Court comes close but no cigar

Kevin Wilson When the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on Citizens United, changing the rules for how corporations can get involved in political campaigns, Justice Anthony Kennedy said a divided decision means that clearly, “Somebody made a mistake.” So why do I feel the same way about a unanimous decision I agree with? And […]

USDA to close 259 locations

Staff and wire reports DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and […]

Our towns: Elida is close-knit kind of town

Alisa Boswell A community of support and acceptance is how many Elida residents would describe their town. Resident Lela Jo “Red” Halliday said the town thrived with business once upon a time with a service station, cafe, movie theater, drug store, dry goods store, hotel, newspaper office and more. “When I was a kid, my […]

Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

Police Christmas program under way

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Alisa Boswell The Santa Cop program has kicked off at the Portales Police Department as toys begin to flood into the department for children, who would otherwise, have no Christmas gifts. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said 170 names have been submitted so far for the program and he expects there to be close to 1,500 […]

Officials ban boating at Sumner Lake

Thomas Garcia A drop in the water levels at Sumner Lake has prompted state park officials to close its boat ramps and prohibit boating. “Water levels are less than we hoped for this season; we want to make sure that we safeguard boaters from potential hazards and unpredictable lake conditions,” said David Sanchez, park superintendent. […]

Cannon hosts open house

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Benna Sayyed Excitement prevailed at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday as area residents poured in to get an up-close look at the 27th Special Operations Wing’s airpower. Civilians mingled with airmen, learned about and toured various aircraft and watched youngsters enjoy their few minutes as pilot of a static aircraft. A Cannon spokesman said […]

Clovis cowboy passes on rodeo legacy to community’s youth

Our search for a person who can inspire us to greater achievement in our chosen endeavors often ends close by or just down the road. Meet such a person — B. J. Pierce. He won’t tell his age, but some quick calculations say he’s past the 70s. He doesn’t look it, and he surely doesn’t […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

For veteran, project is labor of love

Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Donald Bird is repainting the Duster at Veterans Park. He served in Vietnam, and said the weapon saved his life numerous times. Kevin Wilson Donald Bird considers the M42 Duster a life-saver, and probably as close to a friend as a machine can get. But he doesn’t consider it a […]

Storytelling part of every culture

Glenda Price The children, probably from 4 or 5 years old to 12, sat (or lay) on the floor in front, close to the speaker — the storyteller. The grownups sat on the floor or in chairs. The audience had a speaking part in the story, which the storyteller explained. The younger kids, especially, listened […]

Press release: No evening classes at ENMU-Portales

PORTALES–Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will close at 5 p.m. today (Tuesday), and the present plans are to re-open at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday).

My turn: Hunting reports due

With big-game hunting seasons coming to a close, it is important for hunters to get their harvest reports in. Dan Williams, public information officer for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, said the reports help wildlife biologist manage hunting seasons. “Harvest reports are mandatory for all deer and elk hunters,” Williams said. “Hunters have […]

Portales past: Dec. 26, 1956

Dec. 26, 1956: The Portales Daily News (By the Way column): People here seemed to stick pretty close to the dining table or the couch in the parlor (today). There were few to be seen on the streets, and the business district was vacant except for the bus depot as Wayne Orendorff stayed with his […]

Falcons close season with 35-20 win over UNLV

By Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt: U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs LAS VEGAS — The Air Force Falcons won their final game of the season Nov. 18 after defeating the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels, 35-20. Jonathan Warzeka scored on a 54-yard touchdown run to regain the lead in the second half and jump-start […]

My turn: Hurt by protesters’ disregard

While recently easing through the short-cycled yellow of the new traffic light in Portales, I heard surround-sound caterwauling. Anticipating bull-horned patrolmen, instead I was up-close-and-personaled by about 15 sign-waving teenagers and adults. “Perhaps they are protesting the engineers who designed the signal,” I conjectured hopefully. Even though I shared their irritation, their “burn in hell” […]

Caring at core of teaching

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist Another school year is drawing to a close. Another crop of new graduates, preparing to enter either the world of work, the world of college, or the world of the military — in many cases, more than one of the above worlds. Another two-plus month break for educators, in the […]

Student picked to attend state of union address

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis High School student was chosen out of 212 students to attend the State of the Union Address. Randy Miller, who was in Washington D.C. with the Close Up Program, was chosen by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan to attend the speech by President Barack Obama. The Close Up […]

State police close I-40

New Mexico State Police have closed 1-40 eastbound from Tucumcari to the Texas state line. Police also closed U.S. 54 from Tucumcari to the Texas state line due to the snow storm. I-40 east and west bound out of Amarillo has been closed. I-40 westbound from Tucumcari to Santa Rosa is still open. Additional closures […]

Oasis closing for furloughs

Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from […]