Precautions can save lives during lightning

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Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore don’t […]

Business man pleads entrapment on tobacco sting operation

Darrell Todd Maurina After a quarter-century of doing business in Clovis, Warren Nuckols Jr. said he has years of experience dealing with shoplifters. According to him, his Quick Stop business on the corner of 13th and Thornton loses $6,000 to $8,000 every year due to shoplifting and burglaries. So when he saw a man in […]

Summer solstice has a deeper meaning

Jim Lee Saturday was the first day of summer and the summer solstice. We’ve been having summer weather for at least a month, so I don’t know why summer is supposedly just starting up. We got more hours of daylight than any other day of the year, but I don’t understand why I need the […]

“Swingers” makes movie night money

By Kevin Wilson As an unwritten rule, workers in the Portales editorial department need to have a certain cinematic IQ to get along with me. Obscure movie references and disturbingly accurate scene reprisals make up a percentage of my conversation that I’m embarrassed to admit. So it was right down my alley when I read […]

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 […]

Meaning of Memorial Day lost on many

Rick White Somewhere between the time Jim Cowman was growing up in rural Michigan and his return from a tour of duty in Vietnam, the meaning of Memorial Day changed. Cowman, 65, cites a decline in patriotism and a more complex world as reasons why he thinks the national holiday honoring those who died while […]

Summer jobs hard to come by for students

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel […]

Searching for survivors

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Janet Bresenham TEXICO — For nearly six years, Darlene Curry has come often to the Texico Cemetery on the outskirts of town, finding comfort at the gravesides of her only daughter, Wendi Homer, 25, and her only granddaughter, 4-month-old Allie Homer, who died in a car accident on an icy road between Melrose and Fort […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Only in America; One-liners to remember

Bob HuberI’m an ardent collector of one-liners, and they stand out like traffic cops on the Information Highway. It used to be, I’m an ardent collector of one-liners, and they stand out like traffic cops on the Information Highway. It used to be, before I learned my computer’s bells and whistles, that I had to […]