Vietnam mission ‘well worth the effort’

“Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It’s not the home-run hitters.” — Baseball slugger Willie Stargell

My turn: Concert brings out kid in me

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I was reminiscent of a 10-year-old child last weekend as I screamed and jumped up and down at a Brad Paisley concert in Lubbock, which also happened to be my first big concert with a music superstar. It was well worth the trip and the money to see him live, despite my envy of the […]

Portales resident presented views respectfully

Portales lost a strong voice on Feb. 10 when Kirby Rowan lost his battle with cancer. We hardly ever agreed with his left-leaning political views, which he often expressed on these pages, but we had great respect for his passion, his kind heart, and his sincere efforts to make the world a better place. Rowan, […]

Official: Baby giraffe doing well

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Tonjia Rolan Hillcrest Park Zoo’s 3-week-old baby giraffe has grown about 2 inches and is doing fine, according to assistant zoo director Mark Yannotti. Yannotti said Tuesday zoo staff are working around the clock to keep up with the young giraffe’s demanding feeding schedule. The unnamed baby was born Jan. 25 and is the zoo’s […]

Alcohol sales upset city councilors

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor sales include bars as well as restaurants. “I think it would have really affected the outcome of how people voted,” said Councilor Dianne Parker, after being told of the development at a council meeting Tuesday. “That’s not saying it would change it one […]

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. […]

ENMU briefs — Dec. 14

College of Business dean appointed Academic affairs has announced the appointment of D. Christopher Taylor as dean for the College of Business. Taylor holds a bachelor of science and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University, as well as a master’s of management from Wayland Baptist University. In the community, Taylor serves as president of the […]

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

BBC show represents farm life well

Netflix lied to me but it hasn’t discouraged me from their product yet. On closer examination of the way they’ve been billing me on the credit card number I have on file with them, it’s apparent their former CEO wasn’t shooting me straight in the letter he sent me telling me he was shooting me […]

In search of ponies: Pet rentals great for commitment phobic

Commitment-phobe? Just not ready to take the plunge? Or maybe just looking for a temporary good time… Well, there’s a solution. Rental pets is a new rage sweeping through metropolitan communities and apparently it’s an idea that is really taking off and gaining popularity, particularly in the concrete jungles. I stumbled onto the concept while […]

Portales High School news — Sept. 27

See You at the Pole? scheduled See You at the Pole? will be held Thursday. It is a National Day where junior high and high school students around the world meet who agree their school needs prayer as well as other things at meet at their school’s flag pole. College entrance exams scheduled Seniors interested […]

My turn: Mother always knew

When I was in grade school, it seems everything I did, my mom found out about. At one point I thought Mom might have been some kind of spy or something. I had good reason to think that. Mom became pretty well known at her office for a particular kind of cake that she made. […]

Their view: Being mother well worth sleep lost

Loni Newby is a Clovis mom, married to the Air Force who writes a weekly column for Cannon Connections, our base newspaper. This is her latest effort:

Nothing fair about Fairness Doctrine

Freedom New Mexico The fairness doctrine in broadcasting sounds like it would be so, well, fair. Why is it we believe that the end of the dormant policy, killed Aug. 22 by the Federal Communications Commission, is a good development? The truth is, there never was anything “fair” about it. The fairness doctrine was imposed […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: You know there are teenagers in the house when…

Marla Jo Fisher I have a friend whose children are old enough now to strike fear into the hearts of their mother, as she dreads the coming transformation from adorable kid to hulking, hairy creature from the black lagoon. Since my kids are already well into this transition, Barb views our family like a big, […]

Cowboy hat worn well

I don’t know you but I know that hat. I wore a hat just like it. Back in the days when men were men. You bet the pot and played to win. And if you lost you tried again. You bet your life I know that hat. A cowboy gave that hat to me. Back […]

My turn: Peach salsa goes well with fish, chicken

I found an interesting take on salsa recently. It looks healthy and easy, as long as you don’t mind washing food processors or blenders. The recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, from a collection of recipes we have permission to print. Fresh peach salsa • 4 medium peaches, peeled and pitted • 2 large tomatoes, cut into […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Large water leak fixed in Portales system

Argen Duncan Water storage levels in Portales have risen 4 feet since a large leak was discovered and stopped, and three more city wells are expected to go online within the next two weeks, the city manager has said. Portales City Manager Tom Howell made the remarks during an emergency city council meeting Friday morning […]