Our People: The lady behind the desk

Marie Roberson: Courtesy photo
Roberson, left, with her husband Oscar about four months after the couple married. They used this photo as Christmas gifts that year.

Marie Roberson said most people know her as the lady behind her desk at Graham Abstract on Second Street in Portales with her faithful dachshund by her side. She started in that line of work in 1946, only taking a brief pause to raise her two children, and now at 86, she’s helped generations of […]

Our People: Community duty

Brenda Fenton: Courtesy photo 
Brenda Fenton has worked at the Portales Fire Department for the past 29 years, and worked at the Portales Police Department for 14 years prior to going to the Fire Department. She was recently awarded as Employee of the Quarter for the months of July through  September by her co-workers.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Brenda Fenton has been dutifully employed for the City of Portales for 43 years. She attended Dora Schools and began working for the city in 1970 as a communications officer at the Portales Police Department. She now works as fire department secretary and the ambulance billing supervisor, […]

Wisdom is God’s favorite tool

We often talk about how hard it is to know God’s will for our lives, but let’s get real. Knowing God’s will is rarely the hard part; what’s hard is doing the part of God’s will we already know but pretend that we don’t. And then, hurting ourselves and others, we ignore a hundred warning […]

No, science … I want my sasquatch

I’m a sucker for a good Bigfoot story. So imagine my glee when I came home from lunch halfway through a news report where a scientist claimed they finally had proof that bigfoot was real. I backed the report up and replayed it and a woman with a Texas twang said she didn’t believe it […]

Rarely, but sometimes, TV worth it

Perhaps you never have been able to watch, or have no interest in watching, the original sci-fi series “Face-Off.” With the limited amount of television that I actually watch, and the fact that it’s usually limited to sports, the occasional deliberately chosen movie, and news programs, it’s a wonder that I ever did, or that […]

Creative Living — Oct. 6

Information on making frilly fun flowers, meditation, and turkey breakfast options will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Debra Quartermain is a designer and crafter, and she going to demonstrate making fun flowers using a combination of fabrics, wool felt and a special brand of scissors to do […]

Engagements — Oct. 6

Stroud-Morgan David Stroud of Portales and Virginia Jones of Clovis announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Kathryn Stroud of Portales, to Jesse Morgan of Portales, son of Brad Morgan and Shelly Morgan of Portales. The bride-to-be graduated from Clovis High School in 2012. She is attending Clovis Community College, pursuing a degree in elementary […]

Club Notes — Oct. 6

El Portal Chapter of NMSODAR Regent Vicky Stratton opened the Sept. 14 meeting of the El Portal Chapter of the New Mexico Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution using the opening ritual at 10:08 a.m. The president’s general message, The National Defense, The Constitution, The Conversation and The Indian minutes were presented. Minutes […]

Senior Happenings — Oct. 6

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 1 p.m. Bingo (Portales) Tuesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Monthly member meeting, 11 a.m. (Clovis); 1 p.m., Bingo; Sewing class, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Portales) Wednesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dance, October birthday cake, 12 p.m. (Clovis); 1 […]

School Menus — Oct. 6

Clovis elementary schools Monday: Breakfast — French toast. Lunch — Chicken nuggets, ranch mashed potatoes, cucumber coins & ranch, chilled fruit, whole wheat roll. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch— Soft taco & salsa, Spanish rice, seasoned pinto beans, romaine lettuce & tomato, fruit juice. Wednesday: Breakfast — Breakfast burrito. Lunch — […]

On the Shelves — Oct. 6

These books are available:   Clovis-Carver Public Library Who Goes There? The Story of a Spy in the Civil War by B.K. Benson is an autobiographical work about life during the American Civil War as told by a Union soldier whose personal ties to both sides tested his loyalty when he was recruited to gather […]

Club notes — Sept. 29

Altrusa The Altrusa Club of Portales met on Sept. 23 in the Central Annex. President Linda Leaming called the meeting to order. Wanda Pettus led the opening ceremonies and Cathy Rankin gave the Altrusa Accent. The minutes from Sept. 9 were approved with one addition: The school supplies and books being collected are for a […]

Senior happenings — Sept. 29

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 1 p.m. Bingo (Portales) Tuesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 1 p.m., Bingo; Sewing class, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Portales) Wednesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dance, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., $5/person); 1 p.m., Bingo. Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily activities; […]

Being genuine, spontaneous a quality all its own

This is the thing about “quote of the week,” or for that matter, I suppose, any viable quote; it cannot be planned. It must, by definition, come out randomly and without forethought. It must meet the criteria of making me (the teacher) laugh spontaneously. Example: “It’s something horrible that makes my ears bleed.” (the description […]

Reunions — Sept. 29

Class of 1963 Clovis High School Class of 1963 members celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation Sept. 20-21 in Clovis. The group started off the weekend by cheering for the Wildcats in Friday’s football game against Cleveland. Returning Wildcats included several leaders of the 1963 football team, a number of varsity cheerleaders, and the […]

Creative living: Tinting fabric, drying tomatoes to be featured

Information on tinting fabric with crayons, oven drying tomatoes and making vintage paper crafts will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesda and noon Thursday. Evelyn Terhune is the owner of Ozark Crafts and she will demonstrate fabric tinting with crayons, which is a great technique that even younger children will enjoy. […]

Help needed — Sept. 29

Sandoval family A bank account has been created at Cannon Federal Credit Union in account in the name Lorenzo and Beaty Sandoval to assist the family with medical bills incurred with treatment for their son, Lorenzo Jr., who has been battling cancer for two years. A parking lot sale and baked goods sale is being […]

School menus — Sept. 29

Clovis elementary schools Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Beefy mac, garden salad, mini carrots with ranch, seasonal fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast — Banana bread. Lunch— Sloppy Joe on a bun, tater tots, green peas, mii carrots and ranch, chilled fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast —Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Bean and cheese burrito and salsa Spanish rice, […]

Our people: Fair royalty

Stephanie Bailey: Courtesy photo
Stephanie Bailey was the 2013 New Mexico State Fair queen.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Stephanie Bailey spent the last year as the 2013 New Mexico State Fair Queen. She was crowned in September 2012. She was the first state fair queen from Curry County since 2005. Born in Lubbock, is the second child in a family of six. She graduated from Texico […]

Honors — Sept. 29

Sours Glenda Sours of Melrose was recently selected to receive the honorary American FFA teacher degree. The honorary American FFA degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists. Recipients in […]