New plans for old hotel

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Argen Duncan The Portales Inn is getting a facelift, a new name and a presidential atmosphere, the new owners say. Maxwell Group LLC, a consortium of professionals, has purchased the inn, vacant for 12 years, with plans to remodel it into an exclusive hotel with restaurants and space for events, said managing member Bob Morrow. […]

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 […]

Retired teacher stays active in city

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Longtime Clovis resident Joyce Pollard is best known for her work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission in Clovis but she has also served on several other committees in the community. She was instrumental in naming Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Clovis after Dr. King. She was a teacher in the Clovis Municipal […]

God’s love always present

Joan Clayton I watched the nurse who had much compassion. She had work to do as she completed her charts, writing with a pen. Yet she had time to hold an elderly man’s hand with her other hand. As she wrote her reports for a weary day, she never left his hand. The man held […]

My turn: Green Tea Party willing to work with others

After announcing my candidacy last week as a presidential write-in candidate on the Green Tea Party ticket, today I’m unveiling our trick-or-treat platform. “Green Tea Party’s I-Am-Not-a-Witch Covenant with America” We won’t criticize their platform — if they don’t criticize our platform shoes. If they don’t mention our college hijinks, we won’t mention their weekly […]

Dairies work to keep milk antibiotic-free

Argen Duncan While people may worry about overexposure to antibiotics, local dairy industry representatives say a system of safety checks keep those substances out of milk produced in the area. “Most antibiotics in the dairy industry are used in a very cautious manner, and there are several reasons for that caution,” said dairy owner Alva […]

Working animals help with ranch

Glenda Price One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. Guide dogs that work […]

Fence work turns into fishing trip

Glenda Pirce The bossman bid on a fence building job along the right-of-way of a newly paved road in the northern New Mexico mountains. He didn’t tell the ranch hands about it until he actually got the contract in hand. All chores having to do with fencing — building, repairing, riding in search of problems […]

Cowboy experiences full day’s work

“… and the old man gave his orders: Boys, go at them from the jump, no use to go for fancy riding now.” That great line from “The Man from Snowy River” by Banjo Paterson crossed my mind as I started into the thorny brush and wicked mesquite thicket on a steep slide of rocks […]

Photographer’s work will be displayed at Pentagon

Courtesy photo: Andrea Hubbard Andrea Hubbard captured her husband, Tech. Sgt. Daniel Hubbard, and their children, as he prepared to go to work. The photo, “Morning with Daddy,” captured first place in the MyAirForceLife.com contest. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words stands […]

Baxter Black: Work ethic backbone of America

By Baxter Black: On the edge of common sense “A good day’s work is a good day’s work.” Labor Day 2010 finds us with our head down, shoulders to the wheel, noses to the grindstone and 10 percent unemployment. The high unemployment is not because we don’t know how to work. We do! The proof […]

Roosevelt County junior livestock sale numbers up

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Argen Duncan The community clapped as the auctioneer called, and 54 young people saw their hard work pay off at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale on Friday night. The sale brought in $162,500, not including add-ons, said sale secretary Joy Levacy. “Add-ons” are set amounts of money donors give to add on to […]

Portales past: Aug. 30, 1955

Aug. 30, 1955: Around 500 hands were at work harvesting Roosevelt County’s largest broomcorn crop in recent years, the employment office reported.

McGee: That new-fangled 21st century work ethic

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Did we waste our time back in the 20th century having a work ethic? You know, being on time for a job, finishing a job, stuff like that. It seems there’s a new way of doing things here in the 21st century. This came to mind when I ran […]

Work a-plenty at H-Bar Ranch

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Ruth Burns Editor’s Note: This is the latest in a continuing series of articles about the H-Bar Ranch and the hardships of life on the plains before 1900. Life on the plains in the 1890s was equally hard on men and women. As foreman of the H-Bar Ranch, Bob Wood was responsible for the health […]

A parting gift from ‘The Girls’

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I was enjoying my early morning bicycle commute to work and the sounds of birds of all kinds welcoming the dawn: Robins, mockingbirds, Western kingbirds, a rooster. A rooster? In town? Sure you can have chickens in town…as long as your neighbors don’t care or animal control doesn’t come a-callin’. […]

Tomboy more comfortable in mud

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of common Sense Nicole was a tomboy. No, more accurately she was a cowboy. She favored cow work to Barbie dolls. She was Dad’s right-hand man. By age 15, she could pull her weight, from building fence to pulling calves. Last spring to celebrate the coming of sunshine, the […]

Portales past: June 24, 1955

June 24, 1955: Two Oklahoma City men, bicycling their way to California in search of work, passed through eastern New Mexico. One of the men said they’d been averaging 120 miles per day, riding from dawn to dusk.

Survive, serve honorably: Things to think about

By Col. Stephen Clark: 27th SOW Commander The summer months are fast approaching, meaning more outdoor activities and spending vacation time with family and friends. I encourage you to take some well-deserved time to rest and recharge your batteries. We have been and will continue to be very busy as we concurrently support our operational […]

College ends “75 for 75″ effort

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By Robin Haislett: ENMU Communication Services Eastern New Mexico University students have been hard at work this school year exceeding their goal of 75 community service projects in honor of ENMU’s 75th anniversary. Each organization created its own fundraiser with help from Barbara James, director of Campus Life, and other members of her staff.