Celebrating our planet


By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Celebrating Mother Earth has been an American pastime since 1970, and this year eastern New Mexicans have several options to get in on the environmental action. Earth Day will officially be recognized Tuesday, but students at Eastern New Mexico University can start celebrating Monday with the Recycle Rally, which encourages students […]

In search of ponies: Danger lurks on Easter

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Frilly sundresses and bonnets, perfect, tiny little bow ties and shiny shoes — Easter is a day for fancy duds and in the space of another sunrise, life will be about bright colors, fuzzy critters, treat baskets, and happy kiddos. But amidst the celebratory tone of the day, dangers lurk […]

McGee: Getting old is tough

By Grant McGee Local columnist Have you been talking to old  friends lately? Comparing0  notes on how life is going? My old friend Catfish caught up with me the other day. Catfish and I go way back. Among my favorite memories are those summer days when I was 7 years old, sitting on the back […]

The cup runs over

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com James Neal Van Winkle had only joined the Roosevelt County Detention Center’s Children Uniting with Parents program to be able to see his son Daemon and daughter Fiona, but he said he got so much more. “They not only got to visit me, but I learned how to raise […]

Perfect attendance

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Randy Rankin, director of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, looks through the home’s newsletters that are given to churches across the state. Rankin joined the Portales Rotary Club because he wanted to give back the community that has supported the children’s home.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Leroy Thomas has been a part of the Portales Rotary Club for the past 43 years and in that time he has never missed a meeting. Thomas said perfect attendance is encouraged […]

Police blotter — April 18

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:25 a.m.: Harassment, 1000 block of West 18th Street. • 7:10 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:37 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1900 block of North Avenue K. • 8:08 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1100 block of North Boston Avenue. • 8:35 […]

God paints us a glorious picure

Pat Cantwell

By Pat Cantwell Religion columnist In the last two weeks, I have finally been motivated to remove the fall debris from my flower pots and flower beds. I try to plant perennials because I know they will sprout again every spring. But looking at the dry, hard clumps of dirt, I always have my doubts. But […]

Darn that salty language

By David Stevens PNT Editor New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez made headlines this week after a liberal news publication painted her as “nasty, juvenile and vindictive” in private interactions that featured colorful language. Martinez’s campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez was forced to concede one of the allegations was true. Yes, he said, the governor “used salty […]

Events calendar — April 18

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. VFW Post 9515 Golf Tournament — Noon to 5 p.m., Whispering Winds Golf Course, Cannon Air Force Base. Four-person scramble format. Information: Scott Underbrink, 607-7693. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Fifth Annual Easter Egg Hunt — 2 p.m., Softball […]

Recapturing teens worth late night

By Alisa Boswell Columnist It’s going to be a movie-filled weekend for me, because along with me being determined to see the new Captain America movie this weekend, my boyfriend has decided we’re watching both Hobbit movies back-to-back on Saturday. And tonight has in store a girls movie night for me and for coworkers Christina […]