Bloopers create perplexing journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Regardless of floods, N.M. is green state

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We have a state of emergency. Flooding in Hatch has damaged a good part of that town’s claim to fame. While our beloved green chile did all right elsewhere, Hatch is the Chile Capital of the World. Our official New Mexico state question is : “Red or green?” which refers, […]

Lenten sacrifices lend greater appreciation

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist The 40-day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday has begun. It’s during this time of year that I think of Grandma Emma, her Friday meals without meat and the stories she’d share with us. If you’re Catholic, you know meat is out on Fridays during Lent. But with Grandma Emma’s special […]

Chile’s identity crisis: Fruit or berry

By Helena Rodriguez The burning question in Santa Fe right is how to label our precious red and green chile peppers. This is not a mild matter for us chile-chomping Nuevo Meji-canos. But in a strange twist, the debate over our fiery state vegetable has turned fruity. And I do mean fruity. A bill was […]

Searching for a perfect chile relleno

By Helene Rodriguez When I worked as a reporter and restaurant critic in Abilene, Texas, several years ago, I pledged to find the perfect chile relleno. I searched high and low, from the taquerias in the city’s northside barrios to the chain restaurants on the city’s southside mall strip, but to no avail. I quickly […]

Ramirez, Sergio

Sergio Ramirez Services: Have been held. Sergio Ramirez, 77, of Clovis, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at his home. He was born on Feb. 12, 1927, in Santiago De, Chile, to Oscar and Rebecca Garcia Ramirez. He married Ingrid Talmon-Gross on Dec. 31, 1959, in Pforzheim, Germany. He came to Cannon Air Force Base in […]

Burke, Claude

Claude Burke Services: Have been held. Mr. Claude Burke, 86, of Clovis, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 7, 1917, in Bebee, Okla., to Charlie and Onie Waldon Burke. He married Alice Hunt on Oct. 23, 1950, in Portales. He had been a longtime Clovis […]