My turn: Spring is revitalizing

My rose garden was really in bad shape. Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll. So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season … trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut […]

In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their […]

Experts advise gardening caution

Tonjia Rolan With spring just days away and temperatures hitting the mid-80s this week, area residents may be anxious to start greening up lawns and planting gardens. Local lawn and garden experts urged gardeners not to get in a hurry and advised those itching to get outside to put their energy into preparatory work, until […]

Grandchildren’s visit highlight of spring break

I’ve had exactly one spring break with the traditional (or actually, probably rare but celebrated) spring break trip. That was a few years ago, when we were able to go and see my grandson, who is blessed enough to live in Panama City, Fla., one among many spring break Mecca’s. College spring breaks were usually […]

Staycations offer fun for cheap

Gabriel Monte With fuel costs inching to $4-a-gallon, long-distance spring break trips may be out of reach for many students and families. But spring break doesn’t have to feel like an prison sentence of inactivity. Enjoying spring break in your own backyard may be better than not doing anything. According to AAA, the average national […]

Spring signals start of tornado season

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a little more than a week away. So is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and […]

Monday morning briefing: Spring flowers, local authors and a huge fad

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Spring flowers March 22-23, Plains Regional Medical Center Hospice will be selling arrangements and bundles of daffodils. It’s a fundraiser for their programs and helps pay for medication, utilities, groceries and funeral expenses. More info: 769-7399 Faculty authors Several faculty members at Eastern New Mexico University and […]

Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer. New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per […]

Forecast: NM should brace for warm, windy spring

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Forecasters with the National Weather Service say patterns are suggesting New Mexico is in for another warm, windy and dry spring. The prediction came Thursday as water managers, agricultural experts and forecasters met to discuss the state’s drought situation. Last year marked one of the driest years on record for […]

Press release: ENMU sets record spring enrollment

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PORTALES—For the first time in its history, Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for a spring semester has surpassed 5,000 with 5,084 students. This spring’s enrollment is an increase of 4.5 percent over the previous record for a spring enrollment, set last year with 4,864 students. Student credit hours, which higher education institutions funding is based […]

Hounds, Zias picked for last place in spring polls

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball and softball teams are going to make their marks in the Lone Star Conference this spring, they’ll have to do it from the bottom up. ENMU’s squads were both picked for last place — actually, by a fairly wide margin — in the […]

Herding chickens nothing to cluck about

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

Adventure fever strikes again

It is indeed nothing unusual. It happens to me about this time every year, sometimes sooner by a week or two, sometimes later by a week or two, and I have learned to adjust. It will go away, and it is by no means a malady unique to me. If there is such a condition […]

Area schools synchronizing spring breaks

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Liliana Castillo All of the schools in Roosevelt and Curry counties will take spring break on the same week next year. That includes Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University. Administrators from districts in both counties worked together to schedule spring break at the same time, but there were a few outside forces pointing […]

Real cowboys have horse sense

Branding season. Spring time west of the Mississippi. Long days in the saddle. Sitting on a horse miles from nowhere, it seems, trying to spot cows on the gather, silence except for the thud of your horses’ hooves. You might as well be on a fishing boat in the middle of nowhere watching the waves. […]

ENMU briefs — May 4

More ENMU students recieving Lottery scholarships In the 2010 spring semester, Eastern New Mexico University had more students receiving Lottery Scholarships than New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College and Western New Mexico University combined. ENMU had 825 students receiving Lottery Scholarships, compared to 315 at NMHU, 198 at WNMU and 184 at NNMC. […]

Hounds coach keeps Spring Silver & Green scrimmage short and sweet

Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Mark Ribaudo says he’s happy with the progress his Eastern New Mexico University football team has shown during spring drills. To keep it that way, he decided to cut Saturday’s Green & Silver game at Greyhound Stadium a little short. The first quarter went 12 minutes as scheduled, but the […]

Zias sixth, Hounds 11th in Howard rodeo

Freedom New Mexico BIG SPRING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women placed sixth while the men were 11th over the weekend in the Howard College rodeo. Soplhomore Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad took second in goat tying for the Zias with a time of 21.5 seconds after splitting first and second in the short go. […]

Friday morning briefing: Hotel Clovis, spring break and breaking the color barrier

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing Fast fact Hotel Clovis hosted its grand opening on Oct. 20, 1931. School’s out A reminder — Portales Municipal Schools classes and offices are scheduled to be closed for Spring Recess April 22-25. Classes resume April 26. Quirky quote “Giving money and power to […]

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. […]