My turn: Cranes provide home away from home

When Charlie and Martha Crane of Portales sit down today for Thanksgiving dinner, they don’t know exactly who will be there to join them, or if they’ll even share a common native language. In fact, odds are they will not. For the past 20 years or so, the kind-hearted Cranes have extended an open invitation […]

Children’s sickness wears down mom, too

Watching my little guys suffer with sickness is brutal mental torture. I do everything I possibly can, yet I still just have to sit aside and wait for medicine to take its course and assist those poor little immune systems in fighting off the woes of the world. I know that I’m not alone in […]

Seven Hounds will sit out opener

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Seven Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball players are suspended for Friday’s season-opener as punishment for participating in an unsanctioned spring league in 2010. ENMU men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton said the school reported the violation to the NCAA, which handed down the punishment “We didn’t know that they had […]

Swings bring back good times

By Joan Clayton A porch swing is a gift of relaxation. You can swing and read a book, bird watch, or just watch the world go by. Sitting in the porch swing with loved ones in the evening made happy childhood memories for me. Enjoying the night air and relaxing in the stillness of it brought […]

Causey man had wild pets, caring spirit

Helena Rodriguez J.D. Freeman had two turkeys named Thanksgiving and Christmas that followed him around and would sit on a back porch swing with him. “J.D. just had a spirit for animals. He loved those pet turkeys,” said Patti Darwin of Lubbock, as she recalled fond memories of her late stepfather who died on Nov. […]