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 […]

Church profile: Southside Church of Christ

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Southside Church of Christ • Location: 221 West 18th Street • Phone: 359-0559 • Services: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. • Description: Spokesperson Pam Stevens said it’s a traditional church and a lot of children from New Mexico Christian Children’s Home attend.

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 […]

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

Volunteer profile: Thompkins likes giving back

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Patrice Tompkins is a volunteer/member for Portales Women’s Club. She was born and raised in the Los Angeles, Calif. After living in Portales for many years, she moved away for a short time. She has been living here for five years since returning. Although she has had many different jobs, Tompkins currently dedicates the majority […]

Review board to disappoint veterans

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Complaints from veterans and from a high-profile commission that the services routinely were “low-balling” disability ratings for military members found medically unfit spurred Congress last year to take action. Among other things it ordered the Department of Defense to create a special board to review disability ratings of 20 percent […]

Dec. 24 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. Q Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. Q” is unemployed and she is helping her sister out since her sister’s son just had a heart transplant. “Ms. Q’s” husband is the only one providing for the family. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: […]

Dec. 19 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” recently lost her home. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 4T. Boys shirts sizes 4T. Boys shoe sizes 12. Girls pants sizes 16, 8, and 6. Girls shirts sizes 14-16, 8, and […]

Dec. 18 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. W Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is a single mother. She is buying her first home and has a limited income. She won’t be able to afford any presents for her children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes 8. […]