Greyhound football player dies in crash

Mike Linn He could make everybody laugh. He was always smiling. He was brutally honest. That’s how friends remember 19-year-old Eric Hodgest, a redshirt freshman linebacker on Eastern New Mexico University’s football team. Hodgest died early Sunday morning in a car crash on Interstate 40 in Amarillo. “This type of thing happening to somebody you […]

Ellsworth will be missed

The family of Rolland Ellsworth Jr., an Eastern New Mexico University student killed in a bull-riding accident Oct. 2, remembers him as a loving brother and a son who “lived life with no regrets,” according to a Tuesday release from ENMU. “We know it wasn’t an accident. We know it wasn’t a freak accident. We […]

Weather reporters are never wrong, really

Jim Lee I am often kidded about guessing wrong when I do the weather on the radio. Well, I am hereby informing the world my forecasts are never wrong. Unlike mere mortals, weather reporter guys are never wrong. True, we are not always right, but we are never wrong. What’s the difference? Sorry, I can’t […]

Q&A, Wayne Childs

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By Kevin Wilson Four years ago, most college football coaches wouldn’t have taken a shot at Wayne Childs. Now it’s Childs who takes the shots. A senior defensive end, Childs had medical problems that made him unattractive to everybody but Eastern New Mexico University. He’s part of a unit whose goal is to win the […]

Elida impresses field again at Clovis

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — Elida’s volleyball team cut a swath of surprise into the Clovis Volleyball Invitational a year ago and, in 2003, the Tigers got the chance to do it again. While the little Class 1A team didn’t pull off as many surprises as last year when they advanced all the way to […]

No cure for these dog days

By Bob Huber Now in these dog days of summer, folks are looking in a mirror to decide if they ever want to go swimming again in public. Which brings up the subject of dog days, and why we even pay attention to them. Dog days occur from about July 3 to Aug. 11, and […]

Life is more fun when it’s not so serious

Jim Lee On one of the many occasions I did something quite stupid, someone remarked about it, and I replied, “I don’t have to be smart because I went to college.” I don’t know why I suddenly thought of that moment this long afterward. Maybe it just shows how my mind works (or doesn’t work). […]

“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 […]

Gold star moms remember children lost on battlefield

By Darrell Todd Maurina Memorial Day exists primarily to remember deceased veterans, but since the end of World War I, veterans organizations have also sought to provide recognition and support to a special category of people on the “home front.” That category, “gold star mothers,” consists of mothers whose children have died while serving in […]