My turn: Slogans leave room for flexibility

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Since Willie Nelson and I don’t have the support of fat casino cats in our Green Tea Party candidacy for the Oval Office, we are hawking bumper stickers for Super-Six-Pack contributions. Even though as minors we bootlegged patriotic brands like Lone Star and Texas Pride, we are not jingoistic about imports. While our slogans are […]

Meetings watch —

The Board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District met in regular session Tuesday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital: • Amber Hamilton presented her annual report on the Arise, sexual assault services program. A total of 96 exams were conducted in 201. The board commended Hamilton and her staff for their […]

Meetings watch: RGH Board

Alisa Boswell The following items will be on the agenda for the Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Regents meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital conference room: • Arise annual report by Amber Hamilton • Financial report by Eva Stevens • Medical staff report by Anne Grayson • Nursing services report by Maxine Montano […]

Fitness center construction kicks into high gear

USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley Renovations to the Fitness Center are underway Feb. 9 at Cannon Air Force Base. Upgrades to the fitness center will create a larger cardio space, fitness and weight rooms, as well as a more efficient layout of workout equipment. By Emily Crowe: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Construction […]

Portales couple has New Year baby

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By Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Jada Grace Pacheco slept quietly in the arms of her mother Monday morning in a room at the Plains Regional Medical Center. When she was born on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a buzz started around the hospital’s labor and delivery unit, as baby Jada quickly picked up the moniker […]

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 […]

Plenty of room for classics to return to TV

Kevin Wilson During a football game last weekend, I couldn’t help but be happy with what I heard on the sideline. It wasn’t some coach yelling about effort, or the crowd complaining about all the calls that were benefiting the team already significantly behind. Nope, it was the waterboys during halftime, talking about this great […]

Meetings watch: Board of Trustees of Roosevelt General Hospital

At the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting Tuesday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital, board members heard the following: • Eva Stevens, chief financial officer, reported on the financial statements and balance sheet for September 2011. September revenues were above average and profitable. Total revenue for the month […]

Meetings watch: RGH

The following items will be on the agenda for the Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Trustees meeting 5:30 p.m. today in the Hospital Conference Room: • Financial report. • Medical staff report. • Nursing services report. • Administrative report. • Board bylaws. • Announcements.

TRICARE: Urgent care treatment may be better option

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Did you know the cost of an emergency room visit is typically 10 times more than that of an urgent care visit? Although the emergency room can appear a convenient and available choice, some situations may be best suited for urgent care. Do you know the differences? Take a […]

Herding Squirrels: The future has arrived

Traci Arbios We were sitting on the couch; more to the point, I was sitting, he was in my arms, my newborn son. Little mittens on his hands, tiny hat on his head; he was warm and cuddly and I sat staring, absorbing every detail of his sweet, pink face. His eyebrows were mere wisps. […]

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 […]

The death of the living room

UNEMPLOYED LAYOFFS

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 […]

House fire investigated

Freedom New Mexico Firefighters extinguished flames in an unoccupied house in the 1600 block of South Globe Street about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. One room and the ceiling of another room were damaged, said fire investigator Mike Inge. Inge said the cause was unknown, but nothing appeared suspicious. The electricity wasn’t hooked up, and the house […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]

No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

ENMU briefs — Oct. 20

Iranian Cultural presentation A presentation about the culture of Iran is set for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Union Building Sandia Room. Iran, formerly known internationally as Persia, is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations. Eastern New Mexico University master’s student Rozbeh Moghaddam, an American-born Iranian, is to present the […]

Reader submitted content: Local teachers recognized at state convention

By Faye Keener The Roosevelt County Association of Educational Retirees, along with the Curry County retirees, hosted the Sixty-eighth Annual Convention of the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees (NMAER) in Portales Oct. 1-2 in the Ball Room at ENMU. NMAER was founded in 1942 as a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the […]

Second graders learn about fire safety firsthand

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Argen Duncan A white cloud fills the small room. Second-graders clamber to the floor, test the door for warmth and crawl out of the room, all under the direction of a firefighter. There’s no fire. As part of Fire Prevention Week, Portales firefighters brought their “fire safety house,” a specialized teaching mobile home, to James […]

Los Abuelitos Senior Center planning new facility

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Argen Duncan The planned new facility for Los Abuelitos Senior Center will give senior citizens their own space and free up room for La Casa Family Health Center to expand its services, officials have said. The center now has a multi-purpose room and an exercise room at La Casa. The county received a $500,000 Community […]