Film shows Navy SEAL’s dedication

It’s not too often that an action movie moves grown men to the sniffles but I’ll wager “Act of Valor” had lots of big tough guys wiping tears away in the dark. I mostly missed the reviews before the movie’s opening weekend but I did know that the producers broke the mold of action movie-making [...]

My turn: Support school performance

The soundtrack of my childhood was a set of scarred 33 1/3-rpm records of the biggest Broadway shows of the last century — “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “Camelot,” and, of course, “My Fair Lady.” It’s often called “the perfect musical.” George Bernard Shaw’s story, Lerner and Loewe’s witty dialogue and soaring music, [...]

My turn: Grouse sighting shows life endures

There is nothing better than a good grouse to start a morning … unless it is three of them. I was walking in our sand hills last week when they swooped past me, a trio of lesser prairie chickens, soaring low and to the east, their unmistakable wing pattern carrying them north of my house [...]

My turn: Portales is fabric of my life

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Does the Portales News-Tribune flow through your life like it does through mine? I grew up in Portales, so my scrapbooks are filled with clippings of spelling bees, talent shows, wedding announcements and obituaries. I’ve also lived far away from Portales, and I have fond memories of opening letters to find articles from this paper [...]

Goat show entries up

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Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Fair goat shows are growing, and participants say it’s fun, hard work and a learning experience. The fair features several goat shows, and Superintendent Rod Savage said entries were up a little compared to last year. With the goat project being only 6 or 7 years old in the county, [...]

County fair kicks off

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Argen Duncan During the Roosevelt County Fair Entry Day on Monday, artists of a range of ages entered paintings, drawings and photographs into the photography and fine arts shows. The fair officially opens at noon today. “We’re just trying to get involved,” said Jessie Dodington, who entered paintings, photos and knitting in the fair. Dodington, [...]

Our view: Global warming facts may not hold water

A scientific poll shows that 69 percent of Americans believe it is at least “somewhat likely” that scientists falsify data to support their beliefs, of which 40 percent believe it is “very likely.” Only 6 percent believe it’s “not likely at all.” New hard-science global warming data from NASA may back up the cynics. If [...]

Report shows war on drugs not effective

Defenders of the war on drugs say it’s a matter of simple morality that the United States continue a full range of anti-drug efforts; it’s an expression of opposition to drug use. Drug war defenders fear that use of now-illicit drugs would skyrocket were these drugs declared legal. But, a growing number of people are [...]

Their view: Graduate shows hard work pays off

Thomas Garcia, a reporter for Freedom New Mexico, shares his memories of Eastern New Mexico University’s commencement ceremony.

Mother of Confusion: Celebrate National Train Day with live events, shows, crafts and more

All aboard, it’s almost time to celebrate National Train Day on May 7. If you haven’t heard of it before, that’s because it’s fairly new. Amtrak started the holiday in 2008 to bring attention to the advantages of traveling by rail and the history of trains. The event is held each year on the Saturday [...]