Volunteer profile: Mildred Danforth

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Name: Mildred Danforth Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Danforth makes quilts to give away to people who need them. Why she does it: “I first started quilting in 2006,” Danforth said. “I have a love of quilting, and I love to see the happiness the quilts bring to people. It makes me happy.”

Volunteer profile: Joe Parie

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Name: Joe Parie Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Parie manages the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, is head of the Portales Outreach Program, which offers an annual community Thanksgiving dinner, and volunteers his time in Juarez, Mexico. Why he does it: “I’ve always heard you can’t give without receiving, and I find you get a whole […]

Volunteer profile: Mavis Rhoten

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Name: Mavis Rhoten Residence: Portales Occupation: Seamstress Volunteer: Roosevelt General Hospital Pink Ladies Why she does it: “I enjoy being with people and seeing people,” Rhoten said. “I enjoy seeing old customers from our old dry-cleaning business here in Portales.”

Volunteer profile: Billie Reagan

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Name: Billie Reagan Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher Volunteer: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Why she does it: “I was used to working every day. I don’t like to stay at home, so I volunteered to take sherbet and juice to the patients in the hospital. I’ve been doing this since 2001. I also […]

Volunteer profile: Pat Dodson

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Name: Pat Dodson Residence: Portales Occupation: Bookkeeper at Combs Electric & Mechanical Volunteer: Clovis Special Olympics serving Roosevelt and Curry counties Why she does it: My son Garrett is an athlete with health problems. I care for all the athletes and I want them to continue to participate in Special Olympics in this area.

Volunteer profile: Joyce Davis

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Name: Joyce Davis Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired from Eastern New Mexico University. Volunteer: Retiring Habitat for Humanity executive director. Why she does it: “The reason is selfish because it provides opportunities. I’ve met many people … It is rewarding to be a part of making a difference in someone’s life … When we give keys […]

Volunteer profile: Mark Dillard

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Name: Mark Dillard Residence: Portales Occupation: Florist at Joe’s Flower Volunteer work: Since 1983, Dillard has been calling the elderly and others in the community as a personal ministry. He sings with the First Baptist Church choir. Dillard has also volunteered at Heartland Continuing Care Center since 1985. Why he does it: Dillard says it’s […]

Volunteer profile: Stephen Doerr

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Name: Stephen Doerr Residence: Portales Occupation: Attorney Volunteer work: He serves on the board of directors and a committee with Portales MainStreet, as well as helping with manual labor on the organization’s various projects. He is also on the board of the Eastern New Mexico University Foundation. Why he does it: “I like Portales MainStreet […]

Obama’s views on occupation similar to Bush

Freedom New Mexico President Obama’s address last week in Cairo, primarily directed toward Muslims in the Middle East but also toward an audience back home eager for signs of progress on issues that seem close to irresolvable, was an artful, nuanced and generally balanced invitation to discussion and diplomacy rather than hostility and conflict. Whether […]

Editorial: Strong opinions are lifeblood of free society

Freedom New Mexico Whatever one may think of his occupation, the slaying of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller — in church no less — was a heinous and disgusting act. The person who did it and anyone who condoned the act, even indirectly or with a “got what was coming to him” wink and nod, […]