Keeping fees means cutting force

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If Congress blocks Defense Department plans to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees and beneficiary co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, the services will have to make even deeper cuts in force strength than now planned, the military’s top health official told lawmakers last week. “Given the constraints of the Budget Control Act, if […]

Religion column: Put your life into hands of Jesus

I have been holding hands with my husband for many years. Those same hands that carried my books at school took my hands in his and pledged all his love to me on our wedding day. Those same hands held mine at the birth of each son. Those same hands built our first home; a […]

Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Alisa Boswell The square in Portales will be filled with Christmas themes and lights tonight as the 25th annual Christmas Jubilee kicks off with a Christmas parade, food vendors and live music, and a few new twists. “This may be one of the best ones ever,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. “The first […]

Clovis band students dominate band selections

Freedom New Mexico Students from the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Marshall and Yucca middle schools dominated selections on the Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators Junior High All-District Honor Band. The band, named last week, had 64 of its 95 available seats filled by Clovis students. Also, Clovis students claimed nine of the 14 […]

ENMU honors alumni

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Alisa Boswell Eyes filled with tears Saturday morning in Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building Ballroom as university alumni and educators were honored for their years of accomplishments. “I feel very, very humbled,” said Barbara George, an ENMU alumna and one of five local educators who were placed into the Educator’s Hall of Honor […]

Keep the faith and never give up

Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. The world has many problems. It seems we hear bad news every day. So many good things are hardly noticed. We forget to count our many blessings. […]

Prairie chicken poster contest open

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Argen Duncan The annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest is taking entries as the event, which had participant slots filled in record time this year, nears. The 10th annual festival offers viewings of the lesser prairie chickens’ mating dances, entertainment and educational tours April 15-17 in Milnesand. The event is limited to 100 […]

Price: Love-filled holidays myth for some

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them […]

School board positions to be filled by February

Superintendent Randy Fowler said four Portales school board positions will be filled in a Feb. 1 election. Candidates have one day to file — Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office.

Our people: Proud Texan

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Brittany Chrisman is the president of the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University. A native Texan, Chrisman enjoys spending time with her horse, Fancy. Chrisman said her favorite part about her job as president is that she gets to plan and run fun-filled events and activities for the students of Eastern. “I get paid […]