Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts

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Helena Rodriguez People are going nuts over the 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival, but it’s because of the arts and crafts, not the peanuts. Approximately 140 vendors packed into almost every available space Saturday at the three-level Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University, and will be peddling their wares again today from noon […]

Abandoned baby allegedly found in park

Mike Linn A newborn boy is in good health after a woman said she found him abandoned at Rotary Park on Sunday morning while she was jogging. Police say they have identified the mother and further investigation and charges are pending. The jogger told police she heard the baby crying and later found him wrapped […]

Obits 10-7

Mrs. Ruby Nichols, 80, of Portales, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 3, 1923, in Graham, Texas, to Mattie and Michael G. Fields. She grew up in West Texas and eastern New Mexico. She lived most of her younger life in Hobbs. She married Ervin […]

Fighting can be good for children’s health

Helena Rodriguez My two nieces, Anisha, 11, and Stephanie, 8, were involved in a heated argument about to turn physical when I said to my sister, “Don’t stop them! Fighting is good for them!” Julie looked at me like I was insane. “That’s right!” I said. “Fighting is good for children.” I read it in […]

Judge denies reduced bail for sex offender suspect

Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis man accused of having sexual contact with children failed on Wednesday in an effort to have his bail reduced. Billy Martin, 49, scratched his head and shuffled paperwork during his Tuesday afternoon video arraignment in Curry County Magistrate Court as he tried to persuade Magistrate Judge Doug Miller to reduce […]

Sex molestation ring busted in Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Police say a Clovis home was used as a sex club between adults and at least 18 preteen girls, and reports show the case came to their attention after a 9-year-old girl confided in her teacher. Although dirty and vacant, the house at 700 East 10th Street appeared to have had children […]

Obits 9/3

Jerry Davis, 64 Mr. Jerry G. Davis, 64, of Roswell, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Casa Maria Care Center in Roswell. He was born on July 16, 1939, in Roswell, to John Gregg and Magnolia Ward Davis. He graduated from Portales High School in 1958. He married Donna Philpott in 1961. He married Ludene […]

Single mom personifies persistence

By Angela Peacock Though Juanita Black’s later years of life were filled with pain and suffering due to a rare immune deficiency disease, family members said her faith in God never once failed. No matter what the circumstances Juanita’s oldest daughter Juena Hickman said her mother would tell her children to place their faith in […]

Woman sentenced for fatal crash

Tony Parra A Roswell woman was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in connection with a deadly crash two years ago that claimed the life of a Ruidoso woman. Deanna Willis, 29, was convicted in June of vehicular homicide for her part in a head-on collision north of Portales on U.S. Highway 70 that […]

Summer Boredom Can Be Good For Children

Helena Rodriguez I don’t know how many times this summer my daughter Laura has called me at work with breaking news. The kind that warrants, in her mind, a press conference with a blue curtain in the background, a cluster of information-starved news reporters, a crawl line on CNN and the whole shebang. At least, […]

Fair offers chance for children to shine

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Janet Bresenham The day before the Market Goat Show at the Roosevelt County Fair, Kelsey McKinney’s goat did one of the things goats are known for doing — eating anything they find. Kit Pettigrew, McKinney’s agriculture teacher from Dora, was at the fairgrounds when it happened. “Her goat ate a whole bottle of soap,” he […]

‘Warrior parents’ learn to help mentally ill children

By Jack King One day recently, Katrina Olguin said, she woke up to find her 4-year-old daughter, Kira, sneaking into her bedroom, not to surprise her with morning kisses, but to catch a black and white kitten cowering under the bed and choke it. Olguin has other stories to tell, of Kira tossing the kitten […]

Personalities Plus — Mary Blakley

Mary Blakley recalls rather fondly growing up in a Christian setting with stepsiblings. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “To enjoy 10 hours of God’s beauty through nature.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “The dangers our country faces around the world.” Tell us about your pet(s): “Two cats.” What is your […]

Fun takes center stage at town square

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By Mike Linn A wisecracking stuffed dog wheeling around the Portales square in a fire truck? It earned a plethora of attention from curious children — and a few adults — on Thursday. But many of the interested onlookers were unaware of how a stuffed animal could be so witty and such a talented driver. […]

Personality Plus — Scott Aubuchont

Scott Aubuchont has returned to the haunts of his childhood — the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. Tell us about your childhood: “I grew up at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. I lived there for about 18 years.”   What’s so great about your favorite sport? “My favorite sport is basketball. I like playing […]

Youth’s business venture turns charitable

Lukas Cash Taylor McIntire is not your average entrepenuer. The Arlington, Texas, resident eschewed the normal money-making projects of an 8-year-old like a lemonade and cookie stands and decided on something a little more ambitious. He collected cooking recipes from his mother, Kellianne Harper, and her friends and some from his grandmother, and assembled a […]

How much should parents expect from their kids?

Helena Rodriguez “How come I have to have a mom who cares?” Those were my daughter’s exact words of frustration after I spent several hours tutoring her in algebra one spring night. Of all the cruel things a parent could be accused of by their own offspring. I didn’t know whether it was an insult […]

Resident dies in crash returning from hospital

Mike Linn A longtime Portales resident who had just completed his final radiation treatment for cancer died in a car wreck on his way home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. James Wood, 75, died when the car his son was driving collided with a truck at 3:33 p.m. (MDT) about nine miles west of Muleshoe […]

Discovery Center takes you around the world

Angela Peacock Taking a trip across the universe is possible at Amarillo’s Don Harrington Discovery Center. Discovery Center Executive Director Ganesh Ganpat said the center is a private, non-profit organization which makes “science exciting, relevant and interesting to all types of learners by providing interactive exhibits and programs that actively engage children, adolescents and their […]

Bible forms mother’s view of life

By Angela Peacock Teaching her children examples of right from wrong by following God’s Word is how family members said Toynette Stockard lived her life. “The Bible was the strongest factor in mother’s life. She always lived her life by his Word. She loved the stars, moon and nature but never forgot to accredit him […]