PHS seniors take part in Maypole tradition

By Tony Parra People from many Portales High School generations celebrated what many called a cherished, time-honored tradition of the winding of the Maypole on Thursday. The Maypole tradition history dates back to 1929 and is the only maypole tradition in high school history in the United States which has been going on in consecutive […]

May 19 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays May 22-29 Leroy Radcliff, Christy West, Walter Hays, Connie Ford, Wayne Harris, Jeff Graves, Cory Baca, Fanny Nuckoles and Betty Southard. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Troyce Boone, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Roberts and Mr. and Mrs. Bud Bilberry. Kenna Thursday, May 20, will be a work day at the Kenna Cemetery […]

Beginning of May marks end of Cold War

By Jim Lee Saturday was a holiday of sorts, I suppose. Do kids still do the Maypole thing? I remember as a child in elementary school (yes, there were schools back then) we were supposed to grab the ends of long ribbons (crepe paper?) and dance around a pole. Now there’s the thrill of a […]

It’s time to revisit May traditions

By Bob Huber I don’t go a-Maying anymore, nor do I bring home the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort. But now that I’m officially seniored, I’ve thought about returning to that celebration, because there’s bound to be some good in it. But what I really like to do nowadays is celebrate birthdays that […]

A lesson in trust during winds of adversity

Joan Clayton The March winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband had gone to Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a […]

Years fly by when you’re having fun

Jim Lee Well, here’s my 52nd column in this space. I suppose that means I’ve been doing this for a year now. Is it my imagination, or does each year go by a bit faster than the previous one? Maybe it just seems that way because I’m having such a good time. During this past […]

Falcon freed

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Mike Linn A small falcon trapped in the press box at Greyhound Arena gave biologist Tony Gennaro a frightened stare as he tried to coax it to safety on Wednesday afternoon. Talking gently to the bird as if it were a scared 6-month-old child, Gennaro was able to corner and catch the male American Kestrel […]

Uncle Davis known as fearless rancher

Helena Rodriguez “Uncle Tom,” as he affectionately became known, will be remembered by area ranchers for his quiet, easy going personality, his delight in a good herd of cattle and his fearless manner of working around cattle. This is how Tom Davis and his wife, Sharon, describe his uncle, Thomas Davis, who passed away on […]

Honest man remembered for dancing

Helena Rodriguez Square dancing was in James Pettus’s blood. For more than three decades, he called dances for the Starlight Swingers of Portales, and for other groups around New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. He also attended state and national square dance festivals with his wife, Wanda Pettus, who said the most fun of […]

There is more to December than Christmas

Bob Huber December never inspired enthusiasm around our house. We steadfastly refused to join Santa Claus in his annual extortion ploy, and we stopped having babies 40 years ago at the end of each year for income tax purposes. That’s about all there is to December. But December in Texas — that state where old […]