Residents remember their mothers

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Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Don Reid wrote to his mother as a 19-year-old Army recruit in Vietnam. Reid wrote 170 letters to his mother Dorothy Reid in a year’s time while he served in Vietnam. That means he wrote home at least three times a week. A few months before his mother died in May […]

Our people: Giving back

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Clovis resident Pat Hayter volunteers for the Lighthouse Mission, Meals on Wheels, Plains Regional Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, First United Methodist Church and the Latch Key Program. She said her mom and her stepmom were both giving people. “I guess I got some of that from them,” Hayter said. Hayter said she enjoys giving to […]

Portales resident recognized as paramedic of year

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Alisa Boswell When Portales resident Floyd Hancock, a lieutenant at the Portales Fire Department, saw Battalion Chief Lance Hill was calling him, he thought the worst. “When he first called,” Hancock said with a laugh, “I thought, ‘What did I forget?’” When he answered, he found out he was chosen as the area’s best paramedic. […]

Portales resident enjoys helping

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Dennis Lopez is active in the Portales community. He was a Roosevelt County commissioner for eight years from 2000 to 2008. As the director of support employment at Mental Health Resources, Lopez said he enjoys helping and working with his clients. In his free time, Lopez enjoys golf, travel, exercise and playing cards.

Our people: Indomitable spirit

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Clovis resident Benerito Gallegos’ life changed when in 1961, an electrical accident cost him both his arms. A co-worker switched the wrong breaker and blasted him with 14,000 volts; enough electricity to knock him from the top of the tower he was working on. The electricity went in the right side of his body and […]

Our people: Non-traditional student

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Clovis resident and Eastern New Mexico University instructor Lonzo Lassiter began what he calls the second half of his life at age 50 when he attended college for the first time. Prior to that, he worked in construction and carpentry but after three surgeries, doctors told him to find something else to do for a […]

My turn: Time to stop reacting to political pundits

Janice Morrow, a Portales resident who consults on media matters, and I recently discussed the state of political discourse. Here are her thoughts: They are a new breed of shock jocks. Instead of offensive sexual innuendo and toilet humor, they — the right and left — practice theatrical political rhetoric. And, the media is only […]

Our people: Having a ball

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Clovis resident and Yucca student Danni Williams, 14, can always be found near a basketball game, if she’s not on the court. With two older brothers who play and a father who coaches the sport, she was hanging around basketball courts in a stroller and dribbling a basketball as soon as she could walk. She […]

Our people: Ticket master

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Clovis resident Pat Blanchette has been the Wildcats’ purple-wearing ticket taker at Clovis Schools sporting events for 18 years. Blanchette and her husband moved to Clovis when Tom was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in 1992. The couple’s children were small and they decided to stay in the area after he retired.

Grant McGee: Hats take geting used to

Grant McGee I got to thinking about cowboy hats the other day. Well, I should make myself clear; as a long-time resident of The West I know that they’re not “cowboy hats,” they are simply hats. This was shared with me by a real working cowboy from Chaves County, Cowboy Mike. Let me back up […]