Dad: Here’s to unfinished milk, melodies

By Helena Rodriguez As a child, nothing was more comforting than hearing the thumping of Dad’s boots in the wee hours of the morning, reassuring me he was home safe from another music gig. Even as an adult, I would wait for that familiar thumping in the night when I stayed with my parents. Only [...]

June full of important holidays

By Bob Huber Today’s topic is the month of June, which is bustin’ out all over with rambunctious celebrations like Father’s Day, weddings, the summer solstice, Flag Day, and the most wonderful day of all — my birthday. As you can see, June is a frenzy of activity, spiked with cheap champagne and police roadblocks. [...]

Parsons involved in many activities

What do you think of Portales? “I like it. The people are really friendly here.” What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Where nothing goes wrong.” What is your fondest memory of Portales? “My favorite memory of Portales, I guess, would be when my brother-in-law (Hugh Frazier) was still alive and was a pastor here.” [...]

Lucero preached honesty, respect to sons, daughters

By Tony Parra Charlie Lucero, a music-lover, was best defined by family members as a giving, hard-working man with a great sense of humor. Lucero died on March 7 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Trementina to Juliana and Gasper Lucero. “He raised us when my [...]

Family traditions are remembered at Christmas

Bob Huber I always take our Christmas tree down early, because it’s just too nostalgic for me. That’s because when I was a kid, our family had the most unusual assortment of decorations, and I kept every one. I still get tears in my eyes when I see a smashed beer can. Granddaughter: “Grandpa, why [...]

Charming man graced family with story-telling

Michelle Seeber When Alfred Crawford was 22 he asked a young lady he had just met if she would like to dance. Moments later they were engaged to be married. The story may shock some people, but not his family, who describe the long-time Portales resident as quite the dancer. Crawford died on Dec. 4, [...]

Don’t forget to give thanks this year

Helena Rodriguez The malls are decked with boughs of holly and Christmas spirit is in the air — and it ain’t even Thanksgiving yet. Regardless of what retailers think, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as “the biggest shopping day of the year.” As we hectically prepare to gobble [...]

In a child’s adventure, dad ends up the hero

Bob Huber When Big War II broke out, every red-blooded American kid who believed in baseball, cowboys, and the American Way shouldered his Red Ryder BB gun in the relentless struggle against tyranny. The scenario involved the building of small forts hither and yon in the Colorado foothills so enemies of the free world could [...]

Whether you have a holiday or a ‘jale-day,’ make it last

Helena Rodriguez Will your Labor Day be a holiday or a “jale-day?” “Jale” is Spanish slang for the word “work” and is pronounced something like “hah-leh,” so essentially holiday and “jale-day” are pronounced the same but mean two completely different things. “Jale-day” is a clever mix of Spanish and English and a great way for [...]

Personalities Plus — Kirby Rowan

What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Sleep in, combo Mexican plate for lunch, work and correspondence with friends in the afternoon, doing a kind deed for someone who doesn’t expect it, then a relaxing evening stretching late into the night talking with bright people about anything and everything.” What did you think about on [...]