Fire tower one of state’s many hidden gems

It looks like a lighthouse, this forest service fire tower hidden in plain sight on Monjeau Peak, just outside of Ruidoso. That is, of course, a contextual association, feasible only for one like myself, who grew up closer to lighthouses than to Rocky Mountain forest fire watchtowers. It's an amazing place, an amazing project, and […]

Club Notes

PRMC Auxiliary Plains Regional Medical Center held a Pink Ladies Tea and Fashion Show on April 27 at Central Christian Church in Clovis. Patricia Mondragon, president-elect, gave the welcome and spoke about what auxilians do. Pink Ladies and their guests enjoyed a variety of finger foods while sipping tea and coffee. Musical selections were provided […]

Knit garments, thinning tips on broadcasts

Information on ways to look thinner, preparing toffee and fitting and designing knit garments will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Most women are looking for ways to look 10 pounds thinner. Nancy Nix-Rice is a wardrobe consultant and author, and she's going to demonstrate on herself how […]

Engagements May – 12

Potts-Grimsrud Craig and Jerri Grimsrud of Wolf Point, Mont., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Whitney Lyn Grimsrud of Wolf Point, to Logan Brent Potts of Clovis, son of Clint and Zandy Bunch of Clovis and Billy Joe Potts of Dimmitt, Texas. The couple will exchange vows 5 p.m. June 14, 2013, […]

Honors – May 12

Jones Trenton P. Jones has been awarded a $500 educational award in a national competition with other students who are members of the Modern Woodmen of America. Modern Woodmen, a fraternal benefit society offering financial services, has local representatives and is based in Rock Island, III. Jones, the son of Stan and Kelly Jones, Broadview, […]

Claytons role models to all of us

I went to the funeral of my high school principal last week. Emmitt Clayton showed his male students it was OK to be gentle and kind and he demonstrated to female students that even handsome guys could and should act as a gentleman around them. I admit I saw the role model Mr. Clayton presented […]

Our People – College town guy

Why did you decide to start your practice in Portales? I was attracted to Portales because it was a college town and I've been in college towns for a while. I liked the thought of living in a college town, and I met my wife here, and we raised a couple of kids. What is […]

Each day is one day closer to Jesus

Have you ever returned to the home of your childhood and find it to be almost unrecognizable? You had remembered it so vividly but now it looks so different? My grandmother lived by the highway in a small town. Every time we pass her house I can almost smell baked gingerbread with a glass of […]

New ENMU College of Business dean named

Janet Buzzard has been named the new dean for the College of Business at Eastern New Mexico University, according to an ENMU press release. Buzzard earned her bachelor's degree of science from Missouri Southern State College, her master's degree of science from Pittsburgh State University, and an education doctorate from Oklahoma State University. She was […]

Events Calendar – May 10

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Dale Hamlett Painting Studio dedication — 1:30 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University's Art and Anthropology Building. Refreshments will be served. Information: 562-2315. Saturday Eastern New Mexico University's 124th Commencement Convocation — 10 a.m., ENMU Greyhound Arena. Information: 562-2253. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 […]

My Turn – ‘Transylvania’: Good family fun

One of the most recent animated movies I've watched is Hotel Transylvania, which puts an interesting and humorous spin on Dracula and other infamous monsters. Let's face it, certain actors bring to mind the tackiness factor in movies and Adam Sandler is definitely one of those, so I wondered how child-appropriate the movie would actually […]

ENMU graduating class moves into the future

Kaylee Peterson and Elizabeth Hogue Another semester has come to pass and Eastern New Mexico University's spring class of 2013 will be graduating Saturday at the Greyhound Arena. Most students have put in four years of hard work to earn their bachelor degree and six or more years to earn their master's. This semester's commencement […]

Woody Guthrie sing-along draws locals

Woody Guthrie did what he was famous for Thursday night at the Portales Yam Theatre, organizing and uniting people. Locals sang with passion as they clapped along to the folk icon's tunes played by Eastern New Mexico University critical literacy Professor Doug Morris. Morris talked about Guthrie's legacy and said his music was about the […]

Zias softball coach resigns after four seasons

Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Lauren Sigwing has announced her resignation after four seasons at the school. Sigwing, who came to ENMU from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College in 2010, posted a 58-154 overall record, including 19-73 in Lone Star Conference play. Sigwing's 18-player roster in 2013 included only one senior and two juniors. […]

Clovis to host District 4-3A track meet

CLOVIS — Clovis High School will host combined District 4-5A and District 4-3A track meets today at Leon Williams Stadium. The 4-5A meet consists of Clovis, Hobbs and Carlsbad, while the 4-3A meet includes Portales, Lovington and Ruidoso. Field events are slated to begin at 3 p.m., with running finals starting at 5:30 p.m. The […]

PHS doubles team bows in 1A-3A quarterfinal round

ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High's third and final entry in Class 1A-3A state doubles competition was ousted on Thursday morning. Juniors Emily Walker and Jessie Privett took a one-set lead by winning a tiebreaker, but St. Michael's Jessie Kotsch and Catie Ish rallied back for a 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-3 victory at the Jerry Cline tennis […]

Lady Rams seeking elusive 3A title

Portales Lady Rams softball coach Robbie Crowley is excited to lead this year's squad into the state tournament. But she also feels the heat because of thei team's No. 1 seed, and its recent tournament success. The Lady Rams (20-5) have made it to the state final the past two seasons only to be beaten […]

Rams begin bid for repeat 3A baseball title

The defending 3A state champion Portales Rams begin their quest toward a second consecutive state baseball title this weekend with a three-game, round-of-16 series against Bloomfield at Ram Field, starting at 6 p.m. today. The second game is at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the third, if necessary, to follow immediately. CMI photo: Joshua Lucero […]

Fugitive has evaded justice far too long

For four years, Francisco Melgar-Cabrera has escaped American justice. And Stephanie Anderson has been dead. The first half of that equation needs to change, because the second part can't. Melgar-Cabrera, a suspect in the June 20, 2009, fatal robbery of the Denny's on Coors NW in Albuquerque, remains on the lam in El Salvador. In […]

Government supremacy belief is wrong

I find it sad that whenever someone wants to do something, the first question most people ask is whether government allows it, requires a license, or forbids it. That's truly tragic. I take it as a sign that people have been successfully indoctrinated into the socialistic belief of government supremacy. That's a perversion of how […]