Dec. 30 -Jan. 5 What's Happening

Wednesday Mother-Son Winter Ball — 5 p.m., The Landing Zone. Cost is $30 per mother and $25 per son. Includes dinner, activities, chance for prizes. Formal attire required. Information or tickets: 784-6381.

Family inspired to dish out dinners

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Helping her mother move into a new house in Austin, Texas, during the summer reinforced a revelation J’mi Heflin had last year before Christmas. “We have too much stuff,” Heflin said. Her mother, JoBeth Broadhurst, agreed. Last year, the two used the money they would have spent on each […]

Braving Black Friday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Three women in Clovis have donned variations of Santa hats early Black Friday for their traditional day of shopping for the past 10 years. Jennifer McKinney, her sister Carri Valverde and her mother Linda Jacquez wear the hats to take some stress out of the chaos on the first […]

Clovis league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer CLOVIS — Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder […]

Local reaction to Jackson and Fawcett deaths

Two figures who definied a generation are gone within six hours of each other.The deaths Thursday of favorite “Angel” Farrah Fawcett and “King of Pop” Michael Jackson surprised and stunned us all.We asked some local folks to share their thoughts: Farrah Fawcett:1. Brandy Rains, stay-home mother in Portales, said: “She had a long hard fight. […]

Family describes victim as loner

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when he was 11, or it might have been something else.

Police arrest mother of buried 3-year-old

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Police said Thursday that the mother of a 3-year-old boy found buried at a playground told investigators she suffocated him, had second thoughts and brought him back to life, then changed her mind and suffocated him again. Police Chief Ray Schultz said Tiffany Toribio, 23, told officers that she and […]

My mom didn’t need a script

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Anytime a hard-working mother has a dilemma to deal with all they really need to remember is the acronym WWJD. The acronym I’m thinking of here is what would June (Cleaver) do.

Celebrating life

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When she speaks about her mother the picture is someone larger than life. Her voice is empowered by admiration. She speaks of joy, faith, and love. Bonita Knox doesn’t see her mother’s battle with cancer as a loss. She sees it as a release and the realization of an […]

No shortcuts to love

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My husband looked forward to Sunday lunch at Mother’s house. He longed to eat her light, crusty, piping-hot rolls. Try as I might, I could never duplicate Mother’s homemade rolls. I used the same recipe, but they never turned out right.

Roosevelt County mother sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. “Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to […]

More to whistling than passing time

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Do you whistle while you work? I like to whistle when I paint but my mother looks nothing like Whistler’s Mother. I can’t paint pictures but I can paint walls. I also like to whistle when I do housework. It irritates my wife to think I’m actually enjoying chores. But […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to first-degree murder

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Just as the jury was about to be seated Monday and opening arguments were set to begin, Albert Ramirez decided to plead guilty and accepted the maximum sentence for the first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend. Ramirez, 20, will serve life in prison and forfeited his right to an […]

Jan. 18, 1948

A 41-year-old mother of Roosevelt County gave birth to her 15th child in a farmhouse near Bethel. The doctor attending the mother reported that her previous children were all in good health.

Overseas service members send overseas holiday greetings

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Though her friends have seen or heard Master Sgt. David Kline greet his mother on the radio and television, Bess Kline hasn’t seen or heard from her son in the almost four months since he was sent to Iraq. So in the last few days Kline has been scanning […]

Dry cleaner’s mother worked in the business

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By Blake Downs: PNT Staff Writer

Self preservation: Some are residents can their own fruits and vegetables

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Lillie Belle Toombs likes to know what goes into her canned food. Toombs, who lives in the Pep community, cans her vegetables and fruits each year in October. She said she was taught by her mother when she was 17 years old. “It’s become a tradition. I like to […]

Mother, wife, twin did things her way

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Charlene Seales never met a stranger. She preferred hugs over handshakes and believed everybody should be a twin. She was also remembered by family members as the biggest source of energy and support in their lives —whether it was the distinct voice of support in athletics or the quiet […]

Mother protests school district policy on piercings

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Kierra Seales wants to be allowed to wear a clear, plastic stud in her pierced lip at school — something that is against the Portales Municipal Schools’ current dress code. The plastic stud keeps her piercing open while at school, she said. According to her mother, Nkoshe Seales, the […]

Mother of escapee arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico On Wednesday, the mother of a jail escapee made a public plea for her son to turn himself in to authorities. On Thursday, she was arrested on charges of harboring or aiding a felon. Officials said Hester England has seen and talked with her son and a second escapee […]