Empty Stocking Fund: Family S

Today’s focus: Family S Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 10 and 7) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because the husband has gone into rehab and the family is now living on one income. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 12 and 10; boys shoe size 1 and 11/2. Toys list: K-nex toy, […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family P

Today’s focus: Family P Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 9 and 8) Special circumstance: They need help this year because the parents have just separated and child support and income are still pending. Clothing needs: Girl clothes size 14 and 8; girls shoe size 3 and 1. Toys list: Barbies or Barbie car. The […]

Wedding —

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Davis Ken and Gala White of Pueblo, Colo., proudly announce the marriage of their daughter, Kristyn Noelle White of Pueblo, to Shawn Michael Davis of Colorado Springs, Colo. The couple was married Aug. 20, 2011, in a small ceremony in the mountains near Cascade, Colo. They are making a home in Pueblo. The bride was […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family N

Today’s focus: Family N. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 5 and 9) Special circumstance: The husband has been out of work since he was injured playing ball. The family does not have workmans compensation and they are paying their bills with savings. The family hopes the husband can be back to work soon, […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family U

Today’s focus: Family U. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 3, and 7) Special circumstance: Family U has relocated to Clovis from Arizona in order to take care of elderly parents who have both fallen ill. The family has been helping the parents with medical bills, which have wiped out much of their savings, […]

Salvation Army, PNT launching Empty Stocking program

Kevin Wilson The stories have different starting points. One family came to Clovis from Arizona to care for sick parents, and medical expenses wiped out their savings. Another family is uncertain if their place of employment may be closing. The ending points are all the same for about 300 families. They’re coming to the Salvation […]

My turn: Family get-togethers memorable

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, my family, like many others is preparing for a get-together. We are pretty good at having get-togethers. Sometimes they are picnics, sometimes elaborate meals and sometimes just impromptu gatherings. My favorites were always the picnics that we had when I was a kid. Sometimes we […]

In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

My turn: Family can always turn stress into fun

Alisa Boswell I’ve been learning the last two weeks how to find the humor in a situation which is breaking my heart. After being within a 20-minute drive of my parents my entire life, I am finally having to say goodbye as they pack up my childhood home and prepare to make their big move […]

My turn: Some pets just like family

I saw an online web poll on the Portales News-Tribune website, www.pntonline.com, and it really made me think. The survey question was, “Do you consider your dogs or cats as members of the family?” After thinking about it, I don’t think that I do. I do not expect my dog to carry out the trash, […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

Portales couple take skydiving adventure for 50th anniversary

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Alisa Boswell Family and friends of Portales residents Alan and Patricia “Pat” Dodd gasped when the couple showed their skydiving video last month during the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Two months earlier, Alan, 71, and Pat, 69, did a tandem skydive in McKinney, Texas, in celebration of their golden anniversary. The couple, married Oct. […]

Family remembers father as fighter

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Benna Sayyed Kevin Gardels called on his spiritual strength to deal with his fierce battle against cancer, family members said. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer known as primary myelofibrosis in September 2002, the Portales musician’s battle lasted nearly a decade. He died Saturday in Portales from complications caused by his cancer. He was […]

Engagements — Nov. 6

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Tivis-Uranga Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Tivis of Clovis would like to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jessica Tivis of Clovis, to Eric Uranga, of Springdale, Ark., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Uranga of Alpine, Texas. The couple will exchange vows Dec. 17, 2011, at Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis. […]

Their view: Veterans Day for paying tribute to all who serve

Robert Morrison, a Coast Guard veteran, is senior fellow at the Family Research Council, offers this view about Veterans Day:

Fundraiser aims to help Clovis family

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Alisa Boswell Funds from the third annual Oktober-Feast fundraiser will help build a new home for a Clovis family in a dire living situation, according to Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Joyce Davis. Davis said the next family on the Habitat for Humanity waiting list is sleeping on the floor at their current home because […]

Dog thrived on being part of family

“Listen to the banjo wind, sad song drifting low, listen to the tears roll, down my face as she turns to go” — Bruce Hornsby, Mandolin Rain

Shoutouts — Oct. 2

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Family offers thanks to community When a family confronts sadness and misfortune with a gallant spirit, the family learns to live bravely and strong. For we know that sometimes the most beautiful intentions in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart. We also know that a candle loses […]

Family recipes featured on show

Information on new products to keep you healthy, making a ruched bias tape flower pin, and family traditions and recipes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, September 27th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, September 29th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Laura Dellutri will share some new products on […]

Family receives state recognition

Freedom New Mexico A Portales family has been named “Farm Family of the Year” by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Rick and Evelyn Ledbetter produce chile, cotton, alfalfa and corn silage, according to a news release from the ag department. Rick Ledbetter grew up on a farm in eastern New Mexico, and took out […]