In search of ponies: Glowing sheep not so baaaa-d

It's long been understood that nature has balance and us humans have come to understand — usually about the time we realize we've destroyed an ecosystem — that here are reasons why things are the way they are. That's not to say improvements can't be made, but for each forced (or man-made) change, it makes […]

Cats unable to get third leg for state golf

ROSWELL — Clovis High's golfers came up short of the third leg needed to qualify for Class 5A state golf. Meantime, the Portales Rams are still without a leg in Class 3A. Both teams will have to win their respective district tournaments on Monday to send their teams to state, although the Wildcats have now […]

Feds revise proposal for lesser prairie chicken

ALBUQUERQUE — Environmentalists are criticizing federal wildlife officials for their plan to revamp proposed protections for a prairie grouse found in several western states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that it will reopen the comment period on the proposal to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. At issue is […]

Two senators appointed to interim legislative committees

Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, have each been appointed as a voting member for three interim state legislative committees. Ingle, whose District 27 includes Portales, Fort Sumner and portions of Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea and Roosevelt counties, was appointed to the Legislative Council, the Mortgage Finance Authority Oversight […]

Police Blotter – May 3

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday Caller reported: 3:55 p.m.: Male is holding a gun to his daughter's head, 1000 block of North Main Street. 4:35 p.m.: Criminal damage, 900 block of South Boulder Avenue. 4:50 p.m.: Possible stolen vehicle requesting an officer, officer called back, Portales area. 4:54 […]

Windscorpions a value to nature

Not long ago I received a telephone call from my college buddy, Guido Zecca, who resides in Gallup. He said, "Hey, Ton, I have something I want you to identify." My comment was, "Send it to me." Guido stated that the creature he mailed causes great fear to Navajo Indians. In fact, they believe the […]

I will never forget you

Editor's note: Joan Clayton's husband, Emmitt, died on Wednesday. She pays tribute with Emmitt's first-person account of his life. "Please take care of my son." I well remember at 4 years old my mother's dying prayer. I guess you could say I grew myself up. Having an alcoholic dad didn't help. Many times an aunt […]

Events Calendar – May 3

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Prehistoric New Mexico Open House — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Blackwater Draw Site. Activities include flintknapping, cooking, fiber working, sandal making, Atlatl throwing and discussions with archaeologists. Information: 763-3435. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. […]

My Turn – Disney still teaching values

If I were a parent, I would probably be strict about the television shows and movies that my children would be allowed to watch. Many of today's generation of parents are relaxed with the entertainment guidelines they set for their children. It impacts a small child when they are already watching rated R movies and […]

Blackwater Draw site host to open house

George Crawford says he expects "children" ages 8 to 80 lining up for atlatl (spear) throwing this weekend at Blackwater Draw just six miles north of Portales. Sure the fun stuff will attract people to Saturday's Prehistoric New Mexico Open House, but Crawford, Eastern New Mexico University's Blackwater Draw Site director and archaeologist, said the […]