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 […]

On the shelves — Aug. 1

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “How to Build a House” by Larry Haun teams up with Habitat for Humanity to offer the best construction expertise in an easy-to-understand handbook that shows step-by-step how to build a simple, energy-efficient, and affordable home, from choosing its location to the final step of installing […]

Seed cooking, beaded jewelry featured

Information on speed cooking, finishing a storage chest and making decoupage art will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Laura Dellutri will share two five-minute recipes in a segment she calls “Speed Cooking.” Her company is The Healthy Housekeeper Inc. in Overland Park, Kan. Bruce Johnson is […]

Anniversaries — Aug. 1

Stroud Ronnie and Carolyn Stroud of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 24, 2010, in Lubbock. The celebration was hosted by Greg Stroud, Pamela Savage and Ronda Rupe. The couple was married July 29, 1960, in Clovis. They have two children and five grandchildren. He is owner of S&S Drywall. She is an […]

Senior happenings — Aug. 1

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dance at Friendship Center in Clovis. Please bring a covered dish. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities; 10:30 a.m. Indoor exercise; 1 p.m. Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities; 9:30 Free blood pressure and […]

Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary […]

Internet big part of my lifestyle

When I first dipped my toes into the Internet nearly two decades ago I figured it was likely just a fad. I think my first clue that it had become more than a fad was when my mother expressed an interest in getting online. These days there are a few holdouts who don’t use the […]

Our people: Happily ever after

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Frank and Carolyn Sherman of Clovis volunteered together as Chamber Ambassadors for the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce for 21 years. Frank was in the Air Force for 20 years and retired out of Cannon Air Force Base. The couple said they were always involved in the communities where they lived. They said […]

Firearm disposal waste of money

Why would government destroy firearms when it could have circulated them into the hands of law-abiding citizens? That’s the question asked by Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, and Dave Workman, senior editor of Gun Week, in a recent opinion column. Here’s a snippet from their report:

Arizona law does more harm to taxpayers

In Mexico they call it “la ley del odio” — the law of hate. Indeed, President Felipe Calderon had publicly condemned the act and Mexican border governors had said they would boycott a planned conference before it was moved from Arizona to New Mexico. To many people, Arizona’s anti-immigration law that went into effect last […]

Portales past: Aug. 11, 1955

Aug. 11, 1955: Burglars had obtained an undetermined amount of narcotics after breaking into the Booth Prescription Pharmacy. The pharmacist in charge said the burglars took only older types of narcotics, leaving the newer kinds.