Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Let us celebrate freedom

Let this Fourth of July be a renewal of respect, courage and dedication for this great country. I don’t know about you, but I get just a little weary of continual controversy over issues that would adversely affect this nation. Excuse me, but I love our country. I love the red, white and blue, and […]

Airline sponsoring food drive

Great Lakes Airlines is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Through July, anybody who brings a non-perishable food item to Great Lakes will be entered in a drawing to win one of four round-trip tickets between Clovis and Albuquerque. Donations will be accepted 5 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays at […]

Residents discuss Father’s Day gifts

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Russell Anglin Joe Rede, a Tucumcari retiree, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of “a whole bunch” of children, has seen plenty of Father’s Days. When it comes to bad Father’s Day gifts, Rede could sum up his thoughts in two words. “Ratty ties,” he said. “Neckties. Terrible ties. I’ve seen some with polka dots of different […]

My turn: Fatherhood fading

Two great books at opposite ends of the literature spectrum offer provoking thoughts on fatherhood, “Big Russ & Me,” a 2004 New York Times Best Seller by my favorite TV journalist, the late Tim Russert of “Meet the Press,” and “Enrique’s Journey,” a 2008 novel based on a Pulitzer-Prize winning Los Angeles Times series by […]

Beg, budget or steal: Three ways to deal with the end-of-school blues

Paula Sirois Like dental appointments and the DMV, the end of the school year is just another thing I tend to deny (for as long as possible). But school ends whether I like it or not, and whether I’m prepared for it or not. This year I vowed to be prepared _ to be that […]

Remember Mary on Mother’s Day

None of us can ever imagine the pain, shame and agony that Jesus endured upon the cross. Jesus demonstrated his great love for all by voluntarily laying down his life. Being a mother of sons, I can only identify to a small degree with the agony Mary must have had for her son. Seeing my […]

My turn: Plenty of events set for weekend

Local residents with children told me the Portales and Clovis community egg hunts were a great source of family fun last weekend. I enjoyed spending Easter in Texas, getting quality egg-hunting time with my niece and nephew. While on this trip, I acquired a green plastic egg, which lights up and spins and has been […]

Great Lake Airlines essential air service contract renewed

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has renewed Essential Air Service contracts with Great Lakes Airlines for Clovis, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Great Lakes will provide two round trips per day and each weekend to Albuquerque from Clovis, with a federal subsidy rate of […]

Birthdays — April 17

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McKinney Benja McKinney of Clovis will celebrate her 90th birthday 2 p.m. today at the Retirement Ranch. The celebration will be hosted by her children. McKinney was born April 16, 1921, in Bosque County, Texas. She has three children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The celebration is open to friends and relatives.