Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of town, were on […]

Religion column: God’s valentine comes in form of Bible

Remember when you received all of those wonderful valentines in grade school? You carefully read each one noting with great eagerness the sender’s signature. What about those little heart candies with all kinds of love notes? I took them seriously. I thought every boy in the room was in love with me. Who forgets that […]

Shoutouts — March 27

Visit to Foxy Drive In brings back memories I was raised in Clovis, married Jerry W. Butts who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. We got transferred to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., in 1965. We moved to Virginia in 2002. So now we go back in the winter where our family […]

Birthdays —

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Gonzales [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Eloy Gonzales will celebrate his 75th birthday Nov. 23, 2010. We love you Tata, from Josh, Joseph, Jason, Jordan and Eloise. Have a wonderful 75th birthday. —Submitted by Joshua Castillo

Mischief favorite past time at ranch

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Ruth Burns The Llano Estacado in the early days was a wonderful place for small boys. The grown-ups were busy with their chores and didn’t have a lot of time to spend worrying about the young’uns. Consequently, little boys could spend their time exploring, chasing rabbits, following the cowboys and very often, getting into mischief. […]

Live in the now of life

Remember those wonderful childhood dreams … When I grow up, I’m going to be …? As a small child, I dreamed of my knight in shining armor sweeping me away on that beautiful white charger. That “someday” finally came for me. I married my tall, dark and handsome knight, and he swept me away in […]

Let peace rule in your heart

Life is full of wonderful treasures, and God blesses in so many ways. Things can be enjoyable, and we are grateful, but they really belong to God. We really don’t own anything when we are born into this life or when we leave it. Yet we can own a wealth of precious memories while here […]

Former teacher left gardening legacy

Don McAlavy A wonderful lady named Jean Scheihing, age 94, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Dec. 6, 2002, of natural causes at her home. She was one of the best ladies I have every known when she lived in Portales. She was born Dec. 4, 1908, in Bonham, Texas, to Jane Read Page and Harry […]

The end is just the beginning

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember that wonderful feeling of “senioritis” around graduation time? It seems the long-awaited day will never arrive. The next stage of life beckons quickly. Each time I look across the sea of graduates, I have hope and dreams for each one. When caps go into the air, I ask the […]

God’s gift unequaled

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist As newlyweds we thought we lived in a mansion. Our first home, called “Vetville,” consisted of rows of army barracks converted to apartments. They housed World War II veterans at Eastern New Mexico University for $25 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school […]

Children possess wisdom beyond their years

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist “Back to school” is here again. Where did the time go? Wasn’t it only yesterday school was out for the summer? After 14 years of retirement, I still miss it! I went back one year to give a gift to the teacher for her graduating seniors. She introduced me to […]

God’s surprises surround us

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. They are wonderful little surprises and unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go unnoticed. I’ve discovered 10 ways to receive blessings but there are many more. 1. Have childlike faith. Children do not sweat life […]

A gift from the heart lasts forever.

Joan Clayton My grandson and his wife handed me a beautifully wrapped package. I could feel a frame through the paper and thought it might be a photo. I unwrapped the package to find a letter from Jody’s heart. Jane had found the perfect frame. I began to read it out loud but stopped after […]

Personalities Plus — Mary Blakley

Mary Blakley recalls rather fondly growing up in a Christian setting with stepsiblings. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “To enjoy 10 hours of God’s beauty through nature.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “The dangers our country faces around the world.” Tell us about your pet(s): “Two cats.” What is your […]