Rams, Lady Rams set for 1A-3A state doubles

While Portales coach Brian Kirchner was a little disappointed with the way his boys team was treated in the Class 1A-3A state tennis seeding meeting on Sunday, he said the Rams and Lady Rams intend to get after it with three doubles teams entered in individual competition beginning today at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex […]

Farmers to get payouts

Farmers waiting on payouts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their participation in an insurance program for grazing losses can expect to see the money as early as Friday, according to a rep for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. After payments for USDA's Farm Service Agency Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program ceased on March […]

Meetings Watch: Portales City Council – May 8

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night: A presentation of the first Employees of the Quarter Award to Susan Baysinger, capital projects administrator. Portales Mayor King said the council decided last year that it would honor a city employee each month and Baysinger is the first employee to be honored […]

Senator opening local office

Portales Mayor Sharon King is enthusiastic about U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., opening an office in Portales, a first for the area. "I'm very excited because he's always been so supportive of our projects," King said. According to Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Doug Redmond, the senator's representatives were looking for office space in […]

Meetings Watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments – May 8

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Tuesday at 418 Main Street to discuss the following: The 2013-2014 fiscal year budget was reviewed. The proposed operating budget is $322,893, which is about the same as last year, according to EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey's salary. Chancey's salary, which is $44,845. Total program revenues for the […]

Quick to mock what needs mocking

Anybody who's known me for five minutes knows I'm quick to mock something that needs mocking. They know this in five minutes because that's usually the amount of time it takes for me to mock something: Skewing facts to justify your argument: A few weeks ago, a news organization touted a poll of Boston residents […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Commission – May 8

The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday: The commission received an update on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project. Portales Mayor Sharon King and engineer Paul van Gulick gave a presentation about the Ute Water Pipeline project, a plan that has been in the works for 50 years that […]

Events Calendar – May 8

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. "I Heart Mom" will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Superintendent candidate meet-and-greet — 3 p.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices Board Room. Jim Daugherty, current superintendent of Elida schools, will meet with the public. Information: 356-7000. […]

My Turn – It truly is a small world

Do you remember your 10th birthday? Adrian Vandevender does. When working on last week's weather story, I tried to find someone who was alive in 1935, during the Great Depression, for that was the last time the weather service reported it snowed in this area in May. I checked my voicemail the day the story […]

Police Blotter – May 8

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday Caller reported: 1:36 p.m.: Suspicious activity, 100 block of North Chicago Avenue. 1:40 p.m.: Animal Control requested, Third and Globe streets. 2:18 p.m.: Criminal damage, 1000 block of East Amazon Street. 2:21 p.m.: Ambulance requested, Second and Bryan streets. 2:59 p.m.: Motor vehicle […]

Abortion case has reignited national debate

The death penalty trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has reignited the national debate about abortion, specifically late-term abortions. Abortion is never totally out of the arena of public debate, but the gruesome allegations of necks being cut to kill babies who were born alive at Gosnell's squalid inner city abortion clinic have shocked […]

Treasures in heaven only thing worth piling up

A few weeks after my father passed away in January 2000, my siblings and I re-gathered to go through his stuff. And I resolved to keep less stuff. Dad left us, and many more people as well, a legacy worth more than gold. He also left a prodigious amount of paper. Some of it was […]

Meetings Watch: Portales City Council – May 7

The Portales City Council will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Building. Agenda items include: An ordinance prohibiting aggressive panhandling within city boundaries, including a public hearing on the matter. An update on the U.S. Highway 70 project. Renewal of membership into the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. A public hearing on the preliminary […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Commission – May 7

The Roosevelt County Commission will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Agenda items include: An update on the status of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. A resolution establishing an indigent burial/cremation policy. A resolution to amend the county's board of finance investment policy. Department head reports. Memorandums for an understanding […]

Meetings Watch: EPCOG – May 7

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at 418 Main Street to discuss the following: The fiscal year 2014 budget will be reviewed. Officers will be nominated. The annual work program will be reviewed. Executive Director Sandy Chancey will report on property management, transportation, the Economic Development Administration, and […]

Events Calendar – May 7

Today Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse in the Commission Room. Information: 356-5307. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales High School Scholarship Awards Assembly — 6 p.m., Portales High School cafeteria. Information: 356-7000. Yoga — 7 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. […]

My Turn – Public was spellbound with ‘The Waltons’

Reality television isn't my cup of tea. Occasionally I catch a glimpse, and the time spent watching isn't with fascination of the program. No, I'm more fascinated with why the American public seems to be spellbound. Call me old-fashioned. Truly, I'll be delighted if you do. I want to see "The Waltons." They weren't hoarders. […]

Farmers lose thousands

New Mexico farmers who signed up with a U.S. Department of Agriculture insurance program for grazing losses are out thousands of dollars and fear things will only get worse. New Mexico Cattle Growers Association Executive Director Caren Cowan said farmers signed up with the USDA's Farm Service Agency Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) haven't […]

Portales dry spell broken

Scott Parker says if a few days of sun follow Monday evening's thunderstorm, his lawn and shrubs may have a chance. "There's nothing like a good rain," said Parker, Portales High School's girls assistant soccer and softball coach, about the 0.56 inches of precipitation that drenched Portales. Parker said his smoke bushes were completely bloomed […]

Police Blotter – May 7

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday Caller reported: 12 a.m.: Request for case number, 1000 block of West Second Street. 12 a.m.: Threat, 800 block of South Avenue B. 12:53 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, 200 block of Highlands. 2:45 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West Second Street. 2:45 […]