My turn: Meals on Wheels director retiring

Around 11 a.m. every weekday, rain or shine, three or four volunteers enter the kitchen doors at Heartland Continuing Care, and emerge moments later carrying stacks of insulated trays, coolers of milk and juice, and notebooks directing them on a treasure hunt throughout Portales. The treasures in this case are the local recipients of Meals [...]

Friday morning briefing: Ribs for wheels, homes on tour and the mad rush

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Ribs for Wheels Oct. 6 is Meals on Wheels night at Rib Crib in Clovis. Bring in a flyer from 4 p.m. until close, and when you pay for your meal, 10 percent of that total will be donated to Meals on Wheels of [...]

In search of ponies: Chickens on wheels merit research

Sharna Johnson Why didn’t the rooster cross the road? I don’t know the answer, but when the call went out over the police scanner this week, you can bet your bottom dollar I grabbed a camera and hurried for the scene. The call that went out came from a sheriff’s deputy who asked dispatch to [...]

Volunteer profile: Ed and Pat Watson

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Names: Ed and Pat Watson Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired trucking company owner and teacher Volunteers: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies and Red Men, and Meals on Wheels Why they do it: “We do this because we like people,” Pat said.

Volunteer profile: Fayrene Powers

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Name: Fayrene Powers Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Chairwoman of Meals on Wheels Why she does it: “I grew up in Floyd,” Powers said. “We were farmers, and we learned to help others. As a Christian, I have the responsibility to help make the world a better place by doing whatever I can. I’ve done [...]

Last of Conchas Dam builders to be honored

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico When Earl Flint was a boy, his toys all had wheels. “I was all about machines and how they would change the world,” he said. And they did change his world 75 years ago when he was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help build Conchas [...]

Police, emergency management personnel step in to deliver Meals on Wheels

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With icy roads and four to six inches of snow Thursday, police and emergency management personnel stepped in to deliver for Portales Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels chairwoman Fayrene Powers said she was concerned about the program’s drivers, many of whom are older adults, risking injury on the [...]

U.S. shouldn’t support either side in Mideast

Freedom New Mexico As is so often the case with Middle Eastern conflicts, there are wheels within wheels in the current Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza strip, and a distinct shortage of reasons to cheer either side. The primary blame for the current conflict must lie with Hamas, a militant organization heavily subsidized by [...]

Cars: Necessity, status symbol or addiction

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What is it about guys and cars? Perhaps us women will never understand. As I mentioned in a previous column, my friend Bernard Polaco is into “Chevy porn.” When he goes to Wal-Mart, he can’t bypass the magazine aisle. He spends hours on Chevy porn Web sites and affectionately calls his [...]

Sassy dolls to learning tools, anything goes this Christmas

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Helena Rodriguez This Christmas kids want everything from the furry to McFlurries, from the sensational to educational. From the fairytale-themed Barbie in Swan Lake dolls to the modern, hip Bratz dolls with their own Formal Funk Runway Disco, it’s almost anything goes this holiday season. As always, familiar characters are also in high demand, from [...]