Councilors grill NMDOT officials on U.S. 70 construction delay

With torn up, coned-off streets, no workers in sight for weeks and a behind-schedule construction project along Portales' portion of U.S. 70, area residents and there representatives are wanting answers for the delay. Two representatives of the New Mexico Department of Transportation went before the Portales City Council on Tuesday night to address questions and […]

Ag Expo schedule – Feb. 20

Wednesday 9 a.m.: Expo and exhibits open. 9:30 a.m.: Tumbleweed Classic Winter Stock Dog Trial (event will run all day long). Outdoor Arena. 10 a.m. : "Where do we go from Here?" Panel discussion for the beef industry featuring: Texas Agri-Life beef specialist Ted McCollum, NMSU Beef Specialist Manny Encinias, Hi-Pro Nutritionist Kent Mills and […]

Reality beats reality TV

Until last week, I'd never written down the word combination, "Dog The Bounty Hunter." Never watched it, never wrote about it, never thought about it until last week, when Clovis residents went crazy when Duane "Dog" Chapman arrived to help a retiring area bail bondsman and film for his upcoming series on Country Music Television. […]

Rain recovery system touted

Of all the seminars at this year's 21st Annual New Mexico Ag Expo, organizers predicted Tuesday's water harvesting presentation by New Mexico State University's extension water specialist to be packed for one real reason — the drought. So many ranchers, farmers, gardeners and citizens have searched for answers to water conservation issues related to the […]

Police Blotter – Feb. 20

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Monday 10:38 a.m.: Caller reported feeling sick and needs an ambulance, 700 block of Wylie Cox Circle. 11:05 a.m.: Caller reported she has a subject who needs to be arrested, U.S. 70. 12:19 a.m.: Caller requested a case number for warrant service, 100 block […]

Meetings Watch – Roosevelt County Commission

Roosevelt County Commission The Roosevelt County Commission met Tuesday and conducted the following business: James Edgar, an associate with AeroCare air transport medical services, presented the AeroCare membership program. Edgar said AeroCare offers special services on flights such as blood and a rattlesnake anti-venom. AeroCare has 10-15 flights in Roosevelt County and 40 service flights […]

Events Calendar – Feb. 20

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. NM Ag Expo — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 356-8541. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library. "What a Hat!" will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m. Portales Public Library. "Wii Super Mario Galaxy" will be […]

My Turn – I am the comeback kid

I've had the wrong kind of blues lately. I wish I was soul singing but these blues are the kind where gravity causes you to plunge to the earth while you gasp for air trying to figure out how you're going to make it another day. These are the kind of blues that force you […]

Taking time to rest genuine act of faith

News flash: SABBATH-BREAKING HAS NOT BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A MISDEMEANOR. Oh, for years most of us have heard amateur theologians and Bible "pseudo-scholars" asserting with the kind of loud confidence always reserved for the most seriously mistaken, that, of the Ten Big Commandments, we could certainly forget about #4. After all, the "old Law" that […]

Taking time to rest genuine act of faith

News flash: SABBATH-BREAKING HAS NOT BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A MISDEMEANOR. Oh, for years most of us have heard amateur theologians and Bible "pseudo-scholars" asserting with the kind of loud confidence always reserved for the most seriously mistaken, that, of the Ten Big Commandments, we could certainly forget about #4. After all, the "old Law" that […]

Taking time to rest genuine act of faith

News flash: SABBATH-BREAKING HAS NOT BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A MISDEMEANOR. Oh, for years most of us have heard amateur theologians and Bible "pseudo-scholars" asserting with the kind of loud confidence always reserved for the most seriously mistaken, that, of the Ten Big Commandments, we could certainly forget about #4. After all, the "old Law" that […]

Taking time to rest genuine act of faith

News flash: SABBATH-BREAKING HAS NOT BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A MISDEMEANOR. Oh, for years most of us have heard amateur theologians and Bible "pseudo-scholars" asserting with the kind of loud confidence always reserved for the most seriously mistaken, that, of the Ten Big Commandments, we could certainly forget about #4. After all, the "old Law" that […]

Celebrity deserves a little doggin’

Until last week, I'd never written down the word combination, "Dog The Bounty Hunter." Never watched it, never wrote about it, never thought about it until last week, when Clovis residents went crazy when Duane "Dog" Chapman arrived to help a retiring area bail bondsman and film for his upcoming series on Country Music Television. […]

Area ag producers a hearty bunch

Surely you've seen the bumper sticker that says: "Next time you criticize a farmer, don't do it with your mouth full." Those are words of wisdom and we're reminded today as the 21st annual New Mexico Ag Expo wraps up its two-day run in Portales. This year's expo is dedicated to the late Frankye King, […]

Their View: ‘Day of Resistance’ will help reaffirm rights

LARRY WARD, president of Political Media and primary organizer of Gun Appreciation Day, has released a statement declaring his support for a nationwide "Day of Resistance" on Saturday. The dayofresistance.com website urges supporters to "organize locally so that they may band together neighbor to neighbor and reassert their community's right to determine their own destiny." […]

Officials: We’re on verge of crisis

Defense Department civilian and military leaders gave full details last week of the readiness crisis unfolding across America's armed forces, and got back not a whit of reassurance from Congress that relief is on the way. Members of the once-powerful House and Senate armed services committees spoke as though resigned to the notion that U.S. […]

Maxpreps.com state prep rankings – Feb. 18

BOYS Class 5A 1. La Cueva 19-3; 2. Sandia 17-5; 3. Hobbs 19-6; 4. Eldorado 16-6; 5. Valley 17-5; 6. Atrisco Heritage 15-7; 7. Las Cruces High 17-6; 8. Clovis 17-6; 9. Albuquerque High 13-9; 10. Volcano Vista 11-11. Class 4A 1. Roswell High 20-2; 2. St. Pius 19-4; 3. Santa Fe Capital 19-5; 4. […]

PHS basketball capsules – Feb. 19

BOYS Lovington (9-16, 3-0 District 4-3A) at Portales (13-10, 1-1) When: 7 p.m. today at The RAC Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: Lovington moved in on a possible regular-season district title on Friday with a 47-42 win at Ruidoso. The Rams lost a non-district matchup at Class 2A No. 2 Dexter 84-62 on Saturday. […]

PHS tennis squads compete in Goddard tourney

ROSWELL — Portales High's tennis teams competed in a five-team tourney hosted by Roswell Goddard over the weekend. The Lady Rams split matches in pool play, losing to Roswell High 6-3 and blanking Lovington 8-0, then beat Artesia 8-1 in the third-place match. The Rams, meantime, lost both of their pool-play duals, falling to Roswell […]

ENMU’s hot bats blister Highlands

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team might have to get some new bats one of these days. So far, the Greyhounds seem to be burning them up at the plate. ENMU raked six New Mexico Highlands pitchers for 21 hits in a 13-5 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday, taking three […]