Experts advise gardening caution

Tonjia Rolan With spring just days away and temperatures hitting the mid-80s this week, area residents may be anxious to start greening up lawns and planting gardens. Local lawn and garden experts urged gardeners not to get in a hurry and advised those itching to get outside to put their energy into preparatory work, until […]

Local family to manufacture yogurt

Tonjia Rolan Andle van der Ploeg loves yogurt. He particularly loves his wife, Sjierkje’s, homemade family recipe from the Netherlands. “We just couldn’t find yogurt in the states like my wife makes all the time at home,” Van der Ploeg said. Yogurt is a natural for the Van der Ploegs, who own Mid Frisian dairy, […]

Students raise money for My Ashleah foundation

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Christina Calloway Portales Junior High School student leaders want to prove age is not a factor in raising money for something that they believe in. Student body government members Bailey Rowley, Grant Wagner and Hannah Cabeldue raised money for local non-profit organization, My Ashleah, to purchase a billboard with a message that spoke to them. […]

Residents admit smart phones are smarter than them

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Tonjia Rolan Are you smarter than your smart phone? If humans use only 10 percent of their brains — as urban legend alleges, do they also use only 10 percent of their smartphone apps? As it turns out, the 10 percent brain usage myth has been debunked by neurologists, according to Scientific America. Neurologists now […]

Production company, nonprofit team up for concert

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Christina Calloway A local production company owner was touched on hearing the story of a nonprofit organization’s message against drinking and driving and invited them to be a part of a concert featuring some well-known acts in the Christian music world. John Pennell of Total Productions was adamant about bringing the Love Come to Life […]

Vendors exhibit products at Roosevelt County Ag Expo

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Christina Calloway Local farmers and vendors said they shared an overall enjoyable experience at this year’s annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo. The two-day event ended Wednesday. For Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Randy Lieb, the expo presented a great opportunity for him to stay abreast of what new products are available as well as price […]

Local film company launching web series

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Alisa Boswell A local film company launches its new web series this week, according to the show’s creator Will McGrath. The Internet series is called “Extragalactic Black,” in which McGrath plays spaceship Capt. Black, a character lacking a lot of common sense and getting his crew members into a lot of “sticky” situations. “The story […]

Local gamers use video games to cope with life

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Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on the hobbies of area residents.

Residents share Super Bowl plans

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Local residents answer the question: What are you doing Super Bowl Sunday? Archie McMath Portales “My son is having a party so I’m going to his house to watch the game. I’ll probably stop and get couple of pizzas on the way. I think it will be a boring game. Neither of the teams is […]

City official: Efforts to get rid of birds successful

Alisa Boswell It turns out great-tailed grackle are not big fans of fireworks. Businessmen and other local residents joined forces earlier this month to set off a barrage of fireworks to frighten these local pests. Their efforts were successful, according to Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. “After those first two nights (Jan. 9-10), we […]