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 […]