Survivor's story: Clovis resident is one of few living Bataan death march survivors

Courtesy photo Alvin Fails, 95, of Clovis, a Bataan death march survivor, at his home in February. Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most […]

Bataan death march survivors dwindling

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Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most of his days, the 95-year-old Fails recalled clearly the starvation rations on which he barely survived for […]

Protesters’ actions inconsistent

Ned Cantwell The precise moment of realization my life had faded to total insignificance is as vivid as a New Mexico sunset. But certainly not as appealing. It was the recent morning I awakened and reviewed the day’s agenda. It included writing a huffy protest letter. Nothing new there. Writing huffy prose has been a […]

My turn: Swinging for the fences

I have been in Portales so long that youthful dreams have faded into hazy memories (not that living in P-Ville isn’t dream-like). Before realizing that it takes talent and looks, I vaguely remember wanting to act. Now, when watching the Academy Awards, I am torn between being mesmerized and irritated at how good-looking and talented […]

My Turn: ‘Motor Mouth’ nickname faded away

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I asked my daughter Laura the other day, “Doesn’t your balloon ever land?,” and she gave me a questionable look. She wasn’t familiar with this saying from my childhood. Mom would always say, “Doesn’t your balloon ever land?” because I was always yakking. In fact, my nickname at school was […]