Police blotter – Nov. 2

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 9:52 a.m.: Caller reported a parked pickup, 1300 block of North Globe. 10:09 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 400 block of West University. 10:35 a.m.: Caller requested an officer, Kaywood Street. 10:45 a.m.: Caller reported a big black dog running loose, 800 block of West 16th Street. […]

Residents start faith-based youth sports association

A new faith-based sports association recently founded in Roosevelt County has nothing to do with the recent local uproar concerning prayer, according to founding members. More than 100 Portales residents piled into city hall last month during a city council meeting to express their opinions on the issue of Portales city league sports coaches being […]

ENMU students call play most challenging

There's scandal at Eastern New Mexico University in the form of devious girls and pompous gentleman. Thursday night was opening night for the ENMU production of the George Bernard Shaw play, "Man and Superman." "It falls somewhere between a comedy of manners and a social satyr," said ENMU music major Brian Lee, who plays Roebuck […]

Persevere and hold on to God’s promises

A cross without a crown, a victory without a battle and a testimony without a test and we have nothing to overcome. The struggle in the cocoon finally emerges. In God's timing it bursts into the light with beauty and soars on wings of victory. I see similarity in life's difficulties. Of course the big […]

My turn: Song stuck in my head

I've had the song "Down By the River to Pray" stuck in my head for a week now, compliments of the Eastern New Mexico University choir. The song was one of its finishing numbers Saturday night at their fall performance at the university Music Building. I've played the Alison Krauss version twice on YouTube since […]

Great-tailed grackles here to stay

I have observed an increase in numbers of robins, Eurasian collared doves, white-winged doves and Mississippi kites in our area. No increase, however, matches that of great-tailed grackles (sometimes incorrectly called crackles). Their long rudder-like tail is quite distinctive. Males are black, and the females are brownish. Males are 18 inches long from tip of […]

County clerks: Early voting numbers lower than 2008

The county clerks for Roosevelt and Curry counties say early voting for Tuesday's general election feels just as busy as it was in the last presidential election 2008, but the numbers don't bear it out. As of Wednesday, there have been 4,337 early vote ballots in Curry County, compared 4,537 at the same point in […]

Letters to the editor: Train station sign not accurate

While visiting in Portales a few days ago, I read the new sign in front of the Post Office about the train station. It is a very nice sign, but not entirely correct. It states the depot closed when the final passenger train ran in 1965. The depot remained open for freight customers until 1988. […]

Government should open market

I will probably never understand those who feel the solution to any problem is to get the government to do something about it. Very few things should ever be subject to a vote, and nothing that would violate the rights of the losing side should ever be put to a vote — nor imposed by […]

Editorial: Agriculture education sees rise in women

When someone talks about farms, the image that comes to mind is a guy on a tractor or in a barn, maybe being helped by his sons. Time to get a new picture. A recent report shows the number of females enrolled in agricultural programs at colleges surpasses that of males nationwide. Those women will […]