Reader-submitted content: United Way Day of Caring volunteers tackle three projects

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Combating IEDs, losing battle

As in Iraq where it became the most effective weapon of insurgents, the IED, or improvised explosive device, has raised the casualty count significantly for U.S. forces in Afghanistan the past two years. A surge in ground forces and a change of strategy, to have more U.S. troops dismount from vehicles more to mix with […]

Police blotter — April 27

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Thursday • An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of South Main Street about 9:05 p.m. in reference to an auto burglary. A man reported someone had stolen a car stereo, an XM Sirius radio and two car chargers from a Mitsubishi. […]

Antagonizing each other’s beliefs shameful

Freedom New Mexico Poor Professor PZ Myers. He is clearly upset that a group of four Catholics in France barged into a French museum on Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, and vandalized a print of “Piss Christ.” They smashed plexiglass that protected the print and then slashed it with a sharp object. Gallery director […]

Dairiconcepts up for Freedom Award

Freedom New Mexico Dairiconcepts of Portales is among three New Mexico employers selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve, according to a press release. […]

ENMU regents approve tuition hike

Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved tuition increases Tuesday for next school year at all three university campuses. At the meeting in the Portales campus Administration Building, Student Regent Santana Chavez voted against all increases in tuition, room and board, and fees while Regents Randy Harris, Chad Lydick, Brett Leach and Marshall Stinnett […]

My turn: Pope John Paul II made sainthood hip

The media is so focused on Prince William and his soon-to-be-princess Kate Middleton that some fear Friday’s royal wedding will steal thunder from Sunday’s much-anticipated beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome. Before JPII was even laid to rest on April 8, 2005, crowds shouted “santo subito” (sainthood now). Sunday’s beatification makes JPII one […]

Detention officers on look out for improvised weapons

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Alisa Boswell Prison shank may be a term recognized by many area residents, but the materials which make up these roughly constructed weapons are every day household items which many would never think of as a weapon. “They’ve been doing it since the detention center opened,” Chief of Security Clay Layher said Tuesday of prisoner […]

Fishing report — April 26

Attention anglers: New Mexico’s license year began April 1, and that means it’s time to renew your fishing license. They can be purchased at license vendors statewide, Department of Game and Fish offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell and Raton, or through the Online License System.

Rep. Lujan’s staff to hold office hours in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Ben Lujan’s staff will hold mobile office hours across northern New Mexico on Thursday, according to a news release. The hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in each location. In eastern New Mexico, mobile office hours will held in Clovis at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.