My turn: Inmates inspiring as graduates

I interviewed students from seven graduating classes this week, all of whom were passionate and excited about their big day. But I think the graduating class where I had the most fun with was the Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates who graduated from their parenting class on Tuesday. I laughed and joked with them and […]

Fire chief: Firefighters’ job varies

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Alisa Boswell Most Portales firefighters say their job is no life of glamour but they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Preschool tours, car accidents, community events and fires are just a few of the daily and weekly activities which take up a Portales firefighters time. “You can be playing with kids one minute and be […]

My turn: Catchphrases catching on

I realized this week that most people have a catchphrase, something they say regularly which endears them to their friends even more. My roommate says “Hello, friend,” and my friend says “epic.” These phrases always make me laugh or smile, brightening my day in a simple way. A friend made me aware recently that I […]

Column makes most sexist list

“HEH, HEH, HEH,” repeated the poorly disguised voice on the telephone. “HEH, HEH!” I knew who it was. Barney. My friend Barney from New Jersey who has been a constant tormentor my entire journalism career. Barney is pretty much unemployable, enjoys an occasional cocktail or eight, has little to occupy his time, would rather dog […]

Spiritual leaders share Easter sermons

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Alisa Boswell Easter means an almost universal message, according to local spiritual leaders. Church leaders in Clovis and Portales say the resurrection of Christ is the most important factor in the Christian faith, because it is a representation of what the Christian faith is all about. “This is the time to remember that Christ was […]

Their view: Be careful with what you post online

Loni Newby is a Clovis mom, married to the Air Force, who writes for our Cannon Connections publication. This is her most recent effort on social networking:

Spring season full of surprises

Winter may slip up on us quietly but spring has a way of surprising even the most prepared. Carl Sandburg described the fog as coming in on little cat feet, sitting on silent haunches, then moving on. I think spring is like that same cat blasting off from its haunches to pounce on a mouse. […]

Look no further than local feed store

I remember looking out my bedroom window early one morning and seeing our 2-year-old gelding we called Chapo limping toward the corral, dragging a bloody hind leg. He had spent much of the night with his leg hung in a cattleguard. It was awful. My dad, as most cowboys, was a fairly good veterinarian. He […]

Military touts medical home care

Most military beneficiaries haven’t heard of PCMH or “patient-centered medical home,” a civilian-conceived strategy to improve managed care. Yet 655,000 military beneficiaries who use base clinics and hospitals have been enrolled with a PCMH team over the past 14 months and that number is projected to double this year and double again, to 2.5 million […]

Portales past: Jan. 7, 1942

Jan. 7, 1942: Portales Daily News: Portales’ most spectacular fire since 1935 destroyed the Phillips Hotel and Furniture Store this morning. The two-story tile and frame building, just across the street from the fire department, burned for two hours.

Salvation Army reports donation increase

Liliana Castillo The Salvation Army wrapped up 2010 Christmas projects with its most successful campaign in the last five years. Between Red Kettles and the Empty Stocking Funds, $52,034 was raised this year. The second most successful year was in 2007 when the organization raised $46,501. Maj. Jim Gallop, who came to Clovis from Las […]

Peace during holiday chaos possible

Karl Terry Peace at Christmas can mean a lot of different things to each of us. A Facebook posting from a high school classmate this week asked the question of her friends, What was at the top of our prayer list these days? I noticed that more than half the answers that came back mentioned […]

Expect frozen Turkey day in some parts of state

Staff and wire reports Northern parts of the state saw a few inches of snow Monday, but the real cold will blow in with the Thanksgiving turkey. Temperatures will dive well below normal later in the week, said Ken Wedelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, with some areas in New Mexico […]

Decades prove resiliency

This year marked my 30th writing this column. The column runs in 150 papers around the country and in Canada. For the most part they can be described as trade publications, or as a smaller weekly or daily papers. It is impressive to me how many of these publications continue to remain in business when […]

Martinez has won rewarding job

I want to offer my congratulations to governor-elect Susana Martinez. As she will soon find out, being governor of New Mexico is one of the most demanding jobs anyone can have. But it is, by far, the most rewarding job for anyone wanting to serve the people of this great state. Eight years ago, I […]

State engineer: Ute project one of most critical in U.S.

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Argen Duncan The proposed $500 million Ute Pipeline is one of the most critical rural drinking water projects in the United States, New Mexico’s state engineer said Thursday. As one of several speakers at the Ute Pipeline news conference Thursday at the Yam event center in Portales, State Engineer John D’Antonio also said federal money […]

My turn: Halloween events unforgettable

Last week was probably one of the most fun Halloween weeks I have ever had in Clovis and Portales. Preparing the event calendars for one of our local newspapers pays off, because I now know most events happening in Clovis and Portales. Saturday night, I checked out Mark’s House of Horror on the outskirts of […]

Working animals help with ranch

Glenda Price One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. Guide dogs that work […]

Recession may be over, but effects still linger

Freedom New Mexico Technically, the recession ended last year. So say experts who calculate such things. Most people probably didn’t notice. The national unemployment rate hovers at 9.6 percent. We imagine out-of-work Americans don’t feel a year removed from recession. Sales in many industries continue sluggish. In some industries, worse than sluggish. Those folks probably […]

Class of ’57 reunites at Yam Theater

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Childhood memories of popcorn, candy and movies echoed through the newly renovated Yam Theater in downtown Portales Saturday, as the Portales High School Class of 1957 gathered for its 53rd class reunion. Marcea Clive, one of several reunion coordinators said the theater, though not quite complete in its renovations, was the perfect location for the […]