Portales community full of characters

MIke Linn For the past year I have lived and worked in Portales, a community of characters galore, funny folk and, as the sign reads, a few old grouches. But because of my transfer to the Clovis office of Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico I will no longer work in Portales. Needless to say, I’ll […]

No state deserves its own interstate

Jim Lee As anyone who knows me is very much aware, from time to time I have difficulty in dealing with practical matters, especially when these matters involve machines or common sense. My confusion inevitably leads to amused disbelief of my friends. Sometimes things that seem inherently simple or obvious totally escape my understanding. Occasionally […]

Heres a hint: It rhymes with ‘Yiminy’

Bob Huber Today’s travelogue takes us to “Frozen Dead Guy Days,” held each spring in the Colorado town of Nederland, a high mountain village west of Boulder, about two miles up where the breathin’ ain’t easy. But let’s go back to the beginning, to Christmas, 1993. That’s when a Nederland guy named Trygve Bauge — […]

Resurrection brings new life

Joan Clayton New life is bursting all around. Daffodils sway and tulips put on their best array. It is “new life” time. Growth begins to peek at the sun, enjoying the warmth of a spring day. I relish the melodious choir of my feathered friends as they greet the dawn of a dew-kissed morning. My […]

The cross is a timeless and meaningful symbol

Helena Rodriguez From the staked plains of the Llano Estacado to the rugged hills of Mount Calvary, and all places in between, there is only one symbol that has withstood the test of time. Once a symbol of despair and shame; now a worldwide symbol of hope to those who continue to believe some 2,000 […]

Students soar in state science fair

Kevin Wilson Sunny Liu and Jake Bonner were really just looking for an ‘A’ in their science class. They got that, along with a first place at the state science fair and a chance to move on to the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge in Washington, D.C. “This is a little bit more than we […]

Good surprises come from good conversation

TV Hagenah About three decades ago, I was living in Trinidad, Colo., and periodically I would go down to Raton to catch the horse races. I am not a big gambler, but I do enjoy watching a man and animal work in tandem and I enjoy watching a horse run well. On this particular Saturday […]

Portales boys golf team snowed out

Freedom Newspapers The weather had its way with the Portales boys golf team Monday at Ruidoso, but it wasn’t enough to stop Cassidy Merrick from hitting a qualifying leg across town. Snow put a stop to the boys portion of the Leroy Gooch Invitational at Alto, but the Portales girls still managed to get in […]

Practical jokes take ridicule to the extreme

Jim LeeWell, it looks like we survived April Fool’s Day this year. Why does this date become an excuse for practical jokes? I ne Well, it looks like we survived April Fool’s Day this year. Why does this date become an excuse for practical jokes? I never have understood that. Why do we need practical […]

Newspaper ratings would give readers a choice

Bob Huber If you’re watching TV these days, you’re in good hands, because television now has rated shows just like the movies. But the ratings are a little different. Among others, they have “R,” “PG-14”and “NR.” • R stands for Raunchy. You can tell it’s wicked, because parts that caused the R rating have been […]