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 […]

Every day has great surprise

Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. Unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go right on by and not be noticed. I only have room for ten suggestions to start with, but there are many more. Have childlike faith. We can learn a lot from children. Children don’t […]

It’s their job: Jennifer Johnson

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Portales Municipal Schools band director Jennifer Johnson plays along with Portales High School percussion students as they practice in the school band room. She said it’s exciting to see students from different backgrounds come together and make music.