Laws do no determine right and wrong

Should "wrong" be illegal? Telling lies is generally acknowledged to be wrong, so should it be illegal to tell your wife she doesn't look fat in that dress when she does? Should it be illegal to tell kids Santa Claus visits them? When you criminalize everything you make it all subject to ridicule and increase […]

Upfront efforts key to reducing wildfire risks

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the old saying goes. Of course, folk wisdom doesn't always hold up when examined rigorously. When it comes to reducing damage from wildfires, however, it appears that prevention really does matter. A report — "Lessons Learned from Waldo Canyon" — prepared after the devastating […]

Let’s reach the finish line

"Thud!" There it goes again. What is that noise I keep hearing? Imagine my surprise to see a bird hitting our window pane. I watched in utter amazement. Every few seconds that same little bird hit the same pane, batting his little bird brain with what I imagined a big "ouch!" You surely are a […]

The milk snake: A reptilian jewel in our area

Roosevelt, Curry, and other eastern New Mexico counties are endowed with one of the most beautiful snakes in the Southwest. That is the milk snake, which would certainly appreciate a more appropriate name. The title of this snake comes from a legend of course, and it originated years ago from dairy farmers who stated that […]

Setting it Straight – April 5

An article in Thursday's edition about a play did not include all the times for the performances. The Brickstreet Players' "Arsenic and Old Lace" performance is at 7 p.m. April 12-13 and 2 p.m. April 14 at the Lyceum Theatre in Clovis. The Portales News-Tribune endeavors to accurately report local news events. Errors of fact […]

Events Calendar – April 5

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Spring dance — 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Admission is $5 per person. Open to grades k-8. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Just For Women — 8 a.m.-noon, ENMU Greyhound Arena. Tickets are $15. Information: 219-1893. Dancing With Our Stars — 6 p.m., […]

My Turn – Egg hunts not the same without me

I guess I must have built a reputation over the years with my family, because I logged onto my Facebook account the week after Easter to find posts and comments about how Easter egg hunts aren't the same without Alisa. Glad to know my childish enthusiasm on holidays is being missed, especially since I miss […]

Portales resident critically burned in house fire

Pauline Johnson of Portales asked the community for prayers Thursday night while her daughter-in-law was being treated at a Lubbock hospital for burns suffered in a house fire earlier that day. Sharon Johnson, 63, who is wheelchair bound, had to be rescued by firefighters after her home on North Avenue B caught fire Thursday morning. […]

Another explosive device in eastern New Mexico

SANTA ROSA — New Mexico State Police are investigating after an explosive device was found at a famous diving spot in eastern New Mexico. Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the state police bomb squad was called out to the Blue Hole on Thursday after a visitor noticed a suspicious device in the fresh-water spring. The park […]

Police Blotter – April 5

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 11:59 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 800 block of West 14th Street. 12:22 p.m.: Caller reported a motor vehicle accident, 200 block of North Chicago. 12:55 p.m.: Caller reported a possible suicidal subject, 100 block of Mesilla Park. 1:30 p.m.: Caller requested a […]