Fall festivities

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Argen Duncan Halloween weekend promises candy and fun in abundance with a number of free or low-cost activities for families for several days. Among the reasons for holding the events, organizers name providing a safe place to have fun and serving the community. For example, Portales Senior Center is holding its second annual Trick and […]

Blackwater Draw sacred ground for me

Clyde Davis This is to mention all of the people, by name, who gathered at Juanito’s on Thursday night to celebrate Don David’s birthday. Just kidding. Those are people who are perpetually concerned that their names will turn up in this column. The fact that Don David is now 35 is not the subject of […]

Security not made for cowboys

Shorty got his name when he was a 2-year old squirt they didn’t think would grow tall at all. He’s 6-feet-4. Awhile back he ended up having to go to court over an enviro-induced question of law. You know — one of those deals where they decided he should move his cattle because a cute […]

Volunteer profile: Mildred Danforth

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Name: Mildred Danforth Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Danforth makes quilts to give away to people who need them. Why she does it: “I first started quilting in 2006,” Danforth said. “I have a love of quilting, and I love to see the happiness the quilts bring to people. It makes me happy.”

Commissaries agency closes ‘brand name’ loophole

By Tom Philpott: Military Update One great strength of military commissaries is that patrons can buy brand name items at deep discounts, comfortable in the knowledge they are quality products, food safety isn’t an issue, and most goods are identical to those sold commercially off base and back home. The “brand name” system brings another […]

Volunteer profile: Billie Reagan

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Name: Billie Reagan Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher Volunteer: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Why she does it: “I was used to working every day. I don’t like to stay at home, so I volunteered to take sherbet and juice to the patients in the hospital. I’ve been doing this since 2001. I also […]

Volunteer profile: Mark Gormley

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Name: Mark Gormley Residence: Portales Occupation: Principal of James Elementary School Volunteer: Boy Scouts Council Why he does it: “I’ve been doing this my whole life. I joined Boy Scouts in second grade and stayed with it. I was an Eagle Scout.” — Compiled by PNT correspondent Linda Long

My Turn: Uncle Nacho testament to biculturalism

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My uncle Ignacio passed away recently. Like many Hispanics with the same name, Ignacio was nicknamed “Nacho.” After moving to San Angelo, Texas, though, he suddenly became “Nash.” That was the name embroidered on his shirt. I laughed, but Uncle Nacho was serious. His co-workers called him Nash, and so […]

Volunteer profile: Milz Bickley

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Name: Milz Bickley Residence: Pep Occupation: Retired operations manager for Greyhound bus lines. Volunteer: Bickley volunteers with the Community Service Center, Roosevelt County Healthy Council and Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative. Why he does it: Bickley believes we need to work to help our community be as well functioning as possible.

Volunteer profile: Mark Dillard

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Name: Mark Dillard Residence: Portales Occupation: Florist at Joe’s Flower Volunteer work: Since 1983, Dillard has been calling the elderly and others in the community as a personal ministry. He sings with the First Baptist Church choir. Dillard has also volunteered at Heartland Continuing Care Center since 1985. Why he does it: Dillard says it’s […]