Birthdays —

McAlavy Donald K. McAlavy of St. Petersburg, Fla. celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec. 30 in Largo, Fla. The celebration was hosted by Kim (McAlavy) Siewert, it was a suprise western themed party. Donald was born Dec. 30, 1931 in Clovis. He has six children, 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Engagements — Jan. 1

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Terry-Crow Kendall and Jana Terry of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Rana Terry of Portales, to Trent Crow of Portales, son of Rick and Donna Crow of Texico. The couple will exchange vows 5 p.m. Feb. 25, 2012, at Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis. The reception will be at […]

Only one resolution needed

I think I’ll just forego the whole New Year’s resolution thing this year. What’s the point? With the Mayan calendar running out in December I’ll never get the chance to enjoy the benefits and might spend all year trying to accomplish them only to be swept away in cataclysm. Granted, losing about 120 pounds and […]

Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next […]

On the shelves — Jan. 1

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease” by Bharat Aggarwal explains how to harness the power of super-rich plant compounds that fight oxidation and inflammation. “Classic in the Barn” by Amy Myers begins as car detective Jack […]

Following God’s guidance gives the heart peace

A brand New Year awaits us. Let’s resolve to put zest in it. The past is gone and a new beginning is here. Refuse to let life happen to you. You can happen to life. I am reminded of how a tiny grain of sand in the soft body of an oyster can be a […]

Commentary: We can all find ways to serve our country

By Gunnery Sgt.Pauline Franklin Editor’s note: The following column was written by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, who is stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). I miss so many things about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. I miss tucking my children into bed each night with a kiss. I miss the […]

Commandos urged to drink responsibly

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs Every 15 minutes — someone dies as the result of an alcohol-related collision. The 27th Special Operations Wing safety and Airmen Against Drunk Driving are reminding Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base to stay safe and use proper judgment during the holidays. “As […]

Airmen receive STEP promotions

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Staff Sgt. Justin Hunter, 3rd Special Operations Squadron standardization and evaluations, is promoted to tech. sgt. by Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, Dec. 22 at Cannon Air Force Base. By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, presented two airmen […]

Officials release high year tenure details

By Eric M. Grill: American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced Dec. 19, high year of tenure limit changes for the grades of senior airman, staff sergeant and technical sergeant that go into effect in 2013. The changes are a part of additional force management programs that are […]

Cannon power outage set for Friday

By 27th SOW Public Affairs A base-wide power outage is scheduled for from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, at Cannon Air Force Base, to include Chavez West Manor military family housing. The outage is required to allow contractors to install custom-made parts for the base power substation, which will help prevent future outages. Base […]

Event listings: Dec. 30

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What's Happening: Dec. 30 — Jan. 5

Friday Zumba Nights 5:30 p.m. Youth Center

Sweet Home New Mexico: Looking to fast forward through next few months

It’s not even a week past Christmas day and I’m already experiencing a post-Christmas letdown. Am I the only one that experiences this? Please, tell me no. There are things I love about all seasons of the year, but October through December are my favorite three months of the year, no doubt. There are so […]

Clovis trio set for homecoming

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The band is back together, somewhat, and it’s making a Friday swing through Portales. In the closest thing they’ll have to a homecoming, Clovis High guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill, and former Wildcat coach J.D. Isler, lead McMurry University in a 7 p.m. Friday neutral site game at […]

Their view: Obamacare must be stopped in 2012

Richard E. Ralston, executive director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, offers his view on President Barack Obama’s national health care package.

Now is best time to do right

The end of the old year and the beginning of the new gives some people the feeling of a rite of passage. For them it represents a chance to clean the slate; they get to start fresh and try to do better next year than they did last year. Birthdays can provide the same opportunity, […]

Renewable energy still not cost effective

Sooner or later, the laws of economics prevail, even in heavily subsidized industries such as solar power. The latest evidence that government manipulation cannot overcome economic reality is the decision by BP PLC, the giant British energy company, to leave the solar power business. BP has developed solar energy for 40 years and for more […]

Year in review —

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• Country clubbers nabbed Ten people, including Portales City Councilman Oscar Robinson and former Roosevelt County Manager Mike Miller on Jan. 20 were charged with petty misdemeanor gambling at Portales Country Club. Officials said the 10 were videotaped playing poker on Dec. 30, 2010, and authorities seized $580 in cash. Charges have since been dismissed, […]