My turn: Citizens lit up Portales

Light takes on extra importance on these longest, darkest nights of the year. Thanks to some community-minded folks who realized that a couple of decades ago, Portales shines each winter with a warm holiday glow. Nearly 10 miles of electrical wire and more than 35,000 white bulbs illuminate Portales this month, a fulfilled vision of [...]

Religion feature: Local Catholics learning new translation

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Staff and wire reports For decades Roman Catholic priests have begun Mass with the words “The Lord be with you.” For decades the people’s response to the priests’ greeting has been “And also with you.” On Nov. 27, the people’s response will be “And with your spirit,” a reply that derives from the new translation [...]

My turn: A little good news

Three decades or so ago, two things that affected me happened within a 12-month period: I spent a summer working at the Portales News-Tribune under the watchful eye of my lifelong friend Gordon Greaves, and singer Anne Murray released a song called “A Little Good News.” Gordon taught me a lot about news writing that [...]

Most laws in U.S. unnecessary

The system is broken. Almost every law, particularly every new law passed in the past several decades, is not based upon right or wrong, but upon opinion or value judgments. The U.S. imprisons, or traps in its “justice system,” more people, percentage-wise, than did Stalin in the USSR, and more than China ever has. You, [...]

Mobile device monitoring needs control

Freedom New Mexico Nearly three decades after the Police first sang of watching “every move you make,” modern technology now gives mobile phone and Internet providers the power to “police” our every move. With the proliferation of social networking applications like Four Square, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that mobile devices track users’ movements. However, consumers [...]

Editorial: Laws should keep up with technology

Nearly three decades after the Police first sang of watching “every move you make,” modern technology now gives mobile phone and Internet providers the power to “police” our every move. With the proliferation of social networking applications like Four Square, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that mobile devices track users’ movements. However, consumers might not realize [...]

Football still in Portales High grad’s blood

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After more than two decades playing football, Portales native Raul Anaya said he’s done after this year. An all-state quarterback and safety at Portales and a two-year starter and linebacker at New Mexico State, Anaya plays for the New Mexico Crush, who will play the Curry County Cats on Saturday in a semi-pro football game [...]

Mubarak resigns

Internet big part of my lifestyle

When I first dipped my toes into the Internet nearly two decades ago I figured it was likely just a fad. I think my first clue that it had become more than a fad was when my mother expressed an interest in getting online. These days there are a few holdouts who don’t use the [...]

Business naming tradition dates back decades

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plain 1.a. An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land. b. A broad level expanse. That residents of Clovis and Portales live in the high plains, there’s little doubt. The New Mexico-Texas border area known as the Llano Estacado, literally translated as “staked plain,” is not only high in [...]