On a quest for the perfect chile

By Helena Rodriguez When I worked as a reporter and restaurant critic in Abilene, Texas, several years ago, I pledged to find the perfect chile relleno. I searched high and low, from the taqueria’s in the city’s northside barrios to the chain restaurants on the city’s southside mall strip, but to no avail. I quickly […]

Don’t let change dampen your holidays

By Helena Rodriguez When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical touch.” As […]

Allen enjoyed life with large family

By Laurie Stone According to Elberta Allen, she was the perfect child and she said good-bye to the world on the perfect day. On May 22,1929, Elberta was born on a farm in Portales, the seventh born of 18 children (seven boys, 11 girls). Elberta’s Christian belief was that seven meant perfection, therefore making her […]

Residents, area officials give thanks

Tony Parra The meaning of Thanksgiving Day, started in 1622 by a pilgrim named William Bradford, has not been lost in the Portales community. Bradford declared the day of thanks after pilgrims cumulated a successful harvest after a hard and devastating first year, in 1621, in the new world, according the holidays.net Web site. Portales […]