Sign theft a concern for Portales

By Laurie Stone With 11 days remaining until Election Day, political rallies and public demonstrations are intensifying as supporters voice their choice for candidacy. A concern across the nation, and Portales, is the destruction of political signs placed in yards and on the homes of political supporters. Although both the Republican and Democratic parties are [...]

Sign theft a crime against freedom

By Jim Lee I don’t know how a person can sprain an ankle by accidentally poking a thumb into a reciprocating saw — I’ll have to ask Ed Miller about that because he’s an expert in such matters. However, I did figure out why the Earth is spherical. If our planet were flat like a [...]

Burma-Shave ads — Part II

By Bob Huber Last year I wrote a column about that extinct advertising phenomenon called Burma-Shave signs — you know, those little red rhymes by the side of the road that quipped, “Peanut on a railroad track, heart all a flutter. Round the bend came No.10 — Toot, toot, peanut butter.” Well, I opened a [...]

Clovis getting sign-swipped

By Mike Linn When it comes to street signs, popularity is in the name. Or the lane — as in Clovis’ Happy Lane. Street signs notifying drivers of the intersection of Happy Lane and Stone Place have become a favorite among Clovis’ sign thieves, city officials say. At one point, street department employees decided to [...]

Signs point to trouble for local judges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Both Curry County magistrate judges and a retired district judge have campaign signs in their yards supporting 9th Judicial District Attorney candidate Matt Chandler, despite prohibitions on political activity by New Mexico judges. All three judges — magistrate judges Richard Hollis and Douglas Miller, and retired District Judge Bill Bonem, who [...]

Portales woman killed in train wreck

By Darrel Todd Maurina A Portales woman who drove around barricades and “road closed” signs was killed by a freight train on Tuesday night after her vehicle became stuck on railroad tracks near Melrose, police said. Amanda Tenorio, 21, had been visiting family in Moriarty and was returning to her home in Portales when the [...]

Burma Shave signs — a blast from the past

Bob Huber When I was in my mid-youth crisis, Burma Shave signs on America’s roads were as common and comfortable as old shoes. Whenever a new one cropped up, we repeated its rhyming couplets over and over from bar stools to pulpits. For you younguns, Burma Shave signs were little poems obligingly spaced line by [...]

Curry inmate dies of overdose

By Darrell Todd Maurina An inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Facility died early Sunday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center after swallowing methamphetamine, according to a report released Tuesday by the Clovis Police Department. Martin Smith, 22, of Clovis, is the second inmate in less than a year to die of a drug [...]