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 […]

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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, […]

TRICARE news: Don’t let excuses keep you from mammogram

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance When Mara Street turned 40, she received a call from TRICARE to recommend she go for her first yearly mammogram. Street, who resides in Great Falls, Mont. and is the wife of a retired Air Force captain, didn’t listen at first. “I deleted the message, thinking I’m a healthy […]

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 […]

My turn: Snack mix packs variety of tastes, textures

A single handful of snack mix has a great variety of tastes and textures. Munching on all the components is fun. That coupled with my sweet tooth made the following recipe sound quite good. It’s from www.tasteofhome.com, reprinted with permission. “Pack a sandwich bag of this treat in each of your children’s lunches and watch […]

Mom creates maternity line for fashion-forward women

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Jan Norman Ladera Ranch, Calif., mom Julia Christensen gained 83 pounds when she was pregnant with her son Bradford. Nothing in the stores looked attractive or fit with style for this self-described fashionista. “Clothes either cost $400 for a one-time wearing or weren’t made nicely,” she says. Sound familiar? It sure seemed to Christensen that […]

Joy makes it great to be alive

Joan Clayton Today is the day to be happy, and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy. “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10 NCV). You can do anything […]

Parents’ tips for camping with kids

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Sara Cassinelli Camping can be inexpensive and a great way for families to unplug, be outside and experience everything nature has to offer all while creating lifelong memories. Avid outdoorsman and Idaho Outdoors freelance writer Mark Krepps has three boys and has some great advice for parents who want to take their kids camping. Choosing […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Sarah Drew talks about her pregnancy and plans to be a working mom

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Carolyn Robertson With her first trimester behind her, actress Sarah Drew is immersed in all things baby these days, shopping for maternity clothes, preparing a birth plan and debating baby names with her professor husband Peter Lanfer. In an exclusive interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop, the 30-year-old “Grey’s Anatomy” star talks pregnancy and parenting tips […]

Anniversaries — Aug. 7

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Wood William (Bill) R .and Ruth Marie Bernhardt Wood of El Dorado, Kan., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 6 in Ruidoso. The celebration was hosted by their children: Julie Wood, Chris Wood and Carol Wood Sandoval, grandchildren: Amanda Wood Pullen, Ryan Wood, Janay Summers, Andrew Sandoval, Patrick Sandoval and Taryn Wood and their great-grandchild: […]

How to run a great youth sports practice

Jack Perconte Parents often have unrealistic expectations of youth sport coaches. After all, most youth sport coaches are volunteer coaches who are only coaching because their sons or daughters are playing the sport. However, this should not provide an excuse for volunteer coaches to lack, enthusiasm, preparation and at least some measure of expertise. An […]

Birthdays — July 24

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Fails Alvin Fails of Clovis celebrated his 95th birthday on July 23. The celebration was hosted at his home. Fails was born July 21, 1916, in Milnesand. He has five children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Food at the speed of life: Mousse dessert easy to whip up

Sweet, creamy … and low-calorie. One of my friends has a great recipe for mousse. She often makes it with the help of visiting children, since the recipe is simple, doesn’t involve hot equipment and contains no eggs and therefore no worries about salmonella when kids want to lick the bowl. She says it’s impossible […]