In search of ponies: Glowing sheep not so baaaa-d

It's long been understood that nature has balance and us humans have come to understand — usually about the time we realize we've destroyed an ecosystem — that here are reasons why things are the way they are. That's not to say improvements can't be made, but for each forced (or man-made) change, it makes […]

Cats unable to get third leg for state golf

ROSWELL — Clovis High's golfers came up short of the third leg needed to qualify for Class 5A state golf. Meantime, the Portales Rams are still without a leg in Class 3A. Both teams will have to win their respective district tournaments on Monday to send their teams to state, although the Wildcats have now […]

Feds revise proposal for lesser prairie chicken

ALBUQUERQUE — Environmentalists are criticizing federal wildlife officials for their plan to revamp proposed protections for a prairie grouse found in several western states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that it will reopen the comment period on the proposal to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. At issue is […]

Two senators appointed to interim legislative committees

Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, have each been appointed as a voting member for three interim state legislative committees. Ingle, whose District 27 includes Portales, Fort Sumner and portions of Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea and Roosevelt counties, was appointed to the Legislative Council, the Mortgage Finance Authority Oversight […]

Police Blotter – May 3

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday Caller reported: 3:55 p.m.: Male is holding a gun to his daughter's head, 1000 block of North Main Street. 4:35 p.m.: Criminal damage, 900 block of South Boulder Avenue. 4:50 p.m.: Possible stolen vehicle requesting an officer, officer called back, Portales area. 4:54 […]

Windscorpions a value to nature

Not long ago I received a telephone call from my college buddy, Guido Zecca, who resides in Gallup. He said, "Hey, Ton, I have something I want you to identify." My comment was, "Send it to me." Guido stated that the creature he mailed causes great fear to Navajo Indians. In fact, they believe the […]

I will never forget you

Editor's note: Joan Clayton's husband, Emmitt, died on Wednesday. She pays tribute with Emmitt's first-person account of his life. "Please take care of my son." I well remember at 4 years old my mother's dying prayer. I guess you could say I grew myself up. Having an alcoholic dad didn't help. Many times an aunt […]

Events Calendar – May 3

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Prehistoric New Mexico Open House — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Blackwater Draw Site. Activities include flintknapping, cooking, fiber working, sandal making, Atlatl throwing and discussions with archaeologists. Information: 763-3435. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. […]

My Turn – Disney still teaching values

If I were a parent, I would probably be strict about the television shows and movies that my children would be allowed to watch. Many of today's generation of parents are relaxed with the entertainment guidelines they set for their children. It impacts a small child when they are already watching rated R movies and […]

Blackwater Draw site host to open house

George Crawford says he expects "children" ages 8 to 80 lining up for atlatl (spear) throwing this weekend at Blackwater Draw just six miles north of Portales. Sure the fun stuff will attract people to Saturday's Prehistoric New Mexico Open House, but Crawford, Eastern New Mexico University's Blackwater Draw Site director and archaeologist, said the […]

Local doesn’t allow deafness to dictate life

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of features about the deaf community. An interpreter was used to speak with Jerradan Jones. Jerradan Jones hasn't let being deaf get in the way of living a normal life. Jones works a full-time job at his father's auto shop, raises his son, and spends time […]

Order without coercion is possible

I have heard people say there is no point in being libertarian because there will never be a libertarian society. Or because there will always be bad guys who will take advantage of others. Or because someone will always be setting up some form of government. That seems to be a myopic view of the […]

Common goals are achievable without torture

Portales students celebrate U.S. Law Day

Ninth Judicial District Judge Drew Tatum enlisted the help of children from Brown Early Childhood Center and James Elementary to redecorate his courthouse. Hundreds of Portales students recognized U.S. Law Day in Portales on Wednesday by sending their Law Day-themed colored pictures to Tatum. The pictures lined the hallway that leads to Tatum's chambers. According […]

Q&A: Children’s librarian discovers career by chance

Tawna Luscombe grew up in Roosevelt County, living in Portales and Causey during her school years. After high school, Luscombe went to Clovis Community College and worked as an office manager and pharmacy technician before she became the children's librarian at the Portales Public Library. She has been married (Paul) for almost 15 years and […]

Events Calendar – May 2

Today Friends of the Library — Noon, Portales Public Library. The Eastern New Mexico University's Swanee Singers will perform. Everyone is welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Information: 356-3940. Crafts — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Magnets will be made. For ages 13-18. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 […]

My Turn – Monty can help you find what you want

It's possible that the best-kept secret in Portales has been hiding in plain sight for the last five years: Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, which operates from the confines of an old commercial garage at 308 North Main. Monty Porter, an affable man with a heart for his community and an encyclopedic memory, manages the store […]

Cold weather plunges into High Plains

Unless you were alive during the Great Depression, today might be the first time you've seen snow in May in the Clovis and Portales area. According to the National Weather Service's projected forecast, there is a 40 percent chance or rain and snow early this morning that may carry on until 11 a.m. The last […]

From court to track, Jones excels

Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Alesha Jones, who set Eastern New Mexico University's record in the women's 800 meters this spring, started her college athletic career as a basketball player. Courtesy photo: ENMU Athletics Alesha Jones is one of a half-dozen athletes expected to contend for a medal in this week's Lone Star Conference Track […]

Police Blotter – May 2

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday Caller reported: 2:22 a.m.: Unwanted person knocking on door, 100 block of West Ninth Street. 3:32 a.m.: 76-year-old female requested ambulance, 1600 block of West Fir 6:06 a.m.: Cattle on Highway 202. 8:15 a.m.: Request to pick up cat trap, 400 block of […]