My turn: Weekend will keep me busy

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With all of this weekend’s activities, it looks like I’m going to be making up for my two completely unproductive days last weekend in which all I did was sleep (not that it wasn’t needed). Portales has some great activities lined up for this weekend, which include a concert by Christian bands Big Daddy Weave […]

Retired teacher stays busy

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Clovis resident Martha Hardwick grew up on her family ranch, Lee Hammond Ranch, northwest of Clovis. She lived on the ranch in the summer and in Clovis during school. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1965 and went off to college at Oklahoma State University. Hardwick said she wasn’t planning on coming back. But […]

ENMU students return from fall break

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Alisa Boswell The Eastern New Mexico University campus was alive with activity Wednesday as students returned from Fall Break. Whether they used their four-day weekend for trips or stayed home to do some catching up, busy seemed to be the theme for ENMU students. “We wanted to do something and get out of town and […]

Socialism weakens freedom

Collectivism or socialism, in whatever form, is like a deadly parasite excreting a poison into its host. As long as your society is vibrant and healthy it can support a small amount of this societal poison. The collectivism feeds off of the rest of the society, dragging it down a little, but not enough to […]

Texico brother, sister keep busy at rodeo

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Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Texico’s Dalton Wren was a spectator on Wednesday, but he has a busy few days ahead in the annual High Plains Junior Rodeo at Curry County Events Center. So does his sister, Audrey. Dalton Wren, 15, will compete in calf roping, breakaway roping and chute dogging this weekend in the 13-15 […]

Our people: Clovis pastor keeps busy

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Clovis resident David Dawson has lived in Clovis for 38 years. He spends his time doing many things including being a singer, songwriter, producer, motivator and pastor. If you know Dawson, you’re wondering why he didn’t list coach. He said he’s not a coach, he’s a motivator. “Coaches have to understand the player is the […]

Listen to hear God

Do you ever get tired of noise? All kinds of noise make me have anxiety. Many voices compete for our attention these days. The demands of employment, family obligations and other activities seldom leave a quiet time in our busy schedules. The busy-ness of the day has a way of dominating the mind at bedtime […]

Our people: Retiree keeps busy

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Longtime area educator G.C. Ross, 72, was inducted into Eastern New Mexico University’s Hall of Honor during homecoming celebrations Sept. 25. An alumnus of the university, Ross said he was “very honored. I was humbled to be included in such an august group.”

Residents turn out for annual Peanut Valley Festival

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Clarence Plank The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday was a busy day for vendors, local shoppers and some who attend the festival every year. Vendors came from North Carolina, Florida, west Texas and New Mexico. Cheri Quinn, owner of Kountry Klutter in Roswell, is a regular at the […]

Mischief favorite past time at ranch

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Ruth Burns The Llano Estacado in the early days was a wonderful place for small boys. The grown-ups were busy with their chores and didn’t have a lot of time to spend worrying about the young’uns. Consequently, little boys could spend their time exploring, chasing rabbits, following the cowboys and very often, getting into mischief. […]

Our people: Royal flush

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Ernie Kos said she loves her job as the executive director of the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Her days are never the same and keep her busy.

Gotta love thy neighbors

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Kicking back in the yard the other day I noticed there was some sort of busy-ness going on in a neighbor’s backyard. It caught my eye because the neighbor is kind of old yet was running around his backyard like a kid. I watched for a while and came […]

Getting to know: Volunteering keeps widow’s schedule full

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Mickey Zachry a volunteer at the Portales Senior Center has been busy helping the people she has come to know as her family. Zachry came to Portales when she moved with her husband from Denton, Texas, in 1969. “My husband was teaching in Denton,” Zachry said. “He got a job up here with Eastern New […]

Stores prepare for busy, safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

It’s their job: Secretary stays busy

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Name: Shauna Wade Job: Secretary for certified public accountant Terry L. Cone. Background: I am originally from Sundown, Texas. I’ve lived in Portales since 2003. I am married, and I have two daughters. Time on job: I have been with Terry L. Cone for two years. What does your job entail? Everything. I answer telephones, […]

Getting to know: Retiree keeps busy with volunteer work

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Sharon Davis of Roosevelt County may have retired from the retail furniture business, but she keeps busy with a multitude of volunteer activities. Davis and her friend Joyce Cone started the Zia Moms program, which supports the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Davis has taught Sunday school since she was 18 years old. […]

Lake officials anticipate busy Labor Day weekend

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico If you’re thinking about spending Labor Day weekend at an area lake, better start thinking about camping arrangements. Conchas State Park and Ute Lake State Park officials said Tuesday that all of their reservation sites have been filled. Administrator Lorna Ford said Conchas has 76 campsites that can be […]

It’s Their Job: New manager keeps busy serving customers

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Name: Whitney Lovato What is your job? I am a server/manager at the Something Different Grill in Portales. What is your background?

Lightning fires keep firefighters busy

Freedom New Mexico Lightning kept area firefighters busy on Thursday. A bolt ignited a 400-acre grass fire 20 miles south of Elida, according to Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony. Elida was assisted by Milnesand firefighters in containing the fire. Later the same day, Elida firefighters were asked to help the Dora Fire Department with another […]

New ENMU men’s coach keeping busy

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Andrew Helton, the new men’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University, has a far-reaching vision of Greyhound Arena filled with fans cheering on a winning ENMU program. In the meantime, Helton will have to bide time a few more months before getting to lead practices or direct strategy […]