Freedom of speech applies to all

I remember, not very long ago, when I wrote a column detailing my opinion of a certain radio person, who shall remain nameless, and received overwhelming negative feedback — surprisingly from many in this area, as well. (Most of this columnist’s “boo” mail usually comes from an Internet population.) I remember it because there was […]

Fishing lessons need to be passed

A s I watched the end of my fishing pole start to dance instead of reacting quickly, I casually picked it up and reeled it in a few yards. I knew even before the pole started to wiggle it wasn’t a fish. It was a youngster’s line. I like to fish a lot and I’ve […]

Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced them. Gentry, 63, has an extensive collection of Coca Cola and 50s memorabilia in several rooms […]

My turn: Courage greater quality

“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” has been in the news because of the “n” word. One publisher has even substituted “slave.” In east Texas, I was a pale version of Huck. I swung from grapevines into murky ponds, rode broken mowers down their embankments, fished with cane poles and grasshoppers, rode cheap floats down flooding creeks, […]

April 3 — Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Tuesday • An officer went to commercial property on U.S. 70 for a report of a burglary. He spoke with the property owner, who said the business had been closed for a long time and there was nothing of value in the burglarized […]

Clovis farmer re-elected to dairy board

Freedom New Mexico Dairy Farmers of America Inc.’s Board of Directors has re-elected Wayne Palla, a Clovis dairy farmer, as first vice chairman of the board, according to a news release from DFA. Palla is a member of DFA’s Executive Committee and chairman of the Southwest Area Council, as well as being involved in other […]

Zias drop LSC crossover opener

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Katie Raines pitched a complete-game seven-hitter and singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth inning, and Southwestern Oklahoma turned back Eastern New Mexico University 4-2 on Friday in the Lone Star Conference softball crossover tournament. Raines (7-5) allowed two unearned runs, with two walks […]

LSC-leading Southeastern Oklahoma rides big inning

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University freshman left-hander Aaron Anderson was able to get out of bases-loaded, no-out jams the first two times he’d been in that situation this season. The third time, on Friday at Greyhound Field, he wasn’t quite so fortunate. Catcher Brad Shankle whacked a three-run double, highlighting league-leading Southeastern Oklahoma’s […]

City to host town hall meeting on tax hike

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to answer questions and present information about a .25 percent gross receipts tax to pay for the Ute Water Project. Present will be city officials and Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Art featured at area events

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Alisa Boswell Art in a variety of forms — from literature to painting — appears alive and well in Clovis and Portales. Two major annual events are already under way — The Jack Williamson Lectureship and the Pintores Art League Spring Fling. The Pintores Art League Spring Fling kicked off Friday by accepting submissions for […]

In search of ponies: A lot to chirp about

Sharna Johnson While I was waiting for my turn at the feed store counter, I couldn’t help but notice three large bins with heat lamps over top and the rabble of dozens of tweeting babies. Of course (as if there were any doubt) I stooped down to check the little fellows out and was amused […]

McGee: ‘The kissing disease’

Do people ever get “mono” anymore? Or is it that I’m just in the age group that doesn’t know or care about mononucleosis anymore? Surely you’ve heard of mononucleosis, “The Kissing Disease.” Don’t ask me about how it works and that stuff, this isn’t that kind of article. There’s the worse sore throat you’ll probably […]