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 […]

ENMU teams regroup after long road stretches

By Dave Wagner Considering they’ve been on the road for the most part, Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams can’t be too displeased with the way things went during the first semester. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. The defending Lone Star Conference South Division champion ENMU men take a 6-3 record and […]

Lady Rams regrouped to win state

Kevin Wilson Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of 2003’s top 10 sports stories in the Portales News-Tribune. Stories No. 10 and No. 9 ran on Tuesday, while stories No. 8 and No. 7 ran on Wednesday. One story will follow in each issue until the top story on Jan. 1. Pilar […]

Dog saves owner’s life

Jack King By all accounts, Jenny was just a mutt. A little less than a year-old, black and brown, with floppy ears, a large head and big feet attached to a puppy’s body, she was rescued from the Clovis Animal Shelter. But John Samuel Kelm will always remember Jenny as a lifesaver. John Sam, a […]

Fire victim beats the odds

Ryan Lengerich What happened to Timothy Clem more than six years ago was a tragic accident. What has happened since then, his sister said, is a miracle. On Sept. 1, 1997, Timothy was enjoying an afternoon at Greenbelt Lake outside Clarendon, Texas, near his hometown of Amarillo. His uncle was priming a carburetor with a […]

Football games ends in surprise

Kevin Wilson In his bestseller “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom wrote that every end is just a beginning, only we don’t know it at the time. On Sept. 15, 1984, in Ada, Okla., East Central thought it had the ending on a rout against visiting Eastern New Mexico University. A Kenny […]

Prayer saves a cowboy’s life

Rick White Steve Friskup will humbly tell you he didn’t know what to do, frozen by uncertainty as a crowd gathered around a fellow calf roper who lay sprawled in the dirt, felled by an apparent heart attack. Don West, who had just finished a run in an amateur roping event in Stephenville, Texas, showed […]

Miracles come in all shapes and sizes

Darrell Todd Maurina Sister Rose Urban, pastoral associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Clovis, believes in miracles. Urban is hoping to see God heal Father Edward Rivera — an Albuquerque priest who is suffering from cancer — through prayers to Kateri Tekawitha, a Native American woman who died in 1680 and is […]

Baskett to play in Las Vegas Bowl today

By Dave Wagner No matter what happens in New Mexico’s Christmas Eve appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon State, former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett has already had at least one personal highlight for the year — an appearance on ESPN’s “Top 10 Plays.” His moment came in a game against Mountain West […]

Base closure criteria good news for future of Cannon

Eastern New Mexico received an early Christmas present on Monday when the Department of Defense published its criteria for closing and realigning military installations in 2005. The standards suggest Cannon Air Force Base is a strong candidate for surviving the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, and even for expansion. “If anything, we’re pleasantly surprised,” […]

Day-after deals are the best part of Chrsitmas

Mike Linn Call me a scam artist, if you will. But one of the main reasons I love Christmas is the day-after sale, when I take back all my presents and get two for one. That’s right. The day after Christmas, many stores have 50-percent off sales. So I take back the fancy shirt my […]