Events calendar — Oct. 3

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Puzzle Craft — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Open to students in grades 7-12. Information: 356-3940. Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m., North Chicago Street, across from Big Valley Automotive. Information: 760-0690. Preschool […]

Lindsey-Steiner spirited bunch

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Lindsey-Steiner Elementary students show their school spirit on Pink Day in support of breast cancer.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Spirits are high this week at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary as students celebrate the tradition of homecoming. Student council members made up of representatives from every class voted on dress-up themes for Spirit Week, which coincides with homecoming week for Eastern New Mexico University. “We’ve always do a Spirit […]

ENMU honoring educators

PNT staff The sixth annual Educator Hall of Honors Gala at Eastern New Mexico University will honor six inductees this year. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., on Saturday in the Campus Union Ballroom.   The 2013 Hall of Honor Inductees are: • Judith Brunsen (deceased) […]

My turn: Dr. B’s gift is to comfort with words

By Betty Williamson PNT columnist I don’t think the Guinness Book of World Records has categories for Most Funerals Preached or Most Hearts Comforted, but if it did, Dr. Herbert Bergstrom would be a contender. With “over a thousand” funerals behind him — as many as five some weeks, and a record of three one […]

Recaptured inmate tracked to Salt Lake City Wal-Mart

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com U.S. Marshal agents were tipped off about Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio’s location after his girlfriend attempted to use an employee discount card Tuesday at a Salt Lake City Wal-Mart. Agents in Utah said they had been working with U.S. Marshals in New Mexico, who had been […]

Events Calendar — Oct. 2

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Animal Tales” will be featured. Participants are asked to dress like a pirate. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Tweens pick the […]

My Turn: Granny held family together

I saw a picture of my grandmother at a San Francisco Giants game last week, baseball cap and all. She’s more reserved than my maternal grandmother, but when it comes to the Giants, she puts the rest of us fans to shame. I remember sitting with her and my dad in the living room and […]

Health agency online in October

A new Defense Health Agency (DHA) comes to life this month, armed with new authorities to control health costs by cutting waste and duplication across the separate medical departments of Army, Navy and Air Force. DHA is tasked to streamline delivery of care, recapture thousands of patients for the direct care system from purchased care […]

Viewpoint: New Mexico’s cremation laws need adjusting

Generally, when a family member dies, the family proceeds to make final arrangements for the body. But for Leah McFarland, a mother who raised her daughter alone, it wasn’t that straightforward. Because she was estranged from the father for many years and could not locate him, the mortuary she selected would not cremate her 30-year-old […]

Nation needs true health reform

Want a glimpse of what the Obamacare battle will look like in 2015? Just glance at liberal websites. You’ll find a trove of insurance company bashing. Are insurance premiums rising instead of falling by the $2,500 per family that Obama repeatedly promised in 2009? They are. If you consult ThinkProgess, Daily Kos and Physicians for […]