After more than 50 years, Cannon has become ‘us’

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Editor This is personal. We know the economic impact: Twenty-something percent of our communities’ jobs are tied directly to Cannon Air Force Base and hundreds of millions of dollars go through there every year, much of it circulating through our restaurants and car dealerships and flower shops […]

Raising a family takes lots of work

By Helena Rodriguez Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare, according to actor Ed Asner. As the parent of a teenager, I couldn’t agree more. Now here’s my take on raising children: Raising a kid is yourself at that age coming back to haunt you — it’s a mix of what you lacked […]

How to pamper yourself: Let me count the ways

By Helena Rodriguez Eating peanut butter straight from the jar, spending a whole day in bed and taking a scented bath by candlelight are just a few ways we can pamper ourselves. With today’s hectic lifestyles, we can all use a little pampering now and then, and we should take a little time to indulge […]

County people hope to fight illiteracy

By Tony Parra The Portales councilors proclaimed Thursday as ‘Literacy Day’ for Portales and it brought awareness to one of the issues facing Roosevelt County residents. Currently, 25 percent of people in Roosevelt County are illiterate, according to statistics from the Roosevelt Literacy Council. Roosevelt County has 21 percent of the adults reading at Level […]

Sept. 12 Faith Triumphant News

By Donna Kelly School pictures are scheduled for Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Order forms went home with students this week. Parents, please return the order form with payment to the office by Friday. We will be having an athletics fundraiser in the very near future — be watching for details. Arts programs Students at […]

Classics not getting share of readers

By Mike Linn Unlike most women her age, 18-year-old Virginia Lee loves reading the literary works of some of the world’s most renown authors. The Clovis High School graduate began reading Leo Tolstoy’s classic, “Anna Karenina,” about three weeks ago and said she should finish the novel within a day or two. “I think it’s […]

Here’s to getting booked this summer

By Helena Rodriguez I hope your kid gets booked this summer like I did before I started high school in a not-so-distant past. After all, there’s not much to do around here and it won’t hurt your kids to get into some adventures or misadventures this summer. I’m talking, of course, about reading. Summer is […]

Read about heaven and be a believerr

Joan Clayton In Genesis 1, we read about the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and these commandments are a pattern for successful living. Centuries before Jesus came, many prophecies were made about the coming Messiah. Here are just a few: […]

A gift from the heart lasts forever.

Joan Clayton My grandson and his wife handed me a beautifully wrapped package. I could feel a frame through the paper and thought it might be a photo. I unwrapped the package to find a letter from Jody’s heart. Jane had found the perfect frame. I began to read it out loud but stopped after […]

Best-selling author, New Mexico native, speaks at ENMU

Helena Rodriguez Her mother used to tease her for not using drugs. She once lived near a cesspool of violence and crime. And her cousins are in prison for murder. But somehow Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez said she was able to escape her family’s crime-riddled lifestyle and accomplish her dreams of becoming a best-selling writer. “I shouldn’t […]