On the shelves — June 1

Clovis-Carver Public Library Sports Illustrated Baseball’s Greatest polls the experts to determine the top 10 in more than 20 categories of players, teams and games, along with stunning photography and classic stories from the archives of Sports Illustrated magazine. A King’s Ransom by Sharon Penman gets inside the hearts and minds of real-life characters in […]

Important military dates converge

By Clyde Davis Religion columnist Convergent dates bring the advent of Memorial Day, celebrated last weekend, together with the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, popularly tagged as D-Day, which occurs on June 6. Needless to say, that is always June 6, but anniversaries celebrating decades seem to have more impact. 2014 is also the 100th […]

From T-shirt to apron featured on show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on cooking with Freekeh and making an apron from a tee-shirt will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Bonnie Matthews is the co-founder of Freekeh Foods, and she is going to demonstrate how Freekeh Paella is an excellent dish for any dinner […]

Senior happenings — June 1

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8-ball pool; Exercise equipment; Jewelry pals, 10 a.m.; Line dance, 1 p.m.; Beginning line dance, 2 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m. Tuesday: The Walkie Talkies; Quilting,8 a.m.; Exercise equipment, 8 a.m.; Pinochle, 1 p.m.; 8-ball pool; Musical, 6 p.m. Wednesday: 8-ball pool, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; […]

Start of summer prime time for winter shopping

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style The kids are on summer break and although we’ve all declared it summer, the solstice doesn’t actually begin until June 21. This past week, when I had to pull out a couple of short sets for the kids, is when it occurred to me that it’s time to get that […]

Drought affects more than Earth

By Karl Terry Local columnist This week’s column is supercharged. That’s right. I’m composing it on a computer that was struck by lightning. Sparks are flying from my fingertips as I write and jagged adjectives are flying across the screen like vivid thunderbolts. I don’t like thunder and lightning. My wife hates it and has […]

Natural to protect, serve

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols grilled hot dogs and smoked pulled pork to show appreciation for his employees and their family in recognition of Emergency Medical Services Week in Portales. Nuckols said it’s an annual tradition.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Considered by some as the heroes of the community, the emergency medical technicians and firefighters of the Portales Fire Department say the desire to protect and serve is in their nature. For all they do, each year they are honored by the city and their own leader Portales Fire […]

June 3 sample ballot

Primary election June 3 Roosevelt County Republican Party U.S. Senator • Allen E. Weh • David Kale Clements U.S. Representative District 2 • Steve Pearce District 3 • Jefferson L. Byrd Governor • Susana Martinez Lieutenant Governor • John A. Sanchez Secretary of State • Dianna J. Duran State Auditor • Robert J. Aragon State […]

Stanfield song still touching hearts

David Stevens: Staff photo
Clovis native Jana Stanfield said "If I Had Only Known" was inspired by an aunt and her grandparents.

By David Stevens Editor “If I had only known “It was my last night by your side “I’d pray a miracle would stop the dawn.” — from “If I Had Only Known,” by Jana Stanfield and Craig Morris Some associate the song with Reba McEntire’s band members killed in a 1991 plane crash near San […]

Police blotter — June 1

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 12:23 a.m.: Vehicle theft in progress, 700 block of Sycamore Street. • 1:02 a.m.: Burglary report, 300 block of Gayland Drive. • 1:40 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, Highway 84. • 2:59 a.m.: Remove violent subject, 900 block of Edwards Street. • 6:07 […]

Heroes often battle giants

By Baxter Black On the edge of common sense Man against beast is a theme in many a story, from days of yore to 21st century wolves ravaging baby calves. It normally takes a hero to slay the dragon or sue the EPA. Heroes are often battling with giants, against all odds; David and Goliath, […]

Events calendar — June 1

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Commission Room. Information: 356-5307. Books N Babies — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. […]

Less government means more opportunity

We won’t tell you how to vote on Tuesday. But here are some suggestions for finding candidates who favor less government control of our lives. • If a wanna-be public servant comes to your door and asks for your vote, ask what kind of public service they do now. If the answer is meals-on-wheels or youth […]

In good company if I die on Plains

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist For my final nap, I intend on returning to my east Texas roots. If fate disguised as an irritated reader intervenes and my final breath is on the High Plains, I will be in good company. Since 1982, I have attended funerals of far too many who awed and inspired. […]

Fly, but don’t lose your way home

Tom McDonald

By Tom McDonald State columnist About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye. The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least for small towns, is figurative. As the urbanization of America continues, fewer of these young […]

PHS assistant Parker ready to call it a career

Portales High assistant softball coach Scott Parker high-fives senior Francis Armijo after a single during a game this spring at Wheeler Park. Parker is retiring after spending 34 years as a coach and instructo at Texico High, Eastern New Mexico University an PHS.

By Kevin Wilson Staff Writer kwilson@cnjonline.com “Who’s up?” Scott Parker would ask to start every inning for Portales. Lady Rams softball players would respond with that inning’s leadoff hitter. “Then who?” The players would respond with the second hitter. The process would repeat for the third hitter of the inning. “Sounds like a winner,” Parker […]

Long love affair

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Aircraft mechanic and inventor Robert Love explains the work that he is doing on a 1947 Stinson airplane at the Portales Municipal Airport. Love will be putting in the engine and the interior of plane.

After living 80 years, local aircraft mechanic and church deacon Robert Love hasn’t stopped doing what he loves. The former Air Force mechanic and inventor owns and operates an aircraft maintenance company called Love Aero Service, which he established in 1963 after moving to the area with his wife Lu. Love has made a lasting […]

Some things just not a good idea

By Grant McGee Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were getting rid of stuff from our shed; including a pair of stilts. I pondered giving them a try. I thought better of it. I could see myself falling and breaking a leg or an arm. Then I remembered another older guy who […]

Phil Vassar chosen for Clovis Music Festival

Staff report American country music artist Phil Vassar and The Kentucky HeadHunters will highlight this year’s Clovis Musical Festival in September, according to a Clovis Chamber of Commerce press release. Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child” and topped the charts with […]

Summer feeding tips for the birds

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist If there were a season they could call theirs, it would be this one. No doubt, the birds are having all the fun this time of year, their antics and activities easy to spot almost anywhere one looks. Though easy to ignore if tuned out, they are everywhere — from […]