Area could get white Christmas

Depending on what part of eastern New Mexico you're in, your chances of a white Christmas range from a roll of the dice to a coin flip. A storm was expected to move through northern New Mexico late Monday night, and would leave its heaviest snow in Quay County. Chances are around 60 percent for […]

Events Calendar – Dec. 25

Today Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone welcome to attend. Lighthouse Mission. Information: 762-1933. Free Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. El Rancho Restaurant. Everyone welcome to attend. Mexican food will be served. Information: 359-0098. Friday Zamora Team Roping — 6 p.m. Open, #15 Handicap, #13 Handicap warm-up. Curry County Events Center. Information: 505-469-4388. […]

My Turn – Portales full of love

We're putting away the old calendars and opening up new ones. As we wrap up the year, I'd like to spend a little time praising our community. Once again, we've stayed together through thick and thin. We've attended council meetings, gone to political rallies, voted for candidates, voiced our opinions. We've prayed for one another, […]

Portales families practice holiday traditions

It was the afternoon before Christmas and all through the house, there was fun and noise that could never be mistaken for a mouse. Marnee Stratton sat at her dining room table, playing the card game Spades with her daughter, a son-in-law and grandson, as another son-in-law and granddaughter made lunch in the kitchen. Granddaughter […]

Empty Stocking Fund surpasses goal

A smattering of large donations has helped lead to another passed goal for the Salvation Army this Christmas season. Monday totals show the charity is ahead of last year's numbers for both its kettle money and its annual Empty Stocking Fund to help families. So far, $13,800 has been collected for the Empty Stocking, exceeding […]

Rams cruise past Santa Rosa

Zach Blaeser was definitely feeling it early. So were his Portales High teammates. JOSHUA LUCERO: CMI correspondent Portales junior Daniel Sanchez dribbles around Santa Rosa's Robert Zamora during the first half of Saturday's game at the Ram Athletic Center. PHS defeated the Lions 67-46. The Rams will travel to Littlefield on Thursday for a tournament. […]

Lady Dons edge PHS in final seconds

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Playing their second game in less than 24 hours, the Portales Lady Rams came up a bit short on Saturday. West Las Vegas scored the go-ahead basket with about 20 seconds left and the Lady Dons held on for a 45-45 win over PHS, which was coming off a win over […]

Portales gets brighter

The days may get shorter in December, but Portales hasn't seen brighter nights. Local community members take pride in lighting the town, driven by the Christmas spirit to decorate their homes. Thousands of lights, an array of colors and lovable Christmas characters occupy the homes and yards of many Portales residents who decorate their homes […]

On the shelves – Dec. 23

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library "One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season" by Chris Ballard shares the memorable story of a team from rural Illinois that defied convention and the odds to emerge from a field of 370 teams and made an improbable […]

Creative Living: Fringe flower making tips featured on show

Information on making fringe flowers with an embroidery machine, using fabric flowers for brooches, headbands and more, and making easy handmade gifts will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Designer and digitizer, Laura Waterfield, owner of Laura's Sewing Studio, says that fringe […]

Club notes – Dec. 23

Fairfield Extension Club Fairfield Extension Club meeting was called to order by President Martha Watkins at Cheyenne Meadows Nov. 9. Thanksgiving lunch was served by 12 members and one guest, Alyssa Tono. Amy Armenta showed her candle mats, Wanta Guenthe ear warmers and Murl Dennington Christmas ornaments. The club also met Dec. 14 at Cheyenne […]

Senior happenings – Dec. 23

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Closed for holiday. Tuesday: Closed for holiday. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments Thursday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. Loteria (Spanish bingo) and refreshments Friday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. music jam Daily: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily activities, quilting and […]

Weddings – Dec. 23

Whitaker Falon Lee Pettigrew of Clovis and Troy Lynn Whitaker of Amarillo were joined in marriage Sept. 29 in Grady. The Rev. Brian Townsend performed the ceremony. Whitaker The bride is the daughter of Edna Pettigrew of Broadview. She is the granddaughter of Dixie Pettigrew and Jessie Whitehead, both of Grady. The bridegroom is the […]

Christmas God’s answer to tragedy

It's almost impossible to wrap one's mind around the tragedy that took place in Connecticut several weeks ago, or the mall shooting which preceded that event by only a few days. It seems doubly impossible because, in our mythological Christmas context, events like that are not supposed to intrude on this particular season. The reality […]

Quips help holiday mood

Christmas is a time to be jolly with lots of holly by gosh by golly. What could put us all in a more festive mood than these funny Christmas ponderings I've read or heard recently. "Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas Spirit." — Frank […]

Pastor offers take on recent tragedy

As a teen in the mid-1950s I began to develop the vague notion there may be more to life than hotrods and Friday nights at the drive-in. The revelation was, as we said back then, a real drag, daddy-o. So what to do with one's life? Since high school essay writing was always fun, and […]

Editorial: Ruling victory for advocates of open records

N ew Mexicans have friends in the state's judicial system who understand a fundamental truth about how best to serve the public trust. Those friends sit on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, which has upheld a lower-court ruling that lays out a broad — and welcome — definition of which documents the public is […]

Events Calendar – Dec. 23

Today Portales Traditional Jam — 2-5 p.m. Wesley Foundation, 1417 S. Ave. K, old time, bluegrass, Celtic music. All instruments, ages and skills welcome. Information, 356-1051. Tuesday Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone welcome to attend. Lighthouse Mission. Information: 762-1933. Free Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. El Rancho Restaurant. Everyone welcome to attend. […]

NM farmers encouraged to participate in census

Agricultural leaders and a New Mexico state representative are encouraging farmers and ranchers across eastern New Mexico to participate in the national 2012 Agricultural Census being conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. On Tuesday, the USDA announced it had started mailing census forms to farmers and ranchers throughout the nation. The census, the […]

Road closure information – Dec. 23

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County continues to patch potholes on roads throughout the county. Please, be aware of workers and posted speed limit signs. State and Federal Constructors, Inc. remains on First and Second streets in Portales. On First Street, the north lane remains closed from avenues […]