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 […]

Couple sentenced for robbery

Staff report An Albuquerque couple received prison terms this week for armed robbery and drug dealing as part of plea agreements. Royal D. Jones, 33, and Angel Heard, 24, were sentenced in separate hearings before District Judge Stephen Quinn, according to a press release issued Friday by District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Jones was sentenced Friday […]

City of Portales trying to find flooding fix

Courtesy photo: Bob Townsend
Hayes Street in Portales remained flooded two days after Monday’s storm. The city’s Planning Department is trying to assess why the flooding has become severe in the past few years.

y Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Residents of one Portales neighborhood call flooding on their street a nuisance, others aren’t complaining much. The city’s Planning Department, however, is trying to figure out what’s causing the lack of drainage. Residents of Hayes Street say the water from a heavy downpour, such as Monday’s storm, which produced more than […]

Fiesta helps bring former member back to church

Staff photo: Vanessa Kahin
Erik Galvan shares his tamale dinner with his son, Thomas, 3, during the Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta kickoff dinner and talent show Friday evening in Clovis.

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com The 2014 Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta, which kicked off Friday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, marked a return home after a 20-year hiatus for one Clovis family. It was that long ago when musician and active member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe church Toni Martinez died. Following […]

LSC co-title in football highlights ENMU’s year

File photo: Josh Lucero
ENMU’s Kevin Reaves dodges a tackle from Midwestern State’s Greg Saladino on a fourth-quarter punt return during the Greyhounds’ 40-21 win over the Mustangs on Nov. 9 at Greyhound Stadium.

Highlighted by a co-championship in Lone Star Conference football, Eastern New Mexico University’s men’s teams posted winning records in four sports during the 2013-14 school year. In addition to football, the Greyhounds also posted winning records in soccer, basketball and baseball. The Zias, meantime, weren’t as fortunate. ENMU women’s teams had sub.-500 marks in basketball, […]

Clovis set to make coaching changes

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Clovis High will have new head coaches in baseball and softball next spring. Athletic director Dale Fullerton said Friday that baseball coach Shane Leatherwood will not be retained for a third season, while adding that softball coach Brandi Thomas has resigned after 10 seasons at the helm and 15 […]

Commentary: Preventing, managing allergies

By Capt. Jennifer May 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron “Ah-Ah-Ah-choo!” This is possibly the sound of your morning sneezing attacks. Watery and itchy eyes, a nose that is dripping like a leaky faucet and so much congestion. Suffering from these symptoms at certain times of the year or with weather changes is symptomatic of […]

Air Commando highlight: Resilient resource advisor

Editor’s note: This feature is the eighth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp and Hard Charger Award winners. By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs For the majority of the post-adolescent world, a couple months is a relatively short period […]

Commentary: The art of storytelling: Public Affairs specialists

By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Photography has been my first love ever since I was 15 years old and got my hands on my father’s manual SLR camera. Many years later, I still find myself fascinated and consumed by the world of “writing with light,” telling an entire story […]

Guest column: Camping trip reminder of how good we have it

Cassandra, our two dogs and I drove six hours northwest from Clovis to camp near Lake Isabel in Colorado. We were excited to smell the quaking Aspen and blue spruce trees. The dogs were eager to mark these trees and increase their real estate holdings. Cassandra assumed the temperature would be comfortable in late spring.  […]

What's happening — May 30

Today Cosmic Family Fun Night 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Love Actually 7 p.m., Base Theater Saturday Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 3 p.m., Base Theater Family Bowl-a-rama 5 p.m., Cannon Lanes Endless Love 7 p.m., Base Theater SAPI All-Nighter 9 p.m., Community Center Sunday Book Over To Bowling Visit Cannon Library or Cannon Lanes for […]