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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Restaurant offers free Chrsitmas lunch

Tony Parra Through the guidance of the Lord the Garcias say they have decided to open the doors to their El Rancho Restaurant to welcome families on Christmas Day for a free lunch. “It’s been placed in my heart,” Joe Garcia, co-manager of the El Rancho Restaurant, said about hosting the dinner. “I’ve been contemplating […]

City manager has ties to Portales

Tony Parra Debi Lee will begin her term as the Portales city manager on Dec. 29, a little more than a month after being selected for the position by the city council (Nov. 24). Lee is currently the assistant city manager in Hobbs. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in the late 1970s and her […]

Las Posadas reenacts birth of Christ

Helena Rodriguez Sylvia Baca’s great-grandfather, Nicolas Baca, participated in Las Posadas, a Mexican reenactment of the birth of Christ, as a young man and told her of the long Posadas processions in Encino. This week, Baca not only attended her first Posadas, she and her sisters also played host to one on Wednesday night at […]

Local mom hopes for help with Christmas

Eric Butler Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone. Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident of […]

City twinkles during annual light parade

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Michelle Seeber More than a hundred parked cars lined the Portales downtown streets with residents sitting in them to avoid the cold Friday night weather, a sure sign that the Light parade in honor of Christmas was being watched. Little Miss Merry Christmas 2002, Heaven Ruiz, daughter of Henry and Martha Ruiz, led the parade, […]

Christmas pageant raises funds for lights

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Michelle Seeber Six-year-old Stephanne Chandler really wanted to win the 18th Annual Little Miss Merry Christmas Pageant held Friday night at the Cornerstone Building in downtown Portales after the light parade. In fact, she wanted to win so badly that she and her mother baked cakes and pies, sought donations from 51 Portales businesses and […]