Library director’s life committed to children

Staff photo: D'Nieka Hartsfield
Denise Burnett is the library director at Portales Public Library.

Ask her how many children she has. She will tell you there are too many to count. Denise Burnett was born and raised in Portales. She moved to Los Lunas for a time but moved back to Portales to raise her family. She is married to Julian Burnett and together they have three children. Burnett […]

Terry: Only wife qualified to lead marriage dance

After 33 years of holy matrimony, I’m finally a little bit smarter than when the marriage started. Guys learn things slow, but when threatened regularly with a rolling pin even the most dense men begin to pick up on the spousal patterns and subtle signals that can keep you out of the doghouse if detected […]

Senior calendar — Sept. 6

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Labor Day Center Closed 4 p.m. games Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 10 a.m. Sew Days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. blood pressure check; 8 a.m. eggs, gravy and biscuits $4; 1 p.m. Bingo; 6 p.m. railroad potluck Friday: 10 […]

On the shelves — Sept. 6

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization,” by Elena Conis untangles the complicated paradox of childhood immunization, both a public health success story and a source of bitter controversy as Americans have questioned the safety and necessity of vaccines. “How Many is Too Many? […]

Borden: ‘Creative Living’ celebrates 40 years

“Creative Living with Sheryl Borden” will celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary this year. The popular how-to show is produced in high definition and includes captioning for the hearing impaired as well as descriptive video. To kick off the #7000 series, the first show is a “look-back” at some of the changes the show has gone […]

Hartsfield: This fall all about fabric choices

What the fashion? That’s something I always ask my associates every week in attempt to get them to reveal what trends, if any, they think are worth clinging to. So far, the ’90’s throwbacks and cocktail boots that are apparently what’s happening on the fashion scene have inspired none of them. But really, pairing boots […]

School menus — Sept. 6

Clovis Elementary Monday: No School, Labor Day Tuesday: Breakfast- Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch- Soft taco and salsa, spanish rice, seasoned pinto beans, romaine lettuce and tomato, assorted fresh fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast- Breakfast burrito. Lunch- Hamburger on a bun, baked French fries, leafy green lettuce, sliced tomato, delicious apple. Thursday: Breakfast- Mini pancakes. Lunch- […]

Pastor sees God changing him through people

Cody Brown

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series in which we profile religious leaders in Roosevelt County. Cody Brown has been the pastor at The Porch in Portales since it began more than 18 months ago. He previously pastored at Bethel Baptist Church and Arch Baptist Church. Brown said his favorite part of the […]

Dobson: Stories, history, cake lifeblood of family

My dad turned 78 on Monday. Quite a milestone considering the medical issues that he’s faced since the mid-90s. Birthdays took on an extra special meaning. This year, the grand celebration spanned a couple of weeks, three cakes, multiple dinners and a few rounds of “Happy Birthday” in various keys. Most of the family was […]

Local songbird shares gift of music

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Yolanda Romero is known around town for her singing and cake decorating.

She’s a woman who wears many hats. She’s a wife, mother, singer, cake decorator, sales consultant for Mary Kay, volunteer and so much more. Yolanda Romero, an Alamogordo native, moved to Clovis in 2005 with her husband of 20 years, George Romero, and their four children after accepting a marketing director position at Cannon Air […]

Terry: Italian from Raton had greater good at heart

He might have been an Italian from Raton at the core, but he became a true Portalesano long before his life in the desert ran out on Aug. 20 at age 81. I really didn’t know Tony Gennaro closely, but like a lot of other people who got acquainted with him, if you chatted with […]

Borden: Painting jeans featured on show

Information on making cute colorful birds for decorating and tips on traveling will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at noon on Thursday. Debra Quartermain will combine foam shapes with fleece, fabric and felt scraps to create cute colorful birds that are ideal for decorating children’s rooms, playrooms […]

School menus — Aug. 30

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast – Breakfast pizza. Lunch – Chicken and pasta, steamed broccoli and carrots, delicious apple. Tuesday: Breakfast – Banana bread. Lunch – Grilled chicken sandwich, baked French fries, veggie cup and ranch, fruity Jell-O. Wednesday: Breakfast – Muffin and string cheese. Lunch – Bean and cheese burrito and salsa, Spanish rice, lettuce […]

Senior calendar — Aug. 30

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 10 a.m. Sew Days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. blood pressure check; 8 a.m. eggs, gravy and biscuits $4; 1 […]

Club notes — Aug. 30

Altrusa International of Clovis Altrusa International of Clovis held their annual “Add an Altrusan” picnic on at 6 p.m. on August 22 at Ned Houk Park. The meeting was called to order by President Sherry Turner and the Altrusa Opening Prayer was recited. Present were Sherry Turner, Debbie Smith, Judy Cox, Judith Glikas, Kathy Travis, […]

Pastor inspired by faithful Christians

Dave McFadden

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series in which we profile religious leaders in Roosevelt County. Dave McFadden has been the pastor at First Baptist Church in Portales for 10 years. McFadden is also an online professor for the religion department at Eastern New Mexico University and for Rockbridge Seminary. What is your […]

Cantwell: ‘King is in the field’ in Hebrew month of Elul

In reviewing the Hebrew calendar in preparation for the upcoming fall Feasts of the Lord, I became aware of the blessings of the current Hebrew month of Elul. There are three unique aspects to Elul, the month of preparation in which Psalm 27 is read daily. Elul is the month of repentance when we choose […]

Road to citizenship ends in back yard

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Paulina Darrell at her naturalization ceremony at her home on Aug. 14.

Paulina Darrell has had a long journey on her road to citizenship, but she will admit that time certainly does fly when you’re a military wife. During her first year of college in Germany, she met her now husband, Ryan Darrell. The two stayed in touch. Fourteen years later, they married and became the parents […]

Terry: Fair dances evolved to big deal these days

I marveled as I watched the crowd slowly scooting around the dance floor, or “slab” as it’s called at the Roosevelt County Fair. The dances at the fair have grown into a huge tradition for families as well as young folks in love. Taking it all in from the sidelines on a cool August evening […]

Borden: Healthy food on budget on upcoming show

Information on creating different tablescapes and building a whole food/healthy kitchen on a budget will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at noon on Thursday. Interior decorator Latriece Brooks will demonstrate how to use fall accessories and create three different tablescapes using what you currently have on hand. […]