Terry: Friday nights have highlights, lowlights

Football season is back and things are returning to normal — a new normal apparently. Tom Brady of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots deflected Deflate-Gate and dodged his four-game suspension the week before the start of the season. He quickly put it all behind him with four touchdown passes Thursday night. I […]

Nieka Style: With makeup, less is more

Every woman who wears makeup has a routine that may not be the same each day, but they’ve developed it to fit their lifestyle. The woman on the go may find herself putting her makeup on in the car or at the office before the start of her workday. There are some of us who […]

Creative Living — Centerpiece creation tips coming

Information on making a quilted pieced placemat, creating centerpieces and learning to use a serger will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain). Designer and seamstress, Patty Dunn will show how to weave fabric strips to make a quilted pieced look. She’ll also show placemats […]

Club Notes — Sept. 13

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met Wednesday with President June Ferguson presiding.  Gertie Swager gave the invocation and Mary Lou Rowley led the pledges and collection. There were 13 members and two guests present. Correspondence was read. Ferguson reminded members about hostess committee duties.  Cami Howl reported on the flower show the club sponsored […]

On the shelves — Sept. 13

The following books are available: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder,” by Enrico Gnaulati draws on the work of a clinical psychologist to explain why our kids are being over-diagnosed, and how parents and professionals can tell true psychiatric disorders from […]

Senior calendar — Sept. 13

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; 8 a.m. eggs, gravy and biscuits $4; 1 p.m. […]

School Menus — Sept. 13

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast- Breakfast Pizza.  Lunch- Meat and cheese nachos, garden salad with ranch, mini carrots, applesauce Tuesday: Breakfast- Cinnamon roll. Lunch- Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed green salad, delicious apple, whole wheat roll. Wednesday:  Breakfast- Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch- Homemade cheese and bean burrito, salsa, celery sticks with ranch […]

Pastor believes church helps God repair the world

Keith Wilks

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series in which we profile religious leaders in Roosevelt County. Keith Wilks is in the beginning of his second year as pastor at First United Methodist Church in Portales. In his 27 years of pastoral ministry, Wilks has also pastored at Patterson Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church […]

Shelburne: Still need to heed call for healing, unity, grace

I’ve tried to resist writing this column. Maybe not hard enough. May I say early on … First, reality in general and history in particular, are rarely as simple, clear-cut and tidy as many folks would like to think. Second, the winners of wars get to write most of the history. Third, just because the […]

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 […]