Newspapers rewarding business

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Someone recently said, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if you would write a column telling about some of your exciting newspaper experiences?” And I said, “Gee, what a great idea!” You well know that conversation never took place but you also know what’s coming. Actually, the column idea springs from a recent story in the […]

My turn: Decorate with anticipation

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I thought decking my house with Christmas spirit the day after Thanksgiving was perfect timing; not too early, not too late. Recently, though, someone said we rush Christmas enough. They wait until the 12 days before Christmas. Not only is the “Twelve Days of Christmas” significant because of the song, written during a time Christians […]

Internet mishaps can’t be deleted

I went to a store recently to pick up a new CD. It wasn’t on the shelves, and I almost whined about the store’s failure on Twitter, along with my intent to stop shopping there for music … and a maximum amount of cursing. Fortunately, before I could grab my phone, I saw a cart […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around […]

My turn: There’s no place like home

While recently chauffeuring a friend on a trip to south Texas to interview for teaching jobs, I didn’t realize that it would be so dangerous. The first day in Killeen a would-be terrorist was arrested with bomb-making equipment for attacking Fort Hood soldiers in a local restaurant. We had just eaten at TGIF (Thank Goodness […]

Food at the speed of life: Throw fruit in mix

I found an interesting take on salsa recently. It looks healthy and easy, as long as you don’t mind washing food processors or blenders. The recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, from a collection of recipes we have permission to print.

73rd Wombat Wives winners of Big Give

Courtesy photo Tina Blessing, left, and Gretchen Brown, of the 73rd Wombat Wives team, paint a bench at the Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis in mid-April as part of their Big Give project for Cannon Air Force Base. The team won first place and people’s choice in the competition. Alisa Boswell The 73rd Wombat Wives were […]

My turn: Peach salsa goes well with fish, chicken

I found an interesting take on salsa recently. It looks healthy and easy, as long as you don’t mind washing food processors or blenders. The recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, from a collection of recipes we have permission to print. Fresh peach salsa • 4 medium peaches, peeled and pitted • 2 large tomatoes, cut into […]

No room for racial insensitivity in political rhetoric

Freedom Newspapers Congressman Doug Lamborn, U.S. representative for Colorado, was recently on a radio show discussing President Obama, the president’s economic policies, and the debt ceiling deals being debated. Lamborn used the phrase “tar baby” to describe working with the president. “I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching […]

Students spend summer on archaeological dig in Spain

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Alisa Boswell Two Eastern New Mexico University juniors recently returned from an archeological dig in Spain where they helped excavate the remains of an ancient pre-Roman civilization called the Vaccea. Ethan Ortega, a 20-year-old anthropology major, said he began researching field opportunities on the Internet after university archeology professors encouraged him and other archeology students […]

My turn: To be organized is to be lazy

Are you pathetically lazy and sloppy or are you an insanely clean perfectionist? Until recently, I thought being neat was nice. I don’t let dishes sit. I can’t stand unfolded laundry and I despise clutter. But when I taught college level English, I always assigned my students to read an essay, “Neat People vs. Sloppy […]

My turn: Search on for running mate

Recently, I spent several days camping with friends in south Texas’ Davey Crockett National Forest. I expected a Thoreau- or Darwin-like experience — perhaps inspiring me to write Whitman-ish poetry about gentile breezes brushing dancing sunlight on the peek-a-boo canopy of nature’s humid canvas. Maybe a missing link would waddle by — requiring new holy […]

Take pride in being an Air Commando

By Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs Three amazing men, U.S. Army Green Berets, recently died in an Afghanistan improvised explosive device blast. One I didn’t know, one I knew in passing, and one was someone I playfully called a cross between Eddie Munster and the guy from Twilight (because of his bright […]

Clovis dairyman joins group to lobby in D.C.

Freedom New Mexico Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla traveled to Capitol Hill recently with other Dairy Farmers of America Inc. board members and young cooperators to discuss issues affecting the dairy industry, according to a DFA news release. DFA members and staff met in Washington, D.C., for the cooperative’s annual D.C. Board Meeting and Hill […]

My turn: Calling all kickball players

I recently saw a flyer from the Portales Recreation Center, for a kickball tournament. I don’t want to brag, but I used to be pretty good at kickball. I played a lot in grade school. Not for exercise, it was just what we did. We would choose teams and one team would take the field […]

Water quality report rates Cannon’s water

Alisa Boswell The Cannon Air Force Base 2010 Water Quality Report was recently released, which stated Cannon’s water sources are ranked at moderate for susceptibility, meaning the water is safe to drink but precautions must be taken for certain types of individuals. The report revealed a bacteriological contamination, which exceeded maximum contaminant level (MCL) for […]

Ability to see lighter side part of Americans’ strength

Glenda Price We attended a Chautauqua program recently. The performers — a lady named Jane and a guy named Hoyle — presented a “Brief Historical Timeline of the Great Depression” covering the 10-year period from 1929 to 1939 in the United States. Jane sang and played guitar while Hoyle also sang and played piano, mandolin, […]

Their view: Community’s outpouring of support appreciated

Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler recently offered his condolences to the family of Peyton Chavez, who died last week:

Our ancestors knew best

I recently came across the following in a U.S. government publication: “Realistically, livestock are the primary practical tools for altering vegetation on rangelands because of environmental concerns about herbicides and the high costs of treating vast acreages of rangeland.” The story described a “recent development” called “conservation grazing,” and said it had “resulted in a […]