Not all learning comes from books

By Clyde Davis Local columnist Trigger is on my desk. The stuffed bears are in various places in my office, and the Baja blankets are on their shelf. The WWII Naval officer’s chair is tucked behind my desk. The handmade pottery is lined up in its place, or rather its places. The family pictures are […]

Selecting jeans on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on selecting jeans and sustainable living will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. For many women the selection of a pair of jeans is difficult. Wardrobe consultant and author, Nancy Nix-Rice will share some concepts that can guide each […]

Study shows dogs may feel jealousy like people

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It goes without saying that bringing a new critter into the house just might set things on end for a bit. For that matter, bringing a new critter around at all, even if only for a short time, is likely to cause distress and bad behavior. Usurpers, simply put, run […]

Pages past — Aug. 16

On this date … 1970: Fort Sumner opened its Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation state monument. The site honors the Mescalero Apache and Navajo people forced by the U.S. Army to march hundreds of miles to the fort five miles southeast of Fort Sumner in 1863. The monument’s initial cost totaled $40,000, including $25,000 approved by […]

Thanks goes to the receptionist

By Grant McGee Local columnist Stephen Gaskin died a few weeks ago. He was well known in some circles, probably best as co-founder of a big hippie-type commune over in Tennessee. When I think of Gaskin and that commune I think of someone I worked with long ago. I’ll call her Alice. Alice came to […]

Cashing in

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
J’Lea Fuqua of Clovis awaits her chance to auction off her first-place heifer, Lilly, on Friday at livestock auction. It was Fuqua’s second year in a row taking first place and her fourth year showing heifers.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter Lynnae Allen, 17, has spent much of her life raising dairy heifers; but it was her piggy bank that prevailed during the Junior Livestock Sale on Friday evening at the Curry County Events Center. Allen sold her reserve grand champion dairy heifer for $7,250 — the most she’s ever […]

Portales man pleads in murder-for-hire case

Cody Guss

Staff report A Portales man charged in a murder-for-hire plot in March pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Albuquerque, according to an FBI news release. Police say Cody Guss, 37, agreed to pay an undercover officer $5,000 to kill his wife. The handyman and father of three met with an undercover officer of the […]

Off to a good start

By Anna George Staff writer Geovanny Lujan, a 21-year-old senior at Eastern New Mexico University from Albuquerque, came to ENMU’s Dawg Days nervous and unprepared his freshman year. Those are exactly the kind of feelings he and others are hoping to deter with the weekend’s Dawg Days celebration. Lujan was the first person in […]

Technique’s required with the big, red machine

By Audra Brown Local columnist Many hours and days and nights have I spent on a big, red machine. There’s even a song about it. It gets quite a bit right. A combine isn’t fast. Roading it with the header off, you can get close to 15, but rear-wheel steering at that speed makes things […]

Police blotter — Aug. 15

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:10 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 12:24 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 12:30 a.m.: Burglary, 800 block of South Avenue B. • 7:17 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:21 a.m.: Neighbor problem, 500 block of South Roosevelt […]

Devotion prompts walk across Spain

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New Mexican Blain Dern, 77, rests at a vineyard about half way through his 522-mile solo pilgrimage through Spain.

By Ned Cantwell Religion columnist Visitors to Ruidoso are familiar with the racetrack, the golf courses, the gambling halls. While enjoying the cool mountain breezes, they might also have dined at Log Cabin, the town’s popular breakfast headquarters. Blain Dern, who will be 78 in January, started the restaurant in 1989 and sold it to […]

Events calendar — Aug. 15

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. St. Helen Fiesta — 4 p.m., St. Helen Catholic Church. Information: 575-356-4241. Get Fit — 6 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Saturday St. Helen Fiesta — 8 a.m., St. Helen Catholic Church. Information: 575-356-4241. […]

Injured airman identified

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor A Cannon Air Force Base airman wounded in what investigators are calling an accidental shooting was identified Thursday as 22-year-old Joshua Halford, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Confusion about where the shooting happened set off a 30-minute lockdown Wednesday at Cannon. Waller said Halford was hit in […]

Ready or not

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Bill Strong, the theater teacher at Portales High School, and sophomore Emily Brown reminisce about her days in theater as a child at the school’s open house. Brown just transferred to PHS from an out-of-state public school.

By Anna George Staff writer After 19 years of teaching, theater teacher Bill Strong was ready on Wednesday for another school year to start with the Portales Schools’ annual open house. Today is the first day of the new school year. “Ready or not, here the year comes,” Strong said. With 17 new teachers, […]

Aquifer level drop alarming

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor While underground water supplies may be taking a precipitous plunge in nearby Parmer County, it doesn’t necessarily translate into a similar drop in eastern New Mexico’s slice of the aquifer, according to studies by New Mexico’s State Engineer. Aquifer levels are dropping across Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to […]

Pastor made world kinder, gentler place

By Betty Williamson Local columnist You would be hard-pressed to gather more than three people in eastern New Mexico or West Texas without finding at least one who had a story about Herbert Bergstrom, the beloved pastor who died Aug. 1 after 97 years of making our world a kinder, gentler place. Dr. B was […]

Events calendar — Aug. 14

Today Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Night Swim — 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., […]

Police blotter — Aug. 14

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 3:38 a.m.: Drunk driver, 1600 block of South Avenue B. • 7:15 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 8:35 a.m.: Fraud, 1500 block of South Avenue C. • 9:11 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 600 block of Wiley Cox Circle. • 9:25 […]

Airman involved in shooting off base

Staff report Confusion over an airman shot off-base prompted about a 30-minute lockdown Wednesday at Cannon Air Force Base. The lockdown was ordered at 4:49 p.m. based on information an airman assigned to Cannon was a possible gunshot victim at an on-base location, according to a press release from Cannon’s public affairs office. The lockdown […]

False alarm leads to Cannon lockdown

A false report of an active shooter led to a lockdown at Cannon Air Force Base late Wednesday afternoon. Sgt. Matt Plew, with Cannon’s Public Affairs office, said a lockdown was initiated about 5 p.m. because there was an indication of an active shooter. Further investigation after the lockdown determined the report was false, Plew […]