Oasis State Park the site of a summer of activity

By Mike Linn If you’re a hopeless romantic who likes to gaze at the stars, or a rugged outdoors type with an infatuation for snakes, there may be some fun in the future for you. Oasis State Park officials have a full slate of outdoor and wildlife programs scheduled this summer. “It’s educational as well […]

Top names in water

Former legislator Hoyt Pattison said depleted water supplies have forced him to switch to dryland farming. By Haley Rice Editor’s note: The following are profiles of movers and shakers in the world of water — from the man who dug the first wells on the Llano Estacado to the high-profile voices in the ongoing debate […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Alerts

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the national terror alert, which was recently lowered from orange (a high risk of terrorist attack) to yellow (a significant risk). Some responses: “I believe the national terror alert is that warm blanket trying to avert lawsuits caused by terrorism. I do believe it is useless. It […]

Annual Relay to kick off

By Janet Bresenham This weekend, people from throughout the community will come together to raise money for cancer research, while enjoying food, games and activities during the eighth annual Curry County Relay For Life. “It’s all about having fun and remembering cancer survivors, those who are fighting cancer and those who have lost their lives […]

Kids show concern over war

With the war dominating the thoughts of Americans, many find themselves glued to the television and scouring the newspapers, seeking news about events in Iraq. In these reports, adults speak openly about the war. But what do kids think? Members of Joe Strickland’s fourth-grade class at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy gave their opinion on several […]

ENMU set to host basketball tournament

Mike Linn PORTALES — The popcorn machines will be working overtime and Greyhound Arena should be throbbing with enthusiastic fans this weekend when the Greyhounds men’s basketball team host their first Lone Star Conference Tournament, said Mike Maguire, the university’s athletic director. “When you have some of the top teams in the country (NCAA Division […]

Nature, military aggression tests Curry County residents

Don McAlavy “From 1931 to 1934 was the driest years I ever saw in New Mexico, and there were a lot of sandstorms,” said Lee Merrill, who owns a 10,000-acre ranch in Running Water Draw. “Back then, you could buy all the groceries you could carry for $1.50. During the big drought in 1934, the […]

Area Events of Note

Don McAlavy Events that helped the area… –1901-1907 – The Santa Fe Railway building the 250-mile Belen cut-off from Texico to Belen and founded Clovis. The railroad made possible the great influx of homesteaders from 1903-1912. –1907-present: Clovis created a 5,000-square-mile trade area that became a major factor in our growth. –1909 – The creation […]

Garden show returning

Gary Mitchell Touted as one of the city’s most economically enhanced weekends, this year’s Home and Garden Show in Clovis should provide a good financial jolt for local and out-of-state businesses, show co-chair Jim Sitterly said. “The residual effects of this show are phenomenal,” said Sitterly, who planned the show for March 29-30. “It’s great […]

Reflection on Bush’s war plans

Tibor Machan The thing about this Iraqi war plan is that in a republic — or representative democracy, which is not the best form of government… Which is a constitutionally limited democracy wherein the “people” — i. e., the majority of them — can decided only a few matters and a sound, libertarian constitution guides […]