Portales windmill collection move in progress

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Alisa Boswell A nationally known windmill collection is in the process of being moved to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds at a cost between $15,000 and $25,000. Bill Dalley, Portales resident and a New Mexico windmill collector for more than 30 years, donated his collection of 80 windmills to the county in the summer of 2011, [...]

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 [...]

Drought may break over summer

Tonjia Rolan Relief from the state’s extended drought may come this summer, weather experts say. The La Nina weather pattern, responsible for the hot, dry conditions, developed in 2010 and intensified in 2011. National Weather Service meteorologist Deirdre Kann said the dry weather is expected to continue through the spring but as La Nina weakens [...]

The Grand preparing for summer opening

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Alisa Boswell All the first floor businesses of The Grand — the former Portales Inn — will be opening sometime in March, according to the owners. The remaining three floors in the four-story building — which includes hotel rooms and offices and should open in early summer, according to Maxwell Group managing member Bob Morrow. [...]

Personalize your own misery index

Economists have a mythical figure called the misery index. It is the total of the unemployment rate added to the inflation rate. This summer in the U.S. it’s running about 13.0. The lower the better. In both the 90’s and ‘0’s it’s been as low as 7. To calculate indexes like this, the conclusion can [...]

My turn: Recipe puts summer zucchini to use

If you’re looking for a way to use summer zucchini, here’s an idea for you: Cook it with pork chops. This recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, and we have permission to use it.

Last chance for your summer vacation

Disney cruise

Kathy Witt The kids have read all their books, played every video game and watched all their favorite reruns – at least a half dozen times. They’ve attended camp and gone on countless play dates, running Mom and Dad ragged in the process. They’ve reached that point of summer break where they claim – loudly [...]

Herding Squirrels: The long dry season

Traci Arbios For those of us in blended-family land, it’s been a long, long summer. I never exactly know how to feel about this particular season. My husband and I are the primary parents to our massive brood of kids; but come summer, visitation schedules change, culling our herd. How would I describe it? By [...]

Aug. 9 — Dora news

The first day of school for grades K through 12 is Wednesday. Superintendent Steve Barron and Principal Brandon Hays, along with the entire staff, wish to welcome students back from summer break as we begin the 2011-2012 school year. Preschool students will begin their year the week of Aug. 22.

Child Sense: Creating a keepsake of your summer memories

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer holidays can seem like they go on forever, and when they end, it’s very easy for little kids to forget all the exciting things they did. By creating a memory keepsake, you will be able to help your child remember and also produce a keepsake for years to come. Tactile children [...]