Lady Rams beat Los Alamos in tourney opener

ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams advanced to the semifinals of an eight-team holiday tournament being hosted by Roswell Goddard on Thursday with a 57-52 victory over Los Alamos. The Lady Rams (8-3) will face either Goddard or Santa Fe Capital in a 3 p.m. semimfinal matchup today. "It was kind of a game of […]

Police Blotter – Dec. 27

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Sunday 12:15 a.m.: Call in reference to shoplifting, 1600 block of East Spruce. 12:20 a.m.: Caller requested ambulance assistance, 1100 block of Libra Drive. 1:15 a.m.: Caller requested officer assistance, 1300 block of South Avenue C. 2:01 a.m.: Caller reported suspicious subject knocking on doors, 900 block of […]

Events Calendar – Dec. 27

Today Potluck — noon, Portales Senior Center. $4 per person or bring a side dish. Information: 356-8741. Saturday Blood Drive — 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Wal-Mart. Information: Visit or call 1-800-333-6920. Saturday night dance — 7 p.m., Portales Senior Center. $4 per person. Bring a potluck dish. Information: 356-8741. Ongoing "Create" — CCC Juried Art […]

My Turn – My nomination for best gift

Here's my nomination for best gift this holiday season. Joe and Carol Fletcher (he teaches history and art at Dora High School, and she's a budget analyst at ENMU) hosted 16 members of Dora School's chapter of the Business Professionals of America for an "etiquette dinner" in their home a few days before Christmas. Carol, […]

Lujan left mark on New Mexico

Few New Mexico legislators have left a more significant legacy of service than the late New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan, who died last week after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 77. Lujan was elected to the Santa Fe County Commission in 1970 and to the state House of Representatives in 1974. […]

TRICARE co-pay hikes coming

House-Senate conferees have agreed to the more modest House-passed plan for raising drug co-payments on military family members and retirees who fill prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets or through mail order. The fee increases are scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, TRICARE officials said as the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, with many other provisions […]

Police blotter: Dec. 25, 2012

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 4:31 p.m.: Caller reported an auto burglary, 1700 block of South Globe. 5:02 p.m.: Caller requested a close patrol until Saturday, 1400 block of South Avenue J. 5:05 p.m.: Caller reported fraud, 500 block of West 18th Street. 5:10 p.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, State Road 267, […]

No more snow expected for week

Clovis and Portales residents woke to a white Christmas Tuesday morning as the area was sprinkled in less than one inch of snow overnight. Snowfall at the Clovis Municipal Airport began around 2 a.m. Tuesday and stopped around 7 a.m., according to Mark Fettig, a general forecaster at the National Weather Service, Albuquerque. There were […]

Past Christmas looks better in hindsight

There's nothing like a Christmas Day NBA broadcast to make me feel a little reminiscent, even as I cringe at the "back in time" ads: I really hope if Blake Griffin finds a time machine, he doesn't waste the opportunity by going back to pitch a car that doesn't exist yet to a Blake Griffin […]

Impact of deadly accident 40 years ago still lingers

Gary Collins, 17, carried the lifeless body of his 14-year-old sister off the bus and placed her on the side of the road. "I'm so sorry I can't help you," he was heard whispering. "But there are others who need help now." He turned towards the bus once again to see how he could help. […]