Portales past: June 4, 1941

June 4, 1941: Heavy rains, some estimated at 8 to 10 inches, left dozens of Roosevelt County homes and roads flooded. C.A. Franklin, who lived 5 miles north and 2 miles east of Portales, reported water standing 3 feet deep in his chicken house and all his chickens drowned.

Roosevelt had warped view of liberty

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist One of my colleagues at Chapman University told me how much he favors the following sentiment expressed by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “I am not for a return to that definition of liberty under which for many years a free people were gradually regimented into the service […]

Local Brief: Phone card campaign complete

The Portales Municipal Schools choir and band programs raised more than $600 for prepaid phone cards for U.S. troops overseas during their recent holiday concerts. According to director Franklin Smith, the cards, along with notes of thanks and encouragment to the troops, were sent to Balad Air Force Base in Iraq where they will be […]

Lavender, Sanchez Obituaries (Nov. 19)

Mary Lavender Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Beevers Cemetery in Quay County Mary Lavender, 68, of Cerritos, Calif., died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at her home. She was born July 28, 1937. Survivors include her husband, John G. Lavender; a son, Joe G. Lavender of Melrose; a daughter, Cindy Lavender of Cerritos, Calif.; a brother, […]

Committee to tour state bases

By Darrell Todd Maurina State officials learned Friday that their team of hired consultants will tour New Mexico’s military bases this week to determine which ones may be in danger of closure. At Friday afternoon’s meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission in Portales, representatives of the Whitney, Bradley & Brown defense consulting […]

Logan holds off Tigers

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — Standing at just 5 feet, Elida eighth-grader Trenton Chenault is a pretty easy player for a defender to lose. He made the Logan Longhorns pay for that with 3-pointer after 3-pointer, but the outside shooting was not enough to counter Logan’s height advantage inside during a consolation semifinal game of […]

Daylight savings has its reasons

Sue Gilmore Welcome to the dark side … of the day. Yes, it’s that time again. Time to set back the clocks and bid farewell to that extra hour of daylight. Except, of course, in Arizona (not including the Navajo Nation), Hawaii and most of Indiana. Their time zones are constants — always standard time. […]

Seeing history through a child’s eyes

Bob Huber In my relentless quest for award-winning journalism, I often explore the zany world of “kidspeak,” which is teacher jargon for stuff kids write on test papers. My wife Marilyn’s all-time favorite is, “I just love Tommy Buford. He’s tall, dark, and on probation.” So for my in-depth report today I’ve selected a whole […]