Portales man has taught flintknapping to more than 300 people

Christina Calloway Tommy Heflin opens up his home to the Portales community every Wednesday night to share and teach his passion. The retired Portales native has been flintknapping for about 37 years, a hobby he loves to share with others. Flintknapping is the art of manufacturing stone points or arrowheads as ancient people did. “I […]

Residents share Valentine’s Day thoughts

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With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their experiences with romance and chocolate and what Valentine’s Day means to them. Here were some of the answers we got: In business: What is your favorite romantic comedy/romance film? • Miguel Jermillo, 22, a […]

Residents share Super Bowl plans

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Local residents answer the question: What are you doing Super Bowl Sunday? Archie McMath Portales “My son is having a party so I’m going to his house to watch the game. I’ll probably stop and get couple of pizzas on the way. I think it will be a boring game. Neither of the teams is […]

Now is best time to do right

The end of the old year and the beginning of the new gives some people the feeling of a rite of passage. For them it represents a chance to clean the slate; they get to start fresh and try to do better next year than they did last year. Birthdays can provide the same opportunity, […]

In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

Residents share peanut recipes

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Alisa Boswell Local residents will be going nuts for the 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival this weekend at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, which begins today at 9 a.m. With all this nuttiness in the air, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share their favorite nutty recipes:

Parks professionals to gather in Clovis

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Benna Sayyed A host of parks and recreation professionals from New Mexico will gather this week at the Clovis Civic Center to share emerging ideas and trends in the field. Carrying the slogan “Doing the Usual Unusually Well” this year, the New Mexico Recreation and Park Association 2011 state Conference will offer at least 20 […]

Ice cream pie good to share

OK, this ice cream pie isn’t especially healthy, but it looks unique and very tasty. It’s also supposed to take only 15 minutes to make, plus time freezing unattended. I recommend finding someone to share the pie with and not making it too often. Again, the recipe is from www.tasteofhome.com and reprinted with permission. From […]

Residents share Labor Day plans

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Alisa Boswell This weekend celebrates Labor Day, which means it’s the last weekend for local residents to enjoy a three-day holiday weekend in summer weather. Some Clovis and Portales residents are taking the weekend to get things done around the house while others are traveling over Labor Day weekend. But whether staying home or heading […]

High school seniors share advice on first day of school

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Argen Duncan In with the new — school year, that is. Third through 12th-graders in Portales Municipal Schools started the new academic year Tuesday. Kindergarten through second-grade students come back to school next Tuesday, while pre-school begins Aug. 30. “It’s been a very smooth start,” said Michael Terry, district coordinator for the Student Teacher Accountability […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May 30, a few Clovis and Portales military and veteran residents decided to share what the holiday means to them and how they honor fallen comrades. Senior Airman Craig McKay of Cannon Air Force Base said while he was in Afghanistan, he witnessed a ceremony in which the body […]

Area seniors share plans after graduation

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Alisa Boswell Graduation season. It’s an exciting and intimidating time of year for high school seniors across eastern New Mexico. The Clovis High School graduation is set for 10 a.m. May 21 at the Curry County Events Center and the Portales High School graduation is set for 7 p.m. May 27 at Greyhound Arena. “We […]

Spiritual leaders share Easter sermons

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Alisa Boswell Easter means an almost universal message, according to local spiritual leaders. Church leaders in Clovis and Portales say the resurrection of Christ is the most important factor in the Christian faith, because it is a representation of what the Christian faith is all about. “This is the time to remember that Christ was […]

In search of ponies: Residents share neighborhood with fox

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Somebody must have told him it was one of the prime neighborhoods in town. Or maybe he just saw the attributes for himself — after all, who can deny the tranquility of the rolling greens, the shade of wind wisped trees and duck filled ponds. But even in the beauty of the place, he stands […]

Her story: Women share cultural experiences

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Alisa Boswell Four women of very different backgrounds are offering their personal cultural experiences Wednesday as part of Eastern New Mexico University’s observation of Women’s History Month. It’s the fourth presentation thus far in a month dedicated to honoring women and their history. The event includes presentations by Danni Luo; Ms. Black ENMU LaQuethia Patterson; […]

Officials ask spouses to share employment ups, downs

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are inviting military spouses to air their state licensing issues and concerns as part of an overall effort to boost spouses’ education and career opportunities. The department has created a discussion board where spouses can describe their experiences — both good and bad […]

Military mama: Always something to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I yet again wax philosophical. I like to believe that I am a very grateful person, however I am not always the first to voice my appreciation for all of the little things in life. So, my captive audience, I will share my list of previously unsung “thanks.” This […]

Portales past: Nov. 9, 1942

Nov. 9, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Portales businessmen and individuals were asked to join in the Share-Your-Typewriter program. This was the only way the government could secure them, as all manufacturing of typewriters had stopped.

In search of ponies: Readers share pet stories

Sharna Johnson It’s been three months since my column started, and it got me thinking. At first I saw the column as another of those cursed assignments that only a boss can think up, and quite frankly, I was terrified to write in the first person and open myself up to readers. However I have […]

Father, daughter share aircraft heritage

USAF photo: Greg Allen Recently promoted Master Sergeant Jennifer Seibt, 73rd Special Operations Squadron, and her father, retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Seibt, stand in front of an MC-130W Dragon Spear July 30 at Cannon Air Force Base. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — While many […]