Our communities ready to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After […]

Scrapbook tips featured on show

Information on using three-dimensional dolls in scrapbooks, making lingerie, and using stabilizers when modifying ready-to-wear garments will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Dianna Effner is a designer of doll molds, and she has even figured out a way to use 3-dimensional […]

Hounds, Zias ready to return from holidays

Dave Wagner Last year’s Eastern New Mexico University men’s team rode a strong finish to a berth in the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament. Coach Andrew Helton said the Greyhounds’ goals have increased as they prepare to hit the meat of the schedule. “Our main goal last year was to get in the conference tournament,” […]

In search of ponies: Pet rentals great for commitment phobic

Commitment-phobe? Just not ready to take the plunge? Or maybe just looking for a temporary good time… Well, there’s a solution. Rental pets is a new rage sweeping through metropolitan communities and apparently it’s an idea that is really taking off and gaining popularity, particularly in the concrete jungles. I stumbled onto the concept while […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Ready for the big chill?

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Button up Buttercup…or at least wear a jacket. It’s going to get cold quick today (see weather below). Big brass Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the Brass Choir Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. It […]

GOP candidates not ready for prime time

Freedom New Mexico The most-recent Republican presidential debate was a weary two hours of television, and not much help for any candidate. Front-running Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his streak of appearing not ready for prime time, and potentially offending his party’s base. Sound-bite answers to complicated questions are offensive to begin with. What are […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Website of the day, college boards and kid stuff

Get ready for the day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing: Website of the day Eastern New Mexico University has a mass emergency notification system designed to send text and e-mail messages about inclement weather and other information in the event of an emergency. Sign-up is available at: https://www.getrave.com/login/enmu College boards Eastern New Mexico […]

Herding Squirrels: The long dry season

Traci Arbios For those of us in blended-family land, it’s been a long, long summer. I never exactly know how to feel about this particular season. My husband and I are the primary parents to our massive brood of kids; but come summer, visitation schedules change, culling our herd. How would I describe it? By […]

Local schools ready for students

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Clockwise from left, Mario Cabreras and Bo Cravy, of Newt & Butches Roofing, pass some tectum decking to Jared Ryan and Caesar Ramirez Friday morning as they work on the new special education building at Marshall Middle School in Clovis. According to the workers, tectum decking is sound-deadening material built into […]

Little League state meets ready to start

Dave Wagner Four area teams are ready to represent District 3 in state Little League competition this weekend. Clovis will host the 11-12-year-old Majors state tournament at Dickenson Field and Beachum Field. Clovis Zia won the district tournament and opens play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dickenson against either Roswell Noon Optimist or Los Lunas […]