Our people: Portales resident still enjoys Maypole

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Portales resident Barbara George has been teaching people most of her adult life. She has taught physical education, history, track, volleyball, how to wind a maypole and how to drive a car. After being maypole director for Portales High School for 25 years, George said she has seen the dress rehearsal or winding every year […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

Our people: Lady of the dance

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Clovis resident BJ Bernet toured with the Beach Boys across the country in the 1980s. Bernet, 44, worked as a “moving prop” as she jokingly called herself and other back up dancers. She said it was exciting and met many people, including Roy Orbison. The Bernet’s moved to Clovis in 2004 with orders to Cannon […]

Goldfish racing hard to swallow

For the benefit of the folks at PETA, let it be clear at the outset this columnist stands unequivocally opposed to Goldfish Racing. Goldfish have but one purpose, to float around a bloated jar and be stared at by people with even more boring lives than mine. And yet this benign creature is the reason […]

Tolerating radicals cost of freedom

Freedom New Mexico If you are alive and reading this today and the world has not been shaken and burned to the ground, then we were right once again. We were 99.9 percent certain the rapture would not happen last week. That’s because we have amazing psychic powers that enable us to predict the future. […]

McGee: Antimatter matters

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Last Saturday was supposed to be the beginning of the end of the world, according to a television preacher from California and his followers. I remember another time when some people thought the world as we knew it would come to an end. It was 1997 when some “New Age” […]

Our people: Woman of letters

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Melrose resident Jamie Dickerman served as the president’s ambassador at Eastern New Mexico University during her senior year. She graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Dickerman works as a grant writer and special events coordinator for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and plans to […]

Americans have right to discriminate

Freedom New Mexico The war on obesity has come to this: Some doctors refuse to treat fat people. This latest twist in the war on obesity — which some characterize as a war on fat people — provides a counter to the odd assertion that health care is a right. It is not. We have […]

Our people: A clean sweep

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Clovis resident Lois Bunting has worked for Clovis Municipal Schools as a custodian for 22 years. Bunting and her husband Woody Bunting moved to Clovis in 1985 when he received orders to Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis became their home. Bunting’s husband died four years ago, but she said because of the life they […]

Our people: Coming full circle

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Melrose native Jamie Widner has been in education as a teacher and administrator for 26 years, all in New Mexico. Coming from a family of 11 children, all who graduated from Melrose High School, he is family-oriented. Widner said the village of Melrose is like a family. “Melrose is a unique small town. Melrose is […]

My turn: Catchphrases catching on

I realized this week that most people have a catchphrase, something they say regularly which endears them to their friends even more. My roommate says “Hello, friend,” and my friend says “epic.” These phrases always make me laugh or smile, brightening my day in a simple way. A friend made me aware recently that I […]

Public quick to respond in times of crises

Freedom New Mexico In the wake of the deadly storms that killed more than 300 people and wreaked destruction through a large swath of the South last week, a horrified nation assessed the devastation — and already had began to respond in person with aid and comfort. Natural disasters cannot be prevented, as President Barack […]

Our people: Giving back

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Clovis resident Pat Hayter volunteers for the Lighthouse Mission, Meals on Wheels, Plains Regional Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, First United Methodist Church and the Latch Key Program. She said her mom and her stepmom were both giving people. “I guess I got some of that from them,” Hayter said. Hayter said she enjoys giving to […]

Privatization boosts free market

It is strange to see how many people object to the idea of ending the government monopoly for any service or product that is even marginally now provided by government. Some people seem to really believe things can be best done by government, using coercive wealth confiscation known euphemistically as taxation and by not allowing […]

Easter Eggstravaganza

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About 1,000 people came out for the Eggstravaganza, a new Easter event sponsored by several area churches Saturday at Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The Eggstravaganza included an egg hunt, live music and children’s activities, all free and open to the community. Almost 10 churches from around the area sponsored the event to share the Christian meaning […]

Obama’s vision for America one of extortion

President Barack Obama blasted Republican budget reform proposals in his national address Wednesday and announced his plan for solving the budget deficit, which can be summarized as: Tax rich people because they should bear “a greater share of this burden.” Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric painted a portrait of two Americas, two competing ideologies and two visions […]

Sponsoring cowboys might be good for business

Glenda Price Have you noticed? Everybody seems to have a sponsor these days. Before, it was mainly the race car people, but now it’s becoming ubiquitous. Sporting events — like football bowl games — now carry the name of a sponsor. The Sugar Bowl has become the Allstate Sugar Bowl while the Cotton Bowl in […]

Gay rights student group plans rally against bullying

Russell Anglin A new gay rights advocacy group at Eastern New Mexico University is planning a demonstration Friday to discourage bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual individuals. Students for Equality, a chartered student organization founded by Robert Johnston, 18, a freshman political science major from Albuquerque, will participate in the National Day […]

Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced them. Gentry, 63, has an extensive collection of Coca Cola and 50s memorabilia in several rooms […]

McGee: ‘The kissing disease’

Do people ever get “mono” anymore? Or is it that I’m just in the age group that doesn’t know or care about mononucleosis anymore? Surely you’ve heard of mononucleosis, “The Kissing Disease.” Don’t ask me about how it works and that stuff, this isn’t that kind of article. There’s the worse sore throat you’ll probably […]