Events Calendar – March 28

Today Cesar Chavez Blood Drive — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University's Campus Union Ballroom. Information: 562-2253. Book Discussion — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate will be discussed. Open to ages 9-12. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per […]

My Turn – Helping needs neither praise, nor raise

I haven't met Mary Odegaard in person, but like a lot of other people in eastern New Mexico, I've spoken to her on the telephone and it made my day. Mary, who lives in Clovis, picks up her phone every weekday morning while most of us are having our first cup of coffee. For the […]

Q&A – ‘Tailwhips’ and ‘truck drivers’

Jaron Turnbow says despite his mother's support for his love of bicycle motocross, also known as BMX, she's had her share of panic attacks when it comes to the accidents he's been in. But for somebody who's been riding since 2005, Turnbow said the injuries come with the territory. The 20-year-old Portales resident said he […]

Police Blotter – March 28

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 9:04 a.m.: Caller requested that animal control pick up her dog because she can no longer keep it in her apartment, 300 block of West First. 10:40 a.m.: Caller reported juveniles at a park, Brazos and Elgin. 11:30 a.m.: Caller requested that animal […]

Officer agrees to plead guilty to sex charges

A former Portales police officer could face up to 27 years of jail time after agreeing to plead guilty to more than a dozen charges, including having a sexual relationship with a minor. Victor Castillo, who was 45 at the time of his arrest in August, entered into an agreement March 21 to plead guilty […]

Hounds prep for Green & Silver game

Not surprisingly, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn is feeling a bit more comfortable during spring drills in his first full season than he did last year. Lynn was hired in December 2011 to replace Mark Ribaudo, and spent the first offseason trying to get his program established. The Greyhounds are in the […]

‘Liberal’ media overlooking Obamacare’s benefits

The constant pitch you hear from conservative publications, talk shows and columnists: Obamacare is bad. The reason: There is a well funded and organized group that benefits billions from the status quo. The various "think tanks" were set up for the purpose of promoting their ideology that maintains their flow of wealth and power. Facts […]

Spreading common sense on courts and in the kitchen

Here are three things I was thinking today. They're not really related, except that they all address common sense, or the lack thereof: My office pool is totally wrecked (thanks Lobos), but there's still something else fun to gamble on this week for college basketball. Spot how many times you can see the same lazy […]

Many parts of Iraq war can be considered successes

With the 10th anniversary of "Shock and Awe" — the relentless bombing attack that signaled the beginning of the end of Saddam Hussein's evil regime in Iraq —came the predictable recriminations against the Pentagon, the covert services and, naturally, George W. Bush. "It was not worth it, to put it mildly," observed The Hartford Courant […]

Legislators call corporate tax cut good first step

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com Sen. Stuart Ingle says legislation passed to attract and retain businesses to New Mexico may not fix all of the state's problems but it's a step in the right direction. Ingle, R-Portales, hopes that lowering the corporate tax rate from 7.6 percent to 5.9 percent will help New […]