A community gift

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Alisa Boswell Portales residents banded together to give local resident Mary Standefer a Christmas present to last a lifetime by replacing her pine tree that was stolen from her front yard just before Christmas. The Colorado short-needled pine tree had been given to Standefer by her father 30 years ago. “I was getting ready to […]

My turn: Century brought many changes to state

At 1:35 p.m. on Friday, our fair state officially becomes 100 years old. Although Pat Thatcher swears I did not pay attention during her seventh-grade New Mexico history class at Dora School, I vividly remember noting that our statehood centennial would happen in my lifetime, even if dates that started with the words “two thousand” […]

Former Milnesand fire chief dies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County lost one of its hardest working residents Sunday with the death of lifetime Milnesand resident Thomas Elton Parkinson, according to family and friends. Parkinson, 91, died at a Portales senior living center. Better known as “T.E.” or “Elton,” Parkinson was the Milnesand fire chief for 30 years, along with being a […]

Heritage Days bring community together

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Alisa Boswell The smell of fried potatoes and the sound of bluegrass music filled the air on Saturday at City Park in Portales as local residents enjoyed music, games and food at the 27th annual Heritage Days event. Melvin and Marie Littlejohn and Joe Blair were honored as Pioneer of the Year. The Littlejohns, in […]

Once in a lifetime moments irreplaceable

There are timeless gifts, or ways to give gifts, that bear no duplication or repeating. Last week I devoted this column to the value of shopping locally, for non-mass-produced presents; this week I’d like to encourage you to look at some unique experiences — ones which cannot be duplicated, even if you were to present […]

My turn: Brooks delivers surprise of a lifetime

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Think back to January 1993. If you attended the “Yukon Jack” concert at the Clovis City Limits bar, then you got the shock of a lifetime when Garth Brooks appeared on stage. That surprise concert made national news, and the CBS News interview is this week’s video selection. In an interview that lasted almost six […]