Race’s salvation is in becoming whole

Leonard Pitts Jr. Somehow, for black people, it always comes down to fractions. At the beginning, there was that unpleasantness about the Constitution counting us as three-fifths of a human being. More recently, fractions have been necessary to measure our progress toward equality. So in a sense, the National Urban League’s just-released “State of Black […]

Music shapes my heart and soul

Dean Turvaville Editors note: This is the fifth in a series of columns celebrating music in our schools week. One of my earliest memories is that of my grandmother singing Gospel hymns in the kitchen of our family farmhouse as she cooked dinner. I suppose music has always played a part in shaping me, from […]

Quilter to showcase her work at ag expo

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Laura Merrick works on a quilt at her Portales home. Merrick, an avid quilter since she was a child, looks forward to participating in the quilt show this month at the New Mexico Ag Expo. The Ag Expo is Feb. 23-25 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. By Tony Parra PORTALES — Laura Merrick of Portales […]

Brown, Joseph

Joseph Brown Services: Have been held. Mr. Joseph William “Jake” Brown, 74, of Jal, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. He was born on Dec. 1, 1928, in Cogar, Okla., to Myrtie and John Brown. He was a 1947 graduate of Floyd High School. He married Coralie Nell Mullins […]

New school year, returning career

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Mary Finifrock de Perez, a third grade teacher at Cameo Elementary School, unpacks books in her classroom Friday at the school. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Mary Finifrock De Perez is a teacher who never stops learning — or, apparently, teaching. After working in the Clovis Municipal School District for 28 years as […]

Blandford, Dale

Dale Blandford Services: Have been held. Mr. Dale Blandford, 70, of Gisela, Ariz., died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Shamrock, Texas, to Raymond and Marie Blandford. He grew up in Portales. After high school he served in the U.S. Army […]