Engagements —

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May-Guthals Daniel and Crystal May of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kaylamarie May of Clovis, to Ean Guthals of Clovis, son of Bryan and Deirdre Guthals of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. on June 29, 2012, at Central Baptist Church in Clovis. A reception will be […]

Ticket feature: STOMP performing in Lubbock

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Freedom New Mexico Percussive dance troupe STOMP performs Feb. 24 and 25 at Lubbock’s City Bank Auditorium. Sections of the show have been updated and restructured with the addition of two full-scale routines using props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. USA Today said, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” The […]

My turn: Portales full of hidden gems

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Christina Calloway I disagree with people who think their birthday is just another day. Birthdays have no rules. Your birthday isn’t the only day out of the year that you can treat yourself but it is nice to acknowledge just how special you are and do what you want for a day. I turned 23 […]

Local legislators share priorities

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Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]

Guard chief’s promotion criticized

Congress is about to elevate the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joining the JCS chairman, vice chairman and four service branch chiefs as top military advisers to the president and his national security team. It’s a controversial bump in power and prestige that […]

Seeking local discussion on liberty

While liberty is a full-time passion of mine, writing about it is merely a part-time urge. A pretty strong urge that will not be ignored, but one which can be delayed when necessary. Life is usually pretty full of other things, which tend to get in the way of things I plan to write about; […]

My turn: High school reunion full of lessons

It took awhile, but I’ve finally figured out that most people are pretty tough. It’s easy to assume that we are stronger than others — or at least stronger than others give us credit for. It’s harder to accept that we are not especially unique. It’s also easy to underestimate the easy-going. Until someone crosses […]

Sport funding act full of hooey

Martha Burk is to women’s rights issues what Friday night football is to high school athletics. Martha slugs it out in the heavyweight division of advocacy. She disagrees with a column here that criticized a New Mexico law making private booster donations part of the total benefits pie for high school athletics. Former Lt. Gov. […]

My turn: Small-town athletics full of tests

At Mt. Vernon High School in east Texas, I played football, basketball and track. Since my twin sister outweighed me until I was a 123-pound senior tailback, baseball or soccer would have been better bets — but we had neither as varsity sports. We didn’t have a track either, so track season was primarily for […]

Pets on parade at county fair

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Alisa Boswell The final day for the Roosevelt County Fair was dedicated to the children of Roosevelt county, a day full of children’s events that kicked off with the Kiwanis Pet Show. Taylor Bashaw, 8, showed off her border collie, Mackie, who received a ribbon for being so long. “She’s really good and she listens […]

My turn: Book full of poignant quotes

Alisa Boswell “The Universe, as has been observed before, is an unsettlingly big place, a fact which for the sake of a quiet life most people tend to ignore.” This is one of my favorite quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I have had reading time the last week because I have […]

Ticket feature: Home and Garden Show begins Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico The annual Home and Garden Show begins Saturday, running through Sunday and promises a full house of vendors, products and ideas. With something for the whole family, organizer Todd Farrell said this year about 50 percent of the 78 vendors who have signed on to show products are new and the show […]

Reader-submitted content: High school seniors awarded scholarships

Nancy Gentry Roosevelt County Rural Telephone Cooperative recently selected scholarship winners. Fourteen high school seniors will receive a $500 Education Foundation Scholarship. These scholarships are for one year, subject to confirmation that the requirements of grade point average and enrollment as a full-time student have been met. They are available to members living within RCRTC […]

In search of ponies: Bin full of not-so-useful pet gadgets

Sharna Johnson There’s a plastic bin on the shelf over my washer and dryer that mocks me like some kind of impulse cemetery. Inside the bin is a mess of “What was I thinking?” pet accessories. A couple weeks ago I was hunting for the shock collar for a dog vs. horse issue and was […]

Breakfast with Santa registration full

Registration is no longer being accepted for the Portales Public Library Breakfast with Santa because the program is full. Participation is limited due to space.

Modesty small price to pay

Karl Terry Bet you can hardly wait for your next chance to fly the unfriendly skies on a commercial airline. The full naked body scan or the frisky pat-down search. Which will you opt for? I guess it depends on whether you want rather unconventional vacation photos or you’re looking for cheap thrills. I’ve been […]

Cowboy experiences full day’s work

“… and the old man gave his orders: Boys, go at them from the jump, no use to go for fancy riding now.” That great line from “The Man from Snowy River” by Banjo Paterson crossed my mind as I started into the thorny brush and wicked mesquite thicket on a steep slide of rocks […]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners that detail […]

Summer school in full swing

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Clarence Plank Summer school has already started and continues until June 17 at schools around Portales. Teacher Connie Hernandez said she has been teaching summer school for 19 years and she loves seeing a child’s reaction when they get something they have worked hard at learning. “The most important thing we look at are the […]

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long […]