Portales man has taught flintknapping to more than 300 people

Christina Calloway Tommy Heflin opens up his home to the Portales community every Wednesday night to share and teach his passion. The retired Portales native has been flintknapping for about 37 years, a hobby he loves to share with others. Flintknapping is the art of manufacturing stone points or arrowheads as ancient people did. “I […]

My turn: Portales couple deserves recognition

Let me tell you about two of your neighbors. For more years than they can count, this husband and wife, who attend University Baptist Church in Portales, and who insisted I not use their names, have had a Sunday tradition. They gather a group of children from potentially at-risk families, feed them breakfast, accompany them […]

Religious views shouldn’t matter

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I do not enjoy upsetting people, but intellectual honesty requires that I address Rick Santorum’s “phony theology” remark. Santorum, a fine family man, said that the president’s policies are “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a […]

Our people: A natural fit

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Lori Daniell’s childhood dream was simply to be a mom, but that didn’t turn out to be so simple for the Portales mother of three. Daniell, who has three adopted sons, works with her husband Rick at the Christian Children’s home in Portales.

People change out of self interest

I can’t imagine how anyone could be considered to be different in any way that matters — better or worse — just through an accident of birth. No one chooses their skin color or which government claims the territory where they were born. To use either of those to evaluate anyone is absurd, as is […]

Our people: Clovis High School cheerleader keeps busy schedule

Darius Robinson-Singleton, a cheerleader at Clovis High School, keeps a grueling schedule, has a plan for the future, and a desire to help others. As the only male on his cheer squad, Robinson provides the muscle for lifts and catches. Robinson resides with his grandparents in Clovis, where he has lived most of his life.

Our people: Need for speed

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Linda Newell was raised on a cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle, where she became an adept ranch hand and developed a love for cars. Newell, who loves to laugh, moved to Clovis with her husband Pat 14 years ago to care for aging parents.

People heat up Congress on Internet bills

“When I feel the heat, I see the light,” Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois fam`ously said. He died in 1969, just weeks before the first data packets were sent on ARPANET, the Pentagon-funded academic and research digital network that was a forerunner of the Internet. The senator’s remark certainly applied to events this month in […]

My turn: Portales full of hidden gems

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Christina Calloway I disagree with people who think their birthday is just another day. Birthdays have no rules. Your birthday isn’t the only day out of the year that you can treat yourself but it is nice to acknowledge just how special you are and do what you want for a day. I turned 23 […]

In search of ponies: Horses offer good fuel mileage

If you really think about it, even with the blowing dirt, tumbleweeds and drive time to bigger cities, eastern New Mexico and the surrounding region have some pretty good advantages. Particularly in light of predictions gas prices could increase to a point where many people would have no choice but to park it — naysayer […]

Food choices not an endorsement

People haven’t started making resolutions just yet… possibly because they’re too busy enjoying the things they’re going to resolve to not do in 2012. That’s certainly been the case if people are resolving not to get offended so easily. They’re doing plenty of it right now on some pretty trivial things. •

Snow day for some, work day for others

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Alisa Boswell With area schools canceling classes Monday and many people staying off the roads, we asked people around Portales how the snow day affected them. Similar conditions are expected Tuesday.

Meetings watch: Redistricting public hearing

The Portales City Council held the first of two public hearings Tuesday to receive the options for redistricting. Sterling Fluharty, consultant with Southwest Political Services, gave the presentation on the options. Fluharty said to provide for population equality in districts, so they can be as similar to each other as practical, the total population of […]

Feast for all

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds of people grabbed a meal Thursday with no money changing hands — just the occasional, “Please,” and, “Thank you,” offered instead. Some were families, some were friends, and some were just becoming friends at the 20 tables set up with construction-paper hand turkeys and other festive decor. Whether eating or serving, many […]

Program helps locate dementia patients

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Alisa Boswell There was silence as Portales Police Department Animal Control Sgt. Wally Chambers focused on static coming from a radio in his hand. Chambers was participating in an exercise to find people suffering from dementia who are lost. Project Lifesaver is a program that trains first-responders to locate people with the disease who wander […]

Letter to the editor: Rural communities need post offices

Rural communities need post offices The U.S. Postal Service is losing lots of money. People are using the Internet to pay bills and to communicate. The postal service is having to deliver mail to more people, but those same people are buying less stamps. Did the postal service or the postmaster general not see this […]

Libertarians aren’t angry people

One accusation I have seen repeatedly leveled at libertarians, by people who see themselves as being in the mainstream, is that libertarians must be angry. Just because we speak out against the use of coercion, and don’t fall for exceptions based upon — well, anything, we must be angry? Now, I won’t deny I have […]

Our people: A higher calling

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Clovis resident Frank Romero has been a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Clovis for 23 years. He organizes the Eagle’s annual children’s shopping spree and La Casita Elementary School reading program. Romero said children need positive encouragement. “Our children are our future. There are enough negative influences right now,” he said. […]

Halloween not for mocking other cultures

Freedom New Mexico Halloween is in large part an escapist holiday, allowing people of all ages to dress up for scares or for laughs. But the joking stops and damage is done when costumes center on racial or cultural stereotypes. As reported by the CBC News, Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society, or […]

Holiday showcase draws crowd

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Roosevelt County Extension Program Director Connie Moyers, who was recently recognized for serving as a host affiliate co-liaison to the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences national board, dazzled an audience of more than 100 people Tuesday at the Memorial Building in Portales with her homemade food and craft creations. “It’s really a […]