No, it’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas

On my return from Phoenix last weekend, flying into Sunport, after two days of meetings that seemed to last a month, the first thing I did was what many of us, I suppose, do. I tuned in the car radio, looking for familiar Albuquerque stations, and prepared to run a few errands. Imagine my surprise. […]

We were boredom fighters

Imagination and ingenuity are traits they don’t pass out much anymore. We never lacked those qualities growing up. If we got caught out visiting some boring relative or friends of our parents where there were no toys or balls, we improvised. A shirt or towel could be rolled up and tucked or tied with string […]

Decorating tips coming up on new shows

Information on decorating wooden frames, making treat pops, and using botanical design stamps will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and noon Thursday. Lisa Rojas is a mixed media artist and designer, and she’s going to demonstrate how to decorate a wooden frame with rubber stamped images and chalk pencils to […]

No place like home

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Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com After spending years traveling the world with her husband while he was in the Air Force, June Phillips said the two were passing through Clovis in 1973, stopped to visit some friends, and simply never left. “It was a place to settle down until we decided where we wanted […]

ENMU basketball squads suffer exhibition defeats

CMI staff ALBUQUERQUE — Eastern New Mexico University’s men competed admirably Saturday night in an exhibition game against five-time Mountain West Conference champion New Mexico before losing to the Lobos 87-68 at The Pit. The Lobos, 29-6 last season and ranked 23rd in the Associated Press preseason poll, never led by more than the final […]

Peanut growers in bind

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Peanut farmers have a different pay schedule than most. Once they harvest their peanuts in the fall, typically about mid to late-October, they are paid for their crop for the entire year. When Sunland Inc., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy early in October, growers in eastern New Mexico and […]

Oasis hosts annual fishing clinic

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The 23rd Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic was up and running bright and early Saturday morning at Oasis State Park. Youth anglers brought their poles, tackle boxes, and listening ears as they took in the fundamentals of fishing from volunteers representing various organizations. The Kids Fishin’ Clinic was […]

Police blotter — Nov. 3

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Thursday: • 11:12 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of Utah. • 12:13 p.m.: Parking complaint, 200 block of South Avenue B. • 12:29 p.m.: Animal complaint, N.M. 236. • 12:52 p.m.: Animal complaint, 1000 block of East Danube. • 12:59 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 40000 block of U.S. […]

Creator’s best work is … us?

Most of you are familiar with theories about the universe being fine-tuned for human existence. The dynamics are too numerous and complex to encapsulate here, but a few examples from varied sources include: • If gravity were slightly weaker, it would not squeeze the sun’s core enough to ignite nuclear reactions needed for life-generating sunlight; […]

Ideology first, governance later helps nobody

As the world was focused on the antics of Congress and the White House last month, something significant happened in Texas that points to part of the problem in Washington. At a Tarrant County gathering of tea party Republicans, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, locked in a contentious bid for re-election, declared that he believed President […]