Wednesday morning briefing: High cotton and a girl’s best friend

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing.

My turn: Home town girl brings new life to former general store

When I was an elementary school kid at Dora, we had two locations where we could spend our “store money” each week. Our parents could get a full service gasoline fill-up at stations on each end of the village. The cafe was open most days for hamburgers and fries. If Wilcher’s Farm Store didn’t have […]

Family, friends remember Elida teen killed in crash

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Christina Calloway An Elida teenager killed in a crash Friday is remembered as a beautiful and bubbly girl with a big heart. Britt’ny Mowell, 17, died at a Lubbock hospital from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover crash outside Elida. “She loved everybody, everyone became her friend,” said Mowell’s sister, Mollie Crow. “She was […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Small children have big personalities

My husband and I have been blessed with three great kids. My oldest, my six year old son, is a complete joy. He was an angel baby, an angel toddler and has turned into a thoughtful, loving, responsible 6-year-old boy. My second child was my first girl, and she is 4. They are just eighteen […]

Cooperative efforts help students’ creativity

There are a great many gifts these days, being made in the Clovis Christian High School art and wood arts departments, especially involving joint use of the two classes, which are located across the hall from one another. The focus in this column is on handmade gifts, for those whom one loves, especially those made […]

My turn: Hometown girl pays tribute to her roots

Sandy Fields is a true daughter of Portales, granddaughter of the peanut-growing Bordens and the furniture-selling Caltons. She and her contractor husband, Gary, were sweethearts at Portales High School 30 years ago. They travelled the world together before they came home in 2002 to build the big red barn on East 16th Street that contains […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go Stephanie!” Then she realized that wasn’t Stephanie. Stephanie was that girl’s mother. “She so looked like her, competing in the same event and everything,” Bland said. At the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals, it’s not unusual […]

My turn: Always time for frills

The girl (me), who has not a single ounce of the proper grace and femininity required for wearing heels, is attending a formal banquet this weekend. The amusing part of this is no matter how non-frilly a girl I am or how ungraceful I feel, I own a formal dress, which I love having excuses […]

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. […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Former Portales resident involved in shooting tragedy

Staff and wire reports A 9-year-old Lubbock girl is dead after her grandfather shot her while rabbit hunting in what investigators are calling “a very tragic accident” at the family farm about 20 miles northwest of Lubbock. Lubbock Christian School Superintendent Peter Dahlstrom, 61, was hunting with four grandchildren on the family farm Friday evening […]

Birthdays — Nov. 7

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Chavez [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Happy first birthday to Karlie Renae Chavez from your mommy, daddy and brothers. We love you, Baby Girl. Karlie was born Nov. 6, 2009, and is the daughter of Elias Chavez and Nicole Castillo. She has three brothers, Joshua, Christopher and Andrew.

Portales past: Nov. 18, 1948

Nov. 18, 1948: The Portales Daily News: Who knew Margaret Todd? This girl or woman thought to be between 16 and 28 years old was being sought by an attorney in Louisiana in connection with the settlement of the estate of her father, Frank Elton Todd.

Police blotter — Oct. 10

Samplings of recent calls received by Portales-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Tuesday An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North Avenue E at almost 3 p.m. for a report of possible child abuse. When he arrived, a woman told him her niece said the adult responsible for her had kicked her […]

Portales past: Sept. 21, 1955

Portales Daily News: Ann Ruth Fraze, the Dora 4-H Club girl whose talents earlier this year won her a county award, has shown today, and has captured the coveted grand championship in the fat calf division of the Roosevelt County Fair.

Father says daughter was dedicated, loved life

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Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student was shot three times, police said. Police have arrested a 13-year-old […]

Our people: Hometown girl

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Mayor Gayla Brumfield enjoys rock ‘n’ roll music and the beach. She has always enjoyed the roots Clovis has to rock ‘n’ roll and misses the beach while in our landlocked state. Tell us how you met your spouse. Dragging Main Street in downtown Clovis. He was with his friends and I was with my […]

Portales Past: July 14, 1941

July 14, 1941: Two cases of typhoid had been reported in Roosevelt County. Victims were a young man working on a farm and a 4-year-old girl. Cause of the outbreak was unclear but officials suspected recent flooding may have resulted in pollution of open water wells.

Portales Past: May 15, 1950

May 15, 1950: Portales police had arrested a man who claimed he molested a 7-year-old girl in a city park. But officials had been unable to locate a victim. Sheriff J.N. McCall said the transient likely fabricated the story.

Catch and release

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Fluttering wings, exclamations of delight and one third-grade girl’s remark of, “They grow up too fast,” accompanied a release of butterflies by one James Elementary School class Friday. All of the school’s 26 second- and third-grade classes participate in the Earth’s Birthday Project, which allows students to watch live […]