Portales man has taught flintknapping to more than 300 people

Christina Calloway Tommy Heflin opens up his home to the Portales community every Wednesday night to share and teach his passion. The retired Portales native has been flintknapping for about 37 years, a hobby he loves to share with others. Flintknapping is the art of manufacturing stone points or arrowheads as ancient people did. “I […]

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Butler Charles and Verna Butler of Clovis will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary with family and friends. The couple was married on March 2, 1956, in Phoenix. They have two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is a retired air force airman and printer at Hollands. She is retired from school food service.

Anniversaries — Feb. 12

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Gonzales Reyes and Clara Gonzales of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 4 at Our Lady of Guadalupe. The celebration was hosted by their children, Agnes Gonzales, Ray and Katrina Vigil, Dave and Sabrina Jablonski, Regina and Karlo Jajlardo and Corrina Gonzales. The couple was married Feb. 3, 1962, at Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

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Johnson Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Steven M. Johnson, formerly stationed at Cannon Air Force Base from 1998-2002, will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock, Texas, campus on Jan. 13. Steve is a 1975 graduate of Alamo High School in Alamo, Tenn. He served his country honorably for 25 […]

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Fiola Joe and Connie Fiola of Clovis celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 24, 2012, at their home with family. The couple was married Dec. 24, 1971, in Farwell. They have three children and five grandchildren. He is a special agent for BNSF Railroad. She is a retired teacher. — Submitted by Jinger Fiola

Clovis train moved

Benna Sayyed A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 was moved Thursday to its new home, one day ahead of a funding-based deadline. The 144,000-pound steam-engine relic had to be moved by Dec. 31 as a condition of $21,512 in offsetting grants for the move. The move to the Clovis Depot Model Museum […]

Train to move to Hillcrest Park parking lot today

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Benna Sayyed The first movements of the 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 were made on Saturday at 3 p.m. “We put the wheels under it and we had it ready to lift and ready to go. We’re just running out of daylight today,” said Joe Bennett, owner of Bennett House Movers. Bennett […]

Anniversaires — Nov. 13

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Dodd Alan and Pat Dodd of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 8 in the conference room at Kiva Realty. [image #1, align=right, size=medium] The celebration was hosted by their children and grandchildren, attended by family and home and church friends. There was a diner, special singing, slide show, videos and great fellowship. […]

Retired teacher stays busy

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Clovis resident Martha Hardwick grew up on her family ranch, Lee Hammond Ranch, northwest of Clovis. She lived on the ranch in the summer and in Clovis during school. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1965 and went off to college at Oklahoma State University. Hardwick said she wasn’t planning on coming back. But […]

Blue always knew what to do

A retired Ohio farmer named Phil told me this story of the best coon dog he’d ever seen. I believe it, of course! The dog was a blue tick hound that his father had trained. His dad was such an excellent trainer that he didn’t even have to go hunting with Blue, the dog would […]

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Lopez L.J. and Rosie Lopez of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 13, 2011, in Pagosa Springs, Colo. [image #1, align= left, size= medium] The celebration will be hosted by their children Phil and Terry Lopez, Susie and David Duran, Ben and Marsha Lopez, Kathy Medrow and Paul and Nichole Lopez. The […]

Area organizations commemorating Memorial Day

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Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman retired as a major, but he never likes to say more than he served in Vietnam with his military branch. “We were Marines,” Cowman said. “We don’t care about rank.” Monday is that philosophy in action, as services will commemorate Memorial Day across the nation. The people honored were young and […]

Anniversaries — April 24

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Bails Robert and Pattie Bails of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 7, 2011, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Faith Christian Family Church. [image #3, align=right, size=medium] The celebration will be hosted by their son Tony Bails and their daughter Cindy Carthel. The couple was married April 28, 1961, in Alva, […]

Anniversaries — April 10

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Neal Lloyd and Barbara Neal of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 16 from 2-4 p.m. at New Life Assembly in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by Debra Vistine, Deruce Cornell, Cindy Anderson, Marli Raney, Lynez Jesko, Marilyn Jesko and Randa Jesko. The couple was married April 18, 1961 in Clovis. […]

Columnist featured in ‘Chicken Soup’ book

Portales religion columnist and retired teacher Joan Clayton wrote one of the stories in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.” The book recounts 101 true stories of divine intervention and answered prayers, according to the Chicken Soup for the Soul website. It is available now. Information: http://www.chickensoup.com/

Portales woman honored by Head Start; family plans to start memorial scholarship

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent For more than four decades, Gloria Ortega was a familiar face at Eastern Plains Head Start. Though she retired as site manager in 2007, Ortega continued, up until her illness over a year ago, to be an active volunteer with the program. Ortega began her association with Head Start in […]

Anniversaries — Oct. 10

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Carey Bill and Susan Carey of Clovis celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Oct. 6, 2010, in Branson, Mo. The couple was married Oct. 6, 1965, in Mesquite, Texas. They have six children, Scott Carey, Robin Bateman, Tim Carey, Jennifer Fields, Mark Carey and Holly Breeden; and 14 grandchildren. He is a retired Clovis police chief […]

Volunteer profile: Dave Russell

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Name: Dave Russell Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Maintenance, sound system operation and participation the choir and board of trustees at the First United Methodist Church of Portales; Meals on Wheels Why he does it: “When something needs to be done, and as long as I’m able to do it, I will. Somebody has to […]

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.”

Anniversaries — Aug. 15

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Burrage [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Ed and Barbara Burrage of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 27. They were married on Aug. 14, 1960, at the Eastern New Mexico University Baptist Student Union. They have two children, Misti Everett and Todd Burrage; and seven grandchildren. Ed is retired from Safeway and Barbara is […]