telephone Co. and Roosevelt County Telephone Co-op began “extended area service” for county telephone users. It meant subscribers in Dora, Causey, Milnesand and Elida could call Portales (and vice versa) directly, without going through a toll operator. About 3,800 telephones were in use in the county.

When in doubt, sing a song of faith

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Another school year will soon be gone before we know it. I still miss the little people, and the memories still linger in my mental files. When I began my teaching career, the school where I taught had no kindergarten. My class of first graders experienced “new separation anxiety” in […]

Surrounded by signs of spring

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The signs are a bit mixed but spring may be lurking out there somewhere. I began to ponder spring the other morning as I left the warmth of my home to brave 19-degree temperatures and frost on my windshield that took a lot longer to scrape than I anticipated. After […]