Family traditions are remembered at Christmas

Bob Huber I always take our Christmas tree down early, because it’s just too nostalgic for me. That’s because when I was a kid, our family had the most unusual assortment of decorations, and I kept every one. I still get tears in my eyes when I see a smashed beer can. Granddaughter: “Grandpa, why […]

Alternative punishment changes lives

Mike Linn For almost 30 years Terry Hileman described himself as a casual substance abuser, someone who would raise cheers with friends and co-workers in area taverns on the weekends. But two years ago, after the 48-year-old Albuquerque resident was arrested for his third DUI, he began to reevaluate that description of himself. On that […]

United Way comes close to reaching goal

Tony Parra The final tally of donations to the United Way of Roosevelt County for the 2003 campaign was $60,600, money that will go to roughly a dozen local agencies. The 12 volunteers for the United Way of Roosevelt County met on Monday and determined there would be no more campaigning for funds, President of […]

Charming man graced family with story-telling

Michelle Seeber When Alfred Crawford was 22 he asked a young lady he had just met if she would like to dance. Moments later they were engaged to be married. The story may shock some people, but not his family, who describe the long-time Portales resident as quite the dancer. Crawford died on Dec. 4, […]

Sports buff appreciates teachers

PNT Staff Name: Charles L. Abbott (goes to Chuck) Occupation: Owner of Big League Sports in Portales. Age (birth date): 47 (April 22, 1956). Hometown: Albuquerque Family: Married August 2, 1987 to Jeannie Yvette Dodson (goes by Yvette); one daughter, Brittany Noel, Born Dec. 17, 1987 (16), a sophomore at Portales High School. Do you […]

Attempt at good deed ends in robbery

By Darrell Todd Maurina Delbert Sours said he was just trying to be a good Samaritan when he heard a vehicle crash outside his Pleasant Hill farmhouse about 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. He didn’t expect one of the people involved in the crash to take his pickup truck and leave the scene. “The worst […]

Restaurant opens its doors for free lunch

By Tony Parra April Fool’s Day is full of surprises but for guests and hosts of the Christmas lunch at the El Rancho restaurant Christmas was full of pleasant surprises. The Garcia family opened their doors to El Rancho restaurant for a free meal on Christmas Day. The El Rancho restaurant is a four-way business […]

Resolutions easy to keep with open options

By Helena Rodriguez Another Christmas has come and gone, Now I’m already starting to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because I need something to fill this space in between Christmas and the new year. Many of you probably wouldn’t have even thought about New Year’s resolutions until next week, but, (you can thank […]

Enjoy each day of the new year

By Joan Clayton The gift of time is a wonderful gift. Each day I am given can be a good day. It depends on my attitude. Our family awoke one morning to find that our washer had been leaking all night. The laundry room held water ankle deep. Water had overflowed into the den and […]

Church attendance slow before, after holiday

By Michelle Seeber About 100 people attended the Christmas Eve Service on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Portales. Many were members and regular church attendees of the service that provided music accompanied by a trumpet, a French horn, a violin and a guitar. If there were any at the service who hadn’t attended […]