Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1961 Hometown: Grants, New Mexico Family: Sons Brandon, 22, and Craig, 15, and daughter Mariah, 17 Rhonda Sparks is also known as Mama Sparks. It all started when her oldest son’s friends started calling her Mama Sparks. The nickname trickled […]

Our people: Life in development

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Bio Name: Nathan McCreery Birthdate: January 28, 1948 Hometown: La Junta, Colo. Profession: Photographer Family: Wife Virginia of 38 years, a son and his wife, and their two children.

Our people: Covering all the bases

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Bio Name: Greg Hill Birthday: June 21, 1963 Hometown: Portales Profession: Head baseball coach at Clovis High School Family: Wife Debbie of 23 years, children Morgan and Jordan Greg Hill coached in Portales for 17 years before moving to Clovis High School two years ago. Hill played baseball, basketball and football beginning at 6 years […]

Our people: Teaching soulful work

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• Name: Gary Mitchell • Birthday: Feb. 18, 1948 • Hometown: Clovis • Profession: Executive director and dean, Wayland Baptist University-Clovis campus • Family: Wife Judy Mitchell, daughter Mara Andrews, grandchildren Thomas Andrews and Aubrey Andrews, and parents WY and Della Mitchell.

Our people: Keeping stories going

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Name: Don Criss Birthday: Jan. 7, 1943 Hometown: Portales Profession: Director of Production Services for KENW-TV Family: Wife of 42 years Paula and two children Lisa and Martin

Our people: Taking center stage

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Name: Christy Mendoza Birthday: Nov. 28, 1949 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Film and theater instructor and director, Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series director Family: My mom Mary Mendoza and my aunt Rachel Cassillas

Our people: Call of the wild

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Bio Name: Tony Gennaro Birthday: March 18, 1934 Hometown: Raton Profession: Desert biologist, writer Tony Gennaro had two ambitions as a young college student. He said he wanted to become a professional baseball player or a commissioned Air Force officer. He said what he fell into ended up to be what he was destined to […]

Our People: Still going strong

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Bio: • Name: Tillie Shaw • Birthday:

Our people: Literary legacy

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By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico editor Bio Name: Betty Williamson Birthday: Nov. 12, 1961. Volunteers for: Friends of the Portales Public Library, High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival and Dora schools. Famous relative: She’s the niece of novelist Jack Williamson, who died in 2006 at age 98. The annual Williamson Lectureship has attracted science fiction […]

Zias close out season with easy victory

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Already eliminated from playoff competition this season, Eastern New Mexico University’s women sought to build some confidence for next season. Mission accomplished. The Zias capitalized on a hot-shooting first half, then rode the inside game of Til-Lois Fifer to hold off Texas A&M-Kingsville 75-61 in Saturday’s season finale at […]

ENMU to honor local veterans

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University is hosting its fourth annual Veterans Day service with a bagpipes player for the first time. Tutor Coordinator Esthela Banuelos said the Cannon Air Force Base Color Guard is coming to post the colors. “We picked a speaker to come and talk about the military,” […]

Getting to know: Engineer began volunteer work in college

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Name: Antonio Sanchez Job: Engineering manager for Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. and owner of Eastern New Mexico Engineering. Background: Sanchez grew up in Raton and moved to Portales in September 1999. He is married to Layle and has three children under the age of 9. Where he’s volunteered: Rotary Club and Roosevelt County Chamber […]

Getting to know: Pastor enlists in ministry after service

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Donald Hay is a pastor at Church of God in Portales. Background: Pastor Donald Hay and his family first came to Portales in 1982. He was born in Florida, but his father worked in construction and the family moved around a lot. Hay served a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force as an avionics […]

Wife’s hair color livens up marriage

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist My true hair color is blonde. I’m not so sure about my wife’s color. I knew when I got married I was getting a bottle blonde but she was hot looking and I was in love so I didn’t really care. Had I taken the time to calculate the investment […]

Press malfunction delays deliveries, limits color

Ray Sullivan: Publisher To our readers: Early this morning , major press problems occurred just as the night crew was printing today’s Portales and Clovis papers. It was soon followed by another mechanical problem, so we printed the papers in black and white for today. We apologize to our customers whose papers were delivered late, […]

In Tribute: Friends, family recall woman’s giving nature

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Carmen Greathouse was an artist on the job, an artist in the kitchen, and an artist in charity. She was also a dedicated mother, family members said. A Portales resident, Greathouse died Sept. 28 at age 76. “She was excellent,” said daughter Tomma Irvine. “She was always there. She […]

Anti-Hispanic attitude becoming prevalent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Growing up in an ethnocentric world, the barrio of north Portales, my ethnicity was a major factor in my early life. Now, it’s not color of skin or language that unites me with people. It’s common Christian beliefs. But in my adult life, I’ve learned you cannot entirely separate the […]

Bronze skin not worth effort

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I don’t have what you’d call a varied wardrobe. If there’s a shirt I find comfortable, I usually buy one in every available color. Another dress code rule for me is, “No shorts.” It all has to do with my attachment to self-esteem, and my hatred of my exposed white […]

Couple wed in camoflauge

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Stepping outside the ordinary and adding an unusual twist to their wedding is Portales couple Keith and Teresa Nixon. As the two took their vows and joined in the holy union of marriage on Saturday afternoon, the wedding party was decked out in camouflage. Yes, camouflage. According to the […]

Color red connotes many things

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve been seeing a lot of red lately, and I’m not referring to my bank account. Yes, it has something to do with the red bows, lights and candy canes of Christmas, but there’s more. Have you ever noticed there is something about the color red that puts people on […]