UK missed the boat on “Hud”

By David Stevens One of the all-time great movies was released 40 years ago today. “Hud,” starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal, was filmed in Claude, Texas, just east of Amarillo, about two hours from Portales. The black-and-white Western classic was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three of them. It told […]

Roommate draw the first step in life

By Mike Linn More than 100 Portales High School students graduated on Friday. Many look forward to college, four years of eating cheap pizza, participating in late-night study sessions and embracing the college social scene like a farmer does rain in the drought-riddled plains of eastern New Mexico. For some, the transition can be trying: […]

Cities need to celebrate tumbleweeds

By Jim Lee Last week I wrote about tumbleweeds in our fair city. Coincidentally, a number of people have been talking about our favorite local nuisance of plant persuasion. So I decided to continue with the topic this week. But this week I’m taking a different approach. Instead of cussing and spitting at the balls […]

Only 21 shopping days left

By Bob Huber Now that Mother’s Day is just a tumbleweed on yesterday’s fencepost, it’s time to light the big bonfire under Father’s Day, which is June 16. (Lots of bells and whistles here accompanied by more prize-winning metaphors.)  Anyway, why should the distaff side of parenthood get all the hullabaloo each year? I mean, […]

To the graduate, with love

By Joan Clayton Dear graduate, We have watched you grow up with great pride. You have become a great generation. You have seen the frailties of our culture, yet you remain strong in your resolve. You have been bombarded by visual ugliness in all kinds of media, but you still stand up for the good. […]

Windmills helped settle the West

By Don McAlavy John Gordon “Spud” Greaves homesteaded southeast of Elida near Nobe in 1907. He was the father of Gordon Greaves, late publisher of the Portales News-Tribune. This is his story: “With the passing of 1908, we had consumed 80 days in water hauling, and decided if we were to remain on the homestead, […]

Looting lacks definition for Iraqis

By Tibor Machan This idea that Iraqis are criminals for looting is full of problems. To begin with, can you loot from a dictator? What about from a dictator who isn’t even in power any longer? After the dictatorship collapses, whose stuff is being looted anyway? To whom does the money in those government banks […]

Brushing up on camouflage

By Bob Huber This is a good day to brush up on your natural camouflage, otherwise called selective coloration by guys in white jackets who are picky about descriptive terms. My own invisibility is a case in point, but also a nuisance for my wife Marilyn who insists I could be arrested if I rely […]

Tumbleweeds trouble for Portales

By Jim Lee Just about every time I peek in my yard, especially after particularly energetic breezes like we experienced on Thursday, I see every chunk of tumbleweed that ever took up residence in these southwestern United States. This leaves two choices: Avoid looking at the yard, or do something about the pesky plants. If […]

Letters to The Editor

So New Mexico Democrats question the Bush administration’s evidence against Iraq do they? I wonder why? The Democrats voted for the war resolution because of polls. They turned against it when foreign leftists screamed in the streets. They were for the war when it was a brilliant success. And now that it is making hay […]