Sweet Home New Mexico: Your duty station is what you make of it

I grew up in what was once a small town just outside of Montgomery, Ala. It has grown through the years, but was once a town about the size of Clovis. Montgomery is home to Maxwell Air Force Base, so growing up I crossed paths with several Air Force families coming through Maxwell for schooling […]

My turn: Must find out what happened to office fish

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About three weeks ago, I had a week where everything that could go wrong was going wrong. My coworkers saw me frustrated more than once and may have seen me expressing it at times. With my well-known love for toys, Victoria Garrett acted as morale booster and gave me a small grow-your-own fish tank. This […]

New plans for old festival

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Alisa Boswell Mid-October has arrived, which means Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival, which according to ENMU and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials, will have a bigger variety than it has in the last two to three years. Officials said the chamber is once again teaming up […]

ENMU officials, students, break ground on new dorm

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students poured onto the empty lawn Friday afternoon where Lincoln Hall once stood for the groundbreaking of the new freshman dormitory. One of the features of the event was the unveiling of the new dorm’s name, which honor New Mexico counties. Guadalupe was chosen over De Baca, […]

ENMU kicking off homecoming celebration

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming has arrived once again and multiple students, alumni and faculty members are gearing up for the variety of events to take place this weekend. ENMU President Steven Gamble said homecoming is a celebration of the university and its alumni. “Eastern’s reputation and pride are wrapped up in our […]

Yam Theatre to host music series

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Alisa Boswell New entertainment is coming to Portales in the form of a new music series at the YamTheatre. The Yam Music Series will include a band performance at the theater once a month with the series beginning Sept. 20 and running through March. According to Sandy Van Der Veen, promotions coordinator for the Roosevelt […]

Our towns: Dora once called ‘hub of the country’

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell The General Store next to the Dora school district will be re-opening Sept. 7 after being closed for a few years. Becky Fraze, the village clerk, said the store opening will be very good for local residents, because it will give them somewhere nearby to go to and eat. Alisa Boswell […]

DEA shouldn’t offer medical opinions

Freedom New Mexico Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and will continue as a schedule 1 drug — the most forbidden category. The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical […]

Food at the speed of life: Memories come from mistakes

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

My turn: Mistakes make memories

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

My turn: Age no excuse for inaction

I went to the eye doctor last week. It has been a pretty long time since I have been and I think I know why I waited so long. I sat in the chair and the doctor gave me the once over. When he got finished, he said, ”You have pretty good eyesight, for your […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

One dead in wreck north of Floyd

A 19-year-old Portales man died in a one-vehicle wreck in Roosevelt County Monday night. Michael Galvan was killed in the wreck, according to the New Mexico State Police. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said state police were called to the scene of the crash on Roosevelt Road 2 near Roosevelt Road X about 6:30 p.m. […]

My turn: Super Bowl spirit infectious

Once again, I was disappointed to not be able to make it to the university’s annual Chinese new year banquet. I actually managed to get a ticket this year and I still could not go. The night of the event turned out to be one of those stuck at work late nights. Last weekend also […]

My turn: Snow day offers break

My former co-worker, Brien Murphy, an Iowa native, would shake his head when it snowed and asked where the snow plows were. What snow plows? That was the west Texas mentality, as it is the eastern New Mexico mentality. Why pay thousands of dollars for plow trucks the city will only use once a year? […]

Gambling could serve as source of revenue

Freedom New Mexico Gambling proponents once again are hoping that this will be the year Texas lawmakers finally allow gambling enterprises to establish themselves in the state. The issue could help reveal just what kind of “reform-minded” candidates were elected to the legislature in November. Expanded gambling opportunities (limited pari-mutuel betting already is allowed in […]

My turn: No doubts about where you are

I hope you are there. I hope it is beautiful. No more companions gone, living alone in a world you once knew — memories too many, hopes too few. Is he spinning tales about bird dogs and deer, finding sons’ bootlegged beer — laughter replacing fears of the hereafter? Are you telling us not to […]

Once in a lifetime moments irreplaceable

There are timeless gifts, or ways to give gifts, that bear no duplication or repeating. Last week I devoted this column to the value of shopping locally, for non-mass-produced presents; this week I’d like to encourage you to look at some unique experiences — ones which cannot be duplicated, even if you were to present […]

Portales past: Sept. 8, 1910

Sept. 8, 1910 Roosevelt County Herald: Lost: one 10-inch, two-horse turning plow, John Deere, which was taken from the courtyard in Portales. Please return at once and accept thanks of owner. G.P. Harris.

Portales past: Sept. 2, 1960

Sept. 2, 1960 Portales News Tribune: Mac’s Drive In Team failed once again to show up for its game with Furniture Mart to determine which of the two teams will go to the state tournament in Albuquerque.