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Fairfield club The Fairfield club met Feb. 24 at Cheyenne Meadows with 10 members present for a pot luck luncheon. A suggestion was made to help with the angel tree at Christmas instead of holding a secret pal. One day in May was chosen for everyone’s birthday to go out to eat and continue with […]

A community gift

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Alisa Boswell Portales residents banded together to give local resident Mary Standefer a Christmas present to last a lifetime by replacing her pine tree that was stolen from her front yard just before Christmas. The Colorado short-needled pine tree had been given to Standefer by her father 30 years ago. “I was getting ready to […]

Family’s tree stolen

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Alisa Boswell The last thing Mary Standefer expected when she woke up the morning of Nov. 30 was to see an empty front yard when she looked outside. Once the location of a 30-year-old Colorado short-needled pine tree, her front yard is now a barren landscape. “This year, I had decided to put multi-colored twinkle […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Grandparent’s tree inspiring

Portales past: Feb. 26, 1952

Feb. 26, 1952: The Portales Daily News: Pecan trees are practical for Portales lawns, said Mrs. Sidney Stone, who watched a tree set out by her father 25 years ago bear fruit each year. The tree was at the W.A. Heisen home at 515 Amazon St.

My turn: Christmas not a one-day affair

Helena Rodriguez How long do you leave the Christmas tree up? Some people have already undecked the halls. Some did it the day after Christmas, perhaps even on Christmas day, as soon as gifts were unwrapped. I leave my Christmas tree up until July 4. Not really. However, I believe Christmas is a season, not […]

Portales kicks off holiday with tree lighting ceremony

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Argen Duncan Santa would have brought Rudolph, but it’s deer season in New Mexico, the jolly old elf explained during the lighting of the Mayor’s Blessing Tree Monday night at the Yam Theatre. Along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the annual event included a performance by Portales High School choir students, 36 […]

My turn: Yep, I’m a tree hugger

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Don’t take trees for granted. They could save your life. I used to go four-wheeling with my uncle, Terry Smith, in the woods by his house. The trail he made went down a hill and through a small stream. It follows the stream for a couple of feet and then up a ramp built from […]

Loss of tree means gain of treehouse

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House gave me some bad news the other day: Our friendly shade tree has to come down. The tree’s roots are diving big-time into the family garden. This would explain why the tree had rocketed up in just a few short years. There’s lots of tasty […]

God is our tree of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist People Need Trees and Trees Need People

Business feature: Portales man opening saddle shop

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Ken Nelson got into the saddle-making business in an unusual way. He was raising some horses and needed a saddle. Nelson found a saddle maker who said he would make it for him, if he cut down a tree for him. But by the time he got the tree cut, Nelson said, “Well, he up […]

Tracking down good trees not too difficult

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Across the country millions of people are flocking to nurseries and tree farms to pick out Christmas trees. About 31 million trees were bought throughout the country last year, according to the to the National Christmas Tree Association. At his nursery in Portales, Curt Jaynes said he usually sells […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree program set

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer Santa is coming to Portales early this year, and he might stop at a few more houses. A tree-lighting ceremony, complete with a visit from Santa, is scheduled to brighten the evening Monday at City Hall. The evening offers a chance to give a gift to children who might […]

Police: Crash victim ran stop signs

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man died Sunday morning when the car he was driving crashed into a tree while police were trying to pull him over, according to Portales police. Miguel Gutierrez Ornelas, 25, died at the scene, according to a police press release. A passenger in the car, Celio Salazar, 30, was airlifted […]

Pays to enter new year with hope, expectation

By Joan Clayton The cedar tree in our front yard has gone through many wind storms through the years. One year the wind bent it over to the ground. We straightened and tied it to a strong anchor, and it just kept growing in spite of the storms of life. Its limbs have grown in […]

Portales’ first Christmas

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By Ruth White Burns Editor’s note: The following is an account of the first Christmas celebrated by the community in Portales. It was first published in 1993 in the PNT and has been rewritten by the author this year. The early settlers of the Portales Valley came together in 1899 to celebrate the first Christmas […]

Spirit of Christmas still going strong

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Looking back on Christmases of my youth they all seem to have been bright times. Even the years when there wasn’t a lot of money we had great Christmases. It was important for Mom to give us kids the best Christmas possible and in our eyes back then that […]

Holidays bring out blues in some

By Jim Mentink: Freedom New Mexico Correspondent Brightly shining red and green balls. Resin-coated reindeer and snowmen. Tinsel, popcorn strings and tiny white lights. These are all typical ornaments that people use to decorate their Christmas trees. Some ornaments, though, hold special meaning, like a Christmas-themed fairy that Clovis resident Fern Tredway will hang on […]