Community calendar: Jan. 1

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 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., […]

Year in review — Crime and tragedy

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Curry County Under Sheriff Wesley Waller and investigator Waldo Casarez at an Oct. 14 crime scene on Homestead Road where two people was reported dead at the scene. Freedom New Mexico Child convicted in Portales death A Roosevelt County jury on April 15 found a 13-year-old Portales boy guilty of […]

Engagements —

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Hight-Lee Chris and Katie Hammack of Socorro wish to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kayla Leigh Hight of Las Cruces, formerly of Portales, to Garrett Shannon Lee of Las Cruces, formerly of Portales, son of Shannon and Tammy Lee of Portales. The couple will exchange vows Jan. 6, 2012, at the […]

Weddings —

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Ward [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Mr. and Mrs. Tommy J. Miller of Logan announce the love and marriage between Mariah Jai Ciemny, daughter of Maretta J. Miller and Rick L. Ciemny, of Wellington, Kan., to Justin Dwayne Ward, son of Suzy R. Carpenter Young of Brownwood, Texas, and Marshall E. Ward of Merkel, Texas. The […]

Club notes —

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met Dec. 9th with Second Vice President Beth Davis presiding. The Collect and pledges were led by Sheryl Borden and Julie Nickles gave the invocation. The minutes from the November meeting were approved and the treasurer’s report was filed. A thank you letter was read from Mayor Sharon King […]

Police departments give gifts to more than 600 children

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Jamie Hacker of PPD: Courtesy photo Lt. Mark Cage of the Portales Police Department said 50 people were lined up at the door for Operation Santa Cop when the department opened. He said the department gave toys to about 400 children. Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. […]

Portales businesses upbeat on liquor sale approval

Alisa Boswell With Sunday liquor sales approved by voters on Dec. 13, businesses serving alcoholic beverages are already in the process of turning in their applications for Sunday liquor licenses, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “We called them all to make sure they all got the same information,” Martinez-Terry said. “The Bureau of […]

Roads slick and dangerous from storm

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sand truck from the city of Clovis Public Works Department applies sand Wednesday to the intersection of Prince and 21st streets. Freedom New Mexico Blustery winds and freezing temperatures made for a slippery morning commute Tuesday across most of eastern New Mexico. The pre-Christmas winter blast closed highways and […]

Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

Hounds notch win over ACU

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU’s Devone Davis maneuvers around Abilene Christian’s Kendall Durant for a layup during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference game at Greyhound Arena. CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s men went on a 30-9 run over a 13-minute stretch spanning halftime and it was enough to propel the Greyhounds a 68-59 […]

ACU tops Zias in double OT

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU senior Precious Herrin attempts to block a shot by Abilene Christian’s Paige Parliament during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s matchup at Greyhound Arena. ACU edged the Zias 92-85 in double overtime. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women gave a game effort Saturday night. They finally ran out […]

Alcohol abuse not moral lapse

The postcard from a Portales church urging me to vote “No” on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants inadvertently reminded me to vote. “In addition to the economic impact (of alcohol abuse), we see an enormous social impact. Domestic violence, alcohol related diseases, and drunk driving all affect more than just the bottom line,” the card […]

Births —

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Hay Kadon K. Hay, left, Kolton B. Hay, middle, and Katie N. Hay, right, were born Nov. 11, 2011, to Daniel and Trisha Hay of Portales at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Kadon weighed 4 pounds 15 ounces, Kolton weighed 5 pounds 3 ounces and Katie weighed 5 pounds 1 ounce. They have two brothers, […]

Portales says yes to Sunday alcohol sales

Portales voters approved Sunday alcohol sales by a narrow margin in a referendum Tuesday. The final total was 311-278 for allowing sales of alcohol on Sunday at local restaurants. Election officials described the flow of voters as steady most of the day, but only a fraction of the city’s 6,007 registered voters ended up casting […]

Voters should support Sunday alcohol sales

Portales restaurant owners should decide what’s best for their restaurants. Not the mayor. Not the city council. Not a preacher. Not anyone else. That seems pretty basic to freedom lovers: Run your business as you see fit. But the law doesn’t allow for that common-sense interpretation. So Portales is holding an election Tuesday to see […]

Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo Gaynelle Thomas, left, with the help of Katelynn Skinner, right, robes Ashlynne Goins Thursday night at the coronation for Little Miss Merry Christmas. The 11 contestants raised $5,326 in funds for Portales’ Christmas Jubilee with Goins raising the most at $2,019. The Jubilee will be today at 6:30 p.m. at […]

Press release: Portales police captain charged with tampering with public records

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that an investigation into allegations that Captain Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department has led to his arrest for three counts of Tampering with Public Records. Each count is a fourth degree felony offense and punishable by up to 18 months in jail […]

Portales police deputy chief arrested (updated)

Freedom New Mexico Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry is accused of destroying traffic tickets issued to a woman and her boyfriend. The accusations are part of a 19-page affidavit filed Thursday in District Court after Berry was arrested and charged with three felony counts of tampering with public records. Berry, a 26-year career Portales […]

ENMU narrows coaching search to three

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a football coach to three candidates. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the finalists are New Mexico Military coach Jeff Lynn, Copperas Cove (Texas) High School coach Jack Welch and Texas-El Paso assistant Jeff Woodruff. The new coach will replace Mark […]

Early voter turnout for Portales alcohol election low

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Vines Italian Restaurant server Idette Spears cleans wine glasses Tuesday afternoon. Owner Mark Vigil said the restaurant will begin staying open on Sundays, whether the Dec. 13 special election passes or not. The election is to decide if Portales restaurants will be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. Alisa Boswell Early […]