Being Julio’s daughter is enough

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Many people mistake me for my mom, but not many have said over the years that I resemble my dad. With that said though, most people do know me as “Julio’s daughter.” I’m proud to be Julio’s daughter, the daughter of a baker, the daughter of a “musico,” the daughter […]

Freshman explores universe for regional science fair entry

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By William Thompson Portales High School freshman G.T. “Teddy” Gordon began his foray into science at the age of seven when he began taking the engines out of remote-controlled cars. He wanted to see how they worked. He also made electric fans out of the engines. Gordon’s latest scientific effort, a display called “The Soaring […]

Father knew how to fly

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]

Garcia brought out best in everyone

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Edward Garcia demonstrated compassion by the way he respected the lives of others. He honored their integrity and sought to bring out the best when even the darkest times presented themselves in full. According to family members, he was a man with an open heart to love. Edward Garcia died Oct. […]

Ham preferred after turkey fiasco

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

Crisp air brings thoughts of perfectly-timed good-bye

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer When it starts feeling crisp outside with a cold snap in the air, I think of the cozy fires Dad will kindle in his woodburning stove. Then my stomach churns, thinking of the ollas of menudo he’ll brew. When I think of his savory menudo — a stew of tripe, […]

Reliving parents’ marriage through tour of Lubbock

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer For many people, Lubbock is a place to shop until you drop, dine out and go nightclubbing. For me, the Hub City is a place where it all began — literally. My parents met in Lubbock in August of 1963 and married on Sept. 25, 1965. It was only fitting […]

England product learns about life in Portales

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Your name: Melissa Hammar Your job: Food service at McDonalds Your age (and Birth Date):25 years old, 11-16-79 Your hometown: I was born in Omaha, New England. Your family: I have two sons, Darin and Joey, and my boyfriend James Smith. Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, […]

May 25 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael April showers are producing some May flowers and grass growth in all the area of South County. It also is triggering a lot of sneezes and coughs because of allergies. The showers that fell recently were surely a boost to the wild life and crops in the area. There is a lot […]

Dog days can be harmful to family

By Bob Huber In the years when I was forming, I attracted several pet dogs of dubious persuasion. One of them was so ugly we named him “Gag.” It was actually my father who named the dog while deep in the throes of a terminal malady called Boozus Griefus, or as they say in medical […]

Turkey rodeo a precious Thanksgiving memory

By Bob Huber Now comes Thanksgiving Day with fond memories of family gatherings and succulent roast turkeys — you know, those buzzard-looking birds with Jurassic brains the size of peas and flapping wings strong enough to tear your head off. One particular event in my family’s history had to do with 200 of those nasty […]

Hispanic or Latino, what’s in a name?

By Helena Rodriguez When my daughter Laura and I walked into Dillard’s last weekend, it was not only looking a lot like Christmas, it was more like a Hispanic Christmas. This department store is one of a handful of upscale retailers accused a few years ago of a string of racist practices said to have […]

Sometimes it helps to not understand

By Helena Rodriguez Why do people take it personal if you ask them to repeat themselves? “Huh?” These three letters must be the most detestable sounds in the English language because people flip out when I say them. If you’re feeling particularly suicidal on a given day, I dare you to say “Huh?” not just […]

Almorzar: It’s not just for breakfast anymore

By Helena Rodriguez When Mom says to Dad, “Ven a almorzar!” that means it’s time to come and eat breakfast. The only problem is “almorzar” means lunch, and to make it more confusing, Mom and Dad are usually eating their breakfast at noon. Just like green chile, referring to breakfast as “almorzar” is a New […]

Old Thunder wasn’t the greatest gift after all

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, this is that wonderful time of year when we celebrate Father’s Day. (Pause here for drum roll.) Warning: No matter that your daughter gave you a bolo tie with a Girl Scout emblem on it, or that your son gave you a birthstone ring made of cement, […]

Dad managed to keep this daughter happy

By Alexis Domme: Guest columnist Something I’ll always appreciate about my dad is that he will drop whatever he is doing to make his daughters happy.  When I was in eighth grade, my soccer team discovered our coach had quit. This was halfway through the season and the league basically said, “Too bad.” We were […]

Dad: Here’s to unfinished milk, melodies

By Helena Rodriguez As a child, nothing was more comforting than hearing the thumping of Dad’s boots in the wee hours of the morning, reassuring me he was home safe from another music gig. Even as an adult, I would wait for that familiar thumping in the night when I stayed with my parents. Only […]

June full of important holidays

By Bob Huber Today’s topic is the month of June, which is bustin’ out all over with rambunctious celebrations like Father’s Day, weddings, the summer solstice, Flag Day, and the most wonderful day of all — my birthday. As you can see, June is a frenzy of activity, spiked with cheap champagne and police roadblocks. […]

Parsons involved in many activities

What do you think of Portales? “I like it. The people are really friendly here.” What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Where nothing goes wrong.” What is your fondest memory of Portales? “My favorite memory of Portales, I guess, would be when my brother-in-law (Hugh Frazier) was still alive and was a pastor here.” […]

Lucero preached honesty, respect to sons, daughters

By Tony Parra Charlie Lucero, a music-lover, was best defined by family members as a giving, hard-working man with a great sense of humor. Lucero died on March 7 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Trementina to Juliana and Gasper Lucero. “He raised us when my […]