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Bittersweet sweep for Hounds

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico softball team made a little bit of program history. And then they learned it. The question: When was the last time the Greyhounds swept rival West Texas A&M in a do...

 

Wildcats win nailbiters to top Goddard

CLOVIS — The close ones went Clovis High’s way, and the Wildcats pulled out a boys tennis dual victory on Tuesday at the CHS courts. Four of the Cats’ wins came in three sets, but it was enough to post a 6-3 victory over Roswell Goddard. Meanti...

 

Title shots gone for Hound athletes

PORTALES — There they were, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball players and coaches, hanging out together on campus Thursday afternoon, a day before they were supposed to visit Lubbock for a game against Texas A&M-Commerce in...

 

Coronavirus halts Texico's drive for five

TEXICO — Maybe if enough people cross their fingers, there will be a 2020 high school baseball season. Texico’s baseball team, a four-time defending state champion, must wish it were just that easy, wish that simply crossing fingers could make...

 

Barred from arena, Melrose fans celebrate from school

MELROSE — There’s that saying, ‘You can’t keep a good man down.’ In Saturday morning’s case, you could have also included women, teenagers and children to the phrase. In the common section...

 

Wildcats win nailbiters to top Rockets

CLOVIS — The close ones went Clovis High’s way, and the Wildcats pulled out a boys tennis dual victory on Tuesday at the CHS courts. Four of the Cats’ wins came in three sets, but it was enough to post a 6-3 victory over Roswell Goddard. Meanti...

 

Six Rams placed honored on 4-4A team

PORTALES — Six Portales players were honored on the District 4-4A team, released by Portales coach Wade Fraze following the conclusion of the Rams’ season. The team included representatives from 4-4A members Portales, Goddard, Artesia and...

 

Melrose girls back on top in Class 1A

ALBUQUERQUE — The Melrose Lady Buffs may have lost the season series to rival Logan, but they won the one that counted most on Saturday. Melrose rallied from a 3-point deficit entering the fourth...

 

Local entities combating coronavirus spread

With information often changing by the hour, area entities worked over the last few days implementing numerous procedures they hope will "flatten the curve" with the coronavirus pandemic....

 

Church-lady robber pleads guilty

CLOVIS - A Clovis woman has pleaded guilty to robbing an 88-year-old woman in a church parking lot. Jamie Salazar-Cadena, 36, pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to seven years in the New Mexico...

 

Coronavirus common sense: Let's pull together

We are learning a new term this month called “social distancing.” I suggest that maybe what is really needed is probably “social media distancing.” Watching the stock market, I could tell...

 

Elwell to step down from ENMU post

RUIDOSO — The next year at Eastern New Mexico University will be Jeff Elwell’s last. Elwell, the president of the Portales campus and chancellor for the university’s three-campus system, withdrew his request for a contract extension during...

 

Second brother convicted in attack

CLOVIS - A second brother has been convicted of aggravated battery in connection with a 2018 attack, District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced in a news release. Clovis' Matthew Armendariz, 27, was...

 

Most schools closed through April 5

Elementary and high schools are closed through April 5 in eastern New Mexico due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the campuses will still serve some functions, including meals for kids. Here is a...

 

Region mostly spared from governor's veto pen

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday vetoed about $150 million worth of “capital outlay” projects, but less than $3 million of that had been headed for eastern New Mexico. Lawmakers had approved the items, but the governor made...

 

Governor signs $7.6 billion budget

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed the $7.6 billion New Mexico state budget, according to a news release from her office. “This budget strikes an important balance — responsive and responsible, investing in the...

 

Senior center gatherings canceled

In wake of recent statewide coronavirus concerns, most gatherings at local senior centers have been canceled until further notice. Activities at Baxter Curren, La Casa and Los Abuelitos senior centers have been canceled until further notice....

 

Meetings calendar - March 15

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns Monday • Portales Municipal Schools board special meeting — 9 a.m., Board Room, L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, 501 S. Abilene, Portales. Information: 575-356-7000   Tuesday ...

 

Shoppers puzzled, frustrated by empty shelves

The forecast is for coronavirus. So everyone's gone to the grocery store. "I'm not scared of the coronavirus thing, but I am taking certain precautions," said John Erdmann on Saturday as he searched...

 

Five local races contested in primary election

Presidential candidates will likely be decided by then, but eastern New Mexico voters will still have work to do in the June 2 primary elections. Curry County has two contested elections and Roosevelt County has three, in addition to a crowded field...

 

Policy debate crucial for voters to engage in

In building his own presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s vice president has made a subtle but important bet. Yes, Joe Biden has embraced ideas of the left that might have been too far of a reach for a general election voter not all that long ago....

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    March 15, 2020

Libel standard should stay in place

In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a gift to the idea of freedom of expression with its ruling in the New York Times v. Sullivan case. It is important to point out that the case could just...

 

Real virus threat the political left

There’s a virus threatening the health of America, all right. But it’s not new, not from a foreign country and it’s not the coronavirus. The virus Americans need to fear the most today is the po...

 

Coronavirus test issues not Trump's fault

After years of Russia, Russia, Russia and a few months of Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, we now have another bunch of foreigners interfering in our presidential election. The difference is the Opposition Media welcomes this interference because of the...

 
 By Dick Polman    Voices    March 15, 2020

Trump address incoherent, incorrect

I’ve been reading Erik Larson’s new book, “The Splendid and the Vile,” which chronicles the first year of Winston Churchill’s wartime stint as prime minister. He was a gifted rhetorician...

 

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