McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

Planet Kevin can’t come fast enough

Calling all scientists, calling all scientists: We need to travel faster than light, stat. Get on it. On Monday, the European Southern Observatory discovered 50 new exoplanets, including one that orbits in the habitable zone of its star 36 light years away from us. The planet may not have water — and if it did, […]

Officials break ground on Ute pipeline project amid protests

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Kevin Wilson As a light rain sprinkled over the Ute Reservoir, the sounds of protest drowned out officials’ optimistic vision of progress and a long-term solution for eastern New Mexico’s water supply. Hundreds attended Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, commonly known as the Ute Water […]

My turn: Light, fast coleslaw has a touch of sweetness

A number of versions of coleslaw hang around the recipe boxes of this country, and I found one that’s easy, healthy and has a touch of sweetness. This is another recipe from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s “Fast and Fabulous” cookbook. Easy apple-cranberry slaw •

Portales past: Jan. 10, 1949

Jan. 10, 1949: The Portales Daily News: Portales Markets (Cissell Produce): eggs, 40 cents; roosters, 10 cents; and light hens, 28 cents.

Portales past: Jan. 18, 1951

Jan. 18, 1951: The Portales Daily News: Portales Markets ad: Cream, 65 cents; heavy hens, 22 cents; eggs, 36 cents; roosters, 10 cents; light hens, 18 cents; hides, 22 cents; and hogs, $20.25.

Residents light up homes

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Alisa Boswell Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween are just a few of the holidays Danny Kendrick of Clovis decorates his front yard on Grand. Kendrick, who has been decorating his house for every holiday he can think the last 16 and a half years, said he was originally inspired by seeing a local […]

Taco Box to host nightly Christmas light show

Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Taco Box restaurant will again feature a nightly light show, set to Trans-Siberian Orchesta music. The eight-son show, with four songs by TSO, will run every hour and half hour from 5-9 p.m. The music will be broadcast on 88.5 FM, and hot chocolate is available inside free of charge. The […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Sing out loud, sharp knives and an act of defiance

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Joyful noise Three Eastern New Mexico University groups are set to perform a holiday concert Friday and they need you. The Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers and University Singers perform at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center. Audience […]

Thursday morning briefing: Thanksgiving, a light show and the deep freeze

Good morning, Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Cheap ticket Bring a can of food and you can see the Greyhound and Zia basketball games free of charge Saturday. The food item will be donated to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico as part of Fan Appreciation Day. The Hounds […]

My turn: Pumpkin bread light and tasty

Argen Duncan Lonnie Berry of Portales recently brought something new to my attention: pumpkin cornbread. He said he got the recipe from a woman at church. I tried it. Pumpkin cornbread is easy to make, healthy and tasty. It’s low fat, and by using Splenda and making half the flour whole wheat, you get a […]

My turn: New red light another chance to rest

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist It’s welcoming news to my lead foot that a traffic light is going up at Main and Second streets to replace the four-way stop sign, although I’d prefer the good old days when you could cruise, non-stop, all the way to Wal-Mart. What does this mean for Portales? We’ll become […]

Some doubt efficacy of traffic lights

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Jared Tucker A new, temporary traffic light is scheduled to be installed at the intersection of Main and Second Streets in downtown Portales, but not all business owners and drivers alike are convinced the light will solve the traffic congestion on the square. Nancy Tivis, owner of Fashion Girl Clothing, said a traffic light will […]

Temporary traffic light confirmed

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Transportation Friday confirmed plans for a temporary traffic light to be installed at Main and Second in Portales. NMDOT Engineering Support Manager Bob Kurtz said his department is waiting on a special control cabinet, which is due to arrive in Santa Fe on Monday or Tuesday. After […]

Rose petal cupcakes light, tasty

Argen Duncan Rose petal cupcakes? Yep. Portales recipe collector Raychel Randle shared the recipe she said she found in a 1913 Crisco cookbook: Rose Leaf Cakes • 1 cupful rose leaves • 3 cupfuls flour • 1 cupful sugar • 1/2 cupful Crisco (I used butter.) • 3 eggs • 1 cupful milk • 2 […]

Let the dirt fly

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By Clarence Plank Engines rev and hum as drivers pump accelerators anxiously wait for the light to snap green. Dirt flies when the light changes, racers tearing off in their cars toward the finish line at the other side of the track. It is dirt track racing time in eastern New Mexico. Ray Reeser of […]

Meeting covers wind energy land leases

Freedom New Mexico A meeting discussing the opportunities and pitfalls of leasing land for wind energy facilities and the benefits of joining a landowners association is set for 6 p.m until 9 p.m. Monday in the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation board room, 100 S. Ave. A. An expert will speak at 6 p.m. and […]

Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

First person: Painting Portales’ history

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Dale Hamlett of Portales turned his childhood dreams of becoming an artist into a reality. After studying art for several years in Chicago and Albuquerque, he brought his honed talent to Eastern New Mexico University to teach art. While at the college, he decided to make a historical map of Portales from the year 1909. […]

Dramatization shines light on Last Supper

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer One by one, 12 men come into the spotlight, each remembering the beginning of his faith in Jesus and questioning his own moral strength after the announcement that one of them would betray Jesus that fateful night. So goes “The Living Dramatization of Leonardo DaVinci’s ‘The Last Suppper’” by […]