Officials look to keep office open in Portales

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega traveled to Albuquerque earlier this week to meet with Department of Labor officials on trying to keep the Portales office open so Portales residents looking for unemployment and veteran services won’t have to drive to Clovis. The New Mexico Department of Labor employees were providing Workforce Investment Act services [...]

Prayer can help in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Caring for my ailing mother while winding down the school year brought many anxious moments. I remember one incident in particular. I tossed and turned and sleep evaded me. I glanced at the clock, which read 3:30 a.m. In just a few hours I would be in my classroom, a [...]

Years fly by when you’re having fun

Jim Lee Well, here’s my 52nd column in this space. I suppose that means I’ve been doing this for a year now. Is it my imagination, or does each year go by a bit faster than the previous one? Maybe it just seems that way because I’m having such a good time. During this past [...]

Let ‘Dear Bobby’ take care of your problems

Bob Huber I came out of the closet a few years ago, admitting the authorship of “Dear Abby” columns in newspapers. It began when my identity was exposed by a composing room boo-boo that placed my picture over a “Dear Abby” column. It turned out to be beneficial, however, because I no longer have to [...]

Dr. Language has some bones to pick

Bob Huber Here at the Symposium for Sparkling Conversation we’re swamped with letters warning us that our mother tongue is going to hell in a handbasket. Just to show you how serious this is, we spent 10 sleepless minutes dealing with the fact that in English there is no synonym for the word “Thesaurus.” But [...]

Feel like giving up lately?

Joan Clayton Trials come and trials go. It seems we no longer get over one hurdle until another one appears. By the time we wrestle through more anxiety we feel weary, discouraged and wonder what’s going on. I’ve discovered a secret. If I can’t be happy today, regardless of problems, then when am I going [...]

Resolutions easy to keep with open options

By Helena Rodriguez Another Christmas has come and gone, Now I’m already starting to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because I need something to fill this space in between Christmas and the new year. Many of you probably wouldn’t have even thought about New Year’s resolutions until next week, but, (you can thank [...]

Officials: Cannon closure unlikely

Darrell Todd Maurina A special committee of business and government leaders appointed to help keep New Mexico’s military bases is coming to Clovis today. The group’s chair, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, said she’s optimistic the state will present enough incentives to keep not only Cannon Air Force Base but also the state’s other three bases [...]

Being young and ambitious can get you into trouble

Bob Huber Here at the Consumer Institute (Slogan: We’re working to make your dollar worth a dime) we’re investigating two Roswell women who bought a rundown 16,000-square-foot warehouse, which they planned to remodel into a l6,000-square-foot colorful home that strangely resembles a rundown warehouse. In case you’re wondering, I have an insight into this investigation, [...]

Rams go on the road to face Rockets

By Kevin Wilson With a road game coming up tonight against a Class 4A team, the Portales Rams already have the deck stacked against them. To keep a realistic chance to beat Goddard (7 p.m., 1450 KSEL-AM), the Rams realize they’ll have to keep the ball as well. Ram coach Glen Johnson has said throughout [...]