Firework fund short of goal

Staff report Portales will once again have a professional fireworks display on the evening of July 4, but according to a Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce press release, the fireworks fund is still short of its goal. The Chamber has contracted with J&M Displays for the show, which will start at 9 p.m. Friday and […]

Police blotter — July 29

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 12:00 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1100 block of West Fir Street. • 12:26 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1600 block of East Spruce Street. • 12:45 a.m.: Follow up request, 1100 block of West Fir Street. • 2:22 a.m.: Welfare check, location unknown. • 2:48 a.m.: […]

Events calendar — June 29

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., Memorial Building. 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. Portales City […]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife sued over chicken listing

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Three conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, claiming the lesser prairie chicken should have been listed as endangered. The lesser prairie chicken was listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in March. The population of the bird has lowered […]

Hankerin’ to go rub an elm tree

Baxter Black

By Baxter Black On the edge of common sense When I was a lad I remember my brother John wouldn’t go anywhere without his “blanky.” My son and daughter each had a stuffed animal, a fuzzy rabbit and a sock monkey named Chango. I think Grandmother Phyllis made them. Looking at the photographs, Fuzzy and […]

Cultural diversity still ‘American’

By Tom McDonald State columnist When I first came to New Mexico nearly 10 years ago, I had never been to a fiesta. Since then, I’ve been to more than I can count. I wish I could say it’s because I wanted to embrace the culture I had moved into, but really it was because […]

Green Tea Party for bare essentials

Wendel Sloan

Wendel Sloan Local columnist If I decide to run against David Lansford and Sharon King for combined mayor of Clovis/Portales again, it will be on the resurrected Green Tea Party (GTP) ticket. Our views do not strictly fit Republican or Democratic platforms, and the Tea, Libertarian and Communist parties are impractical. The Parrothead Party would […]

State should note Wisconsin youthful offender study

In 1995, the Wisconsin Legislature established a program to study and, ideally, cut recidivism among the toughest of its youthful offenders — those who had committed homicide. Of the group of 200 that was given a year of specially designed therapeutic exercises and games, as well as designated ways to consider the consequences of their […]

Remembering a sleuth and a storyteller

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Last week’s passing of eastern New Mexico historian Lynn Moncus brings to mind one of our region’s more notorious homicide investigations. The “matchbook murder” case began in the fall of 1951, when authorities claimed an Army deserter from Brooklyn, New York, killed an Ohio steel worker, shooting him five times in […]

One down, 202 to go

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Cleats and Cleavage starter Mirna Valdez cheers on teammates as they run for home plate during Cleats and Cleavage’s game against the Scorpions Friday night at Guy Leeder Softball Complex

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com There’s no shortage of softball in Clovis, and there’s no shortage of tournaments during the summer at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. But Friday marked the opening of the city and center’s showcase, the Custom Classic. In its 31st year, the tournament annually draws more than 100 slow-pitch teams of all ages […]

Star-gazing parties summer staple at Oasis State Park

Staff photo: Christina Calloway
Oasis State Park Park Tech Advance Valerie Russ pulls out prizes for today’s star gazing party at Oasis. Russ said there will be giveaways for attendees.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Seeing stars without the distraction of city lights is one of the perks of working at Oasis State Park. It’s a joy the staff shares with the community each summer through the star gazing parties they host. For Valerie Russ, a park tech advanced who has been at Oasis for 10 […]

Every Clovis kid has fond memories of old Main Street

By Milburn Moore Guest columnist Editor’s note: Milburn Moore, a 1951 Clovis High School graduate, won’t be here for tonight’s “ Draggin’ Main and Gearhead Gathering,” but he has plenty of memories of downtown Clovis. When we first arrived in Clovis that spring of 1938, I was a very little kid. We came from Dawson […]

We’re not DYIers any more

By Grant McGee Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were amazed to find out we aren’t “DIYers” or “Do It Yourselfers” anymore. Sad to say I think it’s because we don’t like getting dirty. This self-revelation came about when I knocked out the front signal light of our four-door sedan. It was […]

Measure of universe is measure of God’s grace

By Pat Cantwell Religion columnist I realized last March as I viewed the red moon, late at night, that I hadn’t actually seen the stars, really seen them, in years. I had realized, as a girl moving to Clovis from Chicago, that the natural beauty here was not trees or water but the sky. But for a […]

Pets deserve reprieve from Independence Day

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It’s pretty cool that Americans took a stand and declared their independence, laying claim to their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — it’s an understandable reason and definite cause for celebration. A day off work for remembrance, fireworks, barbecues, enjoying the company of other Americans […]

2013 Water Quality Report released

By Public Affairs Staff 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 2013 Water Quality Report from Cannon Air Force Base has been released and is now available on the base website. Under the “Consumer Confidence Reporting Rule” of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, community water systems must issue water quality information to the consuming […]

Commentary: Through struggles, to the stars

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs June’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month celebrations are relatively new to the Department of Defense and to the Air Commandos of Cannon Air Force Base but the history of LGBT service members’ fight to openly serve in the armed forces is […]

Guest column: Put down your electronics and pick up a book

We’ve all seen the picture that goes around Facebook with words intentionally misspelled. The caption says something like, “If yuo cna raed thses wodrs yuo’re smrater tahn fitfy pecrent fo poeple on Eatrh.” These posts go viral because everybody can read it! The only letters that matter are the first and last ones in a […]

What's happening — June 27

Today Friday Social Hour 4:27 p.m., Landing Zone Cosmic Family Night 5 p.m., Cannon Lanes Hawaiian Summer Luau 3:30 p.m., Youth Center Nonstop 7 p.m., Base Theater Saturday Calrsbad Caverns National Park 8 a.m., Outdoor Recreation Nine Ball Billiards Tournament 3 p.m. Community Center The Lego Movie 3 p.m., Base Theater Family Bowl-A-Rama 5 p.m., […]

Air Commando highlight: Hard work, pride and dedication

Editor’s note: This feature is the tenth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp and Hard Charger Award winners. By Senior Airman Xavier Lockley 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Many Airmen have unique stories as to why they joined the Air Force. Some joined […]