A true hero makes life better

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist America’s heroes are innumerable. Countless numbers have given their lives that you and I might enjoy the freedoms we have.  From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the present war in Iraq and all the sacrifices in between, those who gave their lives are too many to count. We […]

Tischhauser manages time, family

Name: Zac Tischhauser Occupation: General Manager, Cattle Baron Portales Age: 28 Birth date: July 19, 1975 Hometown: Hobbs. Family: Sommer Tomlinson, fiancée, and son, Aaron Thomas Zac Tischhauser is general manager of the Cattle Baron Restaurant in Portales. He has a fear of drowning, an admiration of Socrates and an aspiration to be portrayed by […]

Knox a lifer for Portales

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of profiles on nominees for the Pioneer of the Year award. Harold Knox graduated from Portales High School in 1933 and experienced just about all Portales has to offer since his birth in 1915. He experienced a surprise when he found out he […]

Car pays tribute to Herbie

By Mike Linn Two years, a few thousand dollars, and many hours in a Clovis auto repair garage helped transform Sgt. Rob Burke’s 1972 hippie bug into what he says is one of roughly 50 “Herbie the Love Bug” replicas in the world. And all the work has paid off for Burke and his family: […]

Reagan’s family allowed to mend differences in final years

By Alex Veiga: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — In a week of enduring images, perhaps the most poignant came at the end. Nancy Reagan, saying her final farewell to her husband of 52 years, rested her head on his casket, crying and caressing the mahogany coffin as she was surrounded by the president’s three […]

Life is delicious

By Joan Clayton When our youngest son graduated from high school, he walked across the stage, stopped and gave his Dad, the high school principal, a giant bear hug. The crowd cheered and I cried.  Lane made life “delicious.” My husband says I have Christmas every day, but one Christmas is forever engraved upon my heart. […]

World full of bad news; seek the overwhelming positives surrounding us

By Joan Clayton It seems bad news is presented every day. Seldom do we hear about things we love, enjoy and often take for granted. On any given day, we have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, there are many great things about this country that I can name. Reams of paper […]

Memorial Day time to remember those who died for us

By Joan Clayton Memorial Day brings reflections, honoring and remembering those who have gone on before us. The importance of younger generations knowing and appreciating the principles that has made America great cannot be measured. As a child during World War II, I vividly remember the symbols of pain and sacrifice. My grandmother lived by […]

Mother’s Day can be for children too

By Helena Rodriguez Mother’s Day is a time to tell our mother’s how much we love them. I love you, Mom. But how many of us mothers take time to show our children how much they have blessed our lives as well? Because of them, we have the greatest job descriptions on Earth that no […]

Make a happy day for others

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist When our youngest son graduated from high school, he walked across the stage, stopped and gave his dad, the high school principal, a giant bear hug. The crowd cheered and I cried. Our son made a happy and memorable day for us. My husband says I have Christmas every day, […]

Let Jesus’ love resurrect in you

Joan Clayton Have you ever thought about how this world would be had Jesus not been born? I shudder to think about it. Imagine a world of no absolutes, without any standards of right or wrong. Mankind has always had a sin problem, but we do have a choice and a wrong choice brings bondage, […]

Simpson goes all-out to help elderly

Mary Jane Simpson has served two years as an Americorp VISTA for the Portales Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Her supervisor Vonnie Banther says she is a vital part of the team, and has helped the local Community Services Center rank third in the state for the number of accurate federal returns filed. Her term […]

Reflection on ‘Passion’

By Joan Clayton “The Passion” confirmed to me what I already had long held in my heart. In fact, I experience some of the same feelings during communion. Mel Gibson has brought to the world a vivid realization of the depths of love and sacrifice of this man, Jesus. This man, human yet divine, displayed […]

Read about heaven and be a believerr

Joan Clayton In Genesis 1, we read about the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and these commandments are a pattern for successful living. Centuries before Jesus came, many prophecies were made about the coming Messiah. Here are just a few: […]

Valentine’s Day is about sacrifice, acts of love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. […]

Life is precious where there’s love

Joan Clayton Several years ago, Emmitt was given a dog. This time I put my foot down — “This dog is not going to be a house dog,” I said. Chalk up one for me for the only case I won. Winter came and although it brought mild temperatures Emmitt thought Bear might be cold, […]

Hug while you can

Joan Clayton My second grade students hugged me as far as they could reach while saying “We have to hug while we can, ’cause we’ll be going to third grade.” Their hugs gave me the “warm fuzzies,” and they loved hugs from me. Children are great huggers and they love to be hugged back. “A […]

Make the most of your day

Joan Clayton Each day of life is a gift. Making the most of that gift is up to me. Creating happy memories leaves no regrets. The time to love is all too short at best. The recent holidays with children and grandchildren still linger in my heart of memories. I relive making enchiladas in the […]

A gift from the heart lasts forever.

Joan Clayton My grandson and his wife handed me a beautifully wrapped package. I could feel a frame through the paper and thought it might be a photo. I unwrapped the package to find a letter from Jody’s heart. Jane had found the perfect frame. I began to read it out loud but stopped after […]

Christmas memories warm the heart

Joan Clayton Many thoughts of Christmas return to mind this time of year — wonderful memories relived with blessings. I was one of many cousins who descended upon our grandparents at Christmas time. Granny allowed me to sleep on a pallet by the lighted Christmas tree. The aroma of turkey cooking along with apple pies […]