Last chance for your summer vacation

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Kathy Witt The kids have read all their books, played every video game and watched all their favorite reruns – at least a half dozen times. They’ve attended camp and gone on countless play dates, running Mom and Dad ragged in the process. They’ve reached that point of summer break where they claim – loudly […]

Grant McGee: Drought can’t last forever

“If I wanted to live in Phoenix I’d have moved to Phoenix,” declared The Lady of the House as she came in the back door. It’s been a bad year for the vegetable garden at the Stucco Hacienda. And The Lady of the House puts the blame on the lack of rain. “If we get […]

My turn: No shortage of musical talent in area

Last weekend, I got to enjoy the musical entertainment of local one-man band Something Blue at Mark’s. Musician Brandon Tautfest plays the occasional cover song but most of his music is original songs and I have to say he is a talented songwriter as well as a singer. There are now some pretty good performers […]

My turn: Local musicians worth checking out

Alisa Boswell I watched Captain America last weekend and it was an excellent movie. I may be biased due to the fact I’m a super hero junkie, but the story line was interesting and there was a lot of action with a little bit of romance. Not to mention, Chris Evans wasn’t at all bad […]

Colson, 78, shoots 65 at PCC

Freedom New Mexico Clark Colson, 78, of Portales shot a score of 7-under-par 65 last Friday at Portales Country Club. Playing with Colson were Wayne Moore, Bobby Crane and Darwin Chenault.

My turn: ‘Enchantment’ still in area

The battle of the sexes improv show I was in last weekend turned out to be even more fun than I thought it would be. The girls lost, but not by much. I have to say with all of the “women belong at the kitchen sink” jokes coming our way, I think we held our […]

Moms Gear: Dig around with gardening gloves that are made to last

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Maggie O’Neill Whether you’re putting new plants in your garden or pulling out stubborn weeds, you’ll find that the Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves last much longer than cotton run-of-the-mill counterparts. In all actuality, these fitted garden gloves resemble a fancy pair of driving gloves with their leather cushioning on the palms and Velcro closures […]

NWS: Hot days to continue

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Portales has returned to high temperatures and no rain in the last week with temperatures ranging from 96 to 103 degrees. According to National Weather Service forecasters, the usual temperature for the area this time of year is about 90 degrees, placing Portales several degrees above normal each day since July 20. “We’ve seen an […]

Monday morning briefing: Last chance, affordable housing and Dylan dismays

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Last chance The Portales Public Library Summer Reading Program ends this week for both children and young adults. An end-of-the-program party for all participants is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Library. The party includes prizes. The final events of the programs, movies […]

Officials: Water restrictions could last through summer

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Argen Duncan Portales has two new wells, but mandatory water restrictions may last the rest of the summer, according to city officials. To keep water storage levels high enough, city water users were banned from outdoor watering in late June and early July, and restrictions limiting which days users can water their yards have been […]

Freedom Fest buzz abounds in Las Vegas

Freedom New Mexico Anyone curious about the direction of the conservative or libertarian movements, priorities for Tea Party enthusiasts or Republicans, or the hottest topics bound to affect the 2010 presidential elections, ought to pay close attention to issues raised at Freedom Fest, through Saturday in Las Vegas. Last year’s event turned out to be […]

Public health office opens its doors

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Alisa Boswell A ribbon cutting is set for 2 p.m. Friday for the new public health office, which opened its doors June 1 next to La Casa Family Health Center in Portales. The office has been located in the same building as La Casa for the last 15 years. Construction for the new building began […]

Windmills find new home

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County is bringing a new addition to the county fairgrounds in the form of a 12,600 square foot windmill park. Longtime Portales residents Bill and Alta Dalley, who have collected old-fashioned windmills for the last 30 years, now have more than 80 windmills stored at their home on South Kilgore in Portales. […]

Hounds playing exhibition at UTEP

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will visit the University of Texas-El Paso for an exhibition contest Nov. 3 at the Don Haskins Center. The Miners defeated the Greyhounds 80-76 in last year’s exhibition meeting. UTEP advanced to the National Invitational Tournament last season.

My turn: Art hard to define, value

Continuing with my topic of French Impressionism from last week, there’s something about standing in front of an original Picasso – not a reproduction – that makes you say, as a former co-worker of mine did, “I can’t believe I’m standing in front of a real Picasso.” For me, my new–found expertise in French art […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan The last week’s rain did little to help most area farmers and ranchers in the midst of the extreme drought. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service reported precipitation ranging from 0.14 inches in Portales and at the Clovis airport to 1.22 inches in Clovis. “It’s as dry as I’ve ever seen it,” Broadview […]

Their view: Firefighters invaluable resource

By Russell Anglin: Freedom New Mexico Last Sunday was an awfully strange day. It started for me at 10 a.m. with the phone waking me up. My editor called and asked me if I had electricity. With my eyes still hazy and without my wits about me, I replied, “Um … I don’t know.” Turns […]

My turn: Age no excuse for inaction

I went to the eye doctor last week. It has been a pretty long time since I have been and I think I know why I waited so long. I sat in the chair and the doctor gave me the once over. When he got finished, he said, ”You have pretty good eyesight, for your […]

My turn: Father known to embrace life

The last Father’s Day I visited my father was June 17, 1990. After a four-year battle with asbestosis — caused by being a steel-mill carpenter — he died 13 days later at 71. While healthy, Guy Sloan embraced life. For decades, he and buddies car-pooled 40 miles from Mt. Vernon to Lone Star Steel Company […]

Shifting to revised index offers savings

Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next […]