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 […]

My turn: Cemeteries hold stories of past

Wendel Sloan Returning from my small, east Texas hometown to Portales, every small town — Runaway Bay, Loving, Megargel, Vera, Benjamin, Dickens, Ralls, Anton — seemed to have more people in their cemeteries than towns. The tombstones dated to the early 1800s, with numerous people having died younger than I am. One could make assumptions […]

Loyalty to sports teams more than just hometown pride

Kevin Wilson Every few Fridays coworker Tony Bullocks comes in with some new gear marking the 2010 World Series title for the San Francisco Giants. • “Wow, this Giants World Series champs hat fits nicely.” • “Man, look at all of these color photos in this special San Francisco Chronicle.” • “You know, Kevin, I […]

It’s their job: Danny Heflin Jr.

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All Glass co-owner Danny Heflin Jr. installs a glass panel in a door. He installs, repairs and replaces glass in windows, doors, mirrors and shower stalls. He and his wife, Heather, bought the company three years ago. Heflin said he handles glass because he used to work on skyscrapers in Mesa, Ariz., but returned to […]

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 […]

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

Organizer: Border Town Days ‘hometown thing’

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Freedom New Mexico The annual Border Town Days isn’t a huge event, organizers say. It’s more like a family barbecue — with two really big families. The communities of Texico and Farwell, which share the Texas-New Mexico border, will celebrate the last weekend of July as they have for the last 43 years — with […]

Hounds clinch playoff berth

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Clayton Young went to high school in Canyon, Texas. He considered playing for the hometown Buffaloes, but decided to go southwest to Portales. If the senior left fielder held grudges, Saturday was the time to do it. But that’s not the story for Young, who singled during a season-saving […]

Fallen Tiger inspires new baseball field

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Nearly a year after his death, friends and family of Oscar Acosta hope the memory of the former major and minor league coach will manifest into a new baseball field that bears his name. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Rod Adair, R-Roswell, secured $125,000 in capital outlay funds last […]

Aug. 31 Veteran Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Carl Field Born: 1921 Dates of Service: 1943-1945 Hometown: Dora Lives in: Dora Theater or location of service: Mesa, Ariz. Branch: Army Rank: 2nd lieutenant Unit and Specialty: Flight instructor After discharge: San Angelo, Texas Field served as a flight instructor throughout his enlistment in the Army. Henry Gallegos Date […]