Genuine happiness worth some genuine sacrifices

"Happiness is worth a lot to me," a good friend, colleague, and mentor of mine once told his boss as he made a decision that would lead to his leaving the company. "Well, so what? Isn't happiness worth a lot to everybody?" his boss replied. "No," my friend replied truthfully and I think with unusual […]

Firefighters battling Tres Lagunas blazes racing against wind, humidity

PECOS — More than 900 firefighters were racing against increasing winds and dropping humidity levels Monday as they fought to contain two wildfires raging in the northern New Mexico mountains. In the Santa Fe National Forest, the Tres Lagunas blaze had burned more than 12 1/2 square miles by midday Monday, and firefighters were working […]

Sunday, Monday storms bring rain, lateral lightning

Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger said Sunday night's thunderstorms were pretty intense for June weather. "It was raining so hard that you couldn't see a car-length in front of you," said Wattenberger about his drive around the county when he was checking for damages. "Usually we get (thunderstorms) earlier, but we're getting them […]

Road Construction – June 4

U.S. 70 reconstruction project to move U.S. 70 reconstruction project officials say they're moving construction work to the intersection of Main and First streets for the month of June, according to a Constructors, Inc. press release. With this move, they ask motorists to expect the temporary closure of Main Street off of First Street with […]

Events Calendar – June 4

Today Lesser prairie chicken meeting — 1:30, Clovis-Carver Public Library's North Annex. Information: 763-3435. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Wednesday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Thursday Belly […]

My Turn – What shall I say about hitting 50?

I remember the biggest deal about turning 10 was the whole idea of hitting double digits. I've always loved numbers, and this just seemed like a tremendous milestone. Turning 20 was truly remarkable. I had been wed for one solid week, and being the married woman that I was, I couldn't wait to declare that […]

Police Blotter – June 4

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday Caller reported: z 12:26 a.m.: Fire alarm has been activated, 1900 block of South Avenue. 3:48 a.m.: Close patrol, 1100 block of North Avenue K. 4 a.m.: Domestic situation, 1300 block of West Ivy Street. 6:43 a.m.: Animal problem, 700 block of Eastern […]

Mayor Sloan has nice ring to it

With apologies to David Lansford and Sharon King, I am announcing early as a write-in candidate for dual mayor of Clovis/Portales.Why write-in? Money, honey. What I save on filing fees is more legal tender for a bender.If swept into office on a wave of winks and write-in ink, we will have riverboat gambling on Greene […]

There was a time when family ruled

Stew and I were talking about the world we grew up in. A time when family had a much greater influence on children than they do today. We grew up before cable television, texting, I-tunes, unavoidable soft porn, misogynistic vulgar rap, instantaneous news, a sense of entitlement and electronic isolation. Both of our folks were […]

Community will meet to discuss lesser prairie chickens

For those still in the dark about what the lesser prairie chicken is or why its existence is important, there is a community meeting Tuesday. The bird has been at the center of controversy since 1998 after it was identified as a candidate for federal listing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a federal […]