Aug. 17, 2008 Births

Adriana Danielle Baca-Ornelas was born July 9, 2008 to Pita Baca and Danny Ornelas of Portales at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She weighed 2 pounds, 13 ounces. She has three brothers; Daniel, 20; Daniel Jr., 16; and Derek 14 and one sister; Deandra, 9. Grandparents are Emma A. Baca and Maria Ornelas of Portales.

Birth: Thomas

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Landri Ella Thomas was born May 6, 2008, to Don and Suzanne Thomas of Portales at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Grandparents are Leroy and Gaynelle Thomas of Portales and Don and Julie Nickles of Nampa, Idaho.

Birth: Wicker

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Skyla BrieAnn Wicker was born Dec. 13, 2007, to Grayson and Shara Wicker of Sweetwater, Texas, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Grandparents are Jerry and Doris Wicker of Clovis and Brad and Debbie Hunton of Portales.

Cowboying explained in six easy steps

By Baxter Black Steps along the cowboy trail: Step 1: Some cowboys are born and raised on a ranch; they grow up riding and working cows, they compete in high school rodeo, have a horse and an FFA project. They develop the art of hangin’ out and lookin’ cool, which is easier if you’re a […]

Denying children citizenship no answer

Freedom New Mexico One of the most challenging issues in the national debate over illegal immigration is what to do about the children of such immigrants who gain automatic U.S. citizenship at birth. Despite the wishes of anti-immigration extremists, the federal courts almost universally have agreed the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born on […]

Area’s first baby born to ENMU professor

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Freeman’s room at Plains Regional Medical Center was full of people oohing and aahing at Jamie Aidan Freeman, the first baby born in 2008 at PRMC. While Kandice and Steven Freeman’s official expecting date was Monday, they said they were expecting the baby to come early. Jamie had […]

Holidays bring reminders of ‘good tidings’

By Joan Clayton The approaching holidays remind me of the angels who brought the “good tidings of great joy” to the shepherds in the field. Many references about angels are found in the Bible. They can be traced from Genesis to Revelation. Angels are supernatural beings sent by God. They are God’s messengers. Psalm 91:11 […]

Christ’s birthday should be celebrated

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Imagine that Jesus had never been born, or that King Herod had succeeded in his heinous plot. The thought makes me shudder. If Jesus had never been born, there would be no absolutes, no restraints, no hope … and where there is no hope, there is only desolation. A world […]

Area’s teen birth rate rising

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The number of babies born to Roosevelt County teens in 2006 shot up an alarming 43 percent, according to statistics recently released by the New Mexico Department of Health. At the same time babies born to Curry County young teens dropped 18 percent, statistics show. In Roosevelt County, there […]

9-23 Birthday

Shafer Douglas Shafer of Portales will celebrate his 80th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Portales Memorial Building. The celebration will be hosted by his family. Shafer was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Dora. He has three children. The celebration is open to friends and relatives.

Sept. 9 Births

Harwell David and Jaclyn Harwell of Las Cruces are the parents of a 6 pound, 15 ounce boy, Camden Reed Harwell, born July 31, 2007 at Mountainview Hospital in Las Cruces. Grandparents are Johnny and Sabrina Johnson and Jess and Judy Harwell, all of Portales. Great-grandparents are Kenneth and Nancy Williams of Portales, Samja Harwell […]

Immigrants help to shape country

By Anita Doberman: Freedom Newspapers Columnist This week my sister and my cousins came to visit me while my husband is deployed. We spoke Italian at home and during our outings, and many people asked where we came from. Sometimes they were surprised when I answered in fluent English, but we usually moved on to […]

Julio: Popular month, name in family

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Before the month is over, I must write about how popular the name Julio is in my family. My dad is named Julio. His favorite uncle was named Julio and he has cousins named Julio. Many males born in July on my father’s side of the family are named Julio. […]

Life without pain leaves one numb to joy

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist When you were just a plan in the mind of God, what if he were to ask you some questions about your journey on earth? With incredible technology having been accomplished already and the God given intelligence to master such feats, it is not inconceivable that God could show […]

Nov. 4: What a great day for a birthday

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What do Walter Cronkite, Will Rogers, Laura Bush, Matthew McConaughey, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Doris Roberts, Ralph Macchio and yours truly have in common? We were all born on Nov. 4. Granted we weren’t all born in the same year, we were born on the same day, and during the […]

Clovis marchers focus on unity

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Tonya Garner:Freedom Writer CLOVIS — The honking car horns could be heard for blocks, as a sea of white flowed through the streets of downtown Clovis on Monday morning. Hundreds of residents, wearing white to symbolize peace, marched in support of immigration reform. The group primarily waved American flags, but a few proudly flourished the […]

Local residents march for immigrant rights

Tony Parra More than 250 people were part of a peaceful march through the streets of Portales on Monday in support of rights for illegal immigrants. The march, which started shortly after 4 p.m. in the downtown area and went to Eastern New Mexico University and back, was comprised of people of all ages. “We […]

Obituaries for April 2, 2006

Elaine Marie Whitaker-Miller Services: Will be held at a later date. Elaine Marie Whitaker-Miller, 66, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born April 19, 1939, to Harold and Iva Livermore, she lived in Newberry Springs, Calif., for eight years and retired from Desert Springs RV Park in Daggett, Calif. […]

Portales woman was closely linked with 70’s famous ‘boy in the bubble’

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By William P. Thompson Born on Avenue H in Portales, Dr. Mary Ann South’s life journey has taken her from Portales into the frontiers of medical research and back again. A pivotal event in her life was the birth of David Vetter in 1971. Vetter, now remembered worldwide as “the boy in the bubble,” survived […]

Jan. 17, 2006 Obituaries

Isabella Bono Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales Isabella Bono, 3 months, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at her home. She was born Sept. 21, 2005, in Lubbock, to Sherry and Frank Bono. She is survived by her parents of Portales; her brother, Nicolas Bono of the home; grandparents, […]