Birthdays — June 19

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Aranda John ‘Rey’ Aranda, 1, of Portales celebrated his birthday June 16. He has one brother, Aaron who is 3. His parents are Joel Aranda and Bianca Martinez, and his grandparents are Jonathan and Rachel Villa. Happy birthday we love you! — Submitted by Rachel Villa

Shoutouts — June 19

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Fatherhood worth effort This is for those men who are undecided about starting a family. I married later in life and never thought about having kids; wanted to wait until I was in better shape, had more money, traveled more: The typical wall men put up. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] My wife made it clear that […]

Decluttering tips featured on show

Information on creating stationery on the machine, decluttering the home for healthier living and using decorative stitches to create laces and edgings will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Vivian Lavinskas is with Singer Sewing Co. in LaVergne, Tenn., and she’ll show how to create unique gift […]

Club notes — June 19

Encanto Garden Club Encanto Garden Club met June 8 in Melrose at the homes of members Jeanne Augenstein and Lori Frazure. Friends and neighbors accompanied the Master Gardeners through the raised vegetable beds, ground covers, flowers and bushes. Winding paths showcased various plants, which survive and thrive in this harsh southeastern New Mexico climate. Refreshments […]

On the shelves — June 19

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement” by David Brooks explores the story of how success happens and shows that the subconscious mind is not a dark, ambiguous place but a creative and enchanted one where most of the brain’s work gets […]

Honors — June 19

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Silvers Air Force Airman Zachary A. Silvers graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Allan Silvers, and Deana Silvers of Pineway Blvd., both of Clovis. Silvers graduated in 2010 from Clovis Christian School.

Our people: Gene Bieker oversees maintenance at Clovis Municipal Schools

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Clovis resident Gene Bieker has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 13 years and is headed for retirement this summer. Bieker retired from a career in the military after four years spent in the Navy and 22 years spent in the Air Force. As executive director of operations for CMS, Bieker oversees maintenance, custodial, […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson Officials estimate a fire Saturday on the Curry and Quay county line burned 20,000 to 25,000 acres. Karen Burns with the Clovis Fire Department said the number is a rough estimate and officials will get a better figure in daylight. Five structures were burned but there were no injuries, she […]

Q & A: ENMU’s Northcutt looks to bounce back from knee injury

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Tori Northcutt had played basketball for a long time in her young life until her playing career was put on hold on Oct. 30 when she sustained an ACL tear in her right knee in a preseason scrimmage at New Mexico State. Northcutt, a 2007 Clovis High graduate […]

Heritage Days bring community together

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Alisa Boswell The smell of fried potatoes and the sound of bluegrass music filled the air on Saturday at City Park in Portales as local residents enjoyed music, games and food at the 27th annual Heritage Days event. Melvin and Marie Littlejohn and Joe Blair were honored as Pioneer of the Year. The Littlejohns, in […]

Tuesday morning briefing: First Clovis train, open meetings and the law of the land

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Fast facts The first Santa Fe Railway cars arrived in Clovis from Albuquerque on Dec. 18, 1907. Engineer Jeff Roberts brought the train in at night and initially failed to see the townsite. He had to back his train into the station. Meetings watch […]

Hard-working fathers commended

Russell Anglin is the managing editor for the Quay County Sun. His most recent column focused his stepdad’s role in his life.

Family time best present for Father’s Day

Freedom New Mexico Not that long ago, fathers led more simple, focused lives. They got up, had some coffee while reading the morning paper, went to work and came home when the job was done. Then it was dinner, maybe a question about whether all the homework was done, the 10 p.m. news on TV […]

June 19 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Wednesday • At 5:32 p.m., officers responded to call in the 1500 block of south Abilene in reference to a burglary. A man said as he was leaving for work at 7 a.m., he discovered his work vehicle had been broken into. The […]

Monday morning briefing: Smoke goal, basketball camp and one big fish

Ham radio operators invited to Field Day

Freedom New Mexico On June 25 and 26, Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Amateur Radio Club will be participating in a national and Canadian annual event, Field Day, which is the climax of Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the National Association for Amateur Radio. From about 11 a.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. June 26, amateur […]

Sneaking scheme stopped short

There is more than one definition for pasture roping, as Carter pointed out to me. It was during calving season. He and his wife were making the 5 p.m. heifer check. They were in the pickup driving through the calving pasture and noted a good size critter in the process of calving. They had seen […]

My turn: Father known to embrace life

The last Father’s Day I visited my father was June 17, 1990. After a four-year battle with asbestosis — caused by being a steel-mill carpenter — he died 13 days later at 71. While healthy, Guy Sloan embraced life. For decades, he and buddies car-pooled 40 miles from Mt. Vernon to Lone Star Steel Company […]

June 19 — Weekly update

Charges deferred in gambling sting The 10 people charged with petty misdemeanor gambling after a state special investigations agent found them playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker for money Dec. 30 have been accepted into the pre-prosecution diversion program, according to online court records. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said people are put into the program […]

June 19 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: April 19 • Roxanna Salazar, born in 1987, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. Salazar was sentenced to 182 days of probation and $123 in fines and fees. April 25 • Calvin Gray, born in 1974, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated battery, […]