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State your purpose

New Mexico high school students were making their own rules this week but not before passing them through congressional houses in a series of lively debates. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Bianca Soliz, center, governor of New Mexico...

 

City takes safeguards on 18th

Portales city officials had barricades ready near 18th Street Thursday night to make sure there wouldn't be a repeat of the events that took place in Wednesday night's storm. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Vehicles continued to drive...

 

Q&A - Director seeks residents' two cents

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner travels around New Mexico to hear about the issues of rural citizens. In his series of informal meetings called, "Give Your Two Cents to Terry," Brunner hopes to expand...

 

Records: Drug transactions were one-time sales

Roosevelt County court documents show all but one person charged with drug trafficking last month sold small amounts of methamphetamine to an informant. One of the suspects sold prescription drugs. The others sold amounts ranging from a half gram to...

 

Search begins for new municipal judge of Portales

If you're at least 18 years of age and a registered voter, you could be the next municipal judge of Portales. Although those are the only requirements for the position, the Portales City Council wants interested candidates to say what qualifies them...

 

New city manager chosen

Doug Redmond is the choice to replace retiring Portales City Manager Tom Howell. The Portales City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve Redmond as the city's new manager. Redmond will resign as Roosevelt County Community Development...

 

Sunday, Monday storms bring rain, lateral lightning

Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger said Sunday night's thunderstorms were pretty intense for June weather. "It was raining so hard that you couldn't see a car-length in front of you," said Wattenberger about his drive...

 

Community will meet to discuss lesser prairie chickens

For those still in the dark about what the lesser prairie chicken is or why its existence is important, there is a community meeting Tuesday. The bird has been at the center of controversy since 1998 after it was identified as a candidate for...

 

Hospital CEO concerned about health exchange costs

Roosevelt General Hospital CEO Larry Leaming says the ultimate goal of a state-run health exchange is to get uninsured people in New Mexico health coverage. But with that goal in mind, Leaming says it's not clear how the state will achieve that goal...

 

Eleventh suspect jailed

Another suspect charged last week with drug trafficking in Portales is behind bars, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center staff. Francisco "The Tank" Lopez, 23, turned himself in, bringing the total to 11 who have been taken into custody as...

 

Superintendent search being reopened

The search for a replacement for retiring Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler will continue. The Portales schools Board of Education voted 3-2 Wednesday to re-advertise the superintendent position. Board President Alan Garrett and members... Full story

 

Three Questions With: Harvey Hedden - May 30

Law enforcement officers from Roosevelt and Curry counties gathered at Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday and Wednesday to attend a training seminar aimed at improving their customer service. The classes were instructed by Harvey Hedden,...

 

Ag producers hope to not repeat farm bill quick fix

Members of the agricultural community are hoping they won't see a repeat of what happened late last year as Congress continues to work on a new farm bill. The bill, which many farmers were in support of because it included disaster assistance...

 

Honoring those who have fallen

Joe Terry of Portales said his father's service inspired him to join the U.S. Army because he understood that it was something he had to do for his country. "He always said it was a responsibility of citizenship," Terry said. Christina Calloway:...

 

Celebrating the nation's fallen heroes

As the nation prepares to celebrate its fallen heroes Monday, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry wants to remind you of the efforts of one Portales High School class. The PHS class of 1958 saw fit to honor members of the armed...

 

PHS students learn journalism

The class only meets once a week. The rest of the week, Portales High School journalism students are out in the field getting hands-on experience. Students say learning journalism and working on the Portales School News Page, which runs at the back...

 

10 arrested for drug trafficking

Thursday marked the end of a four-month long drug-trafficking investigation in Portales that led to the arrests of 10 suspects. Portales police said they are expecting seven more arrests. The... Full story

 

Maypole has symbolized rite of passage for seniors at PHS for 85 years

The bright, colorful dresses, the inspirational songs, the flashes from hundreds of cameras and the poles that stand as strong as the community's tradition are what keep Portales High School's Maypole ceremonies going. Maypole Director Wendy Brooks...

 

Councilors: No new laws needed to address panhandling

Portales city councilors concluded no new laws are necessary to enforce the prohibition of aggressive panhandling because there is a similar code that can be amended to include it. The Portales City Council gave a notice of intent Tuesday night at... Full story

 

Finalists named in city manager search

Two finalists were named in the search for Portales' new city manager Tuesday night at the Portales City Council meeting. Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Director Doug Redmond and Stanley Livengood of San Antonio, Texas, are being... Full story

 

More charges likely in ENMU embezzlement case

An Eastern New Mexico University employee charged with embezzling more than $18,000 from the university said he was embarrassed and ashamed of the crimes he committed in a video of his interrogation. Plane tickets, hotel stays, limo rides, Disney Wor...

 

Superintendent search continues

The search for Portales Municipal Schools' superintendent continues after Grady schools Superintendent Ted Trice declined the school board's offer Monday night. Trice was one of four final candidates considered to replace retiring Portales schools Su... Full story

 

New superintendent to be announced

The Board of Education of Portales Schools is set to announce the district's new superintendent Monday at a special meeting. The search for a new leader, which began after current Superintendent Randy Fowler announced his retirement in February, was... Full story

 

Official: Enrollment declining

Officials at Portales Municipal Schools say a decline in enrollment is the reason for a dip in this year's budget. The budget is down $885,000 from last year's budget of $22.4 million and Business Manager Sarah Marquez says that's an indication that...

 

Student refuses to let disorder hold her back

A person of few words, Sarah Walker's action speaks volumes about her passion to help others. Walker, a special need student at Dora High School, spearheaded her second food drive at Dora schools, collecting 380 pounds of non-perishable goods in...

 

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