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 […]

A view from under the pew — March 20

By Gary Mitchell The coming of spring caught Amos somewhat off guard this year. He was still anticipating snowstorms that never came when the first wildflower poked its multicolored head out of the ground. Though amazed at the sight, Amos went on his way without taking much notice. So spring sprang on him by surprise. […]

Knack for extremes

Heerding has been the Director for the Committee since November 2012.

    Dan Heerding was born on the island of Curacao in the Southern Caribbean. Heerding and family moved to the United States when he was 2 years old. The family spent a lot of years on the East Coast until Dan’s father moved the family to Flagstaff, Arizona, to start his own business. After […]

Won’t catch me complaining about price of water

By Karl Terry Local columnist “High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everyone likes water.” — Mark Twain I guess that Twain quote about water will do for this week. Water has been on my mind a lot for the 36 hours or so before I sat down to write […]

Cooking with legumes upcoming show topic

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on quilting, fitness and cooking with legumes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at noon on Thursday. Quilter Karen Eckmeier is going to show a new series of patterns which use a paper backed fusible for easy appliqué, and also show […]

Glad for student’s opportunity

By Clyde Davis Local columnist The amazing thing about Facebook is the ability to understand immediately where people in one’s life are and what they’re currently doing. This was the case when I saw a post from a former student who is, as we read this, on a mission trip to the Holy Land, and […]

Club notes — March 15

Portales Altrusa Portales Altrusa met Monday at the ZIA Room with 19 members and 1 guest present. Vice President, Cozetta Moor, presided. Dannah Brown gave the accent on the international convention that will be held in July. Secret pals were thanked. Noelle Bartl from the ENMU Foundation presented the program. She reported that since 2004, […]

Some cloak indulgent spending well

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style Getting dressed on a daily basis, much less getting gussied up, is especially difficult when you’re healing from an invasive surgery. At least, that’s the excuse I gave my spouse after purchasing some over-priced flats. He never misses a beat when it comes to pointing out my newly purchased items. […]

School menus — March 15

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast – Breakfast pizza. Lunch – Old fashioned Frito pie, garden salad, mini carrots and ranch, applesauce. Tuesday: Breakfast – Bean and cheese burrito. Lunch – Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed green salad, red delicious apple, whole wheat roll. Wednesday: Breakfast – Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch – Mac […]