Friday morning briefing: Name a long-necker, Valentine fun and Tyson goes down

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Name the giraffe The deadline for submitting a name for Clovis’ new baby giraffe is fast approaching — 5 p.m. Feb. 29. The winner of the contest gets a one-year free pass to the zoo and their name on a plaque. Submissions must be […]

City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

My Turn: Low tech laments

Betty Williamson Although I lack the genealogical records to prove it, I may be descended from the Luddites, those skilled weavers from 200 years ago who feared that the invention of mechanical looms would be the undoing of life as they knew it. Over time their name became synonymous for people who oppose technology or […]

ENMU dormitory name to be revealed at groundbreaking ceremony

Groundbreaking for Eastern New Mexico University’s new $15.6 million, three-story residence hall will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at 17th and South Avenue K streets in Portales, the site where the previous dorm, Lincoln Hall, was torn down. The name of the new residence hall will also be revealed at this time. ENMU dorms are […]

New name, same goal

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Alisa Boswell It’s time to clean up Portales again, according to Portales Deputy City Clerk Veda Urioste, who coordinates the annual Portales Tas No Mas, previously called the Trek for Trash. Urioste said this year, the city coordinated the event to happen the weekend before Eastern New Mexico University homecoming. “We kind of geared it […]

Apps: The Kick to Pick app names your baby

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McClatchy-Tribune As a parents, you know that an iPhone can be a great distraction for a grumpy child on a long trip, a handy way to keep in touch with your family, and now, it can also take care of your very first parenting decision _ what to name your child. The iPhone app Kick […]

My turn: In search of my “Silver”

I think I am going to name my shoes. Roy Rogers had Trigger. The Lone Ranger had Silver. Lonnie Berry should name his transportation, too. But I have to come up with the right name, or I completely lose the impact. It has to be something that inspires, something that has a catchy ring to […]

In brand name game, shorter seems better

Kevin Wilson Whenever I buy a generic product, I’m reminded of one of the final episodes of “Clerks: The Animated Series.” A bleeding man enters the convenience store and asks Randal, a clerk, if the store has Band-Aids. Randal informs the customer the proper term is “adhesive strips,” which leads coworker Dante to question the […]

In Search of Ponies: The name game

I don’t know about anyone else, but after years of having pets it can get a little challenging to come up with original names for them. In fact, I think the names must have started running out when I was a kid. Aside from the brown dog named Brownie, we had a succession of shepherd-type […]

Entities name capital outlay requests

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico entities sent capital outlay priorities Monday at the request of local legislators. But there’s no indication there will be capital outlay available, or that every entity received that information. “We got word from Santa Fe that if we had any projects, we needed to submit them before 5 p.m. […]

Fall festivities

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Argen Duncan Halloween weekend promises candy and fun in abundance with a number of free or low-cost activities for families for several days. Among the reasons for holding the events, organizers name providing a safe place to have fun and serving the community. For example, Portales Senior Center is holding its second annual Trick and […]

Blackwater Draw sacred ground for me

Clyde Davis This is to mention all of the people, by name, who gathered at Juanito’s on Thursday night to celebrate Don David’s birthday. Just kidding. Those are people who are perpetually concerned that their names will turn up in this column. The fact that Don David is now 35 is not the subject of […]

Security not made for cowboys

Shorty got his name when he was a 2-year old squirt they didn’t think would grow tall at all. He’s 6-feet-4. Awhile back he ended up having to go to court over an enviro-induced question of law. You know — one of those deals where they decided he should move his cattle because a cute […]

Volunteer profile: Mildred Danforth

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Name: Mildred Danforth Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Danforth makes quilts to give away to people who need them. Why she does it: “I first started quilting in 2006,” Danforth said. “I have a love of quilting, and I love to see the happiness the quilts bring to people. It makes me happy.”

Commissaries agency closes ‘brand name’ loophole

By Tom Philpott: Military Update One great strength of military commissaries is that patrons can buy brand name items at deep discounts, comfortable in the knowledge they are quality products, food safety isn’t an issue, and most goods are identical to those sold commercially off base and back home. The “brand name” system brings another […]

Volunteer profile: Billie Reagan

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Name: Billie Reagan Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher Volunteer: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Why she does it: “I was used to working every day. I don’t like to stay at home, so I volunteered to take sherbet and juice to the patients in the hospital. I’ve been doing this since 2001. I also […]

Volunteer profile: Mark Gormley

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Name: Mark Gormley Residence: Portales Occupation: Principal of James Elementary School Volunteer: Boy Scouts Council Why he does it: “I’ve been doing this my whole life. I joined Boy Scouts in second grade and stayed with it. I was an Eagle Scout.” — Compiled by PNT correspondent Linda Long

My Turn: Uncle Nacho testament to biculturalism

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My uncle Ignacio passed away recently. Like many Hispanics with the same name, Ignacio was nicknamed “Nacho.” After moving to San Angelo, Texas, though, he suddenly became “Nash.” That was the name embroidered on his shirt. I laughed, but Uncle Nacho was serious. His co-workers called him Nash, and so […]

Volunteer profile: Milz Bickley

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Name: Milz Bickley Residence: Pep Occupation: Retired operations manager for Greyhound bus lines. Volunteer: Bickley volunteers with the Community Service Center, Roosevelt County Healthy Council and Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative. Why he does it: Bickley believes we need to work to help our community be as well functioning as possible.

Volunteer profile: Mark Dillard

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Name: Mark Dillard Residence: Portales Occupation: Florist at Joe’s Flower Volunteer work: Since 1983, Dillard has been calling the elderly and others in the community as a personal ministry. He sings with the First Baptist Church choir. Dillard has also volunteered at Heartland Continuing Care Center since 1985. Why he does it: Dillard says it’s […]