Heritage Days wrap up despite dark skies

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Everything worked out perfectly for Heritage Days’ organizers and vendors as Portales residents participated in the events without it being rained out. The recently built Portales Junior High Gymnasium was dedicated to Kenneth Livingston, who was a longtime PJH principal before his death in 1987. “It’s amazing,” Bill Livingston, Kenneth’s […]

Amos the Churchmouse

By Gary Mitchell/Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos prepares for summer boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i […]

Summer’s heat can burn finish on car

By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ STAFF WRITER Mirrors fall off, glass shatters, dashes crack and warp if untreated. Art Farro said he will repair 20 to 30 rearview mirrors in upcoming months. He has seen hot windows shatter when cold water touches the pane. The owner of Art’s Automotive Paint and Body on Commerce Way said […]

Stevens, Johnny A.

Johnny Allen Stevens Services: No service will be held at this time. Johnny Allen Stevens, 57, of Truth or Consequences died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at his home. He was born on Dec. 18, 1946, in Hot Springs, to John Lee and Dorothy Marie Martin Stevens. He was a retired meter reader for PNM Gas […]

Hot, dry weather hard on farmers

By Mike Linn A stretch of hot and dry weather during the summer had a negative impact on the harvest of produce on area farms. And too often when moisture did arrive, it came in the form of hail, which in large sizes can wipe out acres of crop land in less than an hour, […]

Baseball lifts the spirits

By Clyde Davis The atmosphere cannot be described in terms that are limited to one sense — it involves all five, plus those intangible somethings that we call sixth sense. The aroma of hot dogs, mustard, popcorn; the corny songs and cheers playing over the loudspeaker system; the warm evening breeze,the lit-up, colorful figures throwing, […]

Ballooning an uplifting experience

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By Janet Bresenham When it comes to hot air ballooning, it’s all about the wind. How fast it’s blowing on the ground. How much speed it gathers climbing to higher altitudes. How fast it could carry a balloon. How much balloon enthusiasts wish it would calm down long enough to lift aloft and assure a […]

Pioneer Days celebration takes to the skies

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Airabelle the Cow, a heifer-shaped balloon sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, will be one of many balloons launching Saturday. By Janet Bresenham When 31 hot air balloons get ready to launch from Clovis on Saturday morning, John Sando hopes he will be aboard a special one named “The Desert Dancer.” “That would be awesome,” […]

Pioneer Days Celebration will feature traditional rodeo

By Gary Mitchell Airabelle the Cow and her friends plan to crash the 33rd annual Pioneer Days party this year — and add a whole new dimension to the event. Airabelle, an 80-foot-tall by 120-foot-wide balloon shaped like a dairy cow, will lead the charge of more than 30 hot-air balloons during the Pioneer Balloon […]

Some random thoughts and one-liners to ponder

By Bob Huber I’m an ardent collector of one-liners, and they stand out like traffic cops on the Information Highway. It used to be, before I learned my computer’s bells and whistles, that I had to stay up late and take notes from TV shows like Jay Leno and David Letterman. Now I just log […]