McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

Portales couple take skydiving adventure for 50th anniversary

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Alisa Boswell Family and friends of Portales residents Alan and Patricia “Pat” Dodd gasped when the couple showed their skydiving video last month during the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Two months earlier, Alan, 71, and Pat, 69, did a tandem skydive in McKinney, Texas, in celebration of their golden anniversary. The couple, married Oct. […]

Family remembers father as fighter

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Benna Sayyed Kevin Gardels called on his spiritual strength to deal with his fierce battle against cancer, family members said. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer known as primary myelofibrosis in September 2002, the Portales musician’s battle lasted nearly a decade. He died Saturday in Portales from complications caused by his cancer. He was […]

Engagements — Nov. 6

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Tivis-Uranga Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Tivis of Clovis would like to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jessica Tivis of Clovis, to Eric Uranga, of Springdale, Ark., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Uranga of Alpine, Texas. The couple will exchange vows Dec. 17, 2011, at Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis. […]

Their view: Veterans Day for paying tribute to all who serve

Robert Morrison, a Coast Guard veteran, is senior fellow at the Family Research Council, offers this view about Veterans Day:

What's Happening: Oct. 28 — Nov. 4

Friday Spooky 5K Run 3 p.m. Unity Park Pre-Deployment Remote Briefings 3 p.m. Airman and Family Readiness Center Classroom Friday Social Hour, Potato Bar 4:27 p.m. Landing Zone Family Bowl-A-Rama 5 p.m. Cannon Lanes

Fundraiser aims to help Clovis family

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Alisa Boswell Funds from the third annual Oktober-Feast fundraiser will help build a new home for a Clovis family in a dire living situation, according to Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Joyce Davis. Davis said the next family on the Habitat for Humanity waiting list is sleeping on the floor at their current home because […]

What's Happening — Oct. 21

Friday Home of the Brave Quilts 10 a.m. Airman and Family Readiness Center Key Spouse Quarterly Meeting 1 p.m. Airman and Family Readiness Center Pre-Deployment Remote Briefings 3 p.m. Airman and Family Readiness Center Classroom Friday Night Social Wing and Meatballs 4:27 p.m. Landing Zone DZ After Dark 9 p.m. Drop Zone

Dog thrived on being part of family

“Listen to the banjo wind, sad song drifting low, listen to the tears roll, down my face as she turns to go” — Bruce Hornsby, Mandolin Rain

Shoutouts — Oct. 2

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Family offers thanks to community When a family confronts sadness and misfortune with a gallant spirit, the family learns to live bravely and strong. For we know that sometimes the most beautiful intentions in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart. We also know that a candle loses […]

Family recipes featured on show

Information on new products to keep you healthy, making a ruched bias tape flower pin, and family traditions and recipes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, September 27th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, September 29th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Laura Dellutri will share some new products on […]

Family receives state recognition

Freedom New Mexico A Portales family has been named “Farm Family of the Year” by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Rick and Evelyn Ledbetter produce chile, cotton, alfalfa and corn silage, according to a news release from the ag department. Rick Ledbetter grew up on a farm in eastern New Mexico, and took out […]

Schools holding Family Leadership Institute

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Alisa Boswell Portales Municipal Schools is holding its Family Leadership Institute today. The program is geared toward building successful relationships between parents and teachers and parents and their children, according to Director of Federal Programs Henry Montano. “It’s a districtwide educational program that focuses on providing families with knowledge, tools and inspiration to help their […]

Police warn of phone scams

Freedom New Mexico Numerous reports have been made to the Portales Police Department in the last several weeks concerning telephone scams, according to Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry. Berry said these scams have been going on for years and come in spurts, but new techniques have been reported recently. More recent techniques include a […]

Family remembers son who died in attacks

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Kevin Wilson A decade after they lost a son and brother, the Milam family still finds things out about Maj. Ron Milam. And no matter how many years pass, their lives will never be the same. Killed Sept. 11, 2001, when a hijacked jet slammed into the Pentagon, Ron Milam continues to inspire memories from […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity moms and Michaels say ‘The family that crafts together, stays together’

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Carolyn Robertson Crafty mama Holly Robinson Peete gathered a few of her friends — including actress Ali Landry — together this week to help launch Michaels Family Craft Night in Los Angeles. Though her gig as co-host of The Talk and her work with the HollyRod Foundation keep her busy, Holly always makes time for […]

Reunions — Aug. 21

Carlton The family of Aubrey and Elmira (Crow) Carlton, formerly of Friona, held their 25th annual reunion at the homes of Ricky and Donette Sabins and Debbie Carltonon July 16 in Plainview, Texas. Special guests attending were Ethelyn Garnett of Lockney, Texas, and Tami Vernon of Plainview. Family attending were Saundra Lappe of Ovala, Texas; […]

Clovis schools come to Cannon

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Tanya Thompson, a military spouse, and her children meet with Terry Myers, Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent, Aug. 5 at the First Friday “Back to School Bash.” The Airman and Family Readiness Center co-hosted the event held at the Landing Zone to allow Cannon families to meet local school […]

My turn: Fairs are time for family

I love fairs. I was recently thinking about why, in my mid-20s, I still get excited about going to the fair and I realized it’s nostalgia. The local county fairs are a symbol of home and family for me. Some of my fondest memories as a child are going to local fairs and similar events […]

Important to visit family

I got lost finding my uncle and aunt’s house. Yes, it was that simple. I was going to visit my Uncle Mel and Aunt Joann, on my recent trip back to western Pennsylvania and I got lost. They live on a state route which connects Butler County and Beaver County, and I became confused because […]