In search of ponies: Story behind quack attack

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Sharna Johnson Molesting a zoo visitor during a dedication ceremony elevated one hard-luck duck to marginal fame this week and earned him a new name. But there’s more to Merv the… Oh never mind, we’ll just stick with Merv… than meets the eye. He waddled into the spotlight during the dedication of a newly-donated water […]

Elder records first ace

First hole-in-one: Don “Doc” Elder of Portales recorded his first hole in one Tuesday at Portales Country Club. Elder made the hole-in-one on the par 3, 161-yard third hole using a 4-hybrid club.

Emergency water restrictions remain in place

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Alisa Boswell An emergency alert prohibiting outdoor water use for Portales residents was issued Wednesday morning but Xcel Energy officials were still without a definitive answer on what caused loss of power at one city well, triggering a shutdown of all 28 wells. The alert was issued when an electrical breaker at one city well […]

Monday morning briefing: Smoke goal, basketball camp and one big fish

Sneaking scheme stopped short

There is more than one definition for pasture roping, as Carter pointed out to me. It was during calving season. He and his wife were making the 5 p.m. heifer check. They were in the pickup driving through the calving pasture and noted a good size critter in the process of calving. They had seen […]

My turn: Always aiming for good time

I discovered Tuesday night that my aim with my .380 gun is still horrible because I have had very little shooting time with it. So, the adventures of learning how to shoot continue but with a new resolution in mind: I am now determined to go to the shooting range a minimum of once a […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Parents of special-needs kids must plan for current, future financial demands

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Niesha Lofing Moms and dads plan for family trips, college and weddings, but life sometimes throws a curve called autism. And it’s hitting more and more families. An average of one in every 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder. These neurodevelopmental disorders can make communication and social interaction difficult, sometimes […]

Child Sense: Try to give your child some control when their routine is disrupted in the summer

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer break is upon us, bringing the inevitable mix of travel, visitors and changing sleeping arrangements. Children’s bedrooms turn into guest rooms for friends and relatives, suitcases replace closets as families travel, and children go off to camp. Though exciting, this can also be very stressful to children, who lose not only […]

Hello, we’re awesome: Kids who feel good about themselves make parents feel the same way

Paula Sirois My 8-year-old daughter and her friends started a band called Hello, We’re Awesome. I helped her design some fliers for their first performance, complete with star borders and stage names: Milk Chocolate, Mandarin Oranges, Laughing Twizzle and Tropical Starburst. Granted, they haven’t decided on the type of music they’ll play or if any […]

One more reason not to mess with Texas

Freedom New Mexico If there weren’t already enough reasons to follow the admonition, “Don’t mess with Texas,” here’s one more: Do it frivolously, and it could cost you. Republican Governor Rick Perry recently signed into law a comprehensive legal reform measure that will give Texas one of the nation’s toughest protections against frivolous lawsuits. The […]

Reader-submitted content: Portales teen earns scholarship

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Erin Scanlan, a Portales resident and Texico High School senior, has been named one of the 53 state winners in the National Honor Society scholarship from NASSP. One hundred and fifty NHS state finalists were first chosen from among more than 6,000 applications. From the 150 finalists, 53 state winners were selected. Each state winner […]

My turn: Keeping score doesn’t matter

I had a new experience in playground activities this week. We had our Adopt-A-Cop Olympics with the second graders. One of the games we played was volleyball. I was watching one group, and my buddy Robert let me join in. The way they played volleyball was pretty simple. When the ball came over the net […]

Clovis tykes pitch in for tornado relief effort

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Liliana Castillo While listening to his mother talk about a family they knew who lost their home in the tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., 6-year-old Landon Mihalik had an idea. He had a lemonade stand at one of his family’s yard sales and raised money for a hospital in Durango, Colo., in need two years […]

Memorial Day on a budget: Affordable family fun

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Andrea Pyros Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and it’s increasingly become an occasion for families to spend time together. But with the economy still not fully back on its feet and gas prices climbing past the $4-a-gallon mark, the name of the game is affordable fun. We’ve come up with 10 traditional […]

Moms Gear: The Bobble filtered water bottles allows you to fill up without fear

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Emilie Lucchesi Many moms carry reusable water bottles instead of buying disposable containers. Refilling water bottles at a public fountain or sink is generally a convenient and clean experience. But not-so tasty water sometimes flows from park district or outdoor fountains. Using a filtered bottle can help remove impurities and improve taste. The Bobble is […]

Beg, budget or steal: Three ways to deal with the end-of-school blues

Paula Sirois Like dental appointments and the DMV, the end of the school year is just another thing I tend to deny (for as long as possible). But school ends whether I like it or not, and whether I’m prepared for it or not. This year I vowed to be prepared _ to be that […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Never found a pie I didn’t like

Pie could very well be one of the best things in this life. Three layers in sweet harmony —crust, filling and topping. My mouth waters just writing about pie. I don’t know if I can name a favorite kind of pie because I can’t really remember a pie I didn’t like. It was encounters with […]

Martinez appoints two local men to state agencies

Freedom New Mexico Two eastern New Mexico men, one from Clovis and one from Portales, were among four appointments announced Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Blake Curtis, senior vice president of management and sales at Curtis & Curtis, a wholesale and retail seed company in Clovis, was appointed to the New Mexico Finance Authority. Curtis […]