Senior center hosts annual chili cookoff contest

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Mike Linn Thirteen pots of red chili adorned a table at the Portales Senior Citizens Center Monday night. A hot, seasoned aroma hovered lightly in the room. And a spicy zing painted the taste buds of some 45 seniors and six judges. The Fourth Annual Chili Cookoff and first annual pie baking contest raised an [...]

Poor weather puts damper on fall harvest

Mike Linn A stretch of hot and dry weather during the summer had a negative impact on the harvest of produce on area farms. And too often when moisture did arrive, it came in the form of hail, which in large sizes can wipe out acres of crop land in less than an hour, farmers [...]

Balloon Jubilee takes off

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Janet Bresenham When it comes to hot air ballooning, it’s all about the wind. How fast it’s blowing on the ground. How much speed it gathers climbing to higher altitudes. How fast it could carry a balloon. How much balloon enthusiasts wish it would calm down long enough to lift aloft and assure a safe [...]

Balloons prepare for take-off

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Janet Bresenham When 31 hot air balloons get ready to launch from Clovis on Saturday morning, John Sando hopes he will be aboard a special one named “The Desert Dancer.” “That would be awesome,” the Clovis teen said. “I’m like a military brat, so I’ve flown in a lot of things, but not a hot [...]