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We Love Portales project shares blessings

If someone presses a cup of coffee into your hands this weekend, stops by your business with complimentary doughnuts, or washes your car but flat-out refuses any money for it, you may have...

 

Two Portales students entertain in musical

Two Portales High School students with a passion for the performing arts have spent many of their waking hours in Lubbock this summer, honing their acting skills in preparation for a musical that...

 

Hope Tex stands tall for generations

I didn’t know until last month that the figure we always called “the tall Texan” actually had a name. It turns out that West Texas’ tallest cowboy, the 47-footer who towers over Canyon on the...

 

Scuba diving 'an awful lot of fun'

Every six weeks or so — or anytime he talk someone into joining him — Greg Senn straps on and wriggles into about 75 pounds of gear, “staggers over” to a body of water, and falls in. On...

 

Red Halliday was one of a kind

Even if she hadn’t been born with auburn hair that earned her the lifelong nickname of “Red,” Lela Jo Halliday would have been considered a colorful character. Barely five months since her...

 

Horsemen clubs another form of area fun

On summer weekends when many families are gathering up gear for soccer or baseball, a number of locals hitch up trailers, load horses, and round up saddles, halters, bridles, and trail patterns to...

 

'Random rocks of kindness' span border

Like colorful all-weather Easter eggs, painted rocks have been springing up all over eastern New Mexico and west Texas. We can thank three sisters who decided to jump head-first into a fad that seems...

 

Helen Jones was angel on earth

DORA — For three decades of Dora students in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, "store day" was a highlight of the school week. Those were the Friday afternoons when elementary students made the 100-yard...

 

Dolores Penrod a rebel never lacking a cause

In almost 88 years on this planet, Dolores Penrod has often been a rebel, but never without a cause. Penrod may be best known in eastern New Mexico for founding the Community Services Center in...

 

Animal lovers hosting supply drive

If you’re a pet lover in eastern New Mexico, chances are good you’ve heard of Cindy’s Hope for Precious Paws and/or encountered the two women behind it, Cindy Clayton and Wendy Turner. These...

 

Birders ready for Global Big Day

If you happen upon a small group of bleary-eyed individuals sporting binoculars and toting well-worn bird identification guides in Curry County on Saturday, mark it down in your own rare-sighting...

 

Giving scholarships is deeply satisfying

I discovered some years ago that I have an unusual knack for giving away other people’s money. Not only is it easy to do, it is highly satisfying. That is only one of the reasons I look forward to...

 

Flower sale will add splash of enduring color

I’ve grown a lot of gardens in my life, harvested some top-notch tomatoes, provided asparagus to the masses, but when it comes to flowers — for some unknown reason — my green thumb withers to a...

 

'The Living Last Supper' a learning experience

Vern Witten says he didn't select the part of Simon the Zealot when First United Methodist Church of Portales first performed "The Living Last Supper" in 1998 in the sanctuary of the old church....

 

Add a splash of color to your weekend

A few years ago I was in a restaurant in Lubbock late one morning when a flood of customers came in all splattered in a rainbow of colors, a spectrum that coated every visible inch of their clothing...

 

Hats off to special hearts and super heroes

The Special Hearts Prom held last weekend at the Clovis Civic Center was inspired in part by a young man who had a special heart of his own. His mother said he would have had one heck of a good time...

 

Weekend packed full of events

If you don’t already own running shoes, this would be a good time to invest in a pair because you will need them this weekend to keep up with the overflowing calendar of activities slated for the...

 

Signs of spring reasons to hope after fire, drought

Two good things happened this week. I spotted a blooming Easter daisy and, while walking in a pink chalky sunrise, I heard prairie chickens. Spring on the High Plains is not without its challenges —...

 

Mrs. Schumpert was a modern marvel

For more than 70 years, Eunice Schumpert opened her Portales home and her generous heart to hundreds of local youth for weekly piano and voice lessons in a meticulous living room where music was the...

 

Today marks Read Across America's 20th

As the only girl in my family, I had a room all to myself growing up, as well as the luxury of a double bed. That meant that come nighttime, mine was the logical gathering place for my brothers and me...

 

'Pirates,' Kiwanis chili converge this weekend

The stars are aligning (or it might be more accurate to say that seasoned ground beef and the Jolly Roger are colliding) this week to give us a rare opportunity to address this puzzler: Do pirates...

 

ENMU play sure to enchant

Some of my earliest and happiest memories are of wriggling into place on the prickly green velvet seats in Eastern New Mexico University’s old theater and waiting for the lights to dim and the...

 

Community rally humbling to young Coach Isler

It’s been a little over two years since Jaden Isler became head coach of the Elida girls’ basketball team, a promotion that came about for the saddest of reasons: The death of then-head coach...

 

Janie Hardin blessed the lives of others

To local 4-H kids, Janie Hardin was affectionately known as “the pig lady,” remembered for the flowered rubber boots she wore in the pig-washing stalls at the fairs, and her endless kindness to...

 

Students experiencing authentic science

Dora School science teacher Laura Wilbanks is not a superstitious type, but Friday the 13th might be her new favorite day. She was working late at the school following a teacher in-service on our...

 

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