Former students will always be my friends

One of the many blessings in my life comes from former students. Thirty-one years of teaching left me with happy memories. A special bond between teacher and student lasts forever. Such was the case when a lieutenant colonel walked up to me in a restaurant. "Aren't you Mrs. Clayton?" My eyes searched his as I […]

Their view: Proliferation of campuses symptom of larger problem

A new report from the Rio Grande Foundation sheds some light on the sheer scope and magnitude of New Mexico's higher education system. Here's a sampling: There are a total of 12 campuses to choose from in the Albuquerque Metropolitan area alone. There are nine campuses in or within a one-hour drive of Las Cruces. […]

Dusk falling on era of authority

If you follow these columns I'll assume you either have a passion for liberty, or you don't, but you like to get stirred up and have someone at whom you can direct your misgivings. Either way I'm glad to help get your blood circulating. If you are in the group who values liberty, and want […]

Editorial: Republicans misunderstand Limbaugh’s fame

There is no doubt Rush Limbaugh is a famous Missourian. As the controversial ultra-conservative host of a radio program that caters to a right-wing perspective, Limbaugh has carved his niche as one of the dominant Republican pundits of his generation. Given Missouri has something called the "Hall of Famous Missourians" in the Missouri State Capitol […]

Police blotter - May 25

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 10:01 a.m.: Caller requested close patrol in an alley, 1500 block of South Avenue C. 10:12 a.m.: Caller reported they need a cat trap, 1000 block of Community Way. 11 a.m.: Walkup for fingerprints, 1700 block of North Boston. 11:08 a.m.: Caller reported a vehicle parked on […]

Lady Rams’ Rowley signs with LCU

Portales High senior Tylar Rowley has signed a national letter of intent to play golf next year at Lubbock Christian University. Rowley finished a solid senior season at PHS by tying for sixth place and earning a medal at the recent Class 1A-3A state golf tournament in Albuquerque, helping the Lady Rams to a third-place […]

ENMU’s Samoei eighth in D-II nationals

PUEBLO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University's Isaiah Samoei finished eighth on Thursday night in the men's NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo. Samoei, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, posted a time of 31 minutes, 43.47 seconds to give the Greyhounds one team point. As a top-eight finisher, […]

My turn: Visit to Clovis zoo part of fun weekend activities

Last weekend, I finally got some much needed sleep over my three-day weekend but mixed in with the sleep was a trip to the Clovis zoo, lots of play time with my niece and nephew and some fun talks with my mom. The only thing more fun than experiencing fun things for yourself is watching […]

Press release: Smoke advisory issues for areas affected by wildfires in Gila wilderness

(Santa Fe) — The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico Environment Department today issued a smoke advisory for areas of New Mexico affected by smoke from wildfires in the Gila Wilderness in southwest New Mexico. Wind directions from the west to east have caused smoke impacts as far away as Roswell and into […]

Candidates discuss issues at EPCOG forum

State office candidates took two hours Thursday morning at a political forum discussing issues affecting the state and country, with many finding common ground. A candidate forum hosted by the Eastern Plains Council of Government included five candidates in three state legislator races (CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson) The forum, sponsored by Eastern Plains Council […]