Portales man garners award for truck

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Johnny Middleton got into restoring cars and trucks because when he was younger, he had to build his own. Recently, he got an article published in a MOPAR Action magazine about his truck, Li’l Red Express, which he restored and won car shows with. Middleton said he got started […]

Local reaction to Jackson and Fawcett deaths

Two figures who definied a generation are gone within six hours of each other.The deaths Thursday of favorite “Angel” Farrah Fawcett and “King of Pop” Michael Jackson surprised and stunned us all.We asked some local folks to share their thoughts: Farrah Fawcett:1. Brandy Rains, stay-home mother in Portales, said: “She had a long hard fight. […]

Custom Classic starts today

The 26th Annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic slowpitch softball tournament starts today. This year’s classic has 126 teams converging on Clovis for the weekend-long event at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex and Bob Spencer Field. USSSA Area Director Roger Jackson said the tournament is a great economic boost for Clovis because of the different people […]

Water commission considers conservation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Ute Reservoir Water Commission plans to consider different approaches to conserving water in droughts to keep Ute Lake’s water level from dropping to the point communities are no longer allowed to withdraw water. After discussing the value of planning for droughts at their meeting Thursday in Portales, commissioners […]

Getting to know: Retired teacher spends time volunteering

Isabel Zupanciz is a former Portales Municipal Schools employee who worked most of her 31 years in the system as a first-grade teacher and an elementary school counselor. Since retiring in 2002, Zupanciz has stayed busy volunteering for an array of local groups — including Habitat For Humanity, Parents Reaching Out, Ready To Learn, Meals […]

A Plea For America

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist Those who have lived under freedom in “America, the Beautiful,” have been blessed. My great-grandparents, my grandparents, my parents and my generation have been blessed indeed to live in a country that has been “the land of the free.” It saddens me to see what has been happening in my […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: April 1 hoax

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer I can only remember falling for two April Fool’s jokes that were in print. One was Sports Illustrated’s hoax that an eccentric pitcher named Sidd Finch had learned how to throw a baseball 168 miles an hour and had been signed to the Mets. That was sort of understandable. […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: Greatest entertainer of my lifetime

By Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico photographer My sister Jeannette and I would get on the bus to ride across town to see Michael Jackson and his brothers at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Every time they came to the city, we went to see them. Later when they became the Jacksons, they would […]

Nothing wrong with taking credit

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist America or Germany or any other country is often praised for superior achievements while individual Americans or Germans need to show humility lest they be deemed braggarts. Even in sports such as tennis, where there’s a dominance of individual performance, taking credit for doing well is rare. Either […]

Public losing confidence in president

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Tuesday may have marked the beginning of the end of the administration’s honeymoon with the Washington establishment as personified by the Washington press corps. Although the president was still firmly in command of his audience, the questions were sharper and more pointed, a little less reverential than […]