Drought conditions tough on farmers

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Argen Duncan Drought is making this year more difficult for area farmers and ranchers, and they say federal aid programs are little help. Dry weather is causing increased input costs and low crop yields, while high fuel prices add to the trouble. Gene Massey, who grows dryland milo and wheat near Rogers, said the drought [...]

PHS students join ‘Little Dresses for Africa’ program

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Argen Duncan Putting their skills to work for someone else, Portales High School clothing design students are making dresses for impoverished girls. Each of the 30 students in Laura Adkins’ “Clothing and Costume Design” class is making a dress for the Little Dresses for Africa program. “I hope that they get out (of the project) [...]

My turn: Ready to run

I want to put on my my my my running shoes! I read all the ads, I looked in all the stores, and I found the perfect ones. I found my running shoes. I remember when I was a little kid, I had those thin little track shoes. Everyone had a pair at one time [...]

MVD wait: Just a little longer

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Kevin Wilson Just like the wait at the current Motor Vehicle Department facility in Clovis, the wait for a new MVD has stretched a little longer than expected. Bids will be accepted later this month for upgrades to the 1,800-square-foot center at the Bruce King Complex, according to State Taxation and Revenue Department spokesman S.U. [...]

Earth Hour does little to benefit our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to [...]

Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano [...]

Officials warn of fire danger

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Alisa Boswell Fire dangers have been prominent in Curry and Roosevelt counties this winter with extensive winds and little to no moisture. With this in mind, Chief Ray Westerman of the Clovis Fire Department and Chief Gary Nuckols of the Portales Fire Department have been spreading the word about increased dangers they face and precautions [...]

McGee: Moonlighting at a funeral home

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was a Sunday morning and I was thumbing through the newspaper, pondering picking up a little more cash to pay some bills faster. Looking over the newspaper’s classifieds I stumbled upon what I thought was the perfect job for someone who works mornings at a radio station, afternoons at [...]

My turn: Taco soup quick fix

When my Saturday went a little haywire, I needed quick food. Taco Soup was my solution. I’ve modified a recipe from my aunt JoNell to suit my own tastes and schedule. You dump ingredients out of cans into the same pot, it tastes good and it’s low-fat. Taco Soup 2 medium cans diced tomatoes with [...]

My turn: A little spread goes a long way

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry Mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry Mustard 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce 1/3 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon [...]