Year in review: Abengoa comes, goes again

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Abengoa comes, goes again Abengoa Bioenergy USA restarted its Portales bioethanol plant on Jan. 12 after two years of inactivity. Then in December, it announced plans to close again. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin an extensive maintenance plan, so we’ll […]

Cosmetic product maker to build facility in Clovis

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Benna Sayyed Clovis city officials approved a $3 million interest-free forgivable loan Wednesday to a beauty supply manufacturing company that could create up to 350 jobs in the area over the next five years. Chase Gentry, executive director of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said Beauty Health and Science Innovations hopes to be open by April. […]

My turn: Monarch butterflies remind us of beauty in nature

Orange is a color that comes into its own this month: Glowing pumpkins, crisp leaves, dazzling marigolds, and for those of us lucky enough to live around here, fluttering butterflies — Monarchs to be precise — making their unlikely journey south for the winter. One October of my childhood, a number of the evergreen trees […]

Growing older just part of life

Our culture seems to put a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young-looking. Plastic surgery is “in,” all the way to face-lifts, chin lifts and nose jobs. Please don’t get me wrong. I think we should try to look our best but to be preoccupied with […]

Tubin’: Beauty of nature’s carnage

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Jared Tucker Nature is awesome. Even though it’s also graphic and brutal at times, it’s great to watch nature in action when someone captures it on video. A YouTube user named TabulaFilms posted a graphic, yet entertaining video of a tarantula (Theraphosa blondi) attacking a little white mouse, and parading it around its glass cage. […]

Drive offers glimpse of nature’s beauty

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist It was a brief respite but last Sunday’s rainstorm provided us with hope during a long dry winter. The evidence of that hope was everywhere as the wife and I rose before daylight Monday for a trip to Lubbock. The night before the rare February thunderstorm had left us eating […]

God has plan for everyone, including you

By Joan Clayton Have you ever wondered if God really is in control of your life and if he knows every detail? Have you gone down a dark trail of pain and asked, “Why me?” If you have, you are not alone. Many of the biblical giants (“heroes of faith”) had the same feelings. Think […]

Life better with dose of happiness

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Life is a great adventure … a journey if you please. It is filled with turns, detours, surprises, excitement and most of all love. Many dance through life but never hear the music. That is sad to me. We all need a giant dose of “enthusiasm.” Even nature has enthusiasm […]

September 2, 1976

• The Anderson-Skaggs Feeding Corporation temporarily shut down it’s feedlot on the Airbase Highway. Cattle from the facility was being shipped to the corporation’s Smeyer, Texas lot. • Nancy Brown announced that she had closed the State Beauty College and would be moving to the Curry County Beauty College. • A round half gallon carton […]

People must stand strong

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Several years ago I planted holly hock flower seeds. They never came up and I thought “so much for holly hocks. The abundance of rain this spring and summer has brought a vigorous growth to our yard. Imagine my surprise when I discovered holly hocks growing profusely. Not only that, they […]

Women get day out

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By Tony Parra It was a day for the women to enjoy and learn beauty tips, personal development and health in Portales as part of the second annual Women’s Day Out. The Portales Women’s Club helped sponsor the event along with the Roosevelt County Chamber of Comerce, Freedom Newspapers and Dillard’s Department Store. A couple […]

Innocence creates wordly beauty

By Baxter Black I remember the first time I ever went to Florida. It was in the cow country around Wachula that I first saw Palmetto. Copses of palm trees, cypress and yellow pine stood like islands in a sea of green grass. Hammocks, the locals called the “islands,” were carpeted with low-lying exotic-looking jagged-leafed plants. From […]