Anniversary — Nov. 27

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Smith Alvin and Mary Frances Smith of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 24, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Arch Community Building. The celebration was hosted by Betty Moore, Debbie Smith, Bill Smith and Roy Smith. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage! We love you, all your children and grandchildren. The couple was married […]

Clovis soldier’s recovery progressing

Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members are […]

Don’t let government stop you

What is it you most would like to do if you had no onerous regulations and laws holding you back? What would you do with liberty? This is a question libertarian author and novelist L. Neil Smith has posed in the past. It is still one of the best ways to awaken to the potential […]

My turn: We all have ability to be heroes

Horace Smith said, “Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.” William Rotsler said, “A hero is one who thinks slower than a coward.” Some heroes act because they cannot stand the guilt of not acting. Others are driven by acclaim (when recognition is guaranteed). What constitutes being a hero? Is a downed pilot […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Lazbuddie roper wins USTRC open

By Julie Bryant: U.S. Team Roping Championships In what was a star-studded field of open ropers at the U.S. States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals, it was the local ropers who fought to the top of the 63-team field Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Josh Morris of Lazbuddie and Brandon Gonzales of Bosque […]

Engagements — Jan. 16

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Smith-Carpenter Stephanie Smith and Tyler Carpenter of Austin, Texas, will be married Jan. 28, 2011, at the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bruce and Cindy Smith of Lansing, Mich. The prospective groom is the son of Craig and Jaqque Johnson of Clovis. The bride-elect graduated from Michigan State University […]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Portales past: Aug. 22, 1950

Aug. 22, 1950: Anyone lost a hive of bees? Mrs. Herbert Smith, 423 S. Main St., was hoping the owner would come by her house and claim the honey makers.

Portales Past: April 8, 1945

April 8, 1945: Aud Smith, physical education director at Portales High School, was set to begin duties as the city’s summer recreation director.