My turn: Liquor sales issue never put to rest

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Portales heads to the polls today for another round in its century-old debate over firewater. Today’s chapter is focused on Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. The story began in 1898, when Portales consisted of one house, one general store … and two saloons. Railroad workers and cowboys frequented the saloons in those days, searching for […]

Empty stocking fund: Family M

Today’s focus: Family M Household members: 3 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The husband lost his job and the family only has one income. Clothing needs: Boys size 2T. Toys list: A car, any toy or a truck. The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico. […]

Empty stocking fund: Family L

Today’s focus: Family L Household members: 5 Children: 3 (ages 12, 10 and 8) Special circumstance: With a low income this year, they are struggling because they have three children’s birthdays in the same month, and then add Christmas, and there are a lot of toys to buy. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 32-34 or […]

ENMU briefs —

Steel band performance today Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a steel band performance 7 p.m. today in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. The repertoire consists of calypso and other Caribbean styles along with jazz and pop influenced music. Information: 562-2377.

Empty Stocking Fund: Family H

Today’s focus: Family H Household members: 6 Children: 4 (ages 12, 10, 8 and 3) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because their mother-in-law passed away and they had to sell everything to bury her. This death has placed a financial burden upon the family. Clothing needs: Boy clothes size 33 pants and […]

Up to 4 more inches of snow expected

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Eastern New Mexico has already seen up to 3.5 inches of snow in places and another 2 to 4 inches are expected today.

Portales, area schools cancel classes

The following schools have canceled classes today because of inclement weather: • Portales schools • Clovis Municipal Schools • Clovis Community College • Eastern New Mexico University • Muleshoe schools • Farwell schools • Bovina schools • San Jon schools Also, Curry County offices will open two hours late. We will have information about other […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family R

Today’s focus: Family R Household members: 3 Children: 2 (ages 11 and 9) Special circumstance: This family has been overloaded with dental and medical bills, and do not have money left for toys. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 14 pants; girls clothes size 14-16 pants. Toys list: Boy wants a soccer ball; girl wants a […]

ENMU-Incarnate Word basketball capsules, Dec. 3

Freedom New Mexico Men ENMU (7-2, 0-1 Lone Star Conference) at Incarnate Word (4-3, 0-1) When: 3 p.m. (MST) today at San Antonio. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Greyhounds saw their seven-game winning streak end in an LSC-opening 77-69 loss at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Thursday. The Cardinals dropped their LSC opener at home […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 2

Today’s focus: Family C Household members: 6 Children: 5 (ages 10, 9 ,8, 7 and 5) Special circumstance: The mother has bee caring for their niece and nephew since their mother has been out of the picture for a while. This family also babysits to make her income and have lost a few of the […]

Fitness center starts construction

By Lt. Col. Daniel Guinan and Maj. Dina Quanico: 27th Special Operations Group As part of ongoing efforts to improve and modernize facilities at Cannon Air Force Base, a portion of the fitness center renovation will begin today. During this phase, the exercise areas will not be affected. However, there will be limited access to […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family S

Today’s focus: Family S Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 10 and 7) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because the husband has gone into rehab and the family is now living on one income. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 12 and 10; boys shoe size 1 and 11/2. Toys list: K-nex toy, […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family P

Today’s focus: Family P Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 9 and 8) Special circumstance: They need help this year because the parents have just separated and child support and income are still pending. Clothing needs: Girl clothes size 14 and 8; girls shoe size 3 and 1. Toys list: Barbies or Barbie car. The […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family N

Today’s focus: Family N. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 5 and 9) Special circumstance: The husband has been out of work since he was injured playing ball. The family does not have workmans compensation and they are paying their bills with savings. The family hopes the husband can be back to work soon, […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family U

Today’s focus: Family U. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 3, and 7) Special circumstance: Family U has relocated to Clovis from Arizona in order to take care of elderly parents who have both fallen ill. The family has been helping the parents with medical bills, which have wiped out much of their savings, […]

My turn: Cranes provide home away from home

When Charlie and Martha Crane of Portales sit down today for Thanksgiving dinner, they don’t know exactly who will be there to join them, or if they’ll even share a common native language. In fact, odds are they will not. For the past 20 years or so, the kind-hearted Cranes have extended an open invitation […]

Zias basketball capsule, Nov. 22

Freedom New Mexico ENMU (1-3) at New Mexico (0-3) When: 7:30 p.m. today Where: The Pit, Albuquerque Last time out: ENMU lost to Western State (Colo.) 68-52 on Saturday at Pueblo, Colo. Also on Saturday, the Lobos fell short in an upset bid at home against No. 13 Oklahoma, losing 58-56. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Of […]

Hounds dealing with weather in Division II nationals

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Mike Harney was walking around Spokane, Wash., on Thursday and said the sun was out with the temperature around 30 degrees. For today’s NCAA Division II national cross country meet at Plantes Ferry Sports Complex, the forecast was for temps in the high 20s with […]

Cosmetic product maker to build facility in Clovis

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Benna Sayyed Clovis city officials approved a $3 million interest-free forgivable loan Wednesday to a beauty supply manufacturing company that could create up to 350 jobs in the area over the next five years. Chase Gentry, executive director of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said Beauty Health and Science Innovations hopes to be open by April. […]

Anti-abortion activists should change tactics

Freedom New Mexico Anti-abortion activists in today’s headlines are not politically savvy and don’t care to change. Unless they agree to play by conventional rules of politics, they will continue to lose. In losing, they won’t save the unborn. It can be fun to indulge extremism, rejecting compromise and political alliances that may water down […]