McGee: 20 Gauge Lorraine

"She went running off into the snow screaming and screaming and I just stood there at the door laughing." These words were spoken by a fellow student at the truck driving training camp I went to many years ago. Her name was Lorraine. After she told me the story of why she decided to get […]

ENMU basketball capsules – Jan. 27

Men ENMU (6-11, 3-6 Lone Star Conference at West Texas A&M (12-5, 4-5) When: 5 p.m. (MST) today at Canyon, Texas Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9, KGNC-AM 710 Last time out: The Buffaloes beat the Greyhounds 69-65 in overtime on Wednesday in the first half of the LSC's "Rivalry Week." Of note: The Hounds have dropped eight […]

God will always lead us to success

Setting up housekeeping is no easy task. But the task on the other end of the journey is harder. Ask anyone who has buried their last parent or whose parents have had to move into a care facility. Sifting through three-quarters of a century's worth of accumulated mounds of paper, pictures, trinkets, and family treasures […]

If everybody had a father like I had a father …

I was bumping up toward my own birthday last week (Jan. 11) when I was reminded that Jan. 9 was the 13th anniversary of my father's death. And then our youngest brother reminded his three brothers, including me, that Tuesday, would have been our dad's 100th birthday! With that in mind, I offer these words […]

How Do You Feel About Growing Older?

January. I think of it as a birthday month. My dad's. My oldest granddaughter's. And mine. Last weekend we helped celebrate that sweet little beauty's sixth birthday. My own 56th was a week earlier. Fifty-six is not all that significant a milestone, though I've noticed that a lot of survey-type forms bump people into another […]

Thursday area prep summaries – Jan. 24

Boys Dora 58, Menaul 45 Dora (13-4) — Lane Carrasco 9, Jesus Villegas 3, Jestin Watson 8, Dalton Privett 11, Dylan Privett 22, Armando Arzate 5. Totals 19 16-25 58. Menaul (9-6) — James Aaron 21, Davis Byrd 5, Brenden Harlan 9, Nick Cook 2, Greg Bode 2, Austin Lerch 2, Brandyn Monahan 4. Totals […]

Rams, Lady Rams prepare for busy weekend

The Portales Rams and Lady Rams have a busy weekend on tap. PHS squads travel to Texico tonight for a doubleheader beginning with the girls contest at 6 p.m., then return to the Ram Athletic Center to take on Moriarty at 4:30 (girls) and 6 p.m. (boys) on Saturday. Tonight's games are the first of […]

Superintendents withhold 2012 graduation rate acceptance

Two Curry County school superintendents said they are withholding full acceptance of Gov. Susana Martinez's announcement Thursday that the statewide graduation rate for the class of 2012 was 70.3 percent, which would be an increase of 7.3 points from last year's graduation rate. In a news release, the Governor's office said all student groups increased […]

Ministry shares faith

A moment of bonding between Charlie Crane and a group of international students from Eastern New Mexico University during a storm was the birth of the First Baptist Church international student ministry. A severe thunderstorm blew in as Crane and 13 ENMU students tried to set up camp at Ute Lake after a boating trip […]

Murder conviction overturned

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said he plans to retry accused killer Arnoldo Navarette, 42, after the New Mexico Supreme Court overturned the original conviction in a 1993 Portales murder case. The state's highest court issued it's decision Jan. 17, saying Navarette wasn't allowed to confront a witness at trial. Navarette was found guilty […]

My Turn – People, culture like no other

Being on the road so much recently and having my entire being consumed by energy has left me with little else to talk or write about lately. It's been an exciting two weeks for me with a lot of traveling and site seeing. With my new adventure of delving into the energy industry, I've been […]

Homicide suspect Reagan found competent to stand trial

The man accused of killing 35-year-old Shondel D. Lofton in a bizarre June homicide and kidnapping was found competent Thursday to stand trial. Jimmy Reagan Jimmy Reagan, 31, is charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault for a total of 28 violent felonies stemming from the June 6 attack. His jury trial is now set for […]

Planet earth is facing unprecedented challenges

I can almost hear our founding fathers echo this call: "America, Return to God!" Does America need prayer? Look around. Television is filled with violence of every sort. Morals have gone. Sin seems to be accepted everywhere. Planet earth is experiencing unprecedented challenges. We have made great strides in technology, but so has our enemies. […]

Police Blotter – Jan. 25

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 4:21 a.m.: Caller reported a domestic dispute, 1000 block of West Third Street. 5:23 a.m.: Caller reported a reckless driver, Second and Chicago. 7:12 a.m.: Caller reported a dead cat, 600 block South Avenue C. 7:23 a.m.: Caller reported a dog entering the […]

Local Brief – African Children’s Choir

Events Calendar – Jan. 25

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m. $5 per class. Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Black Light Dance — 7 p.m. Sponsored by DWI Task Force. $5 per person. For K-6th grade students. Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Sunday English Chamber Music Recital — 7 p.m. Featuring special guest Gerald Walker. Eastern New Mexico University's Buchanan Hall […]

Their View: Common Core rotten to the core

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin says federal Common Core practices don't add up to success. Here are snippets from a recent column: America's downfall doesn't begin with the "low-information voter." It starts with the no-knowledge student. For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and […]

Obama needs to make good on lofty goals

President Barack Obama began his second term Monday with a speech that recalled the words of the Founders and civil rights pioneers to challenge the American people to come together today to realize the dreams of earlier generations. The newly elected president hit an appropriately high tone for an inaugural address on the steps of […]

WT takes extra frame from Hounds

In a game that swung back and forth, West Texas A&M made just enough plays in overtime. Senior guard Darnell Jackson hit a fadeaway 3-pointer out of the right corner with 40 seconds left in the OT and the shot clock running out, giving the Buffaloes just enough cushion for a 69-65 Lone Star Conference […]

Lady Buffs hold off Zias

Devin Griffin, West Texas A&M's leading scorer this season, had a relatively quiet game Wednesday night until late. With West Texas A&M's women clinging to a small lead, Griffin took over, scoring 12 of her game-high 23 points in the final eight minutes to lift the Lady Buffaloes to a 62-51 in Lone Star Conference […]