In search of ponies: Picking up after hen egg-sasperating

Sharna Johnson Oh yeah, I’m sure the neighbors think I’m odd when they see me trudging around. Head down, eyes to the ground, I sweep my foot through the few patches of tall grass that have managed to grow — incidentally sprouted near spots on my multi-patched hose where the mends have given out. Some […]

In search of ponies: Egg-citing discovery

Sharna Johnson I have to admit and even I am surprised, but I am actually enjoying having chickens. Racquel and Molly — they came with names — are perfect ladies and are actually kind of neat to have around. They don’t like to be touched, but by the same token they like to shadow me […]

My turn: Plenty of events set for weekend

Local residents with children told me the Portales and Clovis community egg hunts were a great source of family fun last weekend. I enjoyed spending Easter in Texas, getting quality egg-hunting time with my niece and nephew. While on this trip, I acquired a green plastic egg, which lights up and spins and has been […]

Easter egg scramble

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo From left, Kaitlaynd Murphy, Christian Godfrey and Alex Godfrey inspect each others’ haul after the hunt. Liliana Castillo It took 300 children seven minutes to collect 3,000 eggs at Saturday’s Easter egg hunt hosted by the Community Center at Unity Park. Community Center Manager Paul Hopkins said staff spread eggs around […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Egg-citing possibilities and the universe off and running

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Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Something to crow about Excuse the pun, but M.K. Thompson of Clovis isn’t kidding around when he says he’s after a Guinness World Record for having found the world’s smallest egg. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Thompson, who raises a variety of chickens, says he […]

Local groups plan Easter egg hunts

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Alisa Boswell Easter eggs, by the hundreds, will be scattered across lawns for children to hunt in Clovis, Portales and Texico on Saturday. All egg hunts are free and open to the public. Joan Martinez-Terry, a member of the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, said she thinks the annual Portales Easter egg hunt is a good […]

City asking for Easter egg donations

The City of Portales needs donations of plastic Easter eggs, filled if possible, for its second annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is set for 3 p.m. April 23 at the city softball complex. Organizers made changes to address compaints that last year’s setup left many children emptyhanded, Deputy City Clerk Veda Urioste said. Information […]

Egg replacement featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on Swedish decorating, replacing eggs in baking and the art of perfumery will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Decorators and authors Edie Van Breems and Rhonda Eleish will show how to paint and wax wooden frames, which is the same technique for transforming […]

Perspective born from childhood impatience

Sharna Johnson It all started with a chicken and an egg. And another egg, and another… Make that a chicken and a nest of eggs. Enter a hungry polecat (Appalachian for skunk) and you have a nest full of eggs and no chicken. It was cool outside, early spring. I was 12 and I was […]

Their view: Easter egg hunts big disappointment

Portales’ Lindsey Valdez was disappointed with Portales’ Easter egg hunts last Saturday. Here’s what she had to say in a letter to the editor: “I arrived at Memorial Park 20 minutes early for the egg hunt with my 17-month-old only to discover the hunt was over. There were many children walking away with baskets that […]

ATF aiding egg farm fire investigation

Freedom New Mexico The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation of a fire last week at a Farwell egg farm causing an estimated $20 million in damage and killing nearly a million chickens. According to a press release from the ATF in Lubbock, a national response team along with […]

Egg plant fire kills nearly 1 million chickens

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Nearly a million chickens died in Thursday’s fire at Cal-Maine Foods in Parmer County, Texas, a company spokesperson said today. Delores McMillin with Cal-Maine Foods said 800,000 chickens in five houses were wiped out by the fire and smoke. Four laying houses, chickens and all, were consumed by the […]

Egg plant in Parmer County on fire

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Freedom New Mexico Four buildings with laying hens were destroyed by fire Thursday at the Cal-Maine egg plant near U.S. Highway 60 and Farm to Market Road 3333 in Parmer County. The fire started about 6 p.m. (CDT) when Cal-Maine’s employees were heading home for the day, Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries said. No injuries […]

Farwell to get egg-processing plant

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico An egg-processing plant near Farwell will soon be operational. The Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods plant began construction in September 2007, and recently had its first delivery of baby chicks, said Tim Dawson, vice president and chief financial officer. The company hatches the chicks at its hatchery in Mendenhall, Miss., then […]

Sept. 9 School Menus

Floyd School Menu for the week of September 10 Breakfast Monday: Sausage/egg casserole, cereal, juice, milk. Tuesday: Blueberry muffin, cereal, juice, milk. Wednesday: Ham/egg burrito, cereal, juice, milk. Thursday: Quesadilla, bacon, cereal, juice, milk. Lunch Monday: BBQ ribs, potato salad, chilled pears, milk, (Salad bar MS/HS). Tuesday: Sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, rolls, […]

27th MDG ponies up rides, offers ‘eggs’citing day for youths

The Easter bunny takes a break from hiding eggs to help out swinging some children on the playground at Unity Park Saturday. Airman Elliott Sprehe Smiles and laughter abounded as children ranging from newborn to 12 gathered for the annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Unity Park. Sponsored by the 27th Medical Group’s Booster Club […]

Good Friday initiates weekend of faith

By William P. Thompson A number of Portales churches are set to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this weekend and some traditional Easter holiday events are taking place around town. Dick Ross, pastor at First Baptist Church said he’s not into the holiday trappings like Easter bunnies and hunting for eggs. Ross said he’s keeping Easter at […]

First-graders have ‘eggs-tra’ fun with science project

By William P. Thompson Steiner Elementary students spent Thursday morning watching eggs being tossed to the ground from a cherry picker about 90 feet up in the air. Unanimously, the students agreed it was a fun way to learn elementary physics. Thursday’s “Egg Drop” was the fifth annual for the school. Teacher Diane Maez said […]

Old Thunder wasn’t the greatest gift after all

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, this is that wonderful time of year when we celebrate Father’s Day. (Pause here for drum roll.) Warning: No matter that your daughter gave you a bolo tie with a Girl Scout emblem on it, or that your son gave you a birthstone ring made of cement, […]