Bataan death march survivors dwindling

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Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most of his days, the 95-year-old Fails recalled clearly the starvation rations on which he barely survived for [...]

Religion column: Put your life into hands of Jesus

I have been holding hands with my husband for many years. Those same hands that carried my books at school took my hands in his and pledged all his love to me on our wedding day. Those same hands held mine at the birth of each son. Those same hands built our first home; a [...]

Elida grad appointed FFA president

Elida High graduate Ryan Best was recently named president of the National Future Farmers of America organization for the 2011-12 year at the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. For the next year, Best and his national officer peers will be the face and spirit of FFA. They will travel throughout the country [...]

My turn: No price tag for sentimental value

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How do you put a price tag on memories? That’s what I wondered this past weekend as I sorted through years of treasured clutter that I thought I couldn’t separate with only later to see dollar signs flashing as I prepared for my garage sale. For the third time in my life, my home became [...]

My turn: Swinging for the fences

I have been in Portales so long that youthful dreams have faded into hazy memories (not that living in P-Ville isn’t dream-like). Before realizing that it takes talent and looks, I vaguely remember wanting to act. Now, when watching the Academy Awards, I am torn between being mesmerized and irritated at how good-looking and talented [...]

What they’re saying: Area residents recount 9/11 memories

The 9/11 tragedy was a pivotal moment not only for this country, but around the world. It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t remember where they were and what they were doing. Recently, some were kind enough to share those memories in a series of video-taped interviews with Freedom New Mexico. A new mother. A [...]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask students past and present who some of their favorite teachers were and why. Local residents from 12 to 90 years old shared memories of the positive influence their educators have had. Tommie Haislett of Rogers said she was one of the first [...]

My turn: Years at L.L. Brown helped mold me

I saw a comment posted on the Internet this week, asking about fond memories from school. It caused me to think and really reflect on what memories I had from school. Part of the difficulty, is that I have been out of school for a long time. I have many good memories of childhood friends, [...]

Child Sense: Creating a keepsake of your summer memories

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer holidays can seem like they go on forever, and when they end, it’s very easy for little kids to forget all the exciting things they did. By creating a memory keepsake, you will be able to help your child remember and also produce a keepsake for years to come. Tactile children [...]

My turn: Mistakes make memories

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the [...]