The world is waiting for you

We have a brand New Year before us. 2013 comes just waiting to be lived. Living it with hope and promise makes it all the more exciting. Let me encourage you to "happen to life" this year. Refuse to let "life happen to you." Maybe last year was painful with hard places. I am reminded […]

Police Blotter – Dec. 28

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 10:42 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance for an ill female, 1100 block Leo Drive. 11:13 a.m.: Caller reported someone had stolen his stuff from his property, 300 block North Avenue B. 11:18 a.m.: Caller reported someone had stolen locks off storage units, 700 block North Avenue B. […]

Events Calendar – Dec. 28

Today Zamora Team Roping — 6 p.m., Curry County Events Center. Open. Information: 505-469-4388. Saturday Zamora Team Roping — 9:30 a.m., Curry County Events Center. Information: 505-469-4388. Blood Drive — 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Wal-Mart. Donated blood will help patients at local hospitals. Information: Visit or call 1-800-333-6920. Saturday night dance — 7 p.m., Portales […]

My Turn – No fun like game night

It may be sad or it may be just funny that as an adult person, the highlight of my week was playing Hungry Hungry Hippos and doing word search puzzles with a 6-year-old. The one day I had off this week for the holidays was a good one, because it included making some great shopping […]

Crews work together to fix storm-whitened winter roads

Before most drivers take a deep breath and steer their vehicles onto storm-whitened winter roads for the morning commute, a small army of public employees have been there first, usually, to make the roads as passable as possible. These are the state, county and city road crews who rush into the storm to spread salt, […]

Lady Rams advance to tourney finals

ROSWELL — Style points weren't in abundance, but the Portales Lady Rams did enough right to advance to Friday's finals of the Roswell Goddard Holiday Classic. Freshman Kambrey Blakey scored six of her team-high 13 points in a decisive 12-4 domination of the third quarter and the Lady Rams went on to a 34-27 victory […]

Fiscal cliff no-win situation for Republicans Fiscal cliff no-win situation

MONA CHAREN compared Santa Claus to Democrats and Republicans to God in a recent column. Here's a snippet: Who wants a fantastic job? Unemployment is high, so there ought to be many candidates. The job is leader of the Republican Party. As leader, you will be the spokesman for a philosophy of smaller government, more […]

Euphemisms don’t change ethics

Following libertarian principles is inseparable from being a decent human being. Even kindergartners are taught the libertarian principles: Don't start a fight by throwing the first punch and don't take other people's stuff. It really is that simple. It's only as kids get older that most adults start trying to make children accept exceptions to […]

Homeowners insurance rates need curbing

If the Texas Legislature needed more motivation to finally act on excessively high homeowners insurance rates, it came this month. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners reported the Lone Star State has the highest average annual cost for this vital consumer protection. The average for the most commonly sold policy in Texas in 2010 was […]

Forecast: Expect dry and warm, again

Warmer and drier — again. That's the forecast for eastern New Mexico's winter of 2012-2013, courtesy of the National Weather Service's Albuquerque office. "On average," said Tim Shy, senior forecaster for the NWS, "it will be a little warmer and a little drier than normal. That means there will be more days that are warmer […]