Family tops New Year’s resolutions list

By Clyde Davis Local columnist We’re approaching a new beginning, at least in the year as measured by the calendar we use. Smack in the middle of the biggest week in the holiday season, and it’s a reasonably safe bet that someone this week will bring up the subject of New Year’s resolutions. Yes, I […]

Gluten-free pizza recipe featured

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on adding embellishments to doll furniture, using reclaimed doors, and using one pattern to make four jackets will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m.  Tuesday, and for noon on Thursday. Jana Beus makes doll furniture, and she’s going to show several ways to add embellishments […]

Senior happenings — Dec. 28

Baxter-Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Jewelry Pals, 10 a.m.; 8-Ball Pool, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Line dance, 1 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m. Tuesday: Quilting, 8 a.m.; exercise equipment, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.;  8-Ball Pool, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Musical, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Sew […]

On the shelves — Dec. 28

These books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel Levitin describes recent advances in brain science to show how we can organize our homes, workplaces, and lives in order to gain the mastery over the deluge of information that assaults us every […]

Can’t help but ponder circle of life

By Karl Terry Local c0lumnist Do we experience a circle of life here on Earth or is it more like a merry-go-round? I’ve pondered that question a bit since I returned to my hometown of Portales in 2005. After a quarter century of living in different and even wonderful places, coming home — while it’s […]

Cannon special interest group opts for transparency

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer As the Committee of Fifty comes up on its 56th year furthering the interests of Cannon Air Force Base, the group is initiating a push for transparency. “We recognize that there has been misinformation about the committee for several years,” chairman Stacey Martin said. “We decided it was time […]

Perfecting craft means falling in love with the process

Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist The first thing I noticed when I met Virgil was his strong grip. For a man in his 80s, I got the sense he’d give me a run for my money in an arm wrestling match. His calloused hands were tinted with a hint of black. He had thick wrists.  The […]

Portales High squads heading into Texas for tournament play

By Derek Major Staff writer The Portales boys and girls basketball teams head to Texas this week in search of tougher competition. Both are entered in three-day tournaments starting Monday — the Rams in the Littlefield tournament and the Lady Rams in the Caprock Holiday Tournament in Lubbock, which features 40 girls teams in […]

Plenty to do to start new year

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Curry County Home Economist Glenda Belcher talks about painting techniques at a do-it-yourself workshop at the 2014 New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The expo features seminars, demonstrations, and food from agriculture vendors.

By Joshua Lucero Portales and Clovis are kicking off the new year with activities and events for all ages in January and February. Oasis State Park will be hosting a public hike as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative Jan. 1, according to the Oasis website. The hike is open to […]

Who knew you needed a tie?

By Grant McGee Local columnist It was “The Golden Age of Disco” and I knew I needed new clothes. I dutifully trotted off to the store and bought the polyester slacks and the platform shoes and the tight flowery shirt with the big collar. And I kept my long, flowing hair in place with hairspray. […]

Year in review: Steps taken to secure water

Staff report From completing the first phase of the Ute Water Project to efforts of  purchasing water rights from local farmers, this year Clovis made major steps in trying to secure water for the city’s future. Ute Water Project The $550 million Ute Water Project will pipe water from Ute Lake to communities in Curry […]

Dogs have insatiable need to interact with humans

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Just a few days ago, they were wriggling under the weight of fluffy red bows and the excited oohs and awes of delight. Now, in the wake of Christmas excitement, many a pup has begun the arduous task of adjusting to life with new families. Learning that relieving oneself on […]

Pages Past — Dec. 27

On this date … 1973: Clovis city commissioners, after lengthy debate, voted to grant a license for a second taxicab service. City Cab Co. opposed the competition, but Commissioner Pat Sandoval moved that the license be granted, “because Clovis is growing and there is a need for more cab service.” Commissioner Jewell Joiner was the […]

News of gentlemen’s club raises strong opinions

By David Stevens Editor Editor’s note: This is one in a series of columns looking back at regional news in 2014. It will continue through Jan. 1. People say the most interesting things. Here are a few examples of memorable quotes from the past year: ‘Gentlemen’ wouldn’t do that The opening of a strip club […]

Serving the masses

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Wynella Shaw, front, helps serve food for the Christmas Day luncheon at El Rancho.

By Derek Major Staff writer Most restaurants were closed on Christmas Day, but cars lined up early Thursday morning at the El Rancho  to take part in restaurant’s annual Christmas  luncheon. “We’ve been doing this for 11 years now,” said Joey Garcia, whose family opened the restaurant in 1989. “Me and my wife had come […]

2014 year in review — Dec. 26

A brief look at some of the top stories in 2014: Pumpkins stolen Summary: Portales made national headlines in September when juveniles raided a small pumpkin patch cared for by youngsters at Eastern New Mexico University’s Child Development Center. Lara Vaughan, the school’s master teacher, said the students had studied pumpkins, weeded the area and […]

Area gets fair share of weird news in 2014

By David Stevens Editor Editor’s note: This is one in a series of columns looking back at regional news in 2014. It will continue through Jan. 1. Sometimes you just have to shake your head. Some of the weirdest news we reported in 2014: • Sin came to Curry County in the fall. Former Texas […]

To do list — Dec. 26

Saturday • Craft bazaar fundraiser — 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Portales Church of God, 1427 East Amazon. Ongoing • 7 Deadly Sins, ENMU student juried art exhibition — Through Jan. 30, ENMU Golden Library. Admission: free. Information: Bryan Hahn 575-562-2778. The to do list publishes daily and features non-recurring public meetings and entertainment options of interest […]

EPCOG executive director speaks about achievements, expansion

Sandy Chancey

Sandy Chancey is executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. We asked her about changes in the association of county and municipal governments that includes public entities in Curry, De Baca, Quay and Roosevelt counties. How has EPCOG’s role changed over the past two or three years? EPCOG’s role has changed considerably. There are […]

My experience is to chain the gate

By Audra Brown Local columnist Don’t spit into the wind. Good advice and, in this part of the world, we all know somebody who spits, and we dang sure know about the wind. There’s a lot of good advice out there. Here’s the trite wisdom for the day, brought to you by our proud sponsor, […]