‘Dances with Wolves’ author tells his rags-to-riches story

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers He was homeless for a year, lived in a garage for awhile, slept on a lot of friends’ couches. The life of a Hollywood screen writer is not all glamour. Michael Blake, 58, a former Eastern New Mexico University student best known as the author of “Dances with Wolves,” told […]

Good deed turned tragic at area farmhouse

Don McAlavy How would you feel if you caused the death of your wife? It’s unthinkable, but such a tragedy occurred in Curry County nearly 87 years ago. Sometime on the Sunday night of Sept. 2, 1917, on a farm about 20 miles northwest of Clovis, a man walked up to the house of Rufus […]

Best way to cheer up is other’s misery

Bob Huber: Local columnist When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw […]

May a good month for utter randomness

Bob Huber: Local columnist I don’t go a-Maying anymore, nor do I bring home the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort. But now that I’m officially seniored, I’ve thought about returning to that celebration, because there’s bound to be some good in it. But what I really like to do nowadays is celebrate birthdays […]

Movie Review — Remember: ‘The Alamo’ worth seeing in theaters

By Ben Kessler I remember the Alamo. I visited it about seven years ago and found it fascinating. This movie is a great embodiment of the things I found so interesting. In “The Alamo,” Texas militiamen face overwhelming odds when trying to defend a Spanish mission from the advancing Mexican army. The mission, although not […]

Knowing important people not same as knowing God

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Because of some family records and oral family history, our cousin has long maintained that we are related to the famous writer, Mark Twain. As some might say, that is “my only claim to fame.” But as a child, it was always a real thrill for me to say I was […]

‘Passion’ accurate, Jesus died in our place

By Judy Brandon I have yet to see “The Passion of the Christ” although I fully intend to go. The story was one that I have known about since I was a child. Further, I have really known Christ since I was a child. The news and views of this movie has filled the papers […]

Don’t miss timeless story of friendship

Clyde Davis “You will never have another opportunity to see this group of actors do this great play. This is the story of our country — of men who know nothing but how to work. They dream of having their own place where they can hoe in the garden, have their own mules. …” Janeice […]

Big Fish movie is catch of the year

By Stacy Allen Show: Big Fish Stars: Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Danny Devito Summary: Big Fish is the story of a man’s life that intertwines fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, and entertains you until the very end. Showtimes: (1:30) 4:45, 7:30, 10:00   Big Fish is the catch of the […]

Portales woman gets 15 minutes of fame

By Mike Linn A Portales woman will grab the attention of millions nationwide next week. That’s thanks to a dart, a map and a phone book. Marilyn Buchanan, a 55-year-old teacher, is scheduled to appear on The Early Show’s “Everybody Has A Story,” a CBS feature that runs about twice a month. CBS reporter Steve […]