Drought conditions tough on farmers

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Argen Duncan Drought is making this year more difficult for area farmers and ranchers, and they say federal aid programs are little help. Dry weather is causing increased input costs and low crop yields, while high fuel prices add to the trouble. Gene Massey, who grows dryland milo and wheat near Rogers, said the drought […]

PHS students join ‘Little Dresses for Africa’ program

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Argen Duncan Putting their skills to work for someone else, Portales High School clothing design students are making dresses for impoverished girls. Each of the 30 students in Laura Adkins’ “Clothing and Costume Design” class is making a dress for the Little Dresses for Africa program. “I hope that they get out (of the project) […]

My turn: Ready to run

I want to put on my my my my running shoes! I read all the ads, I looked in all the stores, and I found the perfect ones. I found my running shoes. I remember when I was a little kid, I had those thin little track shoes. Everyone had a pair at one time […]

MVD wait: Just a little longer

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Kevin Wilson Just like the wait at the current Motor Vehicle Department facility in Clovis, the wait for a new MVD has stretched a little longer than expected. Bids will be accepted later this month for upgrades to the 1,800-square-foot center at the Bruce King Complex, according to State Taxation and Revenue Department spokesman S.U. […]

Earth Hour does little to benefit our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to […]

Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano […]

Officials warn of fire danger

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Alisa Boswell Fire dangers have been prominent in Curry and Roosevelt counties this winter with extensive winds and little to no moisture. With this in mind, Chief Ray Westerman of the Clovis Fire Department and Chief Gary Nuckols of the Portales Fire Department have been spreading the word about increased dangers they face and precautions […]

Food at the speed of life: A little kitchen planning can go long way

I don’t have time to cook every day, and eating out is expensive and often less healthy. I cook once a week, put single servings of the food in leftover containers, stack the containers in the refrigerator and take one to work every day. If you don’t want to eat the same thing for a […]

Children’s sickness wears down mom, too

Watching my little guys suffer with sickness is brutal mental torture. I do everything I possibly can, yet I still just have to sit aside and wait for medicine to take its course and assist those poor little immune systems in fighting off the woes of the world. I know that I’m not alone in […]

McGee: Moonlighting at a funeral home

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was a Sunday morning and I was thumbing through the newspaper, pondering picking up a little more cash to pay some bills faster. Looking over the newspaper’s classifieds I stumbled upon what I thought was the perfect job for someone who works mornings at a radio station, afternoons at […]

My turn: Taco soup quick fix

When my Saturday went a little haywire, I needed quick food. Taco Soup was my solution. I’ve modified a recipe from my aunt JoNell to suit my own tastes and schedule. You dump ingredients out of cans into the same pot, it tastes good and it’s low-fat. Taco Soup 2 medium cans diced tomatoes with […]

Food at the speed of life: Little bit of spread adds a lot of taste

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry mustard • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard […]

My turn: A little spread goes a long way

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry Mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry Mustard 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce 1/3 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon […]

McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist We put new toilets in the Stucco Hacienda the other day. It felt good to join the 21st century with units that use just a little bit of water instead of gallons. It was also good to have a throne that didn’t need a pitcher of water poured in it […]

My turn: Long-time hunter offers advice

Clarence Plank Rod McDermid, 61, of Portales, has been hunting most of his life. He offers people who want to become hunters a little advice when it comes to getting their first kill. • Head to class: McDermid said the most important thing is attending and passing a certified hunter’s education class because this will […]

Portales past: Dec. 6, 1956

Dec. 6, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Little Randy Doyal shone in the limelight Sunday in observance of his first birthday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Doyal, and other children doing the honors.

Little Miss Merry Christmas on way

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PNT staff report The Little Miss Merry Christmas contest is returning for another holiday season, with a few changes this year. The annual contest raises money for white lights displayed on the Roosevelt County Courthouse and other places around town during the Christmas season. This year, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County […]

Military mama: Always something to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I yet again wax philosophical. I like to believe that I am a very grateful person, however I am not always the first to voice my appreciation for all of the little things in life. So, my captive audience, I will share my list of previously unsung “thanks.” This […]

Women have come long way

In our little country school we had basketball goals on a dirt lot, and girls and boys played together, choosing up teams. In fact, I don’t remember any discussions at all about boys and girls competing together in sports. We all learned not to dribble the basketball in the goatheads and other sticker weeds if […]

Military mama: Doing something better than doing nothing

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All you need is a little perspective… There’s always an option to dislike your situation, your neighborhood, your town, your job, your situation. But there’s also always a choice to deal with it, and better yet you can choose to enjoy it. As if it were that easy, you say? It is. Each day you […]