Attack on Planned Parenthood shows hypocrisy

Fungible (fuhn-juh-buhl), Adj. — Being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable. Noun — Strawman argument in 2011 politics. A few weeks ago, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood, which provides cancer screening and contraception. At issue was Planned Parenthood’s status as [...]

Songs, shows part of tradition

I think I’m Christmas conflicted. Assaulted all day by music media with Christmas themes and all evening with movie and TV show depictions of the holiday, I’m probably not alone when I say it sinks into your consciousness and maybe begins to get on your nerves a little before it’s all over. On the one [...]

My turn: Book shows similarities between New Mexico, Holy Land

Helena Rodriguez During Advent, many people go to the Holy Land to get to the true reason for the Christmas season. Nuevo Mejicanos don’t have to travel to feel like we’re in holy land. In his 1974 book, “My Penitente Land,” Fray Angelico Chavez, a Franciscan priest and writer commended by T.S. Eliot, compares New [...]

‘Secretariat’ shows strength of women

Glenda Price I recently saw the movie “Secretariat” about the horse many people believe to be the best Thoroughbred race horse ever. Secretariat, born in Virginia in 1970, grew to 16.2 hands (one hand is approximately four inches) and weighed 1200 pounds at maturity. His official color was chestnut, but he was called Big Red [...]

Crying shows you care

Joan Clayton When Traci, my granddaughter, was small she said, “My mawmaw is a Christian because she cries a lot.” I guess crying is what I do best. To me a good cry is tears of love. I cry when my children go home after a visit. I cry when I hear the song “Sentimental [...]

Ticket feature: Cannon, ethnic fair hosting car shows

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It’s a weekend for auto lovers with two auto shows in Clovis Saturday. The first show will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Main Street between Fourth and Sixth Streets in conjunction with the Ethnic Fair. Then at 10 a.m., Cannon Thunder will begin at Doc Stewart Park on the west side State Road 311, across [...]

Poll shows King with 15-point lead over Chandler

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Kevin Wilson A poll on the upcoming attorney general’s race shows incumbent Gary King with a 15-point lead over Matt Chandler heading into November’s general election. King, a Democrat, was chosen by 48 percent of poll respondents, while Chandler, currently serving his second term as the district attorney for the state’s 9th Judicial District, was [...]

City officials: Report confirms need for new water supply

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Jared Tucker The annual water report recently presented to the Portales City Council paints a gloomy picture for the area’s water supply. According to the city’s water consultant, Charles Wilson, the High Plains Aquifer currently has a saturation thickness of 42 feet and is declining at a rate of 3.4 feet per year at the [...]

Portales Past: July 29, 1945

July 29, 1945: T.J. Tidwell Shows and Carnival were set up on the Portales baseball lot on the Clovis highway. They offered multiple rides and promised entertainment for children and grownups.

Good shows should tell stories

Ever seen “Whale Wars”? No? Normally, as regular readers of this column know, I have very low tolerance for reality TV, but there have been a few recent and notable exceptions, of which “Whale Wars” is one. That and a few of the others are the subject of this column. First comes the disclaimer; I [...]