It’s important to have pride and plants

By Jim Lee Plants hate me. When I watch those leaves, buds, and stalks (in other people’s yards) bobbing and swaying in the breeze and those emerging blossoms basking in the Portales sunshine, I see much more than meets the eyeball. Yes, I know what they’re doing. I can see through all that supposedly innocent […]

City celebrates Cinco de Mayo

By Michelle Seeber Jeremy Gutierrez waited in anticipation Saturday morning for the Cinco de Mayo Parade to begin traveling down Second Street. He was one of many youths and children of drivers who parked their cars along the street to see the event. First to come were the New Mexico State Police and the Portales […]

It’s time we bridge the generation gap

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Scholarly Stuff we’re looking into the vast chasm that exists today between kids and grownups. I mean why can’t kids understand that certain things are more pressing than ankle tattoos and body piercing? On the front line of this confrontation are teachers who every day must wage uphill […]

Citizens get home-buying advice at fair

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Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega dubbed the housing fair on Saturday a “great success” with over 120 people from across eastern New Mexico participating in the event. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture, Fannie Mae Foundation and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority met with individuals interested in buying a new home. “As […]

County officials looking into portable jails

Tony Parra The reality of a portable detention facility will be researched from May 11-13 by Roosevelt County Commission officials and Roosevelt County Detention Administrator Jesse Luera when they tour a facility in use. The Roosevelt County commissioners originally scheduled to fly to New Orleans to research the facilities in late April, but Roosevelt County […]

Tips to get back into the (golf) swing

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By Kevin Wilson With the recent change in weather, it’s no surprise that people are enjoying some of their free time with a set of clubs and a few golf balls at a local country club. By investing a few extra minutes properly, area course professionals say it’s a much easier transition to get back […]

Soul-stirring ‘Passion of Christ’ vivid for viewers

Darrell Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around the country on Wednesday. Mel Gibson’s new film about Christ’s death played to sellout crowds at Clovis’ North Plains Cinema — emotional, appreciative crowds who applauded its realism. “It’s graphic,” said Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist […]

Hug while you can

Joan Clayton My second grade students hugged me as far as they could reach while saying “We have to hug while we can, ’cause we’ll be going to third grade.” Their hugs gave me the “warm fuzzies,” and they loved hugs from me. Children are great huggers and they love to be hugged back. “A […]

Weather dampens parade

By Tony Parra The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Parade ended as quickly as it started Saturday as the parade slipped through the rain-soaked downtown area in just under 20 minutes. The parade suffered a low turnout in the downtown area, where a woman and her 4-year-old daughter were the only spectators, not including the […]

Family traditions are remembered at Christmas

Bob Huber I always take our Christmas tree down early, because it’s just too nostalgic for me. That’s because when I was a kid, our family had the most unusual assortment of decorations, and I kept every one. I still get tears in my eyes when I see a smashed beer can. Granddaughter: “Grandpa, why […]

Human courtesy is — at the least — worth a try

Jim Lee Well, Monday is the winter solstice, and Thursday is Christmas Day. No problem in dreaming up something to write about this week. It seems a given that I say something about these two annual events like everybody else. But that’s just what everybody expects me to do. I’m far too clever to fall […]

Residents, area officials give thanks

Tony Parra The meaning of Thanksgiving Day, started in 1622 by a pilgrim named William Bradford, has not been lost in the Portales community. Bradford declared the day of thanks after pilgrims cumulated a successful harvest after a hard and devastating first year, in 1621, in the new world, according the holidays.net Web site. Portales […]

Being cheap can pay off in a big way

Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard the phrase, “A penny for your thoughts?” Well, cheapskates like me don’t even want to pay that much. We’d rather wait to see the printed version, assuming it’s free. I’m so cheap, I refused to buy an office planner late in the year because I couldn’t get 12-months use out of […]

Scientific wonder to take place in Fort Sumner

Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The city is best known for Billy the Kid’s grave and historical memorabilia of the Wild West. But north of town, several miles down a two-lane road that passes fields with grazing goats and cows, stands the old Fort Sumner Army Air Field. While some buildings show their age […]

Residents kick back, enjoy long weekend

Tony Parra Portales may not be celebrating Labor Day with any official events, but officials said Rotary Park and Portales Municipal Park will be busy this weekend with families barbecuing and enjoying a three-day weekend. Oasis State Park is also expecting crowds and the lake is stocked with trout and catfish. The Department of Transportation […]

Memories fill the pages of our lives

By Joan Clayton A decision to refurbish my antique trunk revealed a personality trait in me. I’m a “keeper.” Cards of all kinds, love notes, newspaper clippings, fair ribbons, photo albums … you name it and I had it in my trunk. Looking through all the stuff and the “remember whens … ” I thought, […]

Love requires sacrifice and unselfishness

Joan Clayton “Glad to see ya!” Uncle Steve said as I hugged and kissed him. With our help he had lived 10 good years in his home alone, enjoying life despite his handicaps. Aunt Opal had died previously and they had no children. “Take this and buy you something pretty.” Uncle Steve has always had […]

Watch out for Marilyn, and don’t step on her garden

Bob Huber Hey, you fun-loving, glassy-eyed, patriotic young squirts who each summer evening toss empty beer cans on our lawn. You’re in deep doo-doo. If you have any sense at all, you’ll get out of Dodge before sundown, because you’ve made my wife Marilyn mad. I’ll tell you, guys, when she gets mad, the entire […]

Personalities Plus — Connie Pugh

Connie Pugh is a second-grade teacher and also works at Southwest Books and Gifts. What is your idea of a perfect day? “It would bring all of my assigned children to class with homework done, no troubles on their mind and ready to learn. This would include having a pencil — a sharp one. We […]

Brushing up on camouflage

By Bob Huber This is a good day to brush up on your natural camouflage, otherwise called selective coloration by guys in white jackets who are picky about descriptive terms. My own invisibility is a case in point, but also a nuisance for my wife Marilyn who insists I could be arrested if I rely […]