World full of bad news; seek the overwhelming positives surrounding us

By Joan Clayton It seems bad news is presented every day. Seldom do we hear about things we love, enjoy and often take for granted. On any given day, we have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, there are many great things about this country that I can name. Reams of paper […]

May 9 Dora School News

Dora School News Things are coming to a close very fast at Dora School now. This was the last week for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. They had a grand time on Tuesday — their annual end-of-year play day. Then the kindergarten students graduated on Thursday, thus ending a very busy and enjoyable year. Remember There […]

Spring into action with good seeds

Joan Clayton I think I’m the only woman who can grow weeds year-round. They seem to thrive in snow and freezing temperatures. However, they don’t bother me until spring arrives. I have all kinds. Some weeds have pretty flowers. I have even tried transplanting the prettier ones, but they won’t grow where I want them. […]

Years fly by when you’re having fun

Jim Lee Well, here’s my 52nd column in this space. I suppose that means I’ve been doing this for a year now. Is it my imagination, or does each year go by a bit faster than the previous one? Maybe it just seems that way because I’m having such a good time. During this past […]

Chairman discusses ins and outs of Ag Expo

Abby Dunn Dennis Edwards, 63, is committee chairman for the New Mexico Ag Expo, which wrapped up its 12th annual event last week in Portales. Q: How long have you been involved with the ag expo? A: Eleven years. I ran the exhibitor reception for probably five years. Then for a number of years I […]

Some people just aren’t that smart

Helena Rodriguez I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, the brightest crayon in the box, the most luminescent lava lamp in the room, the coolest Coors Lite in the six pack, but lately, I have heard people say some pretty stupid things. Oops, we’re not supposed to use the word “stupid.” Let’s […]

Zias’ stellar play vaults them to first

Dave Wagner PORTALES — There they were, picked for last place in the Lone Star Conference South Division. Ho-hum, just another year of Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball. Don’t look know, but the Zias are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into the stretch run, with wins over nationally ranked division […]

Area women find fellowship in sharing secrets

Darrell Todd Maurina Gerri Dawson has a secret, and she wants to share it this weekend with hundreds of people. Dawson, whose husband David is the founding pastor of the Pure Heart Word Center church, will be among the speakers at the “Girl I Got a Secret” women’s conference, meeting today, Saturday, and Sunday at […]

There is satisfaction in making a house a home

Helena Rodriguez Unpacked boxes filled the house and chaos ruled the roost, but suddenly the sweat and pain of moving into our own place was worth it when my daughter, Laura, looked around and said, “Now this is like a real home!” Home, sweet home! I haven’t said that in more than a year. There […]

Hunnicutt demands more from self, team

By Kevin Wilson Even when things are going well, Eastern New Mexico University junior Jamaal Hunnicutt expects more — of himself and his teammates. The Greyhounds won the Lone Star Conference South basketball championship last year. Hunnicutt thinks they can win the national title. The Hounds (4-3) beat the defending NCAA Division II champion Northeastern […]