New year brings clean slate

By Joan Clayton 2009 has come and gone with its challenges. With so many issues in government, chaos in culture, economy and all kinds of personal situations life would seem to be the pits. Not so dear reader. We are living in the “meanwhiles.” Whatever our life span covers, the real life is “losing your […]

Dusk set for CCC performance

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Freedom New Mexico Canadian crooner Matt Dusk will brings his “Rat Pack” jazz style to a concert Jan. 31 at the Clovis Civic Center. The concert kicks off the spring season of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series sponsored by Clovis Community College and The Citizens Bank of Clovis. Dusk, named one of Canada’s “Twenty […]

Officials stress winter safety precautions

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Winter brings holidays, parties, cold temperatures — and safety issues. Fires, burglaries and purse snatching, and spoiling food at parties can cause problems, but steps can be taken to protect yourself and your family. To prevent fires, keep ashes cleaned out of fireplaces or wood-burning stoves away from anything […]

Christmas party brings cheer to Heartland residents

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer As holiday music plays, people, many in wheelchairs, snack on cream puffs and pinwheels, and then tear into gifts from the people who serve them every day. It’s Christmastime at Heartland Continuing Care Center. About 75 people live at Heartland and Tuesday they celebrated the holiday with a party. […]

Denish brings Roundhouse to Portales

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By Sharna Johnson and Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish visited Portales and Clovis on Wednesday as part of her “Roundhouse on the Road” tour of New Mexico.Utilizing a tour bus that serves as mobile office, Denish met with residents in front of the Memorial Building. She was asked by Freedom Newspapers […]

May rains pushing average

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PNT Staff Report Rain showers sprinkled over Roosevelt County on Wednesday, bringing much-needed rain for area farmers as well as for people with allergies. The KENW-TV Broadcast Center at Eastern New Mexico University recorded a little over half an inch of rain by mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to Operations Manager Shannon Hearn. With the month only […]

Dramatic reading brings history to life

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Margaret Waters doesn’t just read history. She re-enacts it and brings it alive, as she did on Thursday at the Portales Public Library when she presented her one-woman impersonation of “Ma’am Jones of the Pecos.” Barbara Culp Jones, better known as Ma’am Jones, was a pioneer woman from the […]

Happiness can’t be found in material things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Go to any bookstore and you will find dozens of “how to” books on being happy. Enticements are everywhere. TV commercials are filled with “things” guaranteed to satisfy. You only need their products to make your life perfect. For some, happiness is attained only when “this or that happens.” Yet, the […]

God sends gift of joy from above

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist Have you ever noticed how many times the words “joy, joyful, rejoice, rejoiced, rejoicing” appears in the Bible? It’s because the gospel is indeed “Good News.” I believe the greatest gift to mankind is truly “ Joy To The World.” Joy is a fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Happiness […]

Happiness is a choice we should all make

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist It has been said, “The happiest heart is one that beats for others.” I agree. Preoccupied with oneself brings selfish misery. I’ve also heard that when a baby is born his or her little fists are clinched and they are crying. But when one dies their hands are open and […]