Some sayings simple, but elegant

By Clyde Davis Local columnist Robert Frost, whose birthday would be celebrated on the day that I am writing this column, once said “I can sum up life in three words: it goes on.” As I am wending my way through sections of “The Origin of Species” with my seniors, I am pretty sure it […]

Growing pumpkins on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on growing pumpkins and gourds, weight loss, and making custom designs with inks will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. Curt Jaynes owns and operates GardenSource Nursery & Landscaping in Portales and he’s going to talk about how […]

Skinnies, bells both in style

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style Last week when I was in a department store checking out the sales racks, I noticed these cool printed, what I thought to be, tights. But they were stretch leggings with a wide bottom flare. I was dumbfounded. How did I miss this trend alert? My first thought was my […]

Senior calendar — March 29

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Exercise equipment, 8 a.m.; Jewelry Pals, 10 a.m.; Line dance, 1 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; Beginning line dance, 2 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m. Tuesday: Quilting, 8 a.m.; exercise equipment, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; 8-Ball Pool, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Musical, 6 […]

School menus — March 29

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast – Egg & cheese biscuit. Lunch – Spaghetti with meat sauce, garden salad, mini carrots & ranch, orange smiles. Tuesday: Breakfast – Banana bread. Lunch – Goldfish ham & cheese sandwich, sweet potato fires, veggie dippers with ranch, assorted fresh fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast – French toast. Lunch – Chicken strips with […]

On the shelves — March 29

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Dogs Unleashed by Tamsin Pickeral provides a comprehensive overview of canine varieties, including even rare designer breeds and offers full-color photos and information on conformation, history, temperament, health risks, and more for each type of dog. Collins Complete Photography Projects: Learn the Professional Secrets […]

Club notes — March 29

Portales Altrusa Portales Altrusa met March 23 with 22 members and three guests present. Vice President Cozetta Moore presided. Becky Merrell, Melissa Schramn and Amy Nash were introduced as guests. Donna Mowrer gave the Accent on “Leadership Lessons Learned from the Garden.” Secret Pals were thanked. Schramn presented the program. She showed several items collected […]

Old Christmas trees gain new life as crosses

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Pastor Bonita Knox doesn’t know why she started collecting Christmas trees years ago, but she said she’s glad she had the foresight to hold on to them. Eight handmade crosses made of the trees now stand in the grass outside Trinity Lutheran Church for a week of reflection and […]

Amos the churchmouse: the palm branch mystery

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and dashes.                        the palm branch mystery boss willifred the white rat invited me […]

Shelburne: Life is better, longer in heaven

Time magazine recently featured not a cover girl but a cover baby. The cover proclaims, “This Baby Could Live To Be 142 Years Old.” Hmm. He’s such a cute little kid. I find it hard to believe that the little guy could have already committed such a dastardly deed that he’d deserve the kind of […]

Brandon: God, Jesus give us certainty for future

Jesus had just been found guilty. The crowd wanted the criminal Barabbas  released and Jesus crucified. So the Bible notes: “They stripped him (Jesus) and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they […]

Brown: Eastern New Mexico has its own March madness

When it rains, the proper and reasonable course of action is to immediately call your friends, family and neighbors to ask them a critical question: “Hey, it’s raining where I’m at. Is it raining there?” The person whom you are querying might only be a short distance away, yet the question is still meant in […]

Sci-fi writer prefers Portales


Editor’s note: Forty years ago, on March 21, 1975, science fiction writer Jack Williamson spoke about the contrasts and the futures of small towns vs. big cities. Some of what he said then remains true today. Here are some snippets from the Eastern New Mexico University professor’s speech, delivered at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, […]

Passionate about volunteering

Staff photo: D'Nieka Hartsfield
Mary Collins in her office at 401 E 7th St. in Clovis. Collins has worked for the city for 25 years.

Mary Collins, also known as Susie, was born in Longstar, Texas. She was moved to Clovis at 2 years old. She attended La Casita Elementary, Marshall Middle School and graduated from Clovis High School in 1971. Collins started off in the medical field but her passions didn’t end there. After some college, Mary started working […]

Couponing could be as simple as barcode swipe

By Karl Terry Local columnist Have you ever stood in line behind someone with a whole stack of coupons at the grocery checkout? Brace yourself, it’s possible we’ll all suffer this fate more frequently. Reality television has taken on “Extreme Couponing.” The show features people, often young mothers, with a burning desire to save big […]

Cooking with salmon on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on using whole grains in your favorite recipes, cooking with salmon and sewing on stretchy fabrics will be the featured topics on Creative Living on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. Cindy Falk is with the Kansas Wheat Commission, and she is going to show how […]

Nothing conveys message better than story

By Clyde Davis Local columnist “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the theme for National Women’s History Month 2015. The theme presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories — individually and collectively — into the essential fabric of our nation’s history.” (National Women’s History Project website.) The power and reality of storytelling, perhaps known […]

Club notes — March 21

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met March 11 with President June Ferguson presiding. Jan Smartnick gave the invocation. Sheryl Borden led the pledges and Collect. Nine members and two guests were present. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved and correspondence was read. Gaynelle Thomas won the door prize. Members signed up to deliver […]

Some trends worth adopting

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style It has been nearly two months since I’ve worn a wedge or pump. Getting dressed post-surgery is just not as fun when your shoe selection is limited. Don’t get me wrong, flats are great and very necessary in the working field in eastern New Mexico, but it gets boring. Because, […]

Father’s arms welcome wayward children home

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist It happened over 20 years ago, yet I still recollect the front-page headline of a newspaper from another state. The story involved a young family. Maybe it was because Annie and John Scott were both about the ages of the child and I was a mother. No doubt that is […]