Businesses fighting pigeon problem

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Christina Calloway Since the great-tailed grackles took flight in January, businessmen and local residents still haven’t seen many signs of them returning. But the absence of those pests has made an avenue for another. Pigeons and doves have become more of an issue recently for local businesses and their customers, according to Portales Public Work [...]

Backyard bird count unites bird watchers

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Benna Sayyed Don Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers when the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count commences Friday. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an event that calls on birdwatchers from across the U.S. and Canada to make an official count of the of birds in North America. “I bet there are [...]

Religion column: God’s valentine comes in form of Bible

Remember when you received all of those wonderful valentines in grade school? You carefully read each one noting with great eagerness the sender’s signature. What about those little heart candies with all kinds of love notes? I took them seriously. I thought every boy in the room was in love with me. Who forgets that [...]

Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next [...]

Births — Dec. 4

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Brandon Malaura Eryn Brandon was born Nov. 18, 2011 to Caleb and Jennifer Brandon of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Grandparents are Bill and Glenda Johnson of Clovis, and Jim and Marsha Brandon of Clovis. Cliff Brandon is great-grandfather.

Birthdays — Dec. 4

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Bowen Grace Helen Bowen of Clovis will celebrate her 100th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Senior Citizen Resident Center, 2210 Mabry Dr in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by her family. This will be a come and go celebration, no gifts please. Grace was born Dec. 8, 1911, [...]

Anniversaries — Nov. 20

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Stieg [image #3, align=left, size=medium] Fred and Christine Stieg of Conchas Dam will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the Conchas Lake Baptist Church. The couple was married Nov. 25, 1941, at the First Baptist Church Parsonage in Portales. They have four [...]

Birthdays —

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Reeves [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Mrs. Maxcine Reeves celebrated her 90th birthday at the home of her son, Lewis Reeves, on July 30. Present were over 60 people , friends, family and three generations of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Maxcine had seen on TV a quilt painted on a barn. Being an avid quilter, [...]

Shoutouts — Oct. 2

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Family offers thanks to community When a family confronts sadness and misfortune with a gallant spirit, the family learns to live bravely and strong. For we know that sometimes the most beautiful intentions in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart. We also know that a candle loses [...]

Wednesday morning briefing: Local redistricting, storing chilies and the last great Red Sox

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing: Meetings watch Curry County Commissioners are expected to make their final decision Thursday in redistricting. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. The decision could place two incumbents in the same district — pitting them against each other in local elections [...]