Zias post solid win over Incarnate

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Dave Wagner Say one thing for first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Lindsey Wilson — she has the Zias playing at a high level as they head down the stretch. Clearly, ENMU played one of its better all-around games of the season Saturday, putting four players in double figures and never trailing in […]

Family’s tree stolen

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Alisa Boswell The last thing Mary Standefer expected when she woke up the morning of Nov. 30 was to see an empty front yard when she looked outside. Once the location of a 30-year-old Colorado short-needled pine tree, her front yard is now a barren landscape. “This year, I had decided to put multi-colored twinkle […]

Time for change when it comes to pocket change

Freedom New Mexico A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin’s life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. […]

Plumbing problems perturbing

Karl Terry Plumbing problems are never a good thing but my timing is terrible. Plumbing is critical these days, people expect me to take a bath every day and to put on clean underwear every morning. Dishes have to be washed, teeth brushed and dinner cooked. All of those things have to be accomplished with […]

My turn: Big shoes to fill

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Awhile back, my grandson came by to visit. While he was here, he saw my shoes that I had just taken off. He thought it would be neat to put on my shoes and walk around in them. He could have put both of his feet into one of them, but that would not have […]

Parents agree discipline important to raising children

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Russell Anglin When it comes to parental discipline, a group of dominoes players at the Tucumcari Senior Center Thursday seemed to agree on one thing. “An undisciplined child is a handicapped child,” Jeanette Fister, a retired mother of two boys said. However, the boundaries and methods for disciplining children are not set in stone and […]

Their view: No such thing as free lunch

No such thing as free lunch Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s his take on state subsidies: It is easy to get caught up in the minutiae when it comes to economic policy. With the state facing a $400 million deficit […]

Do right, law or no law

You know the right thing to do. I know you do. So don’t wait for someone else to do it first and don’t wait for a “law” to tell you to. Do it now. I’m reminded of the Clovis Hobby Lobby shoppers this month who tripped up a shoplifter. Instead of watching the thief and […]

My turn: Enjoy family traditions

If there is one thing my readers have taken from my column, it is probably that I still have the mentality of a 10-year-old kid when it comes to certain things, namely toys and special events. Christmas is no exception to this fact. It might sound cheesy and clich

Our people: Driven by music

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J.T. Montoya lived in Clovis for 8 years until breaking out on his own in Phoenix to be a musician. His artist name is Keize which is a derivative of keys and seize. It originates from being known locally as a keyboard player. Montoya has been involved in music since the age of 11. Now […]

Sister shares brother’s story in majors

Kevin Wilson Yolanda Acosta knew she had quite a story to tell, even before she knew the whole thing. The Elida native is getting set to release her book, “Acosta,” a tale of the upbringing she received in Elida and Portales, with emphasis on the career of her late brother Oscar, who was a pitching […]

It’s their job: Alex Wynn

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Alex Wynn is a respiratory therapist at Roosevelt General Hospital. Originally from Riverside, Calif., Wynn said the thing he loves most about his job is helping people and seeing the immediate results.

Our people: Hunger buster

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Nancy Taylor has lived in Clovis since 1972. She was instrumental in starting the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in 1983 and loves what she does because she helps people. Tell us how you met your spouse. The Rust Tractor General Service Manager was conducting a meeting for his out of town managers at […]

Rainfall always cause for celebration

Glenda Price We got some rain last night. First thing this morning I went out and checked my back yard rain gauge. It showed four tenths of an inch. As I emptied it so the next hoped-for rainfall could be measured, I celebrated. I even said, “Yippee” as I skipped around. Yes, they got too […]

Hounds start practice

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Kevin Wilson The heat was about the only thing Mark Ribaudo would have changed about Saturday. The Eastern New Mexico University coach was happy with just about everything else that transpired during the two-and-a-half hours of practice to lead off the upcoming football campaign, which will be his sixth as head coach. “The older guys […]

Snappy comebacks not needed

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Kevin Wilson It was a good thing the city of Clovis takes checks. I had no cash on me, and it was too embarrassing to make two visits. “The swimming lessons are $70, correct? And who do I make the check to?” “Just write it to the city,” the Aquatic Center employee told me, as […]

Businesses put sales online

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Internet business is a good thing as far as two Portales entrepreneurs are concerned. The Main Place owner Suzi Webb opened her storefront business on the Portales downtown square last year, but started her Internet business a decade ago when they were on Ebay. Amazon.com contacted Webb in 2003 about joining the website. Webb said […]

My turn: Fire dance leaves writer snake bitten

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Jared Tucker I seriously thought performing arts was the most boring thing in the world, until I saw the YouTube video of a young Portales woman playing with fire and hoola hoops. Come to find out, it wasn’t the first time she’s done it. Angela King, better known as Snake, has been dancing with fire […]

My turn: Rain can be too much of a good thing

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A little rain sounds good about now, but be careful what you wish for. Portales had maybe too much of a good thing in the spring, summer and fall of 1941. Records show the city received almost 43 inches of rain from March through October — more than double its annual average and a record […]

Rabbits have good thing going

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist That new movie “Alice in Wonderland” has been showing at theaters here on the High Plains. I overheard someone talking about it the other day, talking about Alice’s adventures “down the rabbit hole.” I’d like to trudge on down the rabbit hole we have out back of The Stucco Hacienda. […]