Officials appeased by Los Abuelitos explanations

Roosevelt County seniors and officials left the county courthouse on good terms Tuesday afternoon after rough beginnings in a public forum. The topic of discussion in the afternoon meeting was the new Los Abuelitos Senior Center building on West Fir Street, which was built using $734,000 in Community Development Block Grant and county money. The [...]

State judge dismisses one of three lawsuits against Ute pipeline project

A state judge on Monday granted a motion to dismiss litigation the Village of Logan filed in an attempt to halt construction on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also known as the Ute Water Project. The litigation, heard by Judge Sarah Singleton of the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe, is one of [...]

Empty stocking fund – Dec. 5

Today's focus: Family P Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: This family needs help for Christmas because the mother is going to school to be a certfied nursing assistant and working. This is a single-parent family and with school and working there is not a lot of money left over at the end of [...]

Same-sex spouses still lack benefits

With repeal last year of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law, many military people, including senior leaders, assumed that married gay and lesbian couples had gained not only job security but also equality in allowances, benefits and access to family support programs. That assumption is wrong. Since the law took effect 14 months ago, the [...]

Idle time for the shredder

I took a few days off last week, and to quote "Office Space" protagonist Peter Gibbons, "I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything I thought it could be." OK, so it was a little bit more, as I discovered that giving me idle time is a terrible idea. With no major renovation project to [...]

My Turn – Milk every outing that isn’t work

Why do we have to experience pain before we learn the lesson? Why can't we just hear the saying from our parents and take the hint? Sure sayings have their wit but they're played out when you speak them and then you become an adult and you realize they've never been more factual. The whole, [...]

Plant closure isn’t peanuts to Portales

Two months is a long time to watch millions of pounds of a crop sit in barns, to be out of a job in a tough economy, to have a business shuttered with no clue as to when it can re-open. But that's the position the federal government has put Portales farmers and workers in [...]

Empty stocking fund – Dec. 4

Today's focus: Family R Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: The husband was without a job for three months, during which time the family got behind on bills. The family has been able to catch up on bills, but has little money for presents. Clothing needs: Boys size 6, shoe size 3; girls size [...]

Police Blotter – Dec. 4

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 4:01 p.m.: Caller requested an officer for a standby, 1500 block Arizona Drive. 4:08 p.m.: Caller requested a canine be picked up, 600 block South Avenue A. 4:17 p.m.: Caller requested a standby, 1000 block North Avenue A. 8:52 p.m.: Caller reported a domestic disturbance in the [...]

Events Calendar – Dec. 4

Today Bubble Wrap Art — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. For children kindergarten to sixth grade. Information: 356-3940. Teen writer's group — 5 p.m., Portales Public Library. For youth 13 to 18 years old who are interested in writing. Information: 356-3940. ENM Children's Choir concert — 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Buchanan Hall in the ENMU Music [...]