In search of ponies: Gadgets not limited to human

By Sharna Johnson: CMI columnist It was around the 14th century or so when some anonymous irreverent farmer took a highly prized religious implement and hung it from the neck of his best sheep — and thus the precious bell was transferred down from the upper echelons of the priesthood, literally to the herd. No […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The Portales City Council met Tuesday evening and took the following action: • Approved a proclamation declaring Feb. 14, 2012 as TRIO Day in Portales. • Heard a presentation about the historic Railroad Depot. The city of Portales hired Stanley Consultants to explore potential redevelopment options of the area related with the depot. Representatives recommended […]

My turn: High school reunion full of lessons

It took awhile, but I’ve finally figured out that most people are pretty tough. It’s easy to assume that we are stronger than others — or at least stronger than others give us credit for. It’s harder to accept that we are not especially unique. It’s also easy to underestimate the easy-going. Until someone crosses […]

RGH celebrates anniversary with health fair

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Argen Duncan Community members took advantage of free or low-cost health screenings, physician consultations and a chance to check out a medical helicopter during the Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair on Saturday. The fair celebrated RGH’s 10th anniversary. “I thought it was very informative,” said attendee Orlando Shelly. “I’m so glad they came out to […]

Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

My turn: In search of my “Silver”

I think I am going to name my shoes. Roy Rogers had Trigger. The Lone Ranger had Silver. Lonnie Berry should name his transportation, too. But I have to come up with the right name, or I completely lose the impact. It has to be something that inspires, something that has a catchy ring to […]

My turn: Day trips made summer vacations

We never went to Disney Land when I was a kid. My vacation thrill was watching the Brady Bunch go to Hawaii. We mostly took day trips. However, two trips qualify as real summer vacations, granted they weren’t Disneyland; the year we went to Las Vegas (New Mexico) and when we camped in the Sangre […]

My turn: Traveling scarf starts friendships

Alisa Boswell I have had a project going on Facebook called Friendship of the Traveling Scarf. A friend gave me a bright and colorful scarf in February and in a fit of spontaneity and boredom, I took about five self-portraits with the scarf and posted them on Facebook. After this, the friend who gave me […]

Collision complicates rancher’s plans ‎

Ron said it was just one of those days. In fact, it was the day before the regular auction in Ft. Pierre, SD. He had sorted off a truckload of cows he needed to get rid of. They were in a rain-soaked pasture down by the road that had no corral. No sweat, he and […]

Obama wants to drill —

Freedom New Mexico Gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in California, twice what they were when Barack Obama took office. But sometimes overlooked is that prices previously declined partly because of worldwide recession depressing demand. As economies recover, demand increases, and so do prices. Moreover, Middle East instability now threatens supplies, adding more upward […]