My Turn – Easy way out of kitchen duties

If you drew kitchen duty today and are feeling a bit overwhelmed, here is a helpful suggestion for next year: volunteer to work at the annual Turkey Day at First United Methodist Church when it rolls around in early November. Besides being one of the premier social events in Portales, an unspoken side benefit of […]

Empty stockings to get filled

For many families in eastern New Mexico, times are tough. It's never more true than during the Christmas season, when there is pressure to not only make a living but a Dec. 25 worth remembering. On Friday, Clovis Media Inc. launches its Empty Stocking program, in partnership with The Salvation Army, to help some of […]

Letters to the Editor – Nov. 21

Conservatives lost election, not minds A comment on David Kilby's letter last week regarding climate change: Kilby sorely misrepresented the issue at hand. The guy probably still sports a Gore-Lieberman bumper sticker on his electric car. The controversy over climate change isn't whether or not it exists, but rather the ridiculous, arrogant claim that it […]

Christmas gift list pretty simple

I have plenty to be thankful this season. But so do you, dear readers. Yes, both of you. You don't have to read one of those "things Kevin is thankful" columns. Instead, I give you a gift by avoiding that easy holiday pitfall of columnists … and instead go right into the next holiday pitfall. […]

Military pay cap budget option

The Congressional Budget Office has released a report on military compensation that puts a red laser dot on nearterm pay raises, beneficiary healthcare fees and retirement of future forces as potential cost-saving targets Congress might want to consider in any debt-reduction deal. Thanks in part to what CBO says were pay raises that exceeded private […]

Viewpoint: Budget fixes will not be without pain

The top executives of more than 80 U.S. corporations signed on to a letter calling for a bipartisan solution to the federal government's fiscal problems by looking at the revenue and the spending sides of the ledger. The letter says, "Policy makers should acknowledge that our growing debt is a serious threat to the economic […]

Stores closing on Thanksgiving holiday

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Thursday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday: American Heritage Bank (closed 1 p.m. Wednesday) First Financial Credit Union City of Portales offices Elida Municipal Schools (closed Wednesday) Eastern New Mexico University (closed Wednesday) Floyd Municipal Schools (closed Wednesday) J.P. Stone Community Bank (closed […]

Meetings Watch – Nov. 21

City council At a Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in city hall, councilors: Approved ratification of finance department's actions regarding bills for October 2012. Approved a resolution for mid-year budget adjustments. Approved city manager Tom Howell finding a candidate to be the city's lobbyist and draw up a contract and present it to city councilors […]

Not too early for Christmas list

I have plenty to be thankful this season. But so do you, dear readers. Yes, both of you. You don't have to read one of those "things Kevin is thankful" columns. Instead, I give you a gift by avoiding that easy holiday pitfall of columnists … and instead go right into the next holiday pitfall. […]

Police Blotter – Nov. 21

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Sunday 12:19 a.m.: Caller reported a loud party, 700 block Pine Road. 4:31 a.m.: Caller reported a subject with difficulty breathing, 1900 block South Avenue I. 6:30 a.m.: Caller reported a female subject behind the ER engaging in suspicious activity, hospital on U.S. 70. 8:37 a.m.: Caller reported […]

Events Calendar – Nov. 21

Today Wii Wednesday: Just Dance 3 — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Afterschool program for youth 13 to 18 years old. Information: 356-3940. Alzheimer's "Savvy Caregiver Program" — 10 a.m.-noon, Los Abuelitos Senior Center. Ends Dec. 12. Information: 505-506-3114. Thursday Portales Community Thanksgiving dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Memorial Building. Deliveries from 10:30 a.m. to […]

My Turn – What I’m thankful for…

Here's my list. It's not a wish list, it's not my hit list, it's what I'm thankful for. I know it's cliché, but we shouldn't wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful. These are things I appreciate every day I wake up. Personally I'm thankful for: My family, good friends and that both of my grandmothers […]

Tamales trump turkeys

Tamales are as much a Thanksgiving staple as turkeys for some families. After being interviewed for the story, Eastern New Mexico University senior Bobbi Touchin of Laguna Pueblo picked up her phone and began texting her mother Monday afternoon in a meeting room in the Campus Union Building. "Now I want some tamales when I […]

Portales auto burglaries spike

Motor vehicle burglaries have more than doubled in the last month, according to Portales Police Department personnel. Portales Police Chief Doug Jones and Lt. Pat Gallegos said there have been 33 auto burglaries in Portales since October, which is one third of the 104 burglaries for the whole year so far. "No arrests have been […]

Hounds whip Mustangs in exhibition

Quick starts haven't been in the cards so far for the Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball team. Junior Rafael Love helped take care of that Monday night. Love, a 6-foot-4 guard from Woodland Hills, Calif., scored 11 of the Greyhounds' first 17 points, helping key an early 12-0 run that sent ENMU to a […]

Dora School News – Nov. 20

Thanksgiving break Students will be released early today, with buses running at 12:35 p.m. Lunch will be served to all grades. High school will be on a seven-period, abbreviated class time schedule. School will resume on Monday. We wish all students and families a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. Book fair Librarian Patsy Ward has […]

Portales High School News – Nov. 20

PHS closed for holiday Portales Schools will be closed Wednesday through Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. Classes will resume on Monday. ACT exam scheduled Junior and senior students interested in attending a four-year university must take a college entrance exam, either the ACT or the SAT. The next ACT will be given on Feb. 9. […]

Police Blotter – Nov. 20

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 2:26 p.m.: Caller reported possibly seeing a stolen vehicle, N.M. 467. 3:57 p.m.: Caller reported two pit bulls at large, no address listed. 4:26 p.m.: Caller reported a neighbor issue, 200 block West Maple. 5:13 p.m.: Fire investigation requested, 1600 block East Brazos Street. 6:09 p.m.: Officer […]

My Turn – Computers make for an interesting holiday

Remember all those years ago when home computers were a newfangled idea? I wondered what the average person would do with a computer in their home. I could never have begun to imagine a computer-filled Thanksgiving Day. I absolutely marvel at last year's scene. While frying turkeys and peeling sweet potatoes, I was back and […]

Auction assists in funding of Portales High School prom

Hands shot in the air Monday night in the Portales High School cafeteria as local residents made bids on a ceiling fan. Local auctioneer Clint Walker raised the price of the item once again, jumping from $140 to $150. "Going once, going twice, sold for $150," he yelled across the room. The ceiling fan was […]