In Search of Ponies: Allergies call for compromise

Sharna Johnson Sneezing, wheezing, struggling for air with itching and puffy red eyes, my son’s friend sat in the living room on the ottoman, his shoulders hunched, his physique conveying sheer misery. Not knowing what to do, I asked if he needed some Benadryl. “No,” he said, trying to tough it out. “Should I call […]

City leaders share goals for 2011

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Call them resolutions, call them goals. But everybody has something from 2010 they want to improve in 2011. The new year has arrived, and with it targets for many in Clovis and Portales. Here are a few from some of eastern New Mexico’s most well-known citizens: • Lonnie Berry, […]

McGee: Christmas lights make town sparkle

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The joke goes, “You know you’re from New Mexico if you leave your Christmas lights up year round.” No worries about that around our house; The Lady of the House had Christmas packed up a couple of days ago, lights and all. “That’s it,” she said, smacking her hands together. […]

Home built on love can weather any storm

Joan Clayton Build your house with love and joy that leads to peace. Even through trials and problems, God, who is honored, will never leave your house. A home committed to God has happy hearts. When storm clouds come to this house, let singing break forth. Acknowledging and depending on God preserves our earthly bodies […]

My turn: Concert to feature local talent

Alisa Boswell I hope the rest of the local residents had as successful a Christmas as I did and were surrounded by many family and friends. It made my year to be able to have my immediate family all together in one place for the first time in a while. We had a wonderful time […]

Year in review: Shooting deaths investigated in 2010

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PNT staff reports Among this year’s more notorious crimes, a teenager was charged with killing a young woman who had befriended him, a man died after being shot in Dora, a fugitive was brought to trial after more than 16 years on the run and a Roosevelt County farmer was acquitted in a murder-for-hire case […]

Provision’s passage sidestepped Congress

It’s debatable whether, under Obamacare, “death panels,” perhaps committees of bureaucrats charged with deciding what types of medical care the government will pay for and what it won’t, especially as the costs rise toward the end of life, are a fevered fantasy or a prudent fear, with respectable arguments either way. What now cannot be […]

Their view: Eliminating tax credits won’t eliminate deficit

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He warns lawmakers that eliminating tax credits may not help heal the state’s budget woes. Eliminating tax credits won’t eliminate deficit With a $400 million budget deficit facing lawmakers when they return to Santa Fe, the […]

Do right, law or no law

You know the right thing to do. I know you do. So don’t wait for someone else to do it first and don’t wait for a “law” to tell you to. Do it now. I’m reminded of the Clovis Hobby Lobby shoppers this month who tripped up a shoplifter. Instead of watching the thief and […]

Friday morning briefing: Read up, a top appointment and baseball mourns

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Read up The state Rural Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in Roosevelt County on Jan. 13. The schedule is: • Pep Post Office, 9-10 a.m. • Causey Post Office, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Elida City Hall, 1-2 p.m. The bookmobile offers books for loan with […]

Portales past: Jan. 19, 1942

Jan. 19, 1942: Portales Daily News: Only $750 more was needed to put Roosevelt County’s Red Cross war fund over the $2,500 mark, according to Paul Bryant, county chairman.

Portales past: Jan. 18, 1951

Jan. 18, 1951: The Portales Daily News: Portales Markets ad: Cream, 65 cents; heavy hens, 22 cents; eggs, 36 cents; roosters, 10 cents; light hens, 18 cents; hides, 22 cents; and hogs, $20.25.

Portales past: Jan. 16, 1962

Jan. 16, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: In the movie review column by Dan Ihde: It might be incorrect to say that splendor existed in “Splendor in the Grass,” the current feature at the Tower Theater, but most of the grass was present only in the minds of the advertising agency.

Portales past: Jan. 15, 1951

Jan. 15, 1951: The Portales Daily News: R.M. James, city schools supervisor, gave a program at the Central Parent-Teacher Association meeting. He showed a film on “The Problem Child.”

Portales past: Jan. 14, 1942

Jan. 14, 1942: Portales Daily News: A meeting of farmers and ranchers was set for Jan. 30 to consider the new production goals set for the Food for Freedom campaign.

Portales past: Jan. 13, 1947

Jan. 13, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Ten buildings from the Ft. Sumner Air Base were moved to the campus of Eastern New Mexico College Monday, according to Ray M. Howard, project engineer of the Federal Works Agency. The buildings sat in a quadrangle south of the music hall.

Portales past: Jan. 12, 1942

Jan. 12, 1942: Portales Daily News: Evan George was grateful for an easily upset stomach that probably saved not only his life, but the lives of his three children. His stomach woke him at 4 a.m. and led him to the discovery of the fire.

Portales past: Jan. 11, 1962

Jan. 11, 1962: The Portales News-Tribune: Ads from Parkway Grocery: Coffee, 59 cents per pound; biscuits, seven cans for 49 cents; bread, thick-sliced loaf, 20 cents; 3 pounds Food King Shortening, 59 cents; Raisin Bran, 10 ounces, 25 cents; picnic hams, 29 cents per pound, Rancho bacon, 2 pounds for 89 cents.

Portales past: Jan. 9, 1962

Jan. 9, 1962: Portales Daily News: Kenneth Musick, who farmed 480 acres at Dora, paid $40 an acre for 640 acres, outbidding the former lessee, O.A. Preuit, a Levelland, Texas, grain corporation and two other Roosevelt County farmers.