Q&A: University student heads to Poland for worship


By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Recent Eastern New Mexico University graduate and Stephanie Losoya, 22, will be traveling to Krakow, Poland, on July 26 to participate in an event called “World Youth Day.” The event, according to Losoya, is a global Catholic conference, hosted by Pope Francis. Losoya will be traveling with members of […]

Shelburne: A decidedly delusional discourse

I wonder why “D” words are so often downers? Death, disease, depression, despair, desperation, divorce, doom, despondency, doldrums, detritus. Decompose, destruct, deconstruct, demoralize, demonize. Decrepit, dim-witted, dumb, disheartened, disemboweled (sorry), dead, discombobulated, dilapidated, dingy, delusional, desperate. That last one’s a cheat. We’ve already listed its brother Darrell and its other brother Darrell: “despair” and “desperation.” […]

Teaching a life’s work

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Cheryl Hinrichs, pictured with husband Bruce, has been a teacher in Melrose for 23 years.

Cheryl Hinrichs was born and raised in Clovis. She lives in Floyd and is a teacher in Melrose. Hinrichs majored in home economics at New Mexico State University and taught her first year in Farwell. Home Economics is known as Family Career and Community Leaders in America (FCCLA) today. In 1993, Hinrichs was offered a […]

Terry: My garage overflows with work to do

You can only put it off just so long, but when you can’t walk by the bench in the garage without knocking something off, it’s time to take action. I had planned to take a vacation day this summer to clean out my overflowing garage. It looks like at this point it’s going to take […]

Hartsfield: Taming wild hair’s a chore

Your clothing, makeup, shoes and accessories are essential to your everyday style but keeping your hair in check is an important factor that every woman has to deal with. Not only is figuring out what hairstyle or cut is best for your look and lifestyle but your unwanted hair is where the hard work really […]

Borden: Create your own faux antiques

Information on the role metabolism plays in fitness, and making sock monkeys will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Author and fitness guru Kate McKay is going to talk about the role metabolism plays in fitness. She’ll also share suggestions […]

Club notes — July 10

Peanut Valley Toastmasters President Jon Barr gave a dramatic speech titled “Link’s Back” and Vice President of Education Donna Labatt won best evaluation for her feedback on the speech. Member Bailey Decker evaluated Area Director Kevin Wilson’s interpretive reading of JFK’s famous “Ask Not” speech and Kevin won best speaker. Bailey won best table topics […]

Senior calendar — July 10

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance; 5 p.m. bus. meeting; 5:30 p.m. potluck; 6 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 10 a.m. beg. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; […]

Travel: Descend into darkness

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Carlsbad Caverns is about 200 miles, or three hours drive time, from Clovis.

It was cool enough for the First Family. If you’re looking to escape the summer heat, Carlsbad Caverns — which maintains a year-round temperature of 56 degrees — might be the escape for you. President Obama and family visited the caverns last month as part of their mission to bring attention to the 100-year-old National […]

Faith: Missionaries coming, going

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Retired teacher Alvonna Arnold teaches Kenyan students about the story cloth.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Whether they are retired teachers or children’s camp attendees, church-goers in the Portales community are returning from or preparing for summer mission trips. Brian Arnold, a member of the First Baptist Church, just returned from a mission trip in Kenya through the Calvary Road Ministries organization. According to Brian […]

Q&A: University student’s on a mission


Before beginning her third year as a social work major, Eastern New Mexico University student Katie Ledbetter will be traveling on a mission trip for Trinity Church to Brazil, only shortly after returning from Zambia, Africa, on a mission trip through Florida missionary organization Overland Missions. Ledbetter, who will graduate a year early in May, […]

Rodriguez: No share required to get blessing

One of my pet peeves is those Facebook postings that read, “Share this post and a blessing will come your way.” Usually, there’s a photo of a stack of folded dollar bills included. Well, sign me up. Amen! The problem, however, is that the next day, I see the same people sharing a similar posting. […]

Shelburne: Keep hyphens in perspective

As an English major and an occasional copy editor, may I say that the hyphen, as tricky at times as it is versatile (think, confusingly, of dashes, en hyphens, em hyphens, etc.), is a noble and useful mark of punctuation. But it pays to keep hyphens in perspective. In our present age and culture, the […]

Life’s good in roping family

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Jerry Trujillo of Portales is a team roper and business owner.

Jerry Trujillo was born and raised in Moriarty. He graduated from Moriarty High School and moved to Portales when he was 25 years old. Trujillo is a business owner and a team roper. At age 27, he was introduced to the world of roping by his cousin, Ruben Trujillo. He said he remembers wearing flip […]

Terry: Service not like it used to be

I’ve just about had it with the impersonal technology that has replaced customer service. A long and trying week was capped off with another one of those hour-plus phone calls to customer service for a computer problem. I didn’t want to talk to customer service in New Delhi. I knew that was what was awaiting […]

Hartsfield: Less is more with jewelry

Minimalist jewelry pieces have always been my favorite to wear. Adorning myself with rings or earrings that I rarely have to take off is the type of jewelry I like. For instance, I prefer a simple thin gold ring band to a big bulky stoned ring. Much like my manicures that I keep clean and […]

Borden: Easy quilt binding on coming show

Information on quilt binding by machine and essential foods for better eyesight will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Marci Baker is a quilter and author, and she has a solution for quilters who don’t like making a binding — […]

New Mexico is Billy The Kid country

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Billy The Kid escaped from the Lincoln jail in April of 1881, killing two sheriff’s deputies in the process. Lincoln County is approximately 140 miles from Fort Sumner and can be reached by traveling south to Roswell, then West on U.S. 70.

Perhaps one of the most iconic figures in Western lore, particularly eastern New Mexico, is the young man known as Billy The Kid. He is the legendary hero and ultimate bad boy who escaped jails and killed men, perhaps mostly in loyalty to a former employer … depending on which history book you may prefer. […]

Senior calendar — July 3

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Closed Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; Noon, beginning crochet; 10 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts; 6 p.m. line dance Thursday: 8:30 a.m. kaleidoscope coloring group; 8:45 a.m. board meeting; 8 a.m. blood pressure; 8 […]

Biblical Worldview Conference held at First Baptist

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On stage, from left, Tatum Robbs, Zach Grafe, Hannah Patrick, Kate Moberly, and Julia Esping perform worship songs Tuesday evening during the Biblical Worldview Conference.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Portales citizens and visitors from out of the city came together for a religious conference which began Monday evening and concludes today at the First Baptist Church. The Biblical Worldview Conference, hosted in collaboration with the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and the Celebration Baptist Church in Rio Rancho, […]