My turn: Rock bottom good place for life to pick up

As I kneeled before the Blessed Sacrament at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, I thought, “When we hit rock-bottom, that means there’s a rock at the bottom, right?” A rock, or better yet, a foundation. According to the Bible, the house of he who builds it on a rock won’t collapse. And […]

Portales past: Jan. 12, 1942

Jan. 12, 1942: Portales Daily News: Evan George was grateful for an easily upset stomach that probably saved not only his life, but the lives of his three children. His stomach woke him at 4 a.m. and led him to the discovery of the fire.

State should stay out of private life

As a libertarian, I’m accustomed to being misunderstood. It goes with the territory. So many times commenters think they are being clever and have caught an error in libertarianism, only to reveal they didn’t read or hear what was being said. Case in point: a while ago, in a comment posted to an article in […]

Press release: Quality of Life focus groups volunteers needed

PORTALES, NM December 16, 2010 – The New Portales Quality of Life Committee will be holding focus groups at the end of January to address the perceived Quality of Life in Portales. The committee is looking for community residents to volunteer to participate. Multiple groups are scheduled at various times of the day, and each […]

Texas man gets life for 1993 shooting

Freedom New Mexico An Odessa, Texas, man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for a 1993 shooting of a Portales man. Arnoldo Navarette, 40, was also given a three-year sentence in connection to a 1993 shooting that killed Reynaldo Ornelas Sr. and injured a bystander. Navarette was found guilty by a jury Sept. 30 […]

First Amendment still plays vital role

Freedom New Mexico What sprang to life from a quill pen but helps ensure that people can explore cyberspace? What thoroughly secular instrument nevertheless ranks as one of organized religion’s greatest allies? What’s old and wrinkled yet still relevant well into its third century? It’s the First Amendment, contradictions and all, and today it celebrates […]

My turn: Long-time hunter offers advice

Clarence Plank Rod McDermid, 61, of Portales, has been hunting most of his life. He offers people who want to become hunters a little advice when it comes to getting their first kill. • Head to class: McDermid said the most important thing is attending and passing a certified hunter’s education class because this will […]

From all walks of life

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With Eastern New Mexico University’s commencement scheduled for Saturday, the graduates walking the stage come from different walks of life. According to information from ENMU, the university has 297 candidates for graduation this semester, 31 of whom are from Portales. Assistant Professor of Biology Kenwyn Cradock is set to give the keynote speech. He said […]

Portales past: Dec. 3, 1947

Dec. 3, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Women’s Missionary Society at First Baptist Church observed Lottie Moon Week with “Faithful Unto Death,” a portrayal of the life of Lottie Moon given by members of WMS. Lottie Moon died in China in 1912 after dedicating her life to missionary work.

My turn: Living my life through you

Recently, I shut off all distractions —TV, Internet, reading — to see what condition my condition was in. Quickly, I realized that my life revolves around others’ Raison d’

Pain part of cowboy life

Baxter Black Joe Camacho is a cage fighter. Can you imagine his mother saying, as he goes off to fight the front line of the Oakland Raiders, “Be careful, Joey, and don’t get hurt.” I caught myself giving that same instruction to my son as he went off to his high school soccer game. As […]

Jesus just a prayer away

Joan Clayton In this journey of life, we have ups and downs, but with Jesus we always win. We had a big “down” recently. My husband was sent to Lubbock by helicopter. It was hard to be calm, but I felt God’s presence. After six days, Emmitt was brought back home for rehabilitation. I just […]

My turn: Local entertainment tips sought

Alisa Boswell It suddenly hit me this morning as I sat down to write my fourth event article for the last week that my life has become a portal for local entertainment. But it also occurred to me that I really don’t mind. In fact, I enjoy it. I am a person who enjoys various […]

My turn: Red bean recipe will have you wanting more

Argen Duncan Joe Blair, a life-long Portales resident and World War II veteran, told me you can’t have just one bowl of his red beans. Here’s how Joe does it: First, he doesn’t believe in soaking the beans. Put 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with a 2-inch chunk of salt pork. Add […]

Ride for Life begins fundraising

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Liliana Castillo Relay for Life’s largest contributing team is starting its fundraising season Sunday. The Ride for Life, which contributed $30,000 last year, is holding its kick off at JX Ranch north of Broadview. Participants will go on a two hour trail ride up to a lunch point, hold a meeting about how to raise […]

ENMU sophomore enjoys rodeo life

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Clarence Plank She watches and waits. One by one the cowgirls race to end of the arena, dismount, flank and tie a goat tethered to a pole. All the while, Jessie Kirkes is thinking about her run and her goal — a faster time. Aboard her horse Twister, she breaks into the arena at full […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

Coffee staple in cowboy life

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist I don’t speak until I’ve had some coffee in the morning. And I don’t want any of that fancy schmancy latte or whatever you call it. I want regular store-bought Folgers, thank you very much. They say coffee won the West. According to my cowboy father, that certainly was […]

‘Quality of life’ benefit falls short

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Disabled veterans were thrilled in 2007 when the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission asked Congress to enact an immediate “quality of life” increase to disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The special increase, said VDBC commissioners, should be across the board, benefiting all veterans with service-connected health conditions, and […]

Another inbox out of my life

Kevin Wilson I’ve had seven e-mail addresses in my life. I mourned the death of No. 3 on Tuesday. Go.com announced it was phasing out its service, which shouldn’t have come as a surprise. I doubt I was the only one who had long since gone elsewhere for my main e-mail, and used theirs only […]