My turn: Classic films comforting

I revisited some “old school” movies last weekend by watching 1930s and 1990s classics. I watched “10 Things I Hate About You,” which is a great 1990s film if you want to laugh. Much like another one of my favorite 1990s teenage films, “Can’t Hardly Wait,” it over-exaggerates and pokes fun at teenage clich

My turn: Hermit killed for $.13

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Old Josh Blocher’s supposed wealth got him killed in 1951. Lester Stevens heard rumors the Bailey County hermit was rich in 1947, when he was working on a Bailey County road project. By 1951, Stevens was working at an Amarillo lead smelter, where he became acquainted with co-worker Thomas Livesay, the Amarillo Daily News reported. […]

My turn: Have ties to all of Oak Ridge Boys

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Thanks to three generous co-workers (they are modest, so email me for names), Portales residents Steve and Betsy Chaves and I received complimentary fourth-row tickets to celebrate Steve’s latest 29th birthday at the Oak Ridge Boys concert in Clovis. Since the Chaves’ original plans included karaoke, I tried talking Steve into crashing the stage and […]

My turn: House Bill 81 worth supporting

Today’s acronym is CTSO. CTSO stands for Career and Technical Student Organizations, programs with perhaps more recognizable acronyms like BPA (Business Professionals of America), DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Odds are good that you or someone you know has been involved in one of these […]

My turn: Portales full of hidden gems

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Christina Calloway I disagree with people who think their birthday is just another day. Birthdays have no rules. Your birthday isn’t the only day out of the year that you can treat yourself but it is nice to acknowledge just how special you are and do what you want for a day. I turned 23 […]

My turn: Willie would make good running mate

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I’m running for president on the Green Tea Party ticket. Since we also support Willie Nelson’s Tea Pot Party, I’ve asked him to be my running mate. With Gary Johnson as our campaign manager, our “Tea for Three” platform advocates legalizing partying between consenting liberals, moderates and conservatives—and outlawing stoning old hippies for giving peace […]

My turn: Beloved character on big screen

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I had a lot of fun walking in the Portales Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade Monday. As much as I enjoy attending events for work, it was nice to participate in a community event without a camera and notepad in hand. I was there for the simple pleasure of joining my fellow Portales residents […]

Hound’s rally falls short; Lady Buffs turn back Zias

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — The road and slow starts continue to plague the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team. The Greyhounds rallied from 20 points down early in the second half — and had a 3-point shot at the buzzer to tie it — before losing 71-68 to West […]

My turn: Home town girl brings new life to former general store

When I was an elementary school kid at Dora, we had two locations where we could spend our “store money” each week. Our parents could get a full service gasoline fill-up at stations on each end of the village. The cafe was open most days for hamburgers and fries. If Wilcher’s Farm Store didn’t have […]

My turn: Big move to small town

Am I the only one who has ever felt like their life could be a TV show? I’m not talking about exploiting my family for cheap laughs, or painting myself orange and living in New Jersey, but like a real premise for an actual dramedy. I just moved here from San Francisco, so consider me […]

My turn: ENMU QB had golden arm

By David Stevens: Editor We could argue all day about who’s the greatest football player with ties to our region. That conversation would certainly include pros Zach Thomas, Donny Anderson, Lawrence McCutcheon, Jerry Sisemore, Mercury Morris, Hank Baskett, Michael Sinclair, Kenny King and at least a half dozen more. But don’t forget an Eastern New […]

My turn: I’ve met my match

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More new entertainment comes into my office all the time, whether it’s fake fish, rubber cockroaches, hacky sacks or voodoo dolls of my bosses. OK, so maybe I’m the source of most of the sarcasm, toys and childlike behavior that come into the office, but there are worse ways to lighten a work day, right? […]

My turn: Leaving you with few parting thoughts

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I’ve occasionally written about controversial subjects as a columnist here since 2004. Sometimes I’d hear, “I like your column, but I don’t agree with everything you say.“ I‘d respond, “That’s OK; we agree to disagree!” As any sound-minded editor, including David Stevens, who I thank for letting me write here, would say, any news is […]

My turn: Happy birthday, New Mexico

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The state of New Mexico turns 100 on Friday. Here’s some trivia: • President William Howard Taft signed the declaration of statehood at 1:35 p.m. on Jan. 6, 1912, in his private office at the White House. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported about two dozen people witnessed the event, half of them from New […]

My turn: New year won’t change my opinions

New Year’s resolutions that I can’t possibly keep include: • Not yawning when stars are praised excessively for charitable acts — even though it costs them little for the fawning attention. • Not Sunday-morning-quarterbacking pietists who say that the United States was founded on Christian principles — but can’t name any. • Not scoffing at […]

My turn: Leaps of faith require trust

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We’re only days away from 2012. Although 2011 was a particularly challenging year, it’s ending with welcome change, due largely to my belief that God’s love is unchanging. Through good times and bad times this past year, I’ve felt an inner, uncharacteristic sense of assurance that things, although seemingly going from bad to worse, were […]

My turn: Wish list more naughty than nice

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I don’t mind waiting until after-Christmas sales for my gifts. Here is my more-naughty-than-nice wish list: • A Kindle, but please don’t pre-load anything by Coulter or Beck. Anything by Twain (Shania or Mark) is welcomed. • Donations to my favorite charities: “Chef Juandel’s Squirrel-Stew Kitchen” and “Curing The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy’s Texas Twang.” • […]

My turn: English professor had good advice

I’m no stranger to Eastern New Mexico University graduations and I always enjoy seeing the excitement. But Saturday’s commencement was even more special because one of my ENMU heroes was the commencement speaker. ENMU English professor Carol Erwin is respected and adored by her students and it is well earned. Being an English major, I […]

My turn: Christmas 101

Christmas is only four days away. Amidst this last minute hustle and bustle, it’s a fitting time for pageants, posadas and poinsettias to steer us from the commercialism of the holiday and back to Christmas 101. For starters, I didn’t know until I recently attended a Mariachi Christmas production in Hobbs that the poinsettia comes […]

My turn: Know any Rosies?

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American Rosie the Riveter Association is looking for a few good stories — stories about the women of World War II who learned to be electricians, welders, riveters and more, keeping the country moving while the men were off fighting. Here’s one of those ordinary, extraordinary stories: Gertrude Lacey was a French-speaking Catholic school girl […]