My turn: Spent after holiday

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Do people actually celebrate Presidents Day? Or do they just take advantage of the weekend sales and that extra day off to take a family trip or just sleep in? I saw all these holiday-related articles about the history of Presidents Day online and I didn’t even bother to read them beyond the headline. So […]

Animals have part in holiday traditions

Glistening lights, glints of gold, decadent treats, wafting cinnamon and cloves, perfectly creased ornate paper, topped with perfect bows… Ah, the traditions of Christmas. Over the years, we’ve polished and refined the season, making Christmas sound, look, taste and smell better than any other single day on the calendar. If we were to go back […]

My turn: Students learn importance of ‘prairie coal’

I spent an afternoon recently with fifth- and sixth-graders from various local schools who were exploring a dry playa lake bed near Dora. The pasture we were in held cattle all summer. While they had been moved out long before our visit, there was still plenty of evidence they’d been there. Cattle are generous that […]

My turn: Summer still memorable

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Growing up in north Portales in the 1970s was rarely boring. We spent hot summer days at the North Portales Community Center located at Lindsey Park in a summer program called Jovenes Para Los Ni

Too much time spent on problems

I enjoy solving problems. Not abstract puzzles as much as real-life situations, although the occasional puzzle can sometimes be fun, too. This does not mean I like having problems arise that need to be solved, or that I enjoy people who intentionally cause problems for me. Enough little things crop up spontaneously to provide ample […]

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 […]

Our people: Gene Bieker oversees maintenance at Clovis Municipal Schools

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Clovis resident Gene Bieker has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 13 years and is headed for retirement this summer. Bieker retired from a career in the military after four years spent in the Navy and 22 years spent in the Air Force. As executive director of operations for CMS, Bieker oversees maintenance, custodial, […]

Death doesn’t take memories away

As a young child during World War II, I vividly remember the pain and sacrifice of a war. My grandmother lived by the highway and the railroad tracks. Granny and I spent many hours waving to troop trains and army caravans. “They are giving their lives for us,” Granny would say through misty eyes. “Some […]

Fence posts better than banks

Glenda Price I got to know Amos several years ago. He had a fairly fancy house in town, but spent most of his time at what he called his homestead. I drove to his homestead expecting to see a crusty, bedraggled old fellow, but an urbane gentleman with wavy white hair and a twinkly grin […]

Story’s message transcends religion

Clyde Davis Okay, so I have spent a lot of time with this particular work by Charles Dickens — a lot ot time lately. I looked at plenty of versions and radio scripts of it- apparently it was often dramatized during the golden days of radio- and sorted through for the best of each. It […]