God looked out for Bettie Miller

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former school librarian has self-published a book of memories and poetry that captures the area’s history through her life story, from her days climbing trees and learning to drive, to a painful divorce and crippling stroke. At age 79, Bettie Gerber Miller – once considered the “poetry laureate” at [...]

Man returns lost Bible to rightful owner

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Frank Buckley was running errands with his sister Tuesday when he noticed the black, leather-bound book on the side of the road on Prince Street. “I immediately knew it was a Bible,” Buckley said. “I asked my sister to turn around.” Buckley said his sister was hesitant to execute a U-turn [...]

Nomination process necessary elsewhere

By Kevin Wilson We’re about to embark on a political process that will produce sound bites from the left and the right (speaking politically, not dimensionally), drag a 50-year-old man through the proverbial mud and most likely do nothing to stop the appointment of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rarely do people leave [...]

Bowl-ed over: wife tells husband’s story

By Marc Schoder Karen Alexander, a reading specialist from Portales is scheduled to have a short story about her husband, Portales physician Dr. Lonnie Alexander, and his experiences growing up. The book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Creating a Better World” is scheduled to hit bookshelves Aug. 23 according to an e-mail from Bradley Winch, [...]

James students put reading on their lists

By Tony Parra James Elementary students are opening the door to the world of imagination books have to offer this week as part of the Scholastic Book Fair. Some James Elementary students were made their first visit to the book fair on Tuesday. Tina Miller, James Elementary librarian, said James Elementary students will take a [...]

Student enjoys good friends, sun, ocean

Name: Christy Fields Your job: Student Your age (and Birth Date): 16; May 1, 1988. Your hometown: Portales  Your family: Parents Philip and Janet, my brother Stephen, and a sister Janay. Your Hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: “I’m a Sunday school teacher for the 3 and 4 year olds at Trinity Family [...]

Be careful when mixing fiction with nonfiction

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other [...]

Sci-fi lectureship set for Thursday

By Tony Parra Jack Williamson, who turns 97 in March, still works to pique sci-fi readers’ interests. While he usually does this through his writing, Williamson also is part of a lectureship series in its 29th year at Eastern New Mexico University. “I enjoy the lectureship,” Williamson said. “It gives me a chance to visit [...]

Raising a family takes lots of work

By Helena Rodriguez Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare, according to actor Ed Asner. As the parent of a teenager, I couldn’t agree more. Now here’s my take on raising children: Raising a kid is yourself at that age coming back to haunt you — it’s a mix of what you lacked [...]

Retired ENMU teacher set to publish animal book

By Kevin Wilson Does a rattlesnake have to be coiled to strike? Can a turtle leave its shell? Will a toad give you warts? Retired Eastern New Mexico University biology professor Tony Gennaro got these kind of questions in his classes and on the phone, and they became inspiration for a series of cartoons and [...]