My Turn – Holiday is what you make of it

It's funny how the value of Halloween changes over the years. As a kid from the big city, my friends and I would plot out the best route to hit up the biggest houses for candy. There was a rumor that Robin Williams' house was somewhere near Ocean Beach and if you trick-or-treated at his […]

Obama’s visit to city worth unpaid bill

The howling was predictable and partisan at the news that Springfield, Ill., officials were no longer actively seeking to get President Barack Obama's campaign to pay a four-year-old, $55,500 bill for police protection and other expenses. Obama was in town on a very hot August day in 2008 to announce he had chosen then-Delaware Sen. […]

eBenefits speeds up info access

Conceived in the wake of the Walter Reed scandal as a way for wounded warriors and their families to understand and access benefits, the "eBenefits" web portal has become an online gateway of enormous value and convenience to 2 million registered users. That still leaves a pool of 35 million eligible veterans and military community […]

Vote to support quality health care

I am writing this letter to inform the public about problems we have with health care in this country. I recently had back surgery. Before the surgery, I encountered the following issues with my insurance company: Three days before my surgery, the insurance company declined the surgery. When asked why, they stated that according to […]

Zias finish fourth in Clarendon rodeo

CLARENDON, Texas — Freshman Macy Davenport helped the Eastern New Mexico University women's rodeo team finish fourth with 155 points in the Clarendon College Rodeo over the weekend, finishing fourth in breakaway roping and fifth in barrel racing. Davenport was second in the first go of breakaway roping and fifth in the first go and […]

Rams, Lady Rams earn state soccer berths

Both Portales High soccer squads have earned berths in the Class 1A-3A state tournament, but both will be on the road in the first round. The Rams and Lady Rams were each accorded 10th seeds in the 12-team fields, and will be on the road on Saturday. The Rams (10-8) travel to Roswell for an […]

Lesser Prairie Chicken count scrutinized

Local land owners and wildlife officials are saying the results of a recent aerial study done on the lesser prairie chicken may not be entirely accurate where New Mexico is concerned. Four state and federal wildlife agencies performed a range-wide population count for the prairie chicken in the five states it inhabits: New Mexico, Texas, […]

Kids get new playground

A dozen preschool children ran from one slide to another across their school yard at Brown Early Childhood Development Center in Portales, giggling as they went. Esmeralda Cuevas, 4, threw her hands up into the air as she glided down one of the slides. "This equipment was sitting on our playground disassembled for months," preschool […]

It cannot rain toads

The thought of a dark cloud falling on West 19th Street occurred to me while standing on the front porch of our home and listening to the extremely heavy rain pounding the ground. After a short time the rain finally subsided and other sounds became apparent. They were loud ye-ows, continuously repeated, with each ye-ow […]

Portales High School News – Oct. 30

Students of the Month The following students were chosen for Student of the Month for September: 12th grade — Paige Hartman 11th grade — Jennifer Salomon 10th grade — Catalina Arana Ninth grade — Mern Shepherd III. These students were treated to pizza and soda pop in the main office with PHS Principal Melvin Nusser […]