Times have changed for Portales

Many of the long, hot, summer days of my childhood in Portales were not so much about north vs. south as much as they were about north meets south. Our childhood home was on North Avenue B, considered the barrio or, as we residents ourselves call it, “Taco Town.” My Grandma Emma happened to live […]

Tiempos han cambiado en Portales

Muchos de los largos y calurosos días de verano de mi infancia en Portales, no se sentía como si vinieran un frente fresco de Norte a Sur, sino mas bien como si se encontraran el Norte con el Sur. Nuestra casa estaba por la Avenida Norte B o en el barrio como lo llamábamos nosotros, […]

Military families prefer food stamps to military food assistance program

The Senate has voted to end a special food allowance stateside that was conceived 14 years ago primarily to avoid more news reports of military families using food stamps. On that original goal it failed miserably. The idea behind the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) was to offer junior enlisted with large families an alternative […]

Be thankful for your freedoms

Pushing the envelope. We do that in our nation. We climb social ladders, we question our leaders, we don’t settle for status quo. It makes sense to me. The American Dream … achieve more than the last generation, do more for the next one. Somewhere along the line this striving to make things better got […]

It’s that time of year for the best treat

Summer has officially arrived, and that means it’s time to break out the ice cream freezers. All you need is some sugar and cream, then toss in anything else that sounds delicious, and you’ve got yourself one of the best treats in the world. That’s how I go about concocting recipes. I’ve never been very […]

New military retirement proposal supposed to be better designed

Military leaders and Department of Defense pay experts have presented to Congress a reshaped version of that new “blended retirement” system for future service members, saying this one “best enables us to maintain the readiness of the All-Volunteer Force.” Their hope is that Congress will accept the fresh changes quickly and integrate them into the […]

Best things in summer are the simple things

The best things about summer are simple and carefree: • The heavenly scent of honeysuckle on a warm morning; • the sound of a lawnmower and the strong fragrance of freshly cut grass; • the patter of rain on the sidewalk, and the rush of the fresh, earthy aroma that comes with the first drops; […]

Women will be hit hardest by compensation changes

The Obama administration applauds several steps the Senate Armed Services Committee has taken to dampen military compensation growth next year, including support for a third straight pay raise cap, a jump in co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, and a deep cut in taxpayer support of commissaries, which is sure to shave shopper savings […]

Fantasies of no more passwords

Seventeen passwords. That’s the number I’ve just counted for online business accounts. I’m not even going to count the personal ones. And this number does not include any of the seven e-mail accounts I must keep up with. Oh my, it’s laborious. We all have our methods for dealing with this. It used to be […]

Bill takes different view on housing allowance

Many of the 40,000 dual-service couples in the military — members married to other service members — have for years drawn combined housing allowances stateside that more than cover their rent and utility costs. The philosophy has been that Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a key element of military compensation needed to keep pace […]

Killjoy a word I don’t ever want to be called

It isn’t a word I use. I don’t recall even hearing myself say it out loud. But it popped into my head the other day when I’d apparently had enough of a certain attitude. Naturally, I began to wonder where the word came from. It’s so completely telling when used descriptively. Someone, somewhere came up […]

Simple fun was the best summer fun

Summer vacation has officially begun for me, and so I find myself thinking about my childhood summers. They were the bomb. Not because we had money and went to Disneyland or The Grand Canyon. Most of our summer fun was free. What kind of fun in the sun can you have for free? We didn’t […]

Help those in need

Remember when Portales went without running water for a day? Remember how inconvenienced we were for 24 hours? Businesses and schools were shut down. We waited anxiously for word that everything was back to normal. It’s been one month since the first devastating earthquake ravaged the nation of Nepal. So much has happened since then. […]

Local artist paints religious mural

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Adrian Lopez completed a large mural Wednesday at Frederick Lopez’s custom wood products business on Second Street. Lopez said eventually the entire wall will be covered with religious art to inspire the neighborhood.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Local artist Adrian Lopez made a splash this week with the completion of a religious mural that can be seen from Clovis’ busiest highway. The colorful mural set on the outside wall of a local business depicts St. Joseph teaching Jesus how to be a carpenter while Mary looks […]

Orphaned calves always make for more work

Orphaned calves come about due to various reasons. Sometimes a cow dies before the calf is ready to be weaned, sometimes a cow is too stupid to take care of her calf properly and, sometimes, the cow is too old or too injured to make for a proper mama cow. In these cases, the calf […]

Sunday marks special occasion

On Sunday, the people of God will celebrate Pentecost. What is the significance of this day? On this day, the Holy Spirit was poured out for you and your children. Pentecost is the fourth in the cycle of spring feasts established by the Lord. It occurs exactly 50 days after Easter/resurrection Sunday. It was one […]

Thank you notes are a treasure

Every day I make two treks to the mailbox. The morning trip is my routine for getting checks dispersed to a great variety of people and businesses in the building industry. The afternoon jaunt is for gathering the stack of catalogs, bills and notices. Occasionally something special catches my eye in this stack of paper. […]

Xeriscaping takes effort

I’m a big fan of drought-tolerant grasses. Bermuda and buffalo grass are my favorites. Both are found in great supply around my place, and I’ve watched them hang on through years of rain famine with little care. While I’m committed to saving our precious water supply, I’ll tell you I’m not a big fan of […]

It’s a plague

Business owners, we need to talk. I just don’t see how we can continue on in the same old fashion with me continually handing over so much money to you. What is your company name doing splashed all over jerseys of little league teams? If you can afford to buy all those shirts, you’re making […]

It’s been a special spring in the NM High Plains

It was another beautiful morning. Birds were singing, roses were working on their first buds of the season, dandelions were giving me a reason to stay outside, and a soft breeze kept the hair out of my face. I realized I’d lost all credibility with new friends who’d recently moved here from the East Coast. […]