80 years, immortality and snake dancing

By David Stevens Editor Eight things you might not know about Eastern New Mexico University, which celebrates its 80th birthday this year. • Actor-musician Ronny Cox — the ill-fated dueling banjo player in “Deliverance” — may be Eastern’s most famous graduate. He finished up in 1963 with a double major in theater and speech correction. […]

Larger riders means larger horses

By Baxter Black On the edge of common sense An interview with several dud wranglers and packers showed they have accommodated the increasing number of large people. Using Belgians, Percherons and their crosses are mentioned often. Draft horses are gentle beasts by nature and most wranglers are ready with a hefty footstool to assist in […]

Police blotter — July 27

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 1:10 a.m.: Verbal domestic, 500 block of South Avenue B. • 7:27 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston. • 7:52 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 100 block of South Chicago. • 8:26 a.m.: Welfare check, 500 block of N.M. 88. • […]

U.S. can lead clean coal technology

By Jim Constantopoulos Guest columnist If you believe that advances in clean coal technology can play a pivotal role in preventing the worst effects of climate change — and I do — then you’ll be interested to know that America is well-positioned to take the lead on multiple fronts. Rather than despairing about global warming […]

Border Town Days brings families together for fun

Vanessa Kahin: Staff photo
Participants in the Border Town Days parade, which took place Saturday morning near and in Farwell, wave at spectators.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com “Coming back to our roots” — this his how Jennifer Robinson of Farwell described attending the Border Town Days celebration Saturday. “We come out here every year,” said Robinson, who recalled attending the event as a child. She brought her own children to this year’s event — 2-year-old Elijah […]

Kick-off celebration

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales residents and the Eastern New Mexico University community were a loud bunch Friday partying in front of the school’s administration while wishing the university a happy 80th birthday. The summer celebration was filled with games, live music, food and community support for the school that opened its doors in 1934. […]

Duties returned to Curry County clerk

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com Four weeks after the county commission told County Manager Lance Pyle to help oversee the recording, indexing and personnel matters at the county clerk’s office, a decision has been made to leave this task to County Clerk Rosalie Riley and Chief Deputy Aleta Tittle. The decision was read by County Attorney […]

‘Pet parenting’ offers convenience, autonomy

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist One doesn’t have to be into pets to notice that everywhere you turn, pet paraphernalia dominates. From products to services to viral videos and social networking memes, the U.S., and for that matter, western culture as a whole, seems to have pets on the brain. If it were to be […]

Double-murder suspect to be judged as juvenile

By Steve Hansen shansen@qcsunonline.com Double-murder suspect Tony Day will be sentenced as a juvenile if he is found guilty of two counts of murder in the deaths of Sue Day, his adoptive mother, and Sherry Folts, Day’s daughter, Tenth Judicial District Judge Albert Mitchell ruled on Friday. Mitchell’s decision followed two and a half days […]

Grandma was an interesting lady

By Grant McGee Local columnist “I don’t know if I ever told you but I have great-grandma’s Tarot cards.” It was my oldest daughter on the other end of the phone. We were having our weekly chat. “Which great-grandma are you talking about?” I asked her. I immediately thought of my mother’s mother. I couldn’t […]