We all lose during election time

I can give you a prediction about the next presidential election almost a year before it happens. Ready? The U.S. government will win and America will lose. The status quo will be elected once more. There isn’t a bit of difference between any of the candidates who will end up on the ballot in the […]

My turn: No such thing as normal when it comes to weather

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Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

Portales native recounts surviving 30-foot fall

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Christina Calloway Robert Bell is reflecting on how grateful he is for being alive as the one-year anniversary of his accident approaches. He fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft. The 25-year-old Clovis resident and Portales native was loading furniture on the lift of a freight elevator for a customer at his grandmother’s antique store […]

Their view: Gov. Martinez calls for investing in education

Gov. Susana Martinez announced her fiscal year 2013 budget proposal in a press release Thursday. Here are a few excerpts: “I am proud to announce to New Mexicans that our fiscal house is back in order,” said Gov. Martinez. “ A year ago, we made a commitment to balancing our budget without raising taxes, while […]

Resolving to be more loving

Somewhere in the confusion of passing into 2012, I forgot to make New Year’s resolutions. I suppose these can still be tendered, since we are less than a fortnight into the new year. Perhaps the most appropriate resolutions would center around the broad, yet vital theme of learning to be a more loving person. Love […]

Local leaders helped state thrive

As New Mexico celebrates its 100th year as a state it’s easy to daydream about what life in our portion of the state was like back in 1912. Portales had been around just over a decade, Texico was 10 years old and Clovis had been established six years earlier when a division point for the […]

Clovis mayor hopeful of federal money for Ute Water Project this year

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By Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said […]

Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

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Benna Sayyed Local farmers say recent precipitation in the area has helped their crops a little but much more is needed to alleviate the drought. According to Ed Polasko, service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, precipitation levels (rain and melted snow) during October, November, and December 2011 were up slightly from 2010. […]

Their view: Air pollution rule would hamper energy services

Over the New Year’s holiday, Xcel Energy officials learned the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, had delayed implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves issued this statement reflecting the company position on the court ruling: On Dec. 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit issued a stay of the […]

Portales couple has New Year baby

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By Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Jada Grace Pacheco slept quietly in the arms of her mother Monday morning in a room at the Plains Regional Medical Center. When she was born on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a buzz started around the hospital’s labor and delivery unit, as baby Jada quickly picked up the moniker […]