November has more history than you’d think

Bob Huber Today’s lesson: November history and science stuff. You’ve probably noticed lately that the days are entirely too short. A fellow barely gets out of bed before it’s supper, and it will be next April before it gets much better. We’ll probably have a cold winter too. But joyful thoughts aside, we should ponder […]

Local library reveals family history

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Eric Butler It’s a 15-by-15 foot room in the back of the Portales Public Library with lists of names that may unlock the past. With city directories, phone books, census results and other resources, the library’s Genealogy Room brings family histories to light. “What people can learn is where their families lived, what jobs they […]

Preparing for practice

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By Kevin Wilson For Eastern New Mexico University fans, the football season lasts from September to November. For the players, it lasts from August to spring football in March — not including summer workout programs. For the coaches, it’s a 12-month process, and it comes full-circle this week when practices begin on Thursday. Not including […]

Dinosaur exhibit part of park’s fun

By Angela Peacock Editor’s Note: This is a weekly series about family-oriented activities within a day’s drive of Portales. Painting a picture of New Mexico’s history from the beginning of time is what officials said people will experience when they visit Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. One of the museum’s biggest […]

Get a taste of Western history at Lake Meredith

Angela Peacock Lake Meredith National Recreation Area north of Amarillo isn’t just a place to fish, swim, hike and camp, officials said. With the Texas-style musical “Lone Star Rising,” visitors can experience a piece of Western history. “Lone Star Rising,” which is held at the Fritch Fortress amphitheater, runs Wednesday through Sunday nights beginning at […]

Retirement doesn’t slow down Blair

Born in October 1925 in Roosevelt County to F.M. and Zona Blair, Joe Blair, 78, has called Portales home most of his life. Blair’s father homesteaded land in Curry County in 1906. He and his mother moved to Portales in 1920. Blair attended school in Portales. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in […]

Students perform patriotic play

By Angela Peacock They stood at attention with one hand over their hearts while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. That was only the beginning of a patriotic tribute to America performed Friday morning by an estimated 140 James Elementary third-graders. The annual patriotic play takes months of preparation, third-grade teacher Sally Smith said The play […]

PWC played part in state history

Patricia Cooper As the Portales Woman’s Club celebrates its 100th anniversary today, it will look back at the many different club members over the years that contributed to the club’s rich history, particularly the former members who played a part in New Mexico history. Many members of PWC were also members of the Ellen W. […]