Monday morning briefing: Spring flowers, local authors and a huge fad

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Spring flowers March 22-23, Plains Regional Medical Center Hospice will be selling arrangements and bundles of daffodils. It’s a fundraiser for their programs and helps pay for medication, utilities, groceries and funeral expenses. More info: 769-7399 Faculty authors Several faculty members at Eastern New Mexico University and […]

Flower pressing featured on show

Information on pressing flowers, cancer-preventing foods and making bumper pads will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show different ways that pressed flowers can be attached to different objects, such as magnets, jewelry, candles and even light-switch plates. Chu […]

Child Sense: Remember your child’s dominant sense while starting a garden together

Priscilla J. Dunstan Family activities are wonderful for creating memories, building family unity and having fun. It’s important to pick activities that the whole family can enjoy, remembering that not everyone enjoys things in exactly the same way. Building a spring garden together, while using each child’s dominant sense, can make each part of the […]

Reader-submitted content: Flower sales benefit community

The Portales Kiwanis Club is selling flowers again this spring to beautify our local community. The flower sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the C&S parking lot on the corner of First Street and Avenue C. The Portales Kiwanis Club is selling geraniums and petunias. All plants are locally sprouted and […]

Fringe flowers featured on program

Information on candles, choosing happiness after a divorce and making fringe flowers will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. and noon Thursday. Rita Fuentes is an independent consultant with PartyLite in Plymouth, Mass., and she says that not all candles are created alike! It’s what you can’t see that defines the […]

Fall foliage, pressing flowers featured on show

Cheryl Borden: Creative living Information on pressing flowers, fall foliage and using recycled materials for craft projects will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show different ways that pressed flowers can be attached to different objects, such as magnets, […]

Flower care featured topic on program

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on making a four-diamond roman shade, caring for flowers and learning how to cope will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Terrell Sundermann is going to demonstrate making a “four diamond roman shade,” which she says is the most-requested design she […]

It’s their job: Florist developed passion for flowers in youth

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist Background: Twenty-eight years ago, I went to Texas for florist training before I took this job and became a master florist there. Then I returned to Portales and opened this flower shop. Now I am a New Mexico advanced master florist and a member of New Mexico State Florist Association. […]

Flower crafts featured on show

Information on creating items with pressed flowers, hosting a wine tasting and de-cluttering homes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Pressed flowers can be used to make bookmarks and cards, as well as other projects. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show how to […]

Portales police make marijuana bust

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man and Lovington woman face felony charges after police say they caught the pair Wednesday with 58 pounds of marijuana. David Howl, 42, and Melissa Flowers, 39, are charged with distribution of marijuana, according to Portales Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Bond was set at $50,000 each. Both were jailed in […]

Pressing flowers, ink blots on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on pressing flowers and making inkblots will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to share some of the new and exciting things that are going on in the field of pressed flowers, including new […]

Business encourages flower give-away

Freedom New Mexico Hestands Floral, at 813 W. Second St., is planning to give away 1,200 flowers in 100 bunches of a dozen in exchange for canned food starting at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 9, according to a news release from FTD flower company. As part of FTD Good Neighbor Day, anyone who brings three cans […]

Thieves nab flowers, stuffed bears from shop

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Rose Riley was surprised when burglars struck her shop Thursday night and took only flowers and teddy bears. “They left a glass trail where they shopped,” Riley said Friday morning. “They knew the difference between the quality of the bears… (And) they were after flowers and I don’t know, […]

2-19-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist and owner Butterfly Floral Time on job: 26 years Background: Past farmer also a former president of the New Mexico Florist Association. She has done numerous design shows for other florists from 1985 to 2005. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. She takes care of a range of business […]

Sorting makes scrapping easier

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on making plaster mosaic frames, power sorting, and incorporating dairy products in the diet will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Author and designer, Kristin Peck, will show how easy it is to make plaster mosaic frames. She has ideas […]

Color displayed at flower show

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter A myriad of flowers of all types and colors were on display at the Roosevelt County Fair on Wednesday. Hosted by the Portales Woman’s Club, flower show entries included dahlias, roses, gladiolas, Gerberas, trumpet vines, geraniums, among other varieties, along with a few plants. Arliss Spinks returned to the […]

Flower power

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tender loving care and patience have contributed to the colorful yard that Ernie and Carolyn Marshall have created at their home on South Globe in Portales. “God’s been good to us this year. We’ve had the rain and stuff to make our flowers and garden real pretty,” Mr. Marshall […]

Soldiers should be honored appropriately on Memorial Day

Editorial It is all too commonplace to think of Memorial Day as the semiofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. The attitude was reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it was pegged to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of May 30. […]

May 8, 1981

• ”Every Which Way But Loose” starring Clint Eastwood was playing at the Varsity Drive-in Theatre. • The Portales Rams baseball team defeated defending state champs Deming Wildcats 6-4 during the opener of the Class AAA State Championships. • Country Flowers offered a spring arrangement in a wicker basket for $12.50.

Rare bloomer in the desert

By Bryant Million Bryant Million PNT Staff Writer bryant_million@link.freedom.com A rare cactus bloomed at a local couples’ home this last week, giving them and their neighbors a chance to see a beautiful sight only available once per year. Gardening enthusiasts Cecil and Mary Clotfelter, of Portales own a species of cactus commonly called the nightblooming […]