Clovis resident Langdon Brown says his niche is in sales

Everybody has a niche in life and Langdon Brown’s is sales. The adopted father of three works 60 hours a week, loves working on cars, attending drag races and snow boarding and skiing with his family.

Clovis resident says gardening is her passion

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Ernestine “Ernie” Tennefos is an ordained Elder on the staff of Portales Church of the Nazarene and a counselor at the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis, where she primarily counsels recovering addicts. Why do you do this kind of work? You always hear people say you should work at a job that doesn’t feel […]

Survivor's story: Clovis resident is one of few living Bataan death march survivors

Courtesy photo Alvin Fails, 95, of Clovis, a Bataan death march survivor, at his home in February. 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 […]

My turn: Communities eager to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After […]

Our towns: Elida is close-knit kind of town

Alisa Boswell A community of support and acceptance is how many Elida residents would describe their town. Resident Lela Jo “Red” Halliday said the town thrived with business once upon a time with a service station, cafe, movie theater, drug store, dry goods store, hotel, newspaper office and more. “When I was a kid, my […]

Elida resident sells horse to purchase Tiger mascot outfit

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Alisa Boswell Ricky White chose his love for the Elida Tigers over barrel racing this summer. Born with Down syndrome, the 31-year-old Elida resident sold his barrel horse in August to pay for a professionally made mascot outfit and completely devote himself to the school’s teams. Shelba White said her son has been welcomed by […]

Portales WWII veteran visits D.C. memorial as part of Honor Flight group

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PNT staff Portales resident and World War II veteran Joe Blair recently took his first trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II memorial. Blair’s trip was part of the Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico, a Las Cruces organization that pays to fly World War II veterans nation’s capitol to see the […]

Our people: A higher calling

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Clovis resident Frank Romero has been a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Clovis for 23 years. He organizes the Eagle’s annual children’s shopping spree and La Casita Elementary School reading program. Romero said children need positive encouragement. “Our children are our future. There are enough negative influences right now,” he said. […]

Our people: Farwell resident enjoys music

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Farwell resident Marjorie Watkins has lived in the Clovis area for the majority of her life. She has mainly lived in the smaller outlying communities and held an elected office in Parmer County for 12 years. Watkins is in charge of recruiting new members to the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce. In her 15th […]

Cannon commander honors Portales resident

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Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Col. Albert “Buck” Elton II, of Cannon Air Force Base, left, shares childhood stories with local resident Marshall Stinnett on Tuesday afternoon at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon. Stinnett was honored with two awards during the event, one from Cannon and one from the chamber. By Alisa Boswel: […]

Portales resident honored at chamber luncheon

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Alisa Boswell Longtime Portales resident Marshall Stinnett received back-to-back honors Tuesday afternoon at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon at Vines Italian Restaurant. Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry presented him with an award for his years of dedicated service to the Portales Military Affairs Committee. Immediately following, guest speaker Col. Albert “Buck” […]

Our people: Mentality for music

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Most stories about Clovis resident Chuck Tipton begin with “When we were working on that musical…” There’s reason for that. Tipton taught music in Clovis’ schools for 20 years at all levels, including college, and he never got out of it. He has worked with show choirs, Cotillion and directed and adapted shows for all […]

Our people: Walks without fear

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Pep resident Gail Keener was one of a group of Victory Life Church members who came together to create the Portales Dream Center. The church’s pastor at the time gathered a group to create the center which he had seen in action in Oklahoma. She has been volunteering her time three days a week at […]

Our people: Like mother, like daughter

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Clovis resident Kay Berry has helped seniors and other with their taxes through the AARP Tax Aide program for 18 years. Much of her time is dedicated to volunteering. At her church Trinity United Methodist, she is on the finance committee, treasurer at the women’s group and the Sunday school class and she sings in […]

Rural bookmobile faces staffing shortage

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Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Marjorie Simonton can’t wait for the bookmobile to stop in Grady each month. With staffing shortage issues, she may be waiting as long as two months for the next batch of books to appease her need to read. The bookmobile won’t be able to make its previously scheduled trip around […]

Our people: Resident enjoys helping veterans

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Clovis resident Beverly Miller is involved in a number of auxiliary groups for veterans in the area and Friendship Senior Center. She said she enjoys her work and wouldn’t change it for the world. Miller, 76, can be seen wearing red, white and blue almost every day. “I love it,” she said. “There’s nothing better […]

Our people: Clovis resident Tina Vassar enjoys working with children

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Clovis resident Tina Vassar has two jobs. One as the Clovis High School principal administrative assistant and another as a children’s director at Highland Baptist Church with her husband. The second she doesn’t even consider work. At both jobs, Vassar helps people and she enjoys being able to help people every day. Vassar said she […]

Our towns: Ute Lake drawing attraction for Logan

Cannon Connections: Thomas Garcia The Crossroads Cafe is a favorite restaurant in Logan with homemade pies and cinnamon rolls. By Alisa Boswell: Cannon Connections Around 1900, Logan was established by Eugene Logan, an ex-Texas ranger, as a tent town for the incoming railroad bridge. The more than mile-long Ute Dam, which created the popular Ute […]

Our people: Portales resident still enjoys Maypole

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Portales resident Barbara George has been teaching people most of her adult life. She has taught physical education, history, track, volleyball, how to wind a maypole and how to drive a car. After being maypole director for Portales High School for 25 years, George said she has seen the dress rehearsal or winding every year […]

Former Clovis resident recovering from train accident

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis resident Paul Young is recovering from his sixth surgery on Friday after losing his legs and left arm in a train accident, said his father, Mike Young. “He is in good spirits and has a good attitude,” Mike Young said. Mike said his 28-year-old son will have […]