McGee: National humor has been whittled away

A few weeks ago a guy created a stir at the Miami airport. He was asked if he had any hazardous materials in his luggage. His answer was, "Dynamite." He was arrested. He said he was just joking. It reminded me of my lesson that one doesn't kid around at entryways to U. S. Military […]

In search of ponies: Third-party resolutions have more chance of success

Sometimes all that is needed is a little perspective shift, after all, no one wants to be part of the 92 percent statistically doomed to fail, especially when making New Year's resolutions and striving to be one of the 8 percent who succeeds appears a realistically challenged endeavor. In fact, of the 45 percent of […]

Prep preview: Las Cruces at Clovis boys

Las Cruces (7-4) at Clovis (7-3) 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Rock Staubus Gym • On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9 • Last time out: Clovis has been idle since a 72-62 defeat to Trent Internationale in the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic title game Saturday. The Bulldawgs, who defeated Santa Teresa 71-42 Saturday, will be coming […]

Pakistani girl shot by Taliban leaves UK hospital

LONDON (AP) — A 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has been released from a Birmingham hospital to live with her family, doctors said Friday. This photo made available by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England shows Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged fromthe hospital to […]

Thursday area prep summaries - Jan. 3

Thursday Boys Grady 81, Gateway Christian 60 Grady (5-4) — Adam Lunsford 16, Kolby Valentine 13, Trenton Jones 10, Rayn Bone 2, Trenton Lee 11, Jay Faust 10, Tucker Northcutt 19. Totals 34 7-13 81. Gateway Christian (3-6) — Andrew Meeks 22, Abel Gayton 4, Caleb Raney 2, Anthony Sanchez 3, Tucker Bruns 3, Cort […]

City Manager replacement sought

The Portales City Council will be looking for retiring City Manager Tom Howell's replacement sooner than later. At Thursday night's city council meeting, Mayor Sharon King and councilors approved changes to the city manager job description, one of the last steps they're taking before opening the search. Councilors agreed at a workshop in November they […]

Meetings Watch – City Council

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Thursday night: Councilors heard an update on the U.S. 70 construction project. Councilors approved the city manager's revised job description. Councilors awarded a bid for a used computer-controlled hydrostatic chip spreader for the Street Department to Cooper Equipment Company for a little less than $80,000. […]

Family pulls through after fire

Efforts have already begun to donate money and clothing to a Portales firefighter and his family whose home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday evening. Lt. Scott Watson was on duty at the fire department, but happened to be home having a brief dinner with his wife, Sam, and their youngest son when the fire […]

ARISE Sexual Assault Services pleads for funding

Tawnya Burton with ARISE Sexual Assault Services made a passionate plea to Roosevelt County commissioners Thursday in hopes to secure funding for a new building to house their services. Burton along with other ARISE employees attended the Community Development Block Grant hearing at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, an opportunity for community members to pitch 2013 […]

City collects twice the cash for crime victims

District Attorney Matt Chandler says his office has more than doubled the amount of cash it collects this year for restitution and other services that aid victims of crime in the 9th Judicial District. A press release from Chandler on Thursday said $77,152 was collected in by his office in 2012. Of that figure, more […]