My turn: Local communities acknowledge veterans’ service with ceremonies

Alisa Boswell I have to say it made me proud to see how much acknowledgment our local communities and newspapers gave Veterans Day this year. It was significant to me to write the Veterans Day cover story for the Clovis and Portales papers, because my father was in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years […]

Portales past: Nov. 23, 1942

Nov. 23, 1942: The Portales Daily News: An effort was being made to collect all of the scrap in the county (for the war effort) by the first of the year, according to Frank Craddock, county chairman.

Portales past: Nov. 19, 1942

Nov. 19, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Plans for the national observance of Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7 were made. Plans were being made by the Roosevelt County Defense Council to have a simulated air raid and blackout that night. Planes from the Roswell Air Base were secured for the “bombing.”

Church youth group helping Ugandan women

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales teenagers is reaching out to struggling women a world away. The First United Methodist Church youth group is learning about living conditions in Uganda and working to help a group of women there by selling beads the women made. They’re participating in the BeadforLife program, which provides Ugandan women […]

Food at the speed of life: Don't let excess go to waste

A while back, a friend made plum jelly that wouldn’t gel, so she had a large quantity of plum sauce. I offered to take some off her hands and dreamed up uses for it. (It was tough, but somebody had to do it …) First, I made French toast, and instead of syrup, I poured […]

My Turn: Plum sauce has many uses

Argen Duncan A while back, a friend made plum jelly that wouldn’t gel, so she had a large quantity of plum sauce. I offered to take some off her hands and dreamed up uses for it. (It was tough, but somebody had to do it …) First, I made French toast, and instead of syrup, […]

Sept. 19 Police blotter

Recent calls made to Roosevelt County dispatch, according to police records: Sept. 4 • At 7:05 p.m. officers responded to a fight in progress between the Portales city pool and the Memorial Building. When the first officer arrived, he located a group of juveniles and when he started to walk towards them, the officer saw […]

Security not made for cowboys

Shorty got his name when he was a 2-year old squirt they didn’t think would grow tall at all. He’s 6-feet-4. Awhile back he ended up having to go to court over an enviro-induced question of law. You know — one of those deals where they decided he should move his cattle because a cute […]

Frontyard game made me tough

Karl Terry As the days get shorter and the nights a lot cooler it’s time to put our ball gloves aside and pick up our pigskin preoccupation. I’ve been fortunate to spend a good number of seasons on the sidelines at a high school football game even though the last time I played was in […]

My Turn: Favorite book being made into movie

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I’m totally ecstatic. One of my all-time favorite books, “Bless Me Ultima,” is being made into a movie, a challenging project which will be hard to please devoted Rudolfo Anaya fans such as myself, and also critics. Anaya has plenty of both. Anaya’s book has been hailed by critics, including […]

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

Food at the speed of life: Hobo stew feeds soul

I learned about hobo stew when I lived in Socorro and went to First Baptist Church there. The congregation made the interesting stew every year. Everybody brought a can of … whatever. It just had to be edible. It didn’t even have to come in a can. Everything from potatoes to enchilada sauce to fruit […]

ENMU grad behind KISS lottery ticket

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Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University graduate has displayed her art in 1,100 locations, worked with rock band KISS and made her mark on the New Mexico Lottery. Jessica Quintana, who graduated from ENMU in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, designed the new popular KISS scratchers. “They were fun,” she said. […]

Handmade toy labor of love

Clyde Davis The story begins with an emailed photo, received sometime in April, when my grandson, who lives in Florida, was on a class field trip to Washington, DC. As his mother was one of the parent chaperones, she sent me a picture of something which Jason had seen in one of the stores on […]

Portales past: Aug. 6, 1960

Aug. 6, 1960: City police made 852 contacts during July, according to a monthly activity report released by the department.

Police blotter —

The following calls were made to the Portales dispatch Wednesday and Thursday.

Police say homicide victim was shot

Police confirmed Friday that Angel Vale, 22, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the time of death was between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. Officers have recovered the weapon they believe was used, a .22-caliber rifle and shell casings, he said. Berry said […]

Portales Past: July 15, 1950

July 15, 1950: Two area residents were unsure what to do with a discovery they made hunting arrowheads northeast of Portales. Oscar Shay and Jim Warnica found what they believed to be an 8-foot elephant tusk buried in the sand at Blackwater Draw. Archaeologists were notified because the men were concerned they could destroy the […]

Honors — June 27

Jimenez Jeannette Jimenez of Portales made the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll in her second term of study at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. Richardson Lori Dawn Richardson of Texico has been accepted into the Professional Veterinary Medical program at Colorado State University for the fall 2010 term.

My turn: Summer never boring

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist One summer, as a child, the only tough decision I made each evening was, “Do I take my purple tricycle around the driveway for a few laps during commercials or wait here so I don’t miss any of ‘Bewitched?’” Usually, I’d take my purple tricycle for a spin, and then […]