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 […]

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. […]