McGee: Roomate was right about computers

Have you ever heard about something new and thought, “Pshaw, that won’t be around long.” I got to thinking about this while I was at a rummage sale over in Earth, Texas. There amongst the books for a dime or a quarter was a thick, yellowed volume labeled “FORTRAN.” It was a textbook about the […]

Christmas proposal memorable

Christmas 1981 was easily the best one ever for me. It was the Christmas that I proposed to my bride. I wanted to ask her that Christmas but every time I thought about it I got the shakes and cold feet. Then one day in early December, while I was back in Portales for the […]

My turn: Decorate with anticipation

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I thought decking my house with Christmas spirit the day after Thanksgiving was perfect timing; not too early, not too late. Recently, though, someone said we rush Christmas enough. They wait until the 12 days before Christmas. Not only is the “Twelve Days of Christmas” significant because of the song, written during a time Christians […]

My turn: ‘Enchantment’ still in area

The battle of the sexes improv show I was in last weekend turned out to be even more fun than I thought it would be. The girls lost, but not by much. I have to say with all of the “women belong at the kitchen sink” jokes coming our way, I think we held our […]

My turn: Language still barrier

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When I was growing up, I thought everyone in Lubbock spoke Spanish. We went to the tienda down the street from my grandparents’ house; they spoke Spanish. At the park; Spanish. The music was Ramon Ayala. At Mass and cursillos (religious retreats) it was pure Spanish, with joyful shouts of “De Colores!” But then we […]

My turn: To be organized is to be lazy

Are you pathetically lazy and sloppy or are you an insanely clean perfectionist? Until recently, I thought being neat was nice. I don’t let dishes sit. I can’t stand unfolded laundry and I despise clutter. But when I taught college level English, I always assigned my students to read an essay, “Neat People vs. Sloppy […]

No sense in badgering prey

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

In search of ponies: Swallows keep pests away

Sharna Johnson I struggled with the thought of knocking it down, but they were working so hard I just didn’t have the heart. Instead, I sat in the front yard and photographed the swallows as they swooped in and out, fluttering under the eave with beaks full of mud. Over several days I watched as […]

Experts predict more heat

Freedom New Mexico If you thought Friday got hot, hold on. There’s more on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Clovis Municipal Airport reported a high temperature of 106 degrees on Friday. The last time the city got near that high was June 24, 1980, when the thermometer hit 104 degrees. Weather service […]

McGee: Antimatter matters

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Last Saturday was supposed to be the beginning of the end of the world, according to a television preacher from California and his followers. I remember another time when some people thought the world as we knew it would come to an end. It was 1997 when some “New Age” […]

McGee: Worth the wait

We thought we’d go to one of the local fast food joints in town. It’s famous for its great sandwiches but also for its long waits. We thought we’d give it a try anyway. We placed our order at the drive-thru. “That’s a bit expensive for a couple of sandwiches and a side,” complained The […]

Time wasted focusing on negative

Wrong thoughts can be what I call thought disease. Have you ever had “wrong thought disease”? I have and it’s the pits! Thought disease comes with all kinds of problems. The doctor’s report, overdue accounts, misunderstandings and the list goes on. Thought disease thrives in a negative environment. Worrying thoughts ruin thought life and spill […]

In search of ponies: Lamb lesson

Sharna Johnson It was Easter time a couple of decades ago and my father had a surprise up his sleeve. My brother and I thought it was just another of many exploratory trips when we pulled up to the farm and saw the sheep milling about in the field — until Dad told us to […]

Portales resident recognized as paramedic of year

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Alisa Boswell When Portales resident Floyd Hancock, a lieutenant at the Portales Fire Department, saw Battalion Chief Lance Hill was calling him, he thought the worst. “When he first called,” Hancock said with a laugh, “I thought, ‘What did I forget?’” When he answered, he found out he was chosen as the area’s best paramedic. […]

Curry County Cats pull away in second half

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Josh Bryan thought he’d had enough of football when he went to Eastern New Mexico University in the fall of 2009 and didn’t make it through the season. Turned out he was wrong. A 2009 Clovis High grad, Bryan was one of several former Wildcats who had big days […]

My turn: Nature has no schedule

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Patrick Lyons, 57, of Melrose has been hunter for 45 years and thought he had seen it all. Lyons, New Mexico’s commissioner of public lands for the last eight years and an incoming Public Regulation Commission member, has had his share of unexpected developments — fine targets in sight only to discover the safety was […]

Technology making jobs obsolete

Karl Terry I heard a quick sound bite on the radio the other day about jobs that have become obsolete and it got me to thinking about that. I remember a day while I was still living at home when I told my parents that I had decided to move to Tucumcari and take a […]

Portales past: Nov. 18, 1948

Nov. 18, 1948: The Portales Daily News: Who knew Margaret Todd? This girl or woman thought to be between 16 and 28 years old was being sought by an attorney in Louisiana in connection with the settlement of the estate of her father, Frank Elton Todd.

King wins attorney general race

Kevin Wilson Gary King never thought victory would come easy. But he said the spoils had to be short. “I feel like it was a good, hard battle,” King said after defeating 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and securing his second term as attorney general. “We’ll have a chance to enjoy the victory tonight, […]

Do-it-yourself grooming not as easy as thought

Glenda Price One of my daughters has a toy poodle named Rudy (short for Rudoph Valentino Price, since he’s a little lover.) He’s a really fun little guy who is exceptionally smart. The only problem is his curly poodle hair grows really fast. A groomer lady informed me that he should be clipped at least […]