Engagement —

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Payen-Pena Mary Lou Payen, of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Victoria Guadalupe Payen of Portales, to Mark Edward Pena of Portales, son of Michael and Carmen Pena of Portales. The bride elect is the daughter of the late Albert Payen. The couple will exchange vows, 4 p.m. March 17, 2012, […]

My turn: Let’s keep Christmas simple

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I remember driving through Christmas-lit neighborhoods when my daughter Laura was little. She’d excitedly exclaim, “Yayas” and “activities.” That’s what she called luminarias and nativities, my favorite holiday symbols. When I think of a traditional New Mexico Christmas, I think of luminarias and nativity scenes. I prefer these simplistic displays that capture the essence of […]

Anniversaries —

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Hicks Don and Sharon Hicks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 2. [image #2, align=right, size=medium] He is a retired math teacher at Clovis Community College. She has been an active Realtor for 40 years and is at RE/MAX First Place Realtors. They have two children, a son: Todd Hicks, married to Lori, and a […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

A survival guide for parents of tween and teen girls

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Arden Greenspan-Goldberg I am a N.Y.-based licensed psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience and mother of a now-grown daughter — Samara, 22. In order to help moms and daughters from my practice (as well as friends and family), I have come up with tips to help moms cultivate a respectful, strong connection with their […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Nia Vardalos on her adoption journey: ‘A peacefulness came over me when I met our daughter’

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Jenny Schafer Actress Nia Vardalos stole our hearts in the sleeper hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and her good friend Tom Hanks co-wrote “Larry Crowne” which is in theaters this weekend. Nia opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her adoption journey while shattering myths about the American foster care […]

Casey Anthony not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Engagements — May 15

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Plyler-Spears [image #4, align=left, size=medium] The parents of Hollee Plyler of Clovis announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter to Austin Spears of Clovis. Plyler is a 2011 elementary education graduate of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Spears is employed at BNSF Railway. The couple will be wed in Jamaica June 15, 2011. A […]

Military digest —

Elliott Candace Elliott, daughter of Robert and Julie Elliott, arrived at Fort Jackson, S.C. on May 9, to begin the first phase of her nine weeks of Army Basic Combat Training. She will graduate in July.

Weddings — March 20

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Roach- Rodriquez Kayla Roach and JoDerick Rodriquez of Portales were married Feb. 26 at Central Christian Church in Portales. The Rev. David McVey performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Billy and Karen Roach and Tehsa Payne of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Sharon and Steve Miller and Sandy Phillips of […]

Police blotter — March 2

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Saturday About 10:30 p.m., an officer went to the 700 block of West 16th Street to take a report of a vehicle burglary. A 29-year-old man said someone had broken into his 1999 Dodge pickup. He said his wife parked the vehicle in […]

Engagements — Feb. 13

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White-Davis Ken and Gala White of Pueblo, Colo., proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristyn Noelle, to Shawn Michael Davis of Colorado Springs, Colo. The bride-elect was born in Clovis and soon moved with her family to Pueblo. She graduated from the University of Colorado, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is presently completing […]

First baby of 2011 is couple’s first daughter

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The first baby born in Clovis in 2011 was Clovis residents’ Alex and Anna Barraz’ first daughter. Yvette Barraz was born at 3:50 a.m. Saturday. She weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces. Anna Barraz, 26, said her due date was Jan. 1, but she expected to give birth a week late, as she had with […]

Weddings —

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Lay [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Brandi Brunson and Jared Lay of Lubbock were married Dec. 15, 2010, in Lubbock. The bride is the daughter of Perry and Marsha Brunson of Silverton, Texas. The groom is the son of Johnny and Genita Lay of Melrose. The bride works for Lubbock Independent School District. The groom works […]

Portales past: Nov. 20, 1961

Nov. 20, 1961: Portales News-Tribune: Gail McCormack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar McCormack of Rogers, was singing in the second soprano section of the Meistersinger Chorus at Lubbock Christian College.

My turn: Saints good for finding names

Helena Rodriguez When my daughter Laura announced she was naming her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Giovanni, I said, “Is that a saint’s name?” In my Hispanic culture, I always heard children should have saints’ names. Why do you think there are so many people named Maria, Jose and even Jesus? I Googled and was pleasantly surprised. […]

Project aids ENMU coach’s daughter

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has announced a “Win for Wallis” campaign in support of Lauren Wallis, the daughter of ENMU defensive coordinator Todd Wallis and his wife, Michelle. Lauren Wallis was born six weeks premature July 12. So far, $3,267.08 has been generated through the project, which is based on points scored […]

Engagements — Oct. 17

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Brown-Parsley Randy and Christi Brown are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter , Megan Lea Brown of Texico to Charles James “CJ” Parsley of Vega, Texas. The prospective groom is the son of Chip Parsley of Corpus Christi, Texas and Jaylene McFaul of Vega, Texas. The bride-elect graduated from Texico High School in […]

My turn: Food can be fun

Local dairywoman Michelle Heavyside told me she and her children filmed a cooking segment in New York for Borden Cheese recently. That sounded like a little local prestige, and, well, it involved food, so I watched the segment online. Michelle, her son, Hatcher, and her daughter, Grace, are in the kitchen with Barbara Beery, a […]