Students celebrate life on Mexican holiday

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Helena Rodriguez Today is the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.” But unlike Halloween, which conjures up stark images of death, Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of life. And Eastern New Mexico University celebrated the lives of four students in the form of “ofrendas” or memorial altars on […]

God’s creativity is overwhelming

Joan Clayton God paints autumn with strokes of brilliant gold, hues of burnished brown, and flames of reddish orange. The leaves of summer now become breathtaking jewels, escaping from God’s treasure box. The awesome magnificence of God’s creativity is overwhelming, coloring my world with beauty. As the leaves begin to fall, I realize I also […]

Local leader loses bout with cancer

Gary Mitchell Those who knew her best invariably described Mary Carol Hartley as a brave, compassionate lady. Hartley, 62, died at her home Thursday after a 15-year on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley’s husband, 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley, choked back his emotions late Thursday. “It’s kind of a tough time, but the Good Lord […]

Portales fire chief to retire in spring

Mike Linn A few weeks before his first day as the Portales fire chief Steve Beaty dropped in at the fire station hoping his future employees could provide him directions around town. But instead of introducing himself as the new boss-to-be, Beaty just asked for the directions and “listened.” What he heard then makes him […]

Jesus whispers, “Hold Steady”

By Joan Clayton My plants take a beating with these hot windy days. At noon they curl up their leaves and wilt. All of my work and energy wasted, I think. I made plans in early April about my garden. I gave my flower beds tender care by planting, watering, and fertilizing. The plants thrived […]

Love requires sacrifice and unselfishness

Joan Clayton “Glad to see ya!” Uncle Steve said as I hugged and kissed him. With our help he had lived 10 good years in his home alone, enjoying life despite his handicaps. Aunt Opal had died previously and they had no children. “Take this and buy you something pretty.” Uncle Steve has always had […]

A true American story is hard to come by

Jim Lee Well, here we are in the second half of 2003. It just doesn’t seem possible. It feels like New Year’s Day happened around last week, and now we’re closer to 2004 than 2002. It makes me stop and realize that, other than just one day, birthdays are always less than a year away. […]

How much should parents expect from their kids?

Helena Rodriguez “How come I have to have a mom who cares?” Those were my daughter’s exact words of frustration after I spent several hours tutoring her in algebra one spring night. Of all the cruel things a parent could be accused of by their own offspring. I didn’t know whether it was an insult […]

Bible forms mother’s view of life

By Angela Peacock Teaching her children examples of right from wrong by following God’s Word is how family members said Toynette Stockard lived her life. “The Bible was the strongest factor in mother’s life. She always lived her life by his Word. She loved the stars, moon and nature but never forgot to accredit him […]

Portales mother lives perfect life

By Angela Peacock As close to perfect as possible is how Judy Shirley said she will always remember her mother Christena Shirley, who died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at her home. And warm-hearted love combined with respect is how Judy said her mother believed in living life. “No matter how much we (children) tried, we […]