Community should unite behind base

I thought your readers might be interested in these comments made Tuesday to Association of Defense Communities by Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary-Installations Kathleen Ferguson: “(Department of Defense’s) 2004 report to Congress stated the Air Force had 24 percent excess capacity and this number does not reflect current excess Air Force capacity. “BRAC 2005 fell […]

Behind the scenes with Sheryl Borden

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Sheryl Borden has been the star of KENW-TV’s “Creative Living” for 35 years and has no plans to stop. At a taping session Thursday in Portales, Borden said “As long as we have a station, I’d like to do the show.” Borden, who has a master’s degree in education, said “Home economics is my love. […]

No meaning behind Constitution

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I’m not a big fan of the U.S. Constitution because, as has been pointed out by numerous observers for well over a century, it either established the criminal government we now suffer with, or it did nothing to prevent it. That doesn’t mean it is worthless, though. I think it is useful for illustrating which […]

Leave loving memories

Oil painting has caused me to see the world differently. I find myself studying clouds and landscapes. I like to see the tumbled down houses and barns as we travel along the highway. I wonder what stories they could tell of days gone by. How did they live their lives? Did they leave their home […]

Meaning behind Memorial Day easily overlooked

A coworker asked me a few days ago, “Do you think Memorial Day is too commercialized?” I balked, because I’d never considered it. I could only stammer, “Not really, do you?” She said yes, noting the emphasis on sales, cookouts and Facebook posts that missed the point. I agreed with her premise — that we’re […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

My turn: Not all Dublins built the same

What do shamrocks and Dr Pepper have in common? You would think I had a better recollection of driving through the rolling fields of Dublin a few years ago, passing magnificent architecture and swearing I spotted a leprechaun or two hiding behind tall oaks. Wait a minute, these creatures were too big to be leprechauns, […]

Portales past: March 12, 1950

March 12, 1950: The Portales Daily News: Several thousand empty milk cartons were destroyed by a smoldering blaze in a sheet-iron shed behind the New Mexico Co-op Creamers Saturday morning.

ACU downs Zias behind 31 from freshman guard

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Freshman guard Mack Lankford scored 31 points and Abilene Christian led from start to finish Saturday en route to an 89-76 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Lankford poured in 10-of-19 shots from the field, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, as the Wildcats […]

Developers should secure own funding

Park 51 developers, formerly known as Cordoba House, the group behind what is popularly known as the proposed “ground zero mosque” two blocks away from the site of the 9/11 attacks, has catapulted its proposed project back into the news spotlight. By applying for a $5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which […]