Getting kids to clean room requires creativity

By Helena Rodriguez How clean is your house? That’s a scary question to ask someone, even a good friend, during a casual conversation. “How’s your day?” and “What do you think about the weather?” These are valid conversation topics. But talk about what lies behind someone’s closed doors and inside their closets and you just […]

Summer youth programs helps Portales students stay on track

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By Tony Parra The summer is not necessarily a break for students. Several programs in Portales offer jobs that remind students about the importance of education. The federal Clean and Beautify Program allows students a chance to earn a paycheck with up to 25 hours per week. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautify Program coordinator, said […]

Towels part of life’s tapestry

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Portales to pick up its trash

MIchelle Seeber Clean and Beautiful. That’s how organizers of the Clean and Beautiful Committee want Portales to look by the end of the day Saturday. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautiful coordinator and the city’s administrative assistant, said she is calling on volunteers from throughout Portales to participate in the city-wide trash cleanup that day. Groups […]

Town looks good in white

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Darrell Todd Maurina As one of Roosevelt County’s oldest communities, Elida has had a long time to build a rich history. It’s also had a long time to accumulate dust and dirt. Beginning this weekend, Elida residents are starting to spruce up their town by painting older buildings, removing junk, and otherwise getting the town […]

Portales cleans up city

By Janet Bresenham The streets, alleys, parks and public areas in Portales received a spring cleaning Saturday, as children and adults fanned out across the city to pick up trash. “This is our community, so we need to keep it clean,” said Portales City Council Member Dianne Parker, who co-chairs the annual clean-up event. “We […]