Pegasus flies again

It was a peaceful Utah winter morning. Levi stood next to his bedroom window and pulled back the shade. He squinted as his eyes took in the brilliance of a new day. Fresh snow lay like a blanket over the corrals, the meadows and the mountains beyond. Puffy little cotton ball clouds clung to the […]

Events Calendar – March 24

Today The Floyd Lions Club Jamboree 2013 Gospel Show — 2 p.m. The Old Gym of Floyd School. Tickets are $6 at the door. Information: 276-8508 or 760-0924. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Zumba — 5:15 p.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training […]

My Turn – It’s the surface that counts

Time has been a stern disciplinarian in teaching me that I'm not special or unique — except in the way that everyone is. It's been a shock to learn that my profound thoughts and experiences mean little to others. My life is filled with minutiae: sleeping, eating, showering, dressing, shopping, reading, chit-chatting, exercising… Like everyone, […]

Lady Coyotes sweep twin bill from PHS

Playing their third and fourth games in less than 24 hours, Portales High's softball team saw the competition level go up significantly on Saturday. PHS blew out Santa Fe Indian 15-0 and 16-0 on Friday in its season-opening twin bill on Friday night, but fell to the Lady Coyotes 12-2 and 5-2 on Saturday at […]

Rams, Lady Rams beat Raton in tennis duals

With No. 2 player Jessie Privett not available due to a family commitment, Portales High's girls got solid performance from sophomore Hannah Evans on Saturday and edged Raton 5-4 in a dual tennis match played at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Center. Meantime, the PHS boys posted a 6-3 win over the Tigers at the Eastern […]

Rams eighth, Lady Rams ninth at Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — Portales High's boys finished while and the girls were ninth in Friday's nine-school Ralph Bowyer Relays track meet, the season opener for the Rams and Lady Rams. Hobbs swept both team titles, winning on the boys' side with 124 points to 94 1/2 for Lovington and in girls competition with 102 points to […]

Zias win series with windy 16-14 victory

Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Albie Medina had an interesting day in Saturday's wind-blown Lone Star Conference game against Incarnate Word at Zia Softball Field. Medina delivered four hits — including three doubles up the right-center field alley — and drove in five runs as the designated player in the Zias' 16-14 win over the […]

Rams fall to Huskies

Junior right-hander Keenan Dodd pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings Friday night and Hope Christian handed Portales a 2-0 loss in a five-team tournament being hosted by PHS at Ram Field. Freshman Joe Standley got the final four outs for the Huskies (3-2), considered one of the top teams in Class 3A this season. The two […]

Late-inning rally boosts Lady Cats

ROSWELL — Freshman Mariah Chavez hit a two-out, two-run double in the top of the seventh inning Friday night to boot Clovis High's softball team to a 3-1 win over Roswell Goddard. Senior Andrea Ramos pitched a complete-game three-hitter for the Lady Wildcats (2-7), striking out six and walking two. Clovis (2-7) banged out 10 […]

Lady Rams trounce SFIS twice in opener

Portales' season-opening softball doubleheader against Santa Fe Indian School on Friday at Wheeler Park was a total mismatch. Portales pounded out 34 hits iven innings in a 15-0, 16-0 sweep of the Lady Braves, who were also opening their 2013 campaign. Senior Summer Martinez and freshman Kiersten Ramirez overmatched the Lady Braves, allowing two hits […]

Taking heat

Irma Saiz, a detention officer in training, held her right hand up, next to her face. She dropped her hand to signify she was ready, and then a stream of pepper spray, which looked like buffalo wing sauce, hit her in the face. "I was ready, and it hurt a lot more than I thought […]

Art show draws young and old alike

Ryan Willoughby ran into the Commons Area of Clovis Community College Friday on his way to take a test when he saw a photo that reminded him of home. CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Joy Simon looks at her first place sculpture proudly Friday at the Pintores Art League Spring Fling exhibition on Clovis Community […]

Quay County officials looking to scoop up gaming license

The race is on again in Quay County's bid for the state's last racetrack and casino license. A spokesman said Quay County will ask the New Mexico Racing Commission next week to once again open applications. The request follows a state Court of Appeals decision on Thursday that upheld nullification of the license once held […]

Suspect’s competency at question

District Judge Drew Tatum will issue a decision that will have ramifications for the mentally retarded Marcos Maestas, who was arrested in connection with an April 2010 robbery of a bank in Melrose. Maestas' three accomplices who were arrested with him have pleaded guilty, and they are incarcerated. Discussed during the Friday morning hearing was […]

Former Cannon sergeant sentenced

A former Air Force sergeant was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. Christopher Garcia, 34, admitted using his computer to download images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct while stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in December 2011 and January 2012. He was arrested in […]

Former Cannon sergeant sentenced

A former Air Force sergeant was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. Christopher Garcia, 34, admitted using his computer to download images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct while stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in December 2011 and January 2012. He was arrested in […]

Weather predictor expects dry spring

For those hoping for a wet spring, the news is not good, according to local weather forecaster Joseph Weldon Crim. The Clovis resident is predicting a dry spring based on a Native American method passed down from his grandfather that is predicated on the direction of the wind at sunrise on March 22. The wind […]

Clovis firefighters respond to grass fire

Clovis firefighters responding to a call at about 4 p.m. Thursday arrived at an area of state road 209 about 15 miles north of town to find a large section of grassland engulfed in flames, according to Clovis Fire Station One Battalion Chief Dale Hand. According to Hand: Six firefighters extinguished the flames in 30 […]

Humans can read dogs quite well

Unexpectedly dropped into a foreign land, one of the first problems to surface would more than likely be the inability to communicate. The impossible task of asking questions not to mention understanding the responses would hinder virtually every step of the journey and, no doubt, would result in confusing and frustrating exchanges with the inhabitants […]

Hens for dinner? Game on

"Have you ever seen a live Cornish Game Hen?" asked The Lady of the House. We were at a local eatery where Cornish game hen was the special of the day. "I've just seen them frozen in the grocery store," I said. "Wrapped in white plastic," said The Lady of the House. "Now there was […]