Lessons from a church pew

By Joan Clayton “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner. Make me sensitive to any wrongdoing and may I be a friend to man, helping in any way I can.” My grandfather’s prayers filled with awe and deep devotion instilled an unforgettable memory in my childhood heart. This humble man’s sky blue eyes spoke volumes […]

Here’s to getting booked this summer

By Helena Rodriguez I hope your kid gets booked this summer like I did before I started high school in a not-so-distant past. After all, there’s not much to do around here and it won’t hurt your kids to get into some adventures or misadventures this summer. I’m talking, of course, about reading. Summer is […]

Heightened threat sparks search

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — America’s top law enforcement officials urged the public Wednesday to help the FBI track down seven suspected al-Qaida operatives and avert an attack on U.S. soil that a stream of credible intelligence indicates could occur in the summer. Attorney General John Ashcroft said the “disturbing” intelligence, collected for months, augments […]

War veterans seeking help

By Tony Parra War veterans will be patrolling the local terrain during the weekend in a mission of remembrance. Veterans and members of the community will be placing miniature flags on the grave sites of those who served in protecting the country at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Organizers said they are looking for people who […]

Training camps in full force on Tuesday

By Tony Parra Tennis season for Portales High School is over, and now the students are becoming the teachers. Portales tennis coach Bill Wahlman is coordinating the annual city tennis league as one of two sport recreation activities offered through the city. There is also an arts/crafts recreation activity offered by the city, which begins […]

Water study lacking

By Jack King Studies of the financial capacities of members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to pay for the project remain incomplete, consultants said Wednesday, at the authority’s meeting in Clovis. The incomplete reports drew a sharp expression of impatience from at least one board member. Jason Bass, an economic consultant from […]

Portales, Clovis boys get to know each other

By Dave Wagner If they don’t already, the Clovis and Portales High boys basketball teams should get to know each other pretty well over the next few weeks. The Wildcats and Rams squared off Tuesday night in the opening game of CHS’ boys summer basketball league, scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights through mid-June at […]

Carter, Chandler trade verbal jabs

By Jack King Candidates for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office traded sharp words on Tuesday, highlighting a political forum hosted by KTQM/KWKA’s radio station. Asked by a caller what he could do to actually prevent crime, candidate Matthew Chandler said he would launch bold new proactive programs like Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT), aimed at […]

Residents want to weed out city plan

By Tony Parra The trash and weeds have to go. That’s a priority for those interested in Portales. About 35 people gathered in the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday night for the third in a four-part series of public meetings focused on the city’s future. “My pet peeve is coming in on the highway […]

Readers give pros and cons of Portales life

Recent Project: Reader Reaction questions asked about pros and cons of living in Portales — and for something on the light side. Some responses: What do you like about Portales? “I love the friendliness of the people and the size of Portales. I love walking into a restaurant and having people come up and say […]

India’s political situation serves as inspiration to others

It is always instructive, whatever the reason, to watch a politician decline to assume power that might have been hers. In the case of India’s Sonia Gandhi, perhaps in an illustration of the pervasiveness of paradox in human affairs, it might lead to her becoming an even more powerful political presence over time than if […]

Local briefs

Staff reports Second annual Rough Rider motorcycle rally planned Motorcyclists from across the area are invited to attend the second annual Rough Rider Rally held in conjunction with the 20th Annual Heritage Days scheduled June 19 at the Portales City Park at Seventh and Abilene. A poker run will take place at the Memorial Building […]

Goober gulching CB buddies hope for live reunion

Eric Butler If you’re planning a reunion of old CB buddies, shouldn’t you have it in a large convention room separated into a hundred cubicles — with each participant talking into his radio? Not necessarily so, say the members of the one-time thriving group in eastern New Mexico called the Goober Gulch Gabbers. The Gabbers […]

Getting a foot in the door

Jack King A conference for business owners on how to obtain government contracts will be held Thursday in Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Titled “How to Get Through the Government Contracting Door,” the conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics will include the state of New Mexico’s procurement assistance program, Small Business […]

Golden Arches to open 24-7 in June

Tony Parra Portales residents can eat out around the clock, starting next month. Starting next Tuesday, McDonald’s will begin staying open 24 hours, owner John Snowberger said. It will be Portales’ only restaurant open 24 hours. Snowberger said he’s confident his fast-food place will find plenty of customers between midnight and 5 a.m. when other […]

Awards to help seniors make transition

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By Tony Parra Portales seniors are winding down their high school careers and for some the finality hasn’t hit them yet. Not even after the Academics Assembly, which took place on Friday. “I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to soak it all in,” Amy Archibeque, Portales senior and facilitator of the academic […]

Seniors prepare to wind maypole again

By Helena Rodriguez More than half a century ago, Josh Geissinger’s grandfather, Wayne Wallace, wound the maypole at Portales High School. That was in 1929. Seventy-five years later, Geissinger is following in the footsteps of his grandfather as well as his sister Kristen and is taking part in the maypole tradition at PHS. The first […]

Prosecutors say Chandler stretching the truth

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out […]

Signs point to trouble for local judges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Both Curry County magistrate judges and a retired district judge have campaign signs in their yards supporting 9th Judicial District Attorney candidate Matt Chandler, despite prohibitions on political activity by New Mexico judges. All three judges — magistrate judges Richard Hollis and Douglas Miller, and retired District Judge Bill Bonem, who […]

Smith learning the ropes just in time

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By Kevin Wilson When Tabor Smith left Greyhound Arena last Saturday, college diploma in hand, he didn’t need to be told that he still had time to learn something new. He knows that already, and proves it every time he and his horse Jax take on another steer in the confines of a rodeo arena. […]