Meetings watch: Board of Education

The following items will be on the agenda for the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting 6 p.m. Monday in the L.C. Cozzens Administration Building: Professional and student organization reports. Administrative reports. Donations. Athletic/activities code of conduct. Resolution for notice of public meetings. Resolution approving and accepting cooperative agreement control with the New Mexico [...]

My turn: Our behaviors are quite alien

Scientists estimate that there are 300 sextillion (300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) stars in the 14-billion-year-old universe — which, because of expansion, is approximately 158 billion light years across. There are potentially trillions of planets orbiting these stars — many of them billions of years older than our sun, allowing time for the evolution of complex life. Extraterrestrial civilizations [...]

After rain delay, Clovis fireworks show impresses newcomers

Aracely Delgado, a 3-year-old bundle of energy, ran circles around her family Friday night at Greene Acres Park as they all awaited the Fourth of July fireworks show. CMI staff: Alisa Boswell: Gracie Urbina of Clovis takes pictures of fireworks with her cell phone Friday night at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. Urbina said it [...]

State orders Portales pool to close

The state health department ordered the Portales city swimming pool closed Friday until further notice after it was confirmed a child with an infectious parasitic disease swam in the pool last week, according to city officials. Public Works Director John DeSha said a doctor with the New Mexico Environment Department notified city officials Friday that [...]

In search of ponies: Bees, flowers have different kind of romance

Exploring a patch of thistles, bloom after bloom, the picture was the same. A big, round bee behind protruded from within each purple head, looking as if the rotund creatures had flown so fast at the flowers, they had crashed and become permanently imbedded face-first. But of course they weren't stuck, and, as soon as [...]

McGee: Lady of the House knows best

Did you hear about the huge storm that ravaged some states back east last Friday? My West Virginia daughter was caught in it. It began with a phone call. "DAD! THE SKY IS BLACK AND A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 5 MILES AWAY AND THE BABY'S AT MOM'S!" daughter is yelling. "You're driving in a bad [...]

Billy the Kid’ tombstone repaired after break-in

FORT SUMNER — The tombstone of Billy the Kid has been repaired. Officials at the old Fort Sumner Museum say the famous outlaw's 2000-pound tombstone was restored this week after vandals tipped it over and damaged it last month. De Baca County authorities say other graves in the cemetery were also vandalized and thieves broke [...]

State orders Portales pool closed until further notice

The state health department ordered the Portales city swimming pool closed Friday until further notice after it was confirmed a child with an infectious parasitic disease swam in the pool last week, according to city officials. Public Works Director John DeSha said a doctor with the New Mexico Environment Department notified city officials Friday that [...]

Walk This Way (July 6)

Often on the Atlantic City Expressway outside of Philadelphia there sat a police car. For a good year or so, I always suspected it was there to slow speeders down. One day I had a flat tire near where the car was supposedly watching for speeders. I say supposedly because at that point I found [...]

Friends say musician was inspirational

Kayla Herrera, 20, laid her head on her friend's shoulder Thursday night as Ashley LeBlanc hugged her. Ashley LeBlanc: Courtesy photo William Nolan, a former Eastern New Mexico University student, was a talented musician and an inspiring friend, according to his Portales friends. Nolan was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Tuesday in [...]