Weekly update — Aug. 1

Stargazer to be improved The Portales MainStreet program is planning to improve the Stargazer, its open-air venue on Main Street. The Stargazer opened last year for a couple of functions, but the roof and front wall caved in, said MainStreet board officer Greg Erf. Since then, the group has cleared the debris and put up […]

Volunteer profile: Joe Parie

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Name: Joe Parie Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Parie manages the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, is head of the Portales Outreach Program, which offers an annual community Thanksgiving dinner, and volunteers his time in Juarez, Mexico. Why he does it: “I’ve always heard you can’t give without receiving, and I find you get a whole […]

Family uses annual reunion to collect charitable goods

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A birthday celebration for a widow became a 59 year — and counting — tradition for the Luce family. For the 59th year, the Luce family gathered for their family reunion on the last weekend of July, which coincides with Border Town Days, which is held on the last Saturday in July. Border Town Days […]

Public record —

In Portales Magistrate Court: July 8 • Ana Ortega pled guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and sentenced to 364 days supervised probation; must attend ASPEN within 90 days and provide proof to probation office; probation will run concurrent with probation now serving; fined $148. Charge of possession of marijuana under one ounce dismissed per […]

Longtime PHS coach Stockton inducted into Hall of Honors

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Freedom New Mexico Longtime Portales volleyball coach Brenda Stockton was one of three inductees into the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Honor this week. Stockton, former Mayfield, Moriarty and Estancia football coach Michael Draper and former Cimarron basketball coach Eloy Brazil were inducted on Thursday in Albuquerque. Stockton coached the Lady Rams […]

My turn: A couple of words say a lot

More obituary snippets from the Dallas Morning News: • An 84-year-old couple and an 86-year-old couple each died one day apart. The latter married in their native Mexico in 1950 and had “a life filled of true love” • A 73-year-old man, one of 11 children, worked “repairing barges and musseling.” • A 91-year-old woman, […]

Businesses put sales online

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Internet business is a good thing as far as two Portales entrepreneurs are concerned. The Main Place owner Suzi Webb opened her storefront business on the Portales downtown square last year, but started her Internet business a decade ago when they were on Ebay. Amazon.com contacted Webb in 2003 about joining the website. Webb said […]

Reunion — Aug. 1

The Field Community Reunion is being held Aug. 13, 2010, at the Field Fire Station. Fellowship will begin at 1 p.m. The business meeting and program will be at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 6 p.m. for $7.50 each. Everyone who has lived or is now living in the Field community is invited […]

Leslie Pattison helped build Curry County

Leslie Pattison died in 1979. He was a gentle man, soft spoken, one of the kind who helped build, as did his brothers and father, Curry County. Leslie came to Curry County with his folks the year New Mexico was made a state. His father was Will H. Pattison. They came from Indiana. There were […]

Book review — Aug. 1

“Apache Captive” by N.C. Ware, $10.95, available at Hastings, online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or call 799-7263. This fiction story of a little white girl, taken captive from a wagon train during the mid 1800’s. It chronicles her life growing up in the beautiful mountains , living as an Indian and during the captive […]