Area could get white Christmas

Depending on what part of eastern New Mexico you're in, your chances of a white Christmas range from a roll of the dice to a coin flip. A storm was expected to move through northern New Mexico late Monday night, and would leave its heaviest snow in Quay County. Chances are around 60 percent for […]

Events Calendar – Dec. 25

Today Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone welcome to attend. Lighthouse Mission. Information: 762-1933. Free Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. El Rancho Restaurant. Everyone welcome to attend. Mexican food will be served. Information: 359-0098. Friday Zamora Team Roping — 6 p.m. Open, #15 Handicap, #13 Handicap warm-up. Curry County Events Center. Information: 505-469-4388. […]

My Turn – Portales full of love

We're putting away the old calendars and opening up new ones. As we wrap up the year, I'd like to spend a little time praising our community. Once again, we've stayed together through thick and thin. We've attended council meetings, gone to political rallies, voted for candidates, voiced our opinions. We've prayed for one another, […]

Portales families practice holiday traditions

It was the afternoon before Christmas and all through the house, there was fun and noise that could never be mistaken for a mouse. Marnee Stratton sat at her dining room table, playing the card game Spades with her daughter, a son-in-law and grandson, as another son-in-law and granddaughter made lunch in the kitchen. Granddaughter […]

Empty Stocking Fund surpasses goal

A smattering of large donations has helped lead to another passed goal for the Salvation Army this Christmas season. Monday totals show the charity is ahead of last year's numbers for both its kettle money and its annual Empty Stocking Fund to help families. So far, $13,800 has been collected for the Empty Stocking, exceeding […]

Rams cruise past Santa Rosa

Zach Blaeser was definitely feeling it early. So were his Portales High teammates. JOSHUA LUCERO: CMI correspondent Portales junior Daniel Sanchez dribbles around Santa Rosa's Robert Zamora during the first half of Saturday's game at the Ram Athletic Center. PHS defeated the Lions 67-46. The Rams will travel to Littlefield on Thursday for a tournament. […]

Lady Dons edge PHS in final seconds

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Playing their second game in less than 24 hours, the Portales Lady Rams came up a bit short on Saturday. West Las Vegas scored the go-ahead basket with about 20 seconds left and the Lady Dons held on for a 45-45 win over PHS, which was coming off a win over […]

Portales gets brighter

The days may get shorter in December, but Portales hasn't seen brighter nights. Local community members take pride in lighting the town, driven by the Christmas spirit to decorate their homes. Thousands of lights, an array of colors and lovable Christmas characters occupy the homes and yards of many Portales residents who decorate their homes […]

Q&A: Veteran takes on role as Santa

Bob Kassin got to play a hero when he served as a tech sergeant in the Air Force and now working as a veteran at Cannon Air Force Base, he got to play a hero in the lives of 550 children in Portales. Cannon Connections photo Bob Kassin, center, volunteered to play Santa Claus for […]

Cannon honors latest hero

27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs — The 27th Special Operations Wing inducted its twenty-second member into the Hall of Heroes in the Landing Zone Dec. 12 at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal Dr. Samuel Neff speaks to the audience during his recognition ceremony in the Landing […]

Cannon airmen work to monitor water quality

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With three quarters of the earth's surface covered with water and a significant portion being non-potable, water filtration and treatment is important and necessary in order to consume one of earth's most abundant and precious resources. To the human body, water is essential. Without this vital component, human life could […]

Cannon Air Force Base to get new wing commander

A new 27th Special Operations Wing commander will be coming to Cannon in the summer of 2013, according to a Cannon Air Force Base press release. USAF photo Col. Tony Bauernfeind was named the new wing commander of Cannon by Air Force Special Operations Command Friday. Col. Tony Bauernfeind was named the new wing commander […]

2012 Combined Federal Campaign surpasses goal

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 2012 Combined Federal Campaign at Cannon Air Force Base surpassed their goal of raising $16,200 by the campaign's end on Dec. 15. File photo The world's largest charity campaign, CFC gives military members and federal government employees a chance to donate toward various non-profit organizations. "The 2012 Combined Federal […]

Spouse briefs: Many lessons learned in Clovis

Our life over the last year and a half in Clovis has been nothing short of challenging. Difficulties started the moment we found out we were moving here because my father then passed away from cancer. From that point on the craziness didn't let up. While packing out our house I began to develop pain […]

On the shelves – Dec. 23

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library "One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season" by Chris Ballard shares the memorable story of a team from rural Illinois that defied convention and the odds to emerge from a field of 370 teams and made an improbable […]

Creative Living: Fringe flower making tips featured on show

Information on making fringe flowers with an embroidery machine, using fabric flowers for brooches, headbands and more, and making easy handmade gifts will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Designer and digitizer, Laura Waterfield, owner of Laura's Sewing Studio, says that fringe […]

Club notes – Dec. 23

Fairfield Extension Club Fairfield Extension Club meeting was called to order by President Martha Watkins at Cheyenne Meadows Nov. 9. Thanksgiving lunch was served by 12 members and one guest, Alyssa Tono. Amy Armenta showed her candle mats, Wanta Guenthe ear warmers and Murl Dennington Christmas ornaments. The club also met Dec. 14 at Cheyenne […]

Senior happenings – Dec. 23

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Closed for holiday. Tuesday: Closed for holiday. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments Thursday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. Loteria (Spanish bingo) and refreshments Friday: 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. music jam Daily: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily activities, quilting and […]

Weddings – Dec. 23

Whitaker Falon Lee Pettigrew of Clovis and Troy Lynn Whitaker of Amarillo were joined in marriage Sept. 29 in Grady. The Rev. Brian Townsend performed the ceremony. Whitaker The bride is the daughter of Edna Pettigrew of Broadview. She is the granddaughter of Dixie Pettigrew and Jessie Whitehead, both of Grady. The bridegroom is the […]

Christmas God’s answer to tragedy

It's almost impossible to wrap one's mind around the tragedy that took place in Connecticut several weeks ago, or the mall shooting which preceded that event by only a few days. It seems doubly impossible because, in our mythological Christmas context, events like that are not supposed to intrude on this particular season. The reality […]