Pleasant words restore the soul

I read a fable about a man who was near death and he wanted to make everything right before he died. He went to the king and asked what he must do. The king told him to put a big bag of goose feathers at the doorstep of everyone he had ever harmed with words. [...]

In search of ponies: Death part of owning animals

“What did you kill this week?” It’s the question I hear every week when I turn in my column for editing — asked in jest of course. In response I usually joke back that I’ve set a limit of one a month or some such thing. But it does highlight an often unspoken truth about [...]

Portales man charged in 2009 slaying tested for trial competency

Portales resident Leroy Salaz, charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is being treated to see if he’s competent to stand trial, the prosecutor on the case said Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said Salaz was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute at Las Vegas after a [...]

Portales police still investigating death

The Portales Police Department is still classifying the death of a 48-year-old Portales man as suspicious. James McCulley, 48, was found dead by his 51-year-old girlfriend in her apartment around 5:15 p.m on July 4 in the 700 block of East Brazos Street. Police are continuing to classify the death as suspicious. Portales Police Deputy [...]

Police investigating suspicious death

PNT reports Portales Police are investigating an unattended death in the 700 block of Brazos Street. Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the death was suspicious and happened before Monday. Police were called about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Berry said they’ve made no official identification and found no fresh trauma on the victim. He said investigators [...]

Officials: May take months to replace judge Orlik

Sharna Johnson The courts have begun the process of filling a vacancy created by the unexpected death of District Judge Robert Orlik, however officials say it will likely be months before a replacement is appointed. Orlik, 64, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. Services were held Wednesday in Clovis. “Judge Orlik is well [...]

Bin Laden’s death calls for reassessment

Freedom New Mexico Osama bin Laden’s death presents a milestone for sober evaluation and planning concerning Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have been in a killing war for almost 10 years. What has occurred? What should come next? Terrorism has not been defeated, and may flare up in retaliation for bin Laden. But if the 2001 [...]

Their view: America’s future still remains uncertain

Russell Anglin is the senior writer for the Quay County Sun, our sister paper. His most recent column explores the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Elected officials react to bin Laden death:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.: “Osama bin Laden epitomized the terror that gripped our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, citizens across the globe share in a sense of relief andjustice with the Americans who lost loved ones at his hands. Our heartfelt congratulations belong to the intelligence personnel, military forces andCommander-In-Chief for bringing this [...]

Osama bin Laden dead; Obama: “Justice has been done.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run. Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was [...]