Longtime coaches host camp

Kevin Wilson Within the four walls of the old Portales Junior High gym, and within four walls of the new PJHS gym, longtime girls coaches are trying to make sure their students don’t hit a wall when it comes to basketball. About 45 girls are taking part in this week’s girls fundamentals camp, taught by […]

Local veteran appointed to district task

Kevin Wilson Stephen Kemp never really expected to be appointed as a national aide-de-camp with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The longtime accountant knew the percentages weren’t really in his favor. “I was surprised when I opened the letter,” Kemp said. “I wasn’t expecting it … I wasn’t even trying to work for it. I […]

News gathering will always have its detractors

Mike Linn Sunday’s story on an Eastern New Mexico University group that calls itself pagans has spurred a few interesting e-mails and one phone call. I’d like to reinforce that the group has chosen to use “pagans” as an acronym meaning “people achieving goodness and nurturing spirituality.” The dictionary’s definition of pagan is one who […]

Rattlers shaking county residents

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Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, who […]