Portales resident presented views respectfully

Portales lost a strong voice on Feb. 10 when Kirby Rowan lost his battle with cancer. We hardly ever agreed with his left-leaning political views, which he often expressed on these pages, but we had great respect for his passion, his kind heart, and his sincere efforts to make the world a better place. Rowan, […]

McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

Engagements —

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Montgomery-Acosta [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Cori Snobble and John Montgomery of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Leila Montgomery of Portales, to Harvey Acosta of Portales, son of Saul and Henrietta Acosta of Portales. The couple will exchange vows 6 p.m. July 13, 2012. The bride elect is a 2003 graduate […]

Birthdays —

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Coffey [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Danielle Coffey of Clovis celebrated her 17th birthday Jan. 21 at her home. The celebration was hosted by her family. Danielle was born Jan. 21, 1995, in Clovis. — Submitted by Robin Coffey

Grandmothers left loving legacy behind

I was fortunate in my life to have had both of my grandmothers live long into the twilight years of their lives. My dad’s mother was two months shy of 90 when she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, but peacefully, in her home. My mom’s mother was 95 when she passed away. I adored my […]

LSC champion Hounds left out of Division II tourney field

Freedom New Mexico The Lone Star Conference champion Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team did not get a berth to this year’s NCAA Division II men’s soccer tournament. ENMU (9-4-5, 3-1-2 LSC) claimed the program’s first conference championship this season, but the Greyhounds’ overall record left them a bit short. Lone Star Conference members […]

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 […]

Their view: No Child Left Behind Act waivers needed by states

Cynthia G. Brown, vice president for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, offers her view regarding the president’s waivers announcement:

Reunions —

[image #1, align=center, size=abox] The Portales High School Class of 1966 gathered July 1 and 2, 2011, for their 45th class reunion. Classmates pictured are, front row, from left, David Dehtan, Gloria (Domiquez) Aguilar, Robin Pendergraft, Zale Woodward, Bruce Kitts, Randy Johns, Kay (Hutchins) Jilek, Jerry Hammond. Second row, from left, David Weems, Judy (Roberson) […]

Letter leaves lasting impression

When our middle son left home, he left a letter that we read every Father’s Day. I guess we do that so we can cry. I have his permission to use it again. It is one of my treasures, and I love to share it.

ENMU narrows baseball coach search to three

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Jeff Geiser left no doubt about the most important factor in narrowing the search for a new baseball coach to three finalists. “Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program,” Geiser said. Veteran West Texas high school baseball coach Jimmy Webster, Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) head coach Chris Terry […]

Former Clovis resident recovering from train accident

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis resident Paul Young is recovering from his sixth surgery on Friday after losing his legs and left arm in a train accident, said his father, Mike Young. “He is in good spirits and has a good attitude,” Mike Young said. Mike said his 28-year-old son will have […]

Make most of your time

If we had only a few weeks or months to live, what changes would we make? Would each day of life become more precious? Would the sky be bluer? Would we suddenly become aware of little things that mean so much? Would we speak to others kind words of appreciation that often have been left […]

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. […]

Less incentives for troops this year

The fiscal 2012 defense budget taking shape in Congress could have the fewest significant initiatives for military personnel, retirees and their families in a generation. Blame the ballooning debt crisis, which has left Republicans and Democrats alike looking for ways to curb federal spending, including for defense. And credit a long list of pay and […]

Local lawmakers reflect on session

Kevin Wilson New Mexico legislators left Santa Fe this weekend, and they are assuming they’ll be gone until September. “But we never know,” said Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. The 60-day session closed Saturday, with some legislators touting local gains and bemoaning statewide disappointments. Legislators did send a $5.4 billion budget with more than $150 million […]

Cowboys not afraid of honesty

My father left his parents’ Texas home at age 14 with 36 cents in his pocket. He became a cowboy, one of the best in the business, and he never moved back in with his parents and eight siblings. Actually, he never went back for a visit, either, until he was 32 years old. My […]

Anniversaries — March 6

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Butler Charles and Verna Butler of Clovis celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on March 2, 2011. [image #2, align=left, size=right] The couple was married March 2, 1956, in Phoenix. The couple has two children and three grandchildren He is retired from the U.S. Air Force and from Holland’s Printshop in Clovis. [image #1, align=left, size=right] […]

Water authority officials hoping for leftover funds

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott Verhines said […]

‘Nedward’ giving it another shot

Newspapers across New Mexico reported the outgoing governor left a letter on her desk for the incoming governor. It’s a tradition. They all do it. Only here will you get the real scoop. Susana wrote back. Your humble columnist has the only known copy of that letter. William, I hope you don’t mind my dispensing […]