Comanche tribe made up of at least 13 bands

Of great interest to me has always been life of the Comanche indians on the Llano Estacado, an enormous tableland in eastern New Mexico and western Texas. Comanches made up a vast tribe consisting of at least 13 bands of Indians who held the Llano Estacado as their Southern Great Plains stronghold from the early […]

Make new friends in the New Year

Friends bring sunshine and sparkle into our lives. Friends stick by us through "thick and thin." It has been said that friends are like postage stamps. They "see us through, even if they have to take a licking." Let's make one of our New Year's resolutions to be that of making a new friend. "A […]

My Turn – McDonald’s playground can be chaotic

If you want to witness a laughable situation, put three adults inside a play place chasing after three children with one of those adults being over 6 feet tall and built like a linebacker. Tuesday night, my friends, their children and I trekked to McD's after discovering the bowling alley in Clovis was closed for […]

Little Caesar’s coming soon

A new dining option is soon to be available to Portales residents with the doors to a national pizza restaurant opening early next week. Little Caesars Pizza will be located in Sands Plaza, according to owner Roger Akers. "We have a store in Clovis and a store in Roswell and we always go through Portales […]

Editorial: 2012 full of unnecessary regulations

2012 was a boom for new government regulations. Unfortunately, a lot of them aren't likely to do anyone any good, except perhaps as employment insurance for those bureaucrats already employed or hired to enforce them. The biggest regulation offenders on a Top 10 worst list, compiled by the conservative Heritage Foundation, range from a simplification […]

Obama should revise energy policy

Just prior to the election, battery-maker A123 Systems filed for bankruptcy. As the recipient of $249 million in federal money, the Massachusetts-based company represents just the latest in a long line of troubled taxpayer-enabled green ventures — some 34 companies and $7.5 billion to date. How little different this is from Houston-based Enron's forays into […]

Obama signs $633B defense bill

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year despite serious concerns about the limits Congress imposed on his handling of terror suspects and lawmakers' unwillingness to back the cost-saving retirement of aging ships and aircraft. Obama had threatened to veto the measure because of a number of concerns, but […]

New Mexico fishing report: Jan. 3

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed […]

Remedy sought for dilapidated building

A Portales resident is in negotiation with the owner of a rundown structure on North Austin Avenue to purchase the property and has gained the city's approval to demolish it. The structure was declared a dangerous building by the Portales City Council in May along with four others in Portales. It has a dilapidated roof […]

Police Blotter – Jan. 3

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 12:04 a.m.: Caller reported shots fired, 200 block of South Knoxville. 12:17 a.m.: Caller reported a fire alarm, 200 block of South Avenue C. 1:15 a.m.: Caller reported two subjects broke the door and fled, 700 block of South Roosevelt Road Q. 1:47 […]