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 […]