My turn: Progress hermit was a character

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Old Josh Blocher had a problem with Muleshoe. He said its residents were thieves, stealing the Bailey County seat that belonged to the community Blocher created seven miles to the west, called Progress. Blocher had no love for Farwell residents either. He called them devils. He said they claimed Lariat was the only stop between […]

Holiday dinner tips featured on program

Information on making a festive holiday turkey dinner, using new tools for crochet, and a program called Fuel Up to Play 60 will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Home economist and spokesperson, Connie Moyers represents Western Research Kitchens in Los Angeles, […]

Club notes —

Roosevelt General Hospital The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Executive Committee met Oct. 19. The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. following the gathering for members to receive free flu shots. President Sid Philips opened the meeting with the reading of the Auxiliary Prayer. Minutes were read by Secretary Adele Breech; treasurer’s report was […]

My turn: A little good news

Three decades or so ago, two things that affected me happened within a 12-month period: I spent a summer working at the Portales News-Tribune under the watchful eye of my lifelong friend Gordon Greaves, and singer Anne Murray released a song called “A Little Good News.” Gordon taught me a lot about news writing that […]

Personalize your own misery index

Economists have a mythical figure called the misery index. It is the total of the unemployment rate added to the inflation rate. This summer in the U.S. it’s running about 13.0. The lower the better. In both the 90’s and ‘0’s it’s been as low as 7. To calculate indexes like this, the conclusion can […]

Club notes — Aug. 14

Altrusa International The Altrusa International, Inc. Club of Portales, met noon on Aug. 8th in the Central Annex. President Gaynelle Thomas, called the meeting to order. There were 19 members and one guest, Laura Adkins, present. Frankye King led the opening ceremonies. The minutes and treasurer’s report were approved. A thank you note was read […]

Party lines Facebook of my time

They called them party lines way back when. Today when I mention a party line most people under 40 would think I was talking about one of those 1-900 numbers where women talk dirty to you. Occasio-nally someone on the party line would talk dirty to you but it was just because you were interrupting […]

My turn: Summer still memorable

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Growing up in north Portales in the 1970s was rarely boring. We spent hot summer days at the North Portales Community Center located at Lindsey Park in a summer program called Jovenes Para Los Ni

Police investigating suspicious death

PNT reports Portales Police are investigating an unattended death in the 700 block of Brazos Street. Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the death was suspicious and happened before Monday. Police were called about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Berry said they’ve made no official identification and found no fresh trauma on the victim. He said investigators […]

My turn: Dedicated to leave mark on world

I recently started looking for a catchy title for my column. I thought maybe it would be similar to the title of the blog that I also write. When I first started thinking about it, I remembered the words to one of my favorite poems. Poet Dylan Thomas wrote what has no official title but […]

New women’s group aims to empower

Liliana Castillo Six Clovis and Portales women have created a new organization intended to empower women. The idea for the organization, called We Organize Motivate Educate and Nurture, or W.O.M.E.N., came to Clovis counselor Sistar Yancy while preparing to speak at a women’s conference in California in 1990. Yancy said the idea lingered with her […]

Teachers should do bargaining in public

Freedom New Mexico At a time when the privilege of collective bargaining is jeopardized for public employees, a Colorado Springs school district has negotiated its master agreement with the teachers union in meetings closed to the public. That takes chutzpah. When called on it last week, board members came to their senses and voted 5-2 […]

Friday morning briefing: A town by another name and beating the odds

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fast fact Melrose was originally called Brownhorn after two ranchers — Walter “Wild Horse” Brown and Lonny Horn — who maintained adjacent properties

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen Saturday morning. Staff immediately called local veterinarians, who worked from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thomas said. “After consulting with the veterinary school at Oklahoma […]

Club notes — Jan. 23

Chaparral Extension Club The Chaparral Extension Club met Jan. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church with seven members that welcomed new member Rachel Wallace. Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order and read “Somewhere There’s Someone” from the new yearbook. Roll call was answered with what did you do for Christmas? June Phillips read the minutes […]

Let’s celebrate Jesus every day

Christmas is a time to celebrate the greatest human event of all time. No other event compares to or has affected history as much as this man called Jesus. None other brings peace like the “Prince of Peace.” None other wants the highest good for its converts, and certainly no other religion gives life abundant […]

Shoutouts —

Missing dog returned We thank God for answering our prayers and we thank the newspaper, dog catcher, police department, university police, students and many residents who helped look for our Chihuahua and our dad, Alga D. Hahn. Thanks to all the many people who called in response to our ad about our black and white […]

Club notes — Nov. 7

Encanto Garden Club The October meeting of Encanto was called to order by president Helen Martinez. Cleo Duran read the Gardener’s Prayer and guest, Shirley Holtcamp was welcomed. Unanimous approval was given to change the monthly meetings to second Wednesdays. Jacque Wuest displayed a holiday swag, which she had made, giving pointers on construction and […]

My turn: Carp can be hostile to humans

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When I have a chance I usually watch a show called, “River Monsters,” which airs on Animal Planet. The show follows biologist Jeremy Wade across the world as he does extreme fishing for unique fish. During a recent show about Snakehead fish, he talked about the Asian carp. The species of fish is invasive and […]

Roosevelt County junior livestock sale numbers up

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Argen Duncan The community clapped as the auctioneer called, and 54 young people saw their hard work pay off at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale on Friday night. The sale brought in $162,500, not including add-ons, said sale secretary Joy Levacy. “Add-ons” are set amounts of money donors give to add on to […]