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 […]

Volunteer profile: Patrice Tompkins

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Name: Patrice Tompkins Residence: Portales Volunteer work: Tompkins is involved in the Portales Woman’s Club, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, as a “Pink Lady” and teaches Sunday School at First United Methodist Church. Why she does it: Tompkins says she believes in giving back to show God’s love.

Our people: Keeping stories going

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Name: Don Criss Birthday: Jan. 7, 1943 Hometown: Portales Profession: Director of Production Services for KENW-TV Family: Wife of 42 years Paula and two children Lisa and Martin

Volunteer profile: Marnee Stratton

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Name: Marnee Stratton Residence: Portales Occupation: Licensed practical nurse Volunteer service: She went to Haiti and helped Haitians who didn’t have food and sheets. She also helped to deliver a baby there. Stratton also went to Mexico and brought food to those in need. Stratton volunteers in church nurseries to help to take care of […]

Our people: Call of the wild

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Bio Name: Tony Gennaro Birthday: March 18, 1934 Hometown: Raton Profession: Desert biologist, writer Tony Gennaro had two ambitions as a young college student. He said he wanted to become a professional baseball player or a commissioned Air Force officer. He said what he fell into ended up to be what he was destined to […]

Farmers need to elevate their reputation

By Baxter Black: On the edge of common sense As the percentage of farmers continues to decrease in proportion to the population, it seems the harder the ANTIs (HSUS, PETA, Sierra Club, name one) try to increase America’s dependence on foreign food, just as they have done with manufacturing, energy, timber, and steel. They have […]

Volunteer profile: Kathy Salter

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Freedom New Mexico Name: Kathleen “Kathy” Salter Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University math professor Volunteer work: Salter works on buildings and serves as board of directors vice president for Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties. She has been the treasurer of the University Friends of Music for close to 20 […]

Clovis school superintendent candidate withdraws

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Freedom New Mexico Texico school superintendent R.L. Richards has withdrawn his name from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent. A news release from Clovis Municipal Schools said Richards withdrew on Friday in a letter to CMS board members. The news release did not provide a reason for Richards’ decision. Rhonda Seidenwurm announced earlier this year she […]

Dog names reflect habits

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Sometimes a given name just doesn’t suffice for a dog. A nickname sometimes works better. The new dog at the Terry household, Ranger, earned one early on in his residence for his tendency to find out of the way, even hiding places to sleep. We found him behind the couch […]

Our people: Literary legacy

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By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico editor Bio Name: Betty Williamson Birthday: Nov. 12, 1961. Volunteers for: Friends of the Portales Public Library, High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival and Dora schools. Famous relative: She’s the niece of novelist Jack Williamson, who died in 2006 at age 98. The annual Williamson Lectureship has attracted science fiction […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Gary Watkins

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Name: Gary Watkins Birth date: Feb. 7, 1955 Profession: Retired from Portales fire department Years in Portales: Life If you’d like to ask him some questions: 760-8962 or shortman103@hotmail.com

Mayoral candidate profile: Dennis Lopez

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Name: Dennis Lopez Birth date: Oct. 12, 1968 Profession: Mental Health Resources program director for supported employment Years in Portales: 35 If you’d like to ask him some questions: 607-6615 and lopezdennis2001@yahoo.com

It’s their job: School advisor faces new challenges

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Name: Tracy Henderson Job: International Advisor at Eastern New Mexico University Background: Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree at ENMU and majored in public relations. After that, she continued on to get her master’s degree from ENMU. When she finished her studies, she went to Texas. She came back to Portales about three years ago and […]

Commission requests state name bridge for fallen soldier

Courtesy photo The Curry County Commission is asking the state to name the 467 overpass in honor of Leroy “J.R.” Segura, a Clovis soldier killed in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections The Curry County Commission will petition the state name the State Road 467 overpass near Cannon Air Force Base after a […]

It’s their job: Police sergeant encourages community to get involved

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Name: Shawn Gore Job: Sergeant with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Background: I am originally from Portales. I started my law enforcement career as a reserve deputy sheriff in 1991. I then went to work for the Roosevelt County Detention Center in 1992 for roughly a year. Then I was hired by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s […]

It’s their job: Secretary stays busy

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Name: Shauna Wade Job: Secretary for certified public accountant Terry L. Cone. Background: I am originally from Sundown, Texas. I’ve lived in Portales since 2003. I am married, and I have two daughters. Time on job: I have been with Terry L. Cone for two years. What does your job entail? Everything. I answer telephones, […]

Livestock sale rakes in bucks for juniors

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico You name an animal after a feeling, it’s hard to sell it off no matter the price. You name an animal after what color it is, parting ways becomes a little easier. A pair of veteran sellers experienced the spectrum of animal sales Friday night at the Curry County […]

Obama inherited mess from Bush

Some may have noticed the profound conflicts President Obama must be having about whether to let justice take its course regarding the Bush presidency, or to let alleged crimes slide in the name of political expediency. This much is certain. Obama has inherited from Bush a generational economic crisis, an out-of-control budget, an awful jobs […]

May 22, 1982

The Tower Twin Theatre was showing “Conan the Barbarian,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and “The Road Warrior,” the American name for the Australian action film “Mad Max 2.”

Story behind singing sensation inspiring

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I have a new hero. Her name is