Astronomy club readies for Mars-gazing party

Freedom Newspapers When Carol Nash of Ranchvale looks at the night sky, she is awed by its enormity and complexity. “When you just think about the solar system and how the Earth is tilted just right to make the seasons and all these objects out there doing their thing, it’s just kind of amazing,” she [...]

Student ‘defines’ sweetness

By Angela Peacock A unique young woman who was full of ambition with a knack for knowing exactaly how to pester her mother and sisters just enough to let them know she loved them are just a couple of things family members said they’ll never forget about Amanda Tenorio. Tenorio was the “definition of sweet” [...]

New Mexico Christian Academy struggles to stay open

Mike Linn Christy Fields has been attending New Mexico Christian Academy for eight years, built strong relationships with friends she doesn’t want to see diminish if the school if forced to close for financial reasons. The 15-year-old Portales resident has Wigner’s Disease, which weakens the immune system, preventing her from attending a larger school, family [...]

Former pastor reports on his retirement

Gary Mitchell BRENHAM, Texas — A former Elida and Ranchvale pastor recently called the Clovis News Journal to report on his retirement status since leaving the Clovis-Portales area. The Rev. Lester Vinson was pastor of Elida Baptist Church for 2 1/2 years, interim pastor of Iglesia Bautista Bethel in Portales for 15 months and at [...]

At least when it rains, it pours

David Stevens Gary Johnson was New Mexico’s governor back then. Saddam Hussein was still running Iraq. Area cotton gins were getting ready for a record-setting season. It’s been a long time since it’s been this wet in eastern New Mexico. Some areas around Portales have received close to 2 inches of moisture in the past [...]