Library presentation enlightens audience with women’s history

Mike Linn She spoke of adobe homes and branding cattle. Crooked sheriffs and the Lincoln County War. Billy the Kid and his regulators. Nisha Hoffman, sporting a long dress and black-laced gloves, told about 40 Portales residents on Thursday the story of Susan McSween Barber, also known as the former cattle queen of New Mexico. […]

One year after war’s start leaves stories to tell

Darrell Maurina It’s been a year since the war in Iraq began. While many servicemembers assigned to the initial assault have rotated back home, some are still deployed in Iraq, some have been sent there more recently and others have just recently returned. Here are some of their stories. n n n Julian Urioste, a […]

Muleshoe Marine would have been proud of Saddam’s capture

Mike Linn The capture of Saddam Hussein won’t bring back Kem Bales’ energetic country boy known for his confidence and charm. And it doesn’t make the pain of losing a son to the war in Iraq any easier. But it does bring to fruition everything U.S. Marine Chad Eric Bales fought for and believed in, […]

World War II veteran reminisces on his two-year tour of duty

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Mike Linn Robert C. Dunn’s memories about his more than two-year service in World War II are vague, limited and intense. The corporal in the 38th Air Engineering Squadron of the 13th Army Air Force recalls the five Islands where he worked fixing planes. The day he watched two enemy aircraft sink after American planes […]

Portales honors veterans

Tony Parra War veterans define Veterans Day as one of remembrance and appreciation to those who served our country in war. Portales will do its part with events commemorating veterans this week. American Legion will have its “Tribute to Veterans” beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The program will […]

Confusion lingers, as a friend leaves for war

Helena Rodriguez Today our family friend, Tom Venzor, leaves to go help fight the war in Iraq. Today, one day after the second anniversary of that horrific day that continues to haunt us through vivid video footage and images, increased terror alerts and a war that continues on. It’s ironic. We just went to visit […]

Personalities Plus — Gloria Ortega

What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Just kicking back, not worrying about your work being completed at the end of the day.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Thought it was a very sad day. Never thought something like that would happen in the United States of America. “ What is your […]

Pilot flies high in eyes of family

By Angela Peacock There isn’t enough time in a day, family members said, to describe everything wonderful about Wallace Cameron. A retired Air Force colonel, Cameron was just short of 30 years of active military service. He was stationed all over the world and received various medals in recognition of his heroism in more than […]

Obits 7/9

Monell Thomas, 78 Mr. Monell Gordon Thomas, 78, of Hollywood Hills, Calif., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003. He was born on Dec. 18, 1924, in Tucumcari, to Eura E. and Viola H. Thomas. He attended grade school in Forrest before moving to Portales where he graduated from high school in 1942. He served as a […]

CAFB honors POWs

Darell Todd Maurina With a black flag in the background commemorating prisoners of war and those missing in action, four somber airmen in camouflage uniforms walked slowly across the stage. Just moments before, 27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Robert Yates had drawn loud applause by reminding those in attendance at Saturday’s Cannon homecoming celebration the […]