Boswell: Nobody rocks it like Betty does

I had a good chuckle this week while checking the commentary on stories on our website. One of the only comments I’ve ever had on my column was basically, “your column is good, but Betty Williamson’s is better.” When I returned to the Portales News-Tribune as managing editor in January 2015 after a five-month absence, […]

Williamson: Elida story told in epic style

I have a couple of bookshelves in my house devoted to local and regional history books, but the one book that never needs dusting (and believe me, almost everything in my house could use a good dusting) is a hefty volume with a striking purple cover and “ELIDA” embossed in silver on the spine. The […]

Rodriguez: Saints live up to their names

I was sitting on the couch with Mom when the late night breaking news of Princess Diana’s death broke in 1997. This past weekend, Mom and I watched round-the-clock coverage of another iconic death, that of Juan Gabriel. And we also watched the canonization of the iconic Mother Teresa. Mom and I have shared many […]

Brandon: Let God be the strength of your heart

With my son John Scott’s heart issues, I have been thinking about “hearts” much of the time these last few weeks. The Bible has hundreds of scriptures in regard to “hearts.” But I like especially Psalm 73:26: “ My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my […]

Brown: Farmers measure every drop of rain

Hallelujah, it’s raining water. You might notice a slight uptick in the mouth-corners of your favorite farmer or rancher. There is only one thing pretty much guaranteed to have that effect and it’s moisture falling from the sky. But don’t fear, while they may be moving a little faster and more likely to tell a […]

Stevens: Officer’s mom: ‘He is cut out to do this’

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Donna Harvey poses with her son, Chris Caron, after his graduation from the police academy in 2014.

The phone call came a little after midnight on Aug. 30. “I can’t even explain how I felt,” Donna Harvey said. “It was just … It was a mom’s worst nightmare.” The voice on the phone — Harvey can’t remember who the man said he was — gave her news she had feared since her […]

Williams: Public miseducated on crime


Some are puzzled by the dishonesty, lack of character and sheer stupidity of many people in the media. But seeing as most of them are college graduates, they don’t bear the full blame. They are taught by dishonest and irresponsible academics. Let’s look at it. “A Clash of Police Policies,” a column written by Thomas […]

McDonald: Small town news also needs telling

For more than three years now, I’ve been collecting news out of small towns around New Mexico. I launched the Community News Exchange, or CNEx, as a news-sharing service in May 2013 and have been reading many of New Mexico’s smallest newspapers (either online or in hardcopies mailed to me) ever since. It’s a weekend-intensive […]

Philpott: Uncertainty still surrounds veteran legislation

Two no-cost initiatives to honor the service of Reserve and National Guard members are edging forward in Congress, though final passage this year is still far from certain. The more familiar of the two bills would bestow honorary “veteran” status on up to 200,000 Reserve and National Guard retirees who can’t now be called military […]

Boswell: About to say the hardest goodbye

I know I’ve done it before — devoted my column to my grieving over great staff members and coworkers leaving me for new chapters in their lives. It’s never so much self-pitying as it is a need to pay them tribute or let everyone know how awesome they truly are, because they are good people […]

Stevens: Don McAlavy had a passion for our past

Don McAlavy was known for many talents. Some knew him best as a historian, others as an artist, and still others as an actor. I knew him as a journalist. McAlavy, 84, died in January after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. Memorial services are at 2 p.m. today at Muffley Funeral Home in Clovis. […]

Constantopoulos: Carbon capture may be closer than we think

The question that keeps surfacing in discussions of global warming is: What if it became economically feasible to burn coal, oil and natural gas for electricity production without loading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide emissions? Wouldn’t that be great for New Mexico and other energy-producing states? That kind of inquiry can begin by recognizing that […]

Philpott: ‘BAH reform’ would end windfalls of rent sharing

The Senate Armed Services Committee, as part of a more aggressive campaign to hold down military compensation costs, is calling for “substantial reform” of the $21 billion Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) program. One of its proposals would end what the committee perceives as windfall BAH payments made to service members who opt to reside […]

Hansen: Great hope turned stalemate

I was born about four years after the bombing of Hiroshima marked the start of the nuclear age. The bombing was a ghastly horror, shocking even the flight crew that dropped the weapon, but it shortened the war. Like most people, I have spent my life in its shadow as we commemorate its 70th anniversary. […]

McDonald: Technology takeover a struggle

Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages. But when it comes to the modern world, the young’ns have a leg up on us. That occurred to me not so long ago when I had some questions about my cell phone account, and I didn’t want to sit […]

Sloan: Two days in a life — trials, blessings

I am writing this from a motel room in Fort Worth, waiting for a consultation tomorrow (last Wednesday) with a surgeon who performed my fourth deviated septum surgery in 2012. He grafted part of a rib to rebuild my septum. It was the only one of my procedures that actually improved my breathing and lessened […]

Memories: Magic and flying

They met in 1968, singing in a church choir in Big Spring, Texas. Portales native Gail Cantrell was teaching school there. Air Force Capt. Alan Trent was stationed at the city’s Webb Air Force Base. They dated, they planned to marry, and he went to Vietnam in December 1969. He never came home. Military officials […]

Wilson: Exposure doesn’t pay bills

Some time ago, I and a fellow photographer were at an event where a gentleman presented a business card and said he had a solid Internet presence, and it would be great exposure for me if I sent photos of the event to him. I made some banter but held my tongue and promised nothing. […]

Boswell: Stress a real killer

Stress — it’s a killer. No, seriously. In reference to job stress, I have heard people joke about “having to talk you off the ledge.” I recently joked with a friend by saying, “But what if life shoved you off the ledge and now you’re hanging by your hands, but you don’t know how much […]

Sloan: Two days in a life — trials, blessings

I am writing this from a motel room in Fort Worth, waiting for a consultation tomorrow (last Wednesday) with a surgeon who performed my fourth deviated septum surgery in 2012. He grafted part of a rib to rebuild my septum. It was the only one of my procedures that actually improved my breathing and lessened […]