Their view: Raising minimum wage would be best stimulus

Green presidential candidate Jill Stein took note of the intense efforts of retailers to stimulate demand with Black Friday spending sprees:

Old laws in need of new analysis

During a period of deep reflection and painstaking research, which basically involved sitting in an easy chair and playing computer poker while grasping for a column idea, I had an epiphany. It is this. I have a lot of things to be thankful for this season, but none more reassuring than the news my epistemic […]

Financier invested wealth in education

Freedom New Mexico Education reforms come and go, usually with little impact. But one person who made a difference for the better was Ted Forstmann, who died Nov. 20 in New York City at age 71. Forstmann made a fortune through investment firms and other businesses. He also criticized junk bonds as too risky. And […]

Police blotter — Nov. 27

Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Nov. 20 • A man told officers that someone had broken out the driver’s window on his vehicle the previous Saturday. He said he was at his shop until 3:30 p.m. and the vehicle was fine. He said he found the vehicle […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family N

Today’s focus: Family N. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 5 and 9) Special circumstance: The husband has been out of work since he was injured playing ball. The family does not have workmans compensation and they are paying their bills with savings. The family hopes the husband can be back to work soon, […]

My turn: Which gender is better suited to lead?

In Newsweek, Moshe Dayan’s widow, Ruth Dayan, 95, expressed pessimism about peace between Israelis and Arabs. “I long for the old Israel…It was about living together, working together, creating a bridge. “I’m friends with so many Arabs. This government does not represent my values…Both sides think they are freedom fighters.” Three area women surprised me […]

Altrusa holiday event starts Saturday

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Alisa Boswell Altrusa’s second major annual event has arrived with Holiday Happenings taking place Dec. 3 in the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom in the Campus Union Building. Co-chair for the event, Dannah Brown, said this is the 14th year and tables are sold out each year. “I think viewing the tables and visiting with […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family U

Today’s focus: Family U. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 3, and 7) Special circumstance: Family U has relocated to Clovis from Arizona in order to take care of elderly parents who have both fallen ill. The family has been helping the parents with medical bills, which have wiped out much of their savings, […]

McGee: Street names have interesting origins

Have you ever wondered where some street names come from? I’m sure folks who pass through our High Plains towns might ponder the naming of John Doe Street in Clovis or Chicago Avenue in Portales. The Lady of the House and I had such a moment in our recent travels to visit Palm Beach, Fla., […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

ENMU/OPSU men’s basketball capsule, Nov. 26

Freedom New Mexico ENMU (5-1) at Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-3) When: 6 p.m. (MST) today Where: Goodwell, Okla. Last time out: The Greyhounds outlasted New Mexico Highlands 104-98 in a game played on Wednesday at Santa Rosa High School. The Aggies haven’t played since Nov. 18 when they lost at Colorado-Colorado Springs 91-77. Radio: KSEL-FM […]

Black Friday sales move at steady pace

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Alisa Boswell “Booming” was not the word most local Clovis and Portales retail officials used for store traffic Friday morning during Black Friday sales. Despite the lack of long lines and sales moving at a steady pace, retail officials said they expect to come out ahead or break even with last year’s Black Friday sales. […]

Coordinator hoping for growth with Elida’s Christmas on the Square

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Alisa Boswell Elida’s Christmas on the Square event will be held for the second year on Dec. 3. Michelle Ward, owner of The Little Things in Elida and the main coordinator for the event, said the first year was successful with visitors from not only Roosevelt County but also from Clovis, Muleshoe and Roswell. “A […]

My turn: Holiday traditions never get old

Alisa Boswell I could potentially be an incredibly cheesy person because without fail, no matter how old I get, I still get ridiculously excited about the holidays. But I like to think of it as me just being ‘a kid at heart.’ My family has always been one of those families with multiple corny traditions […]

Feast for all

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds of people grabbed a meal Thursday with no money changing hands — just the occasional, “Please,” and, “Thank you,” offered instead. Some were families, some were friends, and some were just becoming friends at the 20 tables set up with construction-paper hand turkeys and other festive decor. Whether eating or serving, many […]

Empty stocking — Nov. 25

• Today’s focus: Family S. • Household members: 5 • Children: 3 (ages 11, 8 and 7) • Special circumstance: The family’s place of employment may be closing, and the family is struggling due to the uncertainty of employment. • Clothing needs: Boys clothing sizes 12 and 8, girls clothing size 8. • Toys list: […]

Clayton: Miracles happen in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Have you ever considered the fact that you are a miracle? That tiny microscopic cell contains your physical characteristics, talents, abilities and personality. I find that amazing. What about the little coincidences in our lives? Had you been just a little bit earlier or later a car wreck might […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]