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 […]