In search of ponies: Cicadas biblical in numbers, tasty with almost everything

It isn't every day the yard is covered in snacks. Crunchy on the outside, they have a nutty flavor, similar to peanuts or almonds, according to those who partake. Suspended inside vibrant colored gelatin, they are sure to cause a buzz of conversation at a party. They also make for good pizza toppers, add a […]

Perfect pot pie punctuates end of vacation

Vacation was over. There was one more thing to do. We were in search of the best chicken pot pie ever. And it was sold in the deli of a supermarket somewhere in L.A. (Lower Alabama). The Lady of the House and I had discovered it on our last trip when we stopped at a […]

Zias nearly pull off unlikely split

Had they pulled it off, it would have no doubt qualified as one of the all-time splits in softball history. Eastern New Mexico University was destroyed by Abilene Christian 25-0 in the opener of their Lone Star Conference twin bill on Friday at Zia Softball Field, then scored five times in the bottom of the […]

One Boston suspect dead; city shut down

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose, authorities said Friday as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt […]

In the midst of terror, hope finds Boston

The terror at the finish of this week's Boston Marathon unsettles us all. Once again, the people of the United States feel exposed — an iconic event marred in the worst way, with twin bombs exploded just as the third wave of marathon runners headed toward the finish. Three people dead, some 175 injured, and […]

Do what’s right, not what’s legal

When a law is silly, good people may break it; when a law is wrong, good people have to break it. I wouldn't tell you what to do, beyond telling you that you probably already know the right thing to do. I will tell you that if I see you breaking silly laws without hurting […]

With Jesus we win

If we stop to think about it, we are blessed, even a tiny complaint is most inappropriate. With so many blessings surrounding me, how dare I be thankless. A grateful heart is a loving heart. My happiness is not in fortune, fame, possessions or any other substitute. These temporary things can be taken away in […]

Police Blotter – April 19

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: 10:32 a.m.: A child having a seizure, 500 block of West Fifth. 10:46 a.m.: An animal problem, 1000 block of East Danube. 10:59 a.m.: Someone has been bitten by a dog, U.S. 70. 11:25 a.m.: He has someone to be arrested, […]

Music education student wants to be teacher

Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series on Eastern New Mexico University music students' recitals. Christopher Yee is a junior studying music education at Eastern New Mexico University. Last week he gave his vocal recital at Buchanan Hall, and after he graduates, Yee is thinking about becoming a music teacher. Yee grew […]

Events Calendar – April 19

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Portales — 6 p.m., ENMU Greyhound Arena. Information: 875-825-0170. Saturday Mozart's Requiem — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University's Campus Union Ballroom. The ENMU University Singers and West Texas A&M University singers and orchestra will […]

My Turn – Kids give a reason to be a kid again

Well, I missed the play last weekend due to unforeseen events, but that is OK. My chance to enjoy theater will arrive again one day. Locals will have the chance to enjoy amazing music this weekend with a free performance at the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom Saturday night. The ENMU choir is teaming up […]

Magic of Mozart coming to Portales

The opportunity to hear a 55-piece orchestra, a 175-person choir comprised of students and faculty from two rivalry schools and a classical sound that dates back to the 1700s does not come to Portales often and it's free, says Eastern New Mexico University Associate Professor of Music Jason Paulk. Paulk told ENMU choir members to […]

U.S. 70 finish date November, says contractor

Residents and local business owners were relieved to know that the U.S. 70 reconstruction project is scheduled to be completed by early November, before downtown businesses experience the holiday shopping rush. "We're trying to have the least amount of impact on businesses," said Constructors Inc., Project Manager John Guldemann to residents Thursday night at a […]

Retired judge reaches plea in ‘pay for play’ case

The district attorney for Curry and Roosevelt counties said a plea bargain struck Thursday with a retired judge accused of soliciting bribes was a victory for the state's justice system. Retired 3rd Judicial District Judge Michael Murphy pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misconduct in what became known as the "pay to play" case. He was indicted […]

BNSF official: Too early to pinpoint cause of train derailment

A BNSF Railways official said the cause of Wednesday's derailment near the Pecos River Bridge northwest of Fort Sumner — the second in that area in less than a month — is still under investigation. Although both derailments happened during high-wind conditions, about the latest derailment, BNSF spokesman Joe Faust said, "To assume it was […]

ENMU working under NCAA deadline

Eastern New Mexico University has a deadline of May 1 to file a report with the NCAA over academic irregularities in its athletic department for the 2012-13 school year. Another report, going back to the 2008-09 school year, is due by Aug. 1, ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said. Irregularities uncovered by the school early […]

Walks hurt Zias in routs at West Texas

CANYON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team set a new record for walks issued Wednesday night, and took all of one game to match it. Host West Texas A&M, ranked fifth in NCAA Division II, took complete advantage of 26 total walks in the Lone Star Conference doubleheader, with 15 of those […]

Fishing report – April 19

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 Charette Lakes — Fishing was fair using […]

Legislative Round-up – April 18

At the Regional Post Legislative Round-up, government officials discussed the 51st Legislative session with members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments and the Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce. After officials gave short presentations they answered questions from the audience. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said he was impressed with the senate's ability to let go of […]

Q&A – Animal control supervisor wants to make a difference

Walter Chambers has been working as an animal control supervisor for the Portales Police Department for nine years, since the age of 21. Born and raised in Portales, Chambers' first job was working for Eastern New Mexico University's housing department but decided to switch to animal control because of his love for animals. Chambers was […]