Health fair scheduled for Roosevelt County

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Third Annual La Casa Family Health Center Celebration is set to keep Roosevelt County residents healthy in Portales just before the youth of Roosevelt County heads back to school. Professionals in health care will assist residents in any of their needs with check-ups and information to stay healthy. The […]

Cancer survivor ‘wishes’ for others

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Exhibiting a rare talent for a child her age, Carlee Luscombe, 8, has mastered the skill of being completely still. Every six months, the flaxen-haired cancer survivor needs an MRI. The machine takes magnetic photographs of her brain, only four years ago, home to a malignant tumor. The process requires Carlee […]

Raising children with love is essential

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist This time of year is “bittersweet” for me. I see “Back to School” reminders everywhere. I feel a “tinge” of fall in the air and I remember those first days of school with little first graders. They had “new situation anxiety in the worst way.”  That school looked mighty big in […]

BRAC impact more than economic

By Anna Macias Aguayo: The Associated Press CLOVIS — The thought of losing Cannon Air Force Base tugs at the heart of Betty Tiedemann. It would mean a separation from her 20-year-old daughter and the two young grandchildren. Her son-in-law is stationed at the base. “My daughter’s really my best friend,” said Tiedemann, 46, her […]

Homicides up, suicides, drug deaths down

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The state Office of the Medical Investigator said 193 deaths in New Mexico last year were investigated as homicides, six more than in the previous year, but that suicides and drug deaths were down in the state. However, the OMI said New Mexico’s rates of suicide and drug deaths still […]

July 14 Obituaries

Ethel Gilman, 87 Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Southside Church of Christ in Portales. Ethel Gilman, 87, died Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care. She was born on Feb. 16, 1918, in Marietta, Okla., to Sophia and Ellis M. Frazier. She was married to Roy Gilman, on June 2, 1939, in Clovis. She […]

The young and the wireless

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Inside 16-year-old Kristin Smothermon’s purse is a flip-top Motorola cellular phone. The Albuquerque teen takes it with her most places she goes — school, weekend trips, basketball and track practice. The palm-sized phone has even become a bed-time companion. “I talk to my boyfriend for hours at night,” said Smothermon, […]

Route 66 event calendar

Thursday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. — Bluegrass Music and Watermelon Feed at Kvols Park, next to the Chamber. Music provided by the Northeast New Mexico Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Association. Admission is free. Friday 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. — Fandango Dinner Party at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Admission is $15 and includes […]

Council holds off on skate park decision

By Tony Parra They came dressed in black, with a mission to save their park. News of the city’s skate park closing brought out teens and parents wearing black shirts with the words “Operation Keep Skate Park” to the city meeting on Tuesday evening. The shirts were similar to the yellow shirts Portales residents wore […]

6/23 Ticket calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp meeting — Through Saturday. Begins with fellowship at 5 p.m.followed by free supper, sermon and music. Information: 762-3237. Badlands Rally Kick Start Party — 7 p.m. Elks Lodge on Sycamore. Free and open to public. All you can eat hamburgers and hotdogs for $6. Information: 769-1000. Badlands […]

6/19 Life Story

Barnett was encouraging as a leader By Laurie Stone PNT Correspondent Clarence Barnett dedicated his life to civil service. He was a quiet leader that encouraged others to stive beyond what they thought they could accomplish for themselves. According to family members, he led by example as he taught his family and friends the importance […]

Touch our heavenly Father’s heart with praise everyday

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Every day can be Father’s Day Who can know a father’s love for his child? A true father will move heaven and earth for his child in need. His love extends beyond all earthly experiences and when it is all said and done you will hear him say, “That’s my […]

Salmonella outbreak linked to state hatchery

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Seventeen cases of salmonella poisoning in the Southwest since April have been linked to a single New Mexico hatchery, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Department of Health Public Information Officer Deborah Davis declined to release the name of the hatchery or where it is located because she […]

Dream continues for award nominee

By Tony Parra Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of four stories about the Pioneer of the Year nominees. Years after moving to Portales, Clytie Calton and her husband, George, conjured up dreams of owning their own furniture store. More than 45 years later the dream is still going strong. Clytie Calton […]

Do you believe in magic?

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer It may be a bunny or a magic book that Jamie O’Hara will pull out of his magician’s hat Friday when the Portales Public Library kicks-off its summer reading program. O’Hara, who calls himself “The Magic Guy,” has been practicing magic since he was 7 years old. “I have […]

6/5 Life Story

By Laurie Stone PNT Correspondent Wilma Skinner was the type of person that lived her life doing things right. According to family members, Skinner was a treasure of influence to all those that knew her because of her generous nature and wise counsel. She died April 23, 2005, at the age of 88 from complication […]

Game commission hosts free fishing day at Oasis State Park

PNT Staff Saturday allows New Mexicans a day to fish without a license or habitat stamp. The New Mexico Game Commission has announced Saturday is a day of free fishing. All anglers, residents and non-residents can fish public waters with no license or habitat stamp required. “It lets the people themselves know what they’re missing […]

Center offering summer youth program

PNT Staff Parents will have another option for their children this summer to help encourage healthy activity. Johnny Ledbetter, Portales Recreation Center Director, said the goal of the director’s inaugural summer youth program at the Portales Recreation Center is to keep children healthy and active. “I think kids need to have things to do in […]

Mother’s Day has different meaning at children’s home

By Tony Parra Some mothers may have to take care of five or maybe even eight kids, but there are other mothers in Portales who have to take care of more than 20 children. Three house mothers at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales share responsibilities with their husbands of taking care of […]

Mothering babies isn’t what it used to be

Freedom Newspapers Mothering babies might not seem what it used to be. We seem to see growing instances of mothers who abuse or abandon their children, whether leaving them alone at home or in hot car seats. We still hear news about spectacular cases such as that of a Texas woman, who with her common-law […]