McGee: Growing a garden of weeds

I was riding my bicycle along one of our streets the other day and noticed some yellow flowers. I thought they brightened up the vacant lot. I saw yellow flowers; I knew many more folks would just see weeds. I ponder weeds a lot because at times in my life they've meant yard work. For […]

In search of ponies: Bunnies have hand in heating up Earth

Invariably, the issue of weird weather comes up these days, especially with record temperatures set on a regular basis and extreme phenomenon rising to the top of headlines fairly often. Global warming is the answer the experts almost always arrive at — melting ice caps at the hands of humans who didn't heed the warnings […]

Press release: State and federal support for Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System remains strong

On April 25, 2012 the NM State Water Trust Board acted to approve $3,788,834 in FY 2012 for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System (ENMRWS). This state sponsored regional rural water project is also one of seven federally authorized rural water projects. "On behalf of the ENMWUA I would like to extend my deepest […]

Blooms benefit charities

Saturday is the day to buy flowers for your loved ones, according to Portales Kiwanis Club members, who will be selling petunias and geraniums for a fundraiser. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Nancy Stout, left, of Arkansas, looks at geraniums at Garden Source in Portales with her grandson, Stratton Seifert, 4, of Portales. The same geraniums […]

Christian challenge offers fellowship

Eastern New Mexico University senior Rachel Mariano became a Christian at 7 years old but admits that joining the school's Baptist Student Union Christian Challenge as a freshman strengthened her faith. Dallas Ellsworth: Courtesy photo The Baptist Student Union Christian Challenge at Eastern New Mexico University meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays. The gathering includes singing, […]

Repentance prayers can make a difference

National Day of Prayer is Thursday. Please be in prayer lifting up the needs of our nation. We must have a deep resolve. We do this with conviction looking the enemy in the eye saying, "You cannot have this country!" Let us seek the Lord for the spiritual revival in our land. May we listen […]

My turn: Educators deserve credit

As someone who was homeschooled throughout her childhood education, I felt like I gained insight into the public school system Wednesday when I had my first lunch with my lunch buddy at one of the Portales elementary schools. I spent 30 minutes chasing about 10 third-graders around the playground trying to tag them, so I […]

Police blotter: April 27

Samplings of Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 8:35 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance for a female having a stroke, 1900 block of West Second Street. 9:00 a.m.: Caller reported possible larceny in progress, South Roosevelt Road 15. 9:33 a.m.: Caller requested a motorist assist, U.S. 70. 9:53 a.m.: Caller reported they found […]

Their view: Good health easily attained, maintained

Gordon Filepas is a father and an author on a mission to educate Americans about health matters. Here is an excerpt from a recent column. Everyone's complaining about America's increasing health and obesity issues and wondering how to solve these problems while also reducing health-care costs. They make it sound like a big, complicated mystery […]

Editorial: Republicans can still embrace DREAM Act

After a depressing two years in which Arizona and South Carolina passed draconian anti-immigrant laws — and Republican presidential candidates missed nary an opportunity to back their hardline stances — comes some hope for bipartisan progress. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, one of his party's rising stars, a man thought to be a contender to […]