Their view: Pet considered part of our family

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Jeni Ennis is an Air Force wife and mother of three who writes a weekly column in our military newspaper.This is her latest effort: My column this week is written with a heavy heart. Our family dog, a medium-sized black-lab mutt named Pepper, who wore a blue collar, escaped from our home last week and […]

My turn: Jennings still missed

He was born and raised in black and white — where the wind blows hard across the Texas Plain — in Littlefield, Texas. And wherever his travels took him across America, he was always proud to be from Texas, where Bob Wills was still the king. He and his buddy Willie took us all to […]

Tea party needs to stay true to cause

Freedom New Mexico Black and conservative are not mutually exclusive. That’s the theme of the Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party, an organization that’s gaining momentum in Colorado. Throughout our history, black Americans have needed no more than protection of liberty in order to succeed. If freedom is the theme of the tea party movement, it […]

Black Friday sales move at steady pace

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Alisa Boswell “Booming” was not the word most local Clovis and Portales retail officials used for store traffic Friday morning during Black Friday sales. Despite the lack of long lines and sales moving at a steady pace, retail officials said they expect to come out ahead or break even with last year’s Black Friday sales. […]

Retailers readying for Black Friday

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Retailers are adding a variety of fresh marketing tactics to existing strategies to better serve shoppers this Black Friday. Jared Zatorski, assistant store manager at Office Max, said in addition to a big push in television, newspaper and online advertising, his store is being specially merchandised to cater to Black Friday traffic. He said the […]

In search of ponies: Schedules help avert cat-astrophe

Waking to teeth on my nose was not a pleasant feeling. In all honesty, it was downright disturbing. To add insult to injury, the little black furry face – I could only see in segments because of the macro view I had between my eye and the end of my nose – shifted and found […]

Green jobs only create fiscal black hole

The faddish obsession with “green jobs” is being revealed as a massive waste of taxpayer money. Pipe dreams eventually are revealed for what they are — unrealistic, wishful thinking. It didn’t take long for Spain’s touted green-job revolution to be revealed as a financial disaster, siphoning taxpayer subsidies and destroying 2.2 real jobs for every […]

Green thumb no match for drought

If I ever had a green thumb it has turned black. I’ve lamented recently the condition of my front yard but I have to report with the recent rains it’s starting to green up. Of course the green parts are grass burrs. The rose bushes decided to emerge from their drought-induced dormancy long enough for […]

Curry Cats improve to 3-0

Manuel Robles scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Curry County Cats escaped a halftime deficit to defeat the New Mexico Black Hawks 13-6 Sunday in Los Lunas. With the win, the Cats (3-0) are now the only perfect team in the New Mexico Premier League. The Black Hawks dropped to 1-1. Robles, a […]

Psychological thrillers scarier than slashers

The best really scary movies I have ever seen were filmed in black and white, either by design or because they were made before the popularization of color techniques. Lest I be mistaken for a Cretan, I want to make it clear I am not talking about “The Blair Witch Project.” The other night, when […]

Fishing report —

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Animas River – The flow is 203 cfs. Fishing […]

Portales past: Jan 26, 1951

Jan 26, 1951: The Portales Daily News: Ad for the Yam Theatre: Double Barreled Justice, starring Alan “Rocky” Lane and his stallion, Black Jack.

My turn: Black-eyed peas family tradition

My family’s New Year’s Day dinner is required to include black-eyed peas, for luck. (I think the tradition followed us from Texas.) I put a lot more faith in Providence than luck, but I like fun traditions and my dad’s black-eyed peas. My family used to grow black-eyed peas in our garden and shell them […]

Shoppers up early for Black Friday deals

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Alisa Boswell Friday marked a day of hustle and bustle for local Clovis and Portales businesses as Black Friday shoppers lined up to get discounted items and other special deals on this after Thanksgiving shopping day extravaganza. At 5 a.m. when the electronics department at both the Clovis and Portales Wal-Mart stores opened, shoppers were […]

Friday morning briefing: Black eyes, free food and cash for a cause

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School business Monday is parent-teacher conference day for Portales Municipal Schools from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no school that day. Information: Call the administration office at 356-7000 or call your child’s school. Black eyes for Cannon Airmen of all ranks will […]

Anniversaries — Sept. 19

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Black Paten and Gwen Black of Clovis celebrated their 50th anniversary June 18, 2010, at Leal’s restaurant. The celebration was hosted by their two daughters, Brenda Black and Sandra Lynn and was celebrated with family and friends. The couple was married June 17, 1960, in Sanderson, Texas. They have two daughters and one grandson. They […]

Anniversaries — Sept. 5

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Black Paten and Gwen Black of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 18, 2010, at Leal’s Restaurant. The celebration was hosted by Brenda Black, Sandra and Jeff Lynn and Chad Lynn. The couple was married June 17, 1960, in Sanderson, Texas. They have two children and one grandchild. They are both semi-retired owners of […]

Baxter Black: Work ethic backbone of America

By Baxter Black: On the edge of common sense “A good day’s work is a good day’s work.” Labor Day 2010 finds us with our head down, shoulders to the wheel, noses to the grindstone and 10 percent unemployment. The high unemployment is not because we don’t know how to work. We do! The proof […]

Study: Urban prairie dogs at risk

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Argen Duncan After studying black-tailed prairie dogs within the city of Clovis and around rural Roosevelt and Curry counties, Eastern New Mexico University researchers concluded that those in the city spend less time foraging for food, which could hurt their chances of survival. As an ENMU undergraduate, Jenny Ramirez compared the behavior of rural and […]

Reader submitted: Portales black belts take home gold, silver, bronze medals

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By Steve Blakeley: Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do Black belts from Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do spent part of last week in Philadelphia, Pa., qualifying for the International Taekwon-Do World Championships. This is the equivalent of qualifying for the Olympic games of most sports. On April 24, Master Steve Blakeley, 7th Degree senior instructor of Eastern New […]