Every culture has criminal element

Sometimes it pays to listen to the radio in the car. Being a serious Sirius aficionado, I usually do not tune in to regular broadcasts. Perhaps, as I discovered while using my wife's car to move items, I should listen more often. Had I not done so, I would not have heard the NPR story […]

Time to live up to friend’s teaching

With my NFL team on a bye week in the playoffs this weekend I jumped at the chance to go bird hunting. By the time you read this the great wild goose chase of 2013 may well be over. It started with a call from my brother that was prompted by a call from one […]

Our people: Landscape artist

Portales' Jon Birdsong has been a painter for more than 40 years and has taught art to grade school students in Amarillo, Hereford, Canyon and Austin, Texas and Portales. Birdsong is a watercolorist who primarily paints wildlife and landscapes but also dabbles in acrylics. His focus is now the New Mexican southwest. Benna Sayyed: CMI […]

Creative Living: Quick, easy recipes featured on show

Information on preparing quick and easy recipes and designing and fitting strapless gowns will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Connie Moyers is the Extension Home Economist with the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, and her annual festive program draws hundreds each […]

Engagements – Dec. 30

Harrison-Cogdell Harrison-Cogdell Doug and Lisa Harrison of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Holly Harrison of Lubbock, to Cooper Cogdell of Lubbock, son of Dick and Kippi Cogdell of Silverton, Texas. The couple will exchange vows 6 p.m. Jan. 12, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Lubbock. The reception will follow […]

Senior happenings – Dec. 30

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. dance at La Casa Senior Center Monday: 1 p.m., bingo and refreshments at Los Abuelitos, Portales Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments Thursday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. […]

On the shelves – Dec. 30

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library "Russell Lee's FSA Photographs of Chamisal and Peñasco, New Mexico" by William Wroth was given by Encanto Garden Club in memory of Elsie Dean. A photographer for the Farm Security Administration provides an invaluable record of rural America in the 1930s and early 1940s in these […]

‘Smart’ devices mystifying

This will no doubt go down in family history as the "Get Smart" Christmas. No, it had nothing to do with Don Adams as Agent 86 Maxwell Smart. Though it did have a little in common with his clever shoe phone. My wife and I got smart phones and my mom got a smart TV […]

Holidays can bring out best, worst in people

T he season between Thanksgiving and Epiphany, which roughly defines the holiday season, seems to bring out both the best and the worst. Needless to say, I'm not writing of the shopping mall in Oregon or the Newtown school shootings; those are too horrific and macabre to fit into any pattern of sanity. What I […]

Our people: Goody two shoes

Jamie Rose started collecting exotic shoes about two years ago. Benna Sayyed: CMI staff photo Jamie Rose, executive assistant to the Portales Police chief, works at her desk Friday at the Portales Police Department. Benna Sayyed: CMI staff photo A display of Jamie Rose's favorite high heels. Benna Sayyed: CMI staff photo Jamie Rose, executive […]

On the shelves – Dec. 23

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library "One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season" by Chris Ballard shares the memorable story of a team from rural Illinois that defied convention and the odds to emerge from a field of 370 teams and made an improbable […]

Creative Living: Fringe flower making tips featured on show

Information on making fringe flowers with an embroidery machine, using fabric flowers for brooches, headbands and more, and making easy handmade gifts will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Designer and digitizer, Laura Waterfield, owner of Laura's Sewing Studio, says that fringe […]

Club notes – Dec. 23

Fairfield Extension Club Fairfield Extension Club meeting was called to order by President Martha Watkins at Cheyenne Meadows Nov. 9. Thanksgiving lunch was served by 12 members and one guest, Alyssa Tono. Amy Armenta showed her candle mats, Wanta Guenthe ear warmers and Murl Dennington Christmas ornaments. The club also met Dec. 14 at Cheyenne […]

Senior happenings – Dec. 23

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Closed for holiday. Tuesday: Closed for holiday. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments Thursday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. Loteria (Spanish bingo) and refreshments Friday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. music jam Daily: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily activities, quilting and […]

Weddings – Dec. 23

Whitaker Falon Lee Pettigrew of Clovis and Troy Lynn Whitaker of Amarillo were joined in marriage Sept. 29 in Grady. The Rev. Brian Townsend performed the ceremony. Whitaker The bride is the daughter of Edna Pettigrew of Broadview. She is the granddaughter of Dixie Pettigrew and Jessie Whitehead, both of Grady. The bridegroom is the […]

Christmas God’s answer to tragedy

It's almost impossible to wrap one's mind around the tragedy that took place in Connecticut several weeks ago, or the mall shooting which preceded that event by only a few days. It seems doubly impossible because, in our mythological Christmas context, events like that are not supposed to intrude on this particular season. The reality […]

Quips help holiday mood

Christmas is a time to be jolly with lots of holly by gosh by golly. What could put us all in a more festive mood than these funny Christmas ponderings I've read or heard recently. "Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas Spirit." — Frank […]

Our people: Up to speed

John Young has two loves, mini sprint car racing and basketball. He's also a straight-A student. Benna Sayyed: Clovis Media Inc. John Young, left, listens to a math lesson in his math class at Portales High School. Young is a forward on the Portales High School junior varsity basketball team and a champion mini-sprint car […]

No trust in Mayan prophets

Is the end near? Anyone know a Mayan philosopher we can ask? I don't know but pretty sure the world will probably continue after next Friday. Just in case I'm going to see if my wife will let me open my Christmas presents early. I don't think I could take the eternal suspense of never […]

School menus – Dec. 16

Clovis elementary schools Monday: Breakfast — Strawberry banana French toast. Lunch — Meat and cheese nachos, garden salad w/ranch, mini carrots, applesauce. Tuesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed green salad, delicious apple, whole wheat roll. Wednesday: Breakfast — Sausage biscuit. Lunch — Homemade meat and bean burrito, salsa, celery […]