Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch-high pile of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Norman Luboff Choir. […]

Area banks have Portales roots

By Ruth Burns: FNM correspondent The banking business in the early days on the High Plains was as wild and unpredictable as the other occupations of the time. People did not have much money, but after the sale of a herd of cattle, there would be large sums of gold and paper money to contend […]

Memories best gift to leave behind

Memories flash across my mind and cause my thoughts to turn back to times well over a half century ago, to a time of my earliest recollections, and starts a chain reaction of memories to begin unwinding,” wrote Vernon “Pistol” Payne,