Police enforcing seatbelt use

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Christina Calloway Sande Barnes believes she is living proof that seatbelts save lives. That’s why she’s in full support of Operation Buckle Down, a state-funded effort by the Portales Police Department this month to enforce seatbelt and child safety restraint. Barnes, a 60-year-old Portales resident and Army veteran, says she has avoided serious or even […]

We all have our Christmas beliefs

So I walked into the living room and there it was, glowing like a lantern in a cave. “Oh,” I said to my talented home decorator and wife of 52 years, “how wonderful, the Christmas tree. When did you put it up?” “Tuesday,” she said. Meaning three days ago. She wasn’t smiling. It is just […]

Former Milnesand fire chief dies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County lost one of its hardest working residents Sunday with the death of lifetime Milnesand resident Thomas Elton Parkinson, according to family and friends. Parkinson, 91, died at a Portales senior living center. Better known as “T.E.” or “Elton,” Parkinson was the Milnesand fire chief for 30 years, along with being a […]

My turn: Swinging for the fences

I have been in Portales so long that youthful dreams have faded into hazy memories (not that living in P-Ville isn’t dream-like). Before realizing that it takes talent and looks, I vaguely remember wanting to act. Now, when watching the Academy Awards, I am torn between being mesmerized and irritated at how good-looking and talented […]

Debt plan would tamp down COLA

Military retirees, Social Security recipients and others drawing federal payments were tempted to grumble at Congress or the White House when the past two Januarys brought no cost-of-living adjustment. The real culprits were a deeply distressed economy, which drove prices down, and a logical process, set up 40 years ago, to track inflation and adjust […]

The death of the living room

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Kristen Jordan Shamus The grand shuffle is in full swing. To make way for a new member of the family, a big change was in order. My home office, which doubled as a spare room, was dismantled to become our older daughter’s bedroom. Julia got to keep the queen-size spare bed with the caveat that […]

Decluttering tips featured on show

Information on creating stationery on the machine, decluttering the home for healthier living and using decorative stitches to create laces and edgings will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Vivian Lavinskas is with Singer Sewing Co. in LaVergne, Tenn., and she’ll show how to create unique gift […]

Let’s put endangered species in kids’ hands

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

No expert in cattle ‘bidness’

An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business. Actually he said, “As we’re heading into the next couple years with declining cattle numbers and steady prices, how do you think you should position yourself to take advantage of the market?” I assume he’d mistaken me as an authority in […]

My turn: No doubts about where you are

I hope you are there. I hope it is beautiful. No more companions gone, living alone in a world you once knew — memories too many, hopes too few. Is he spinning tales about bird dogs and deer, finding sons’ bootlegged beer — laughter replacing fears of the hereafter? Are you telling us not to […]