Meetings watch: City council

The Portales City Council met Tuesday and took the following action: Mayor Sharon King proclaimed April 14 as Great American Clean Up Day. Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the application for New Mexico state fire marshal's office fiscal year 2013 Municipal Fire Protection Fund Distribution. The minimal amount projected on the fiscal […]

Tucumcari official requests help from water authority

PORTALES — A Tucumcari city commissioner requested help Tuesday from the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. At the end of the authority's meeting at Portales City Hall, Robert Lumpkin said he made the trip because Tucumcari and Quay County needed help resolving a pair of issues, and he figured the authority had more pull […]

My turn: Grateful for small-town generosity

I learned a big lesson about small towns this weekend. Don't get on the road with your gas tank almost on empty assuming that there will be a gas station. On Saturday I covered the Floyd Jamboree. Eager to get on the road, I decided I'd fuel up when I got there. When I arrived, […]

Fate of TRICARE in west unsure

TRICARE beneficiaries across 21 western states won't know for another three months whether TriWest Healthcare Alliance will continue to administer their healthcare benefit beyond March of next year. After 16 years, TriWest lost its latest bid to continue to run the TRICARE West Region under a third generation support contract, this one worth an estimated […]

Strangers always become stories

This weekend, while making a random shopping trip, I was approached by a store employee, asking if I needed help with anything. "No thanks, just looking," I said, though I still made polite conversation about why I'd wanted the product I was looking at. I was left alone after that, for all of 30 seconds. […]

Elections best avenue to settle contested issues

One way or another, it looks as if Oklahoma is headed for a personhood law. It won't, however, be without a not-unexpected fight. The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a lawsuit that, if successful, would prevent a vote of the people in November that would declare that "personhood" begins at conception. The petition is, […]

Family of Cannon airman expresses relief he was found

A Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant missing since March 12 reported to a California air force base on Monday, according to a press release from Cannon Air Force Base public affairs officials. According to the release: 1st Lt. Scott Lee reported to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and is on his way to Cannon. Lee […]

Large tornadoes, damage reported in Dallas area

DALLAS — Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area on Tuesday, tearing roofs off homes, tossing trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. The National Weather Service reported at least two separate "large and extremely dangerous" tornadoes south of Dallas and Fort Worth. Several other developing twisters were […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Egg hunts and a free concert

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Easter eggs Mark your calendar. There are Easter egg hunts planned for the kids in Clovis and Portales. The annual egg hunt is 9 a.m. Saturday in Hillcrest Park for Clovis kids. In Portales, it's from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Roosevelt County Events […]

Missing Cannon officer found

A Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant missing since March 12 has been found safe in California, according to a press release from Cannon Air Force Base public affairs officials. 1st Lt. Scott Lee reported to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Monday and is now on his way back to Cannon. Lee was last seen leaving […]