My turn: Puddle fishing reels in surprise

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Have you ever been puddle fishing? Ever catch anything? I did. There were a few holes in the yard at my grandmother’s house back home. So when it rained — instant puddles. Imagine me with my fishing pole with a worm on a hook, waiting patiently for a bite. Close to the house there was [...]

Officials dish about Fourth of July menus

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Jared Tucker The Independence Day weekend is here which means the patio table is set, the American Flag is flying proudly in the front yard, and it’s time to fire up that grill. So what are area officials and residents throwing on the grill this year? Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said he likes a [...]

Yard sale-ing has rules

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico It was Saturday morning and I was deftly shooting through the streets, handling the four-door family car like a Formula 1 racer at Le Mans, hurrying to the next big yard sale. I had the situation under control. The Lady of the House saw it differently. “Playing ‘chicken’ with [...]

Gotta love thy neighbors

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Kicking back in the yard the other day I noticed there was some sort of busy-ness going on in a neighbor’s backyard. It caught my eye because the neighbor is kind of old yet was running around his backyard like a kid. I watched for a while and came [...]

Family history repeats itself

By Karl Terry: Local columnist She said she heard it crack when she went down. All I heard was a shriek of pain as she grabbed for my arm on her way down. With a day off recently, I had been catching up on yard work and my better half followed me out to the [...]

Friday morning briefing: Back yard video and fashion

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day Rare stuff lurking in an important collection at Eastern New Mexico University…and it’s Right in your backyard. Website of the day Plan your next vacation in New Mexico. Visit the state’s tourism website: http://www.newmexico.org/ Mini walk set Barry Elementary School students will be [...]

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long [...]

Yard sales also social events

By Grant Mcgee: Local columnist We went to our first yard sale of 2010 last week and picked up a fridge for 40 bucks. It seems yard sale season has begun. These sales just seem to flow and go with the seasons. In the winter there are few if any sales. As spring gets closer, [...]

July 13 Police Blotter

Portales police log samples from the past week: Monday 3:58 p.m.: Caller on S. Roosevelt Road U said a cow was in his front yard and he wanted assistance to move it. No incident report filed. 8:32 p.m.: Caller living on North K street said neighbors kept shooting fireworks into her yard despite asking them [...]

Woman’s body found in pickup camper

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By Sharna Johnson and Liliana Castillo Police say they suspect a body found in Clovis is that of a missing Roswell woman. The body was discovered Wednesday night in the back of a pickup truck towed Monday to a Clovis wrecking yard. Chaves County Sheriff James Coon said the body was discovered by his deputies [...]