In search of ponies: Doomsday prophecies laden with animals

If you're reading this, it's safe to say it didn't happen. And it's OK to admit you smiled a little when you woke up this morning — be it a sarcastic smirk because you never believed, or a happy smile because humanity survived. Yep, the delivery of the paper this morning, or the fact that […]

Deal reached to reopen NM peanut butter plant

ALBUQUERQUE — A troubled New Mexico peanut butter plant that had its licensed yanked after being linked to a widespread salmonella outbreak reached a deal Friday to resume some operations the day after Christmas under the watchful eye of federal regulators. A consent decree filed in federal court says Sunland Inc., the nation's largest organic […]

Letters to the editor: Clean energy key to our future

The Dec. 11 newspaper had an informative article about lawmakers pushing for an extension to wind energy tax credits. Our two senators and one representative, Ben Lujan, are for the extension. Ken Starcher, associate director at Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M, explained the importance of the tax credit to speed up the development […]

Self defense prevents massacres

Mass murders. Who commits them? Where do they happen? How can they be prevented? How can they be stopped when prevention fails? These seem to be the only reasonable questions to ask in the wake of Sandy Hook. Who commits them? People who have mental problems, which have often been treated with medication. That includes […]

Editorial: Education best way to curb teen birth rates

On paper, New Mexico has a serious teen pregnancy problem. The state has the second-highest teen birthrate in the nation, at 53 per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19. (The national average is 34.2.) And on paper, reducing that birthrate involves clear steps: Male involvement, comprehensive sex education, confidential clinic services, service learning programs and […]

Buffs, Broncos split in Floyd

FLOYD — Tabitha Ornelas scored 21 points to lead three in double figures, as Floyd took over in the second half for a 65-43 victory over Melrose. Floyd (8-2), which also got 14 from Tessa Null and 12 from Jasmine Gomez, turned a 29-28 halftime lead into a double-figure advantage with a 15-6 third quarter […]

Volunteers trade bibles for experiences

WT Whitecotton's volunteerism at the Bee Hive Homes of Portales allows him to trade Bible scripture lessons to senior citizens for knowledge on life. Whitecotton, a junior at Floyd High School and resident of Portales, has participated in the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ youth group since age 12. The group allows him and […]

Clovis gun sales jump in response to school shooting

Gun shop sales have increased sharply in the Clovis area in response to events surrounding the Newtown, Conn., school shooting tragedy, local gun shop owners say. Just this week, owners said, sales of firearms and ammunition have soared. While some of the increase is due to the Christmas season, most of the jump in sales […]

Police Blotter – Dec. 21

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 11:49 a.m.: Caller reported a tree was blown on to the road, 500 block of West Fifth Street. 11:50 a.m.: Caller requested animal control to check a dog, 400 block of West Sixth Street. 12:28 p.m.: Caller reported a bike trailer is blocking […]

Empty stocking funds – Dec. 21

Today's focus: Family R2 Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: The husband has recently lost his job. The family has had a hard time making ends meet. He is looking for another job and hopes to get one soon. Clothing needs: Boys size 8, shoe size 2; girls size 6, shoe size 12. Toys […]

Events Calendar – Dec. 21

Saturday Kids Auction — 10:30 a.m., Lighthouse Mission, 407 L. Casillas Blvd, Clovis. Free for children. Lots of toys. Information: 769-7775 Ongoing Artist of the Month — Lois Snyder. Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. "Create" — CCC Juried Art Exhibition through Jan. 4, showcasing the best artwork from CCC and ENMU students. Eula Mae Edwards Museum […]

My Turn – Christmas brings wonders, special music

Christmas is in the air everywhere right now with special editions of "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life" on sale in stores and classic Christmas tunes on the radio every time a car starts. This Christmas is different for me in so many ways as I reflect on who's not coming home for Christmas […]

Local committee can proceed

A local committee created to bridge the relationship between Cannon Air Force Base and surrounding land owners is ready to exercise recommendations from their study. The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Committee is a sub-committee for the Local Growth Management Committee (LGMC) comprised of leaders from Roosevelt and Curry counties. The LGMC approved the JLUS […]

City may get lobbyist

The City of Portales is just a few steps closer to having a lobbyist represent them and the needs of its people. After much discussion, the Portales City Council agreed that hiring a lobbyist for the city will help the voices of their constituents be heard in Santa Fe during legislative sessions as well as […]

New Mexico fishing report: Dec. 20

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed […]

Zias notch first win of season

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In a season where few things has come easy, Eastern New Mexico's first win of the season did. The Zias jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never trailed Wednesday afternoon in a 66-45 victory over Brigham Young University-Hawaii to break a 10-game skid to open the season and salvage a victory […]

Empty stocking fund – Dec. 20

Today's focus: Family P2 Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: This family needs help this year because the two older children have had a lot of surgeries this year. The family has had to travel to Albuquerque for surgeries. This has cut into the budget of this family. Clothing needs: Boys clothes sizes 7, […]

Meetings Watch – RGH District

The Board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District met in regular session Tuesday in the conference room at the hospital. Eva Stevens, chief financial officer, reported gross patient revenue for November was $4.8 million. Operating revenue was $1.86 million, after deductions for insurance underpayments and bad debt. Operating expenses were $1.5 million resulting […]

Local Brief – Eastern NM faces warm weather

Warmer and drier — again. That's the forecast for eastern New Mexico's winter, 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 than usual […]

Police Blotter – Dec. 20

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 1 p.m.: Call in reference to a stray kitten that was attacked by the neighbor's dog, 100 block of Texas Drive. 1:03 p.m.: Caller reported he found something and needs an officer to look at it, 1700 block of South Avenue C. 2:09 […]