Coworkers trying to bowl cancer over

By Alisa Boswell: PNT Staff Writer Two Portales residents and coworkers are knocking down bowling pins for dollars — with the money going to the fight against cancer. Roger Jones, who works at C&S Inc., and is on its Relay for Life team each year, bowls with the Continental Bowling League Thursday nights in Clovis. […]

My turn: Don’t let life bring you down

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Last week felt like a real case of the Mondays, so this past weekend I felt like the universe was shifting its balance, and hopefully in my favor. Now the key to a smooth flow at work or home is organization. But that’s kind of why I love the news business, you can only prepare […]

Hounds go down in series finale

CMI staff DURANT, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team collected 12 hits on Saturday and put the leadoff man on in six of the nine innings. But the Greyhounds had two runners thrown out on the bases in the first inning, hit into four double plays and committed five errors in a 5-1 […]

My turn: Cowboys loyalty part of childhood

Since I grew up in legendary Cowboys quarterback “Dandy” Don Meredith’s hometown of Mt. Vernon, Texas, and hauled hay for his parents, it is illegal for me not to be a Cowboys fan. As a youngster, I rode 100 miles to a Dallas-Green Bay pre-season game at the Cotton Bowl with my father and his […]

Drivers need to put down phones

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Dear Gov. Susana Martinez, May I call you Susana? Or maybe even “Suzy?” I know we have not formally met. By “met,” I mean we have not been in the same town at the same time, ever. No problem. That’s the way I started out with your predecessor. By the end I was stalking him […]

Jan. 22: Police blotter

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Alisa Boswell Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Jan. 14 At 8:35 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a Stripes convenience store. A store clerk told the officer he saw a customer put a bottle of Smirnoff vodka down his pants. When the officer asked the suspect why […]

My turn: Don’t need snow for sled

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I have been looking at lots of ads for the upcoming holiday. I have been amazed at the amounts and types of toys that are offered. I do not remember having things like that when I was a kid. I also think that the best toys were the ones we made. I had always wanted […]

Clayton: Miracles happen in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Have you ever considered the fact that you are a miracle? That tiny microscopic cell contains your physical characteristics, talents, abilities and personality. I find that amazing. What about the little coincidences in our lives? Had you been just a little bit earlier or later a car wreck might […]

My turn: Cranes provide home away from home

When Charlie and Martha Crane of Portales sit down today for Thanksgiving dinner, they don’t know exactly who will be there to join them, or if they’ll even share a common native language. In fact, odds are they will not. For the past 20 years or so, the kind-hearted Cranes have extended an open invitation […]

DairyFest shut down

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Robin Fornoff There won’t be any free ice cream, milk or yogurt because there won’t be a DairyFest in Clovis next summer. Sponsors of the annual event, United Dairy Women, confirmed Wednesday they are shutting down DairyFest for a year, citing a tough economy. “Our industry is hurting,” said Michelle Heavyside, who chairs the UDW […]

Uncertainty slows down economic growth

Freedom New Mexico Two months ago, President Barack Obama lamented that a “cloud of uncertainty” hampered economic recovery. He said Congress must agree on a debt ceiling so businesses will regain confidence to add workers. Congress did. Businesses didn’t. Nevertheless, we agree with the president that economic uncertainty discourages business and consumers. It’s clear, however, […]

Rodeo spectators in for wild ride

Rodeo as a spectator sport has been growing in attendance. Maybe it is because it is live-action, close to home, reasonably priced and rated PG. NASCAR has a similar appeal. As rodeo moves into the ranks of other professional sports, you notice a consistency in the show. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association runs a tight […]

Memories, love most important

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico correspondent With a devastating season of fire in the Southwest and a hurricane bearing down on the east coast last week my wife posed the question, “What would you take if you only had an hour to evacuate our home?” I think an hour might or might not be […]

Parents’ tips for camping with kids

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Sara Cassinelli Camping can be inexpensive and a great way for families to unplug, be outside and experience everything nature has to offer all while creating lifelong memories. Avid outdoorsman and Idaho Outdoors freelance writer Mark Krepps has three boys and has some great advice for parents who want to take their kids camping. Choosing […]

Debt plan would tamp down COLA

Military retirees, Social Security recipients and others drawing federal payments were tempted to grumble at Congress or the White House when the past two Januarys brought no cost-of-living adjustment. The real culprits were a deeply distressed economy, which drove prices down, and a logical process, set up 40 years ago, to track inflation and adjust […]

My turn: Language still barrier

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When I was growing up, I thought everyone in Lubbock spoke Spanish. We went to the tienda down the street from my grandparents’ house; they spoke Spanish. At the park; Spanish. The music was Ramon Ayala. At Mass and cursillos (religious retreats) it was pure Spanish, with joyful shouts of “De Colores!” But then we […]

Flow of illegal immigration slowing down

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls continue to show that strong majorities of Americans want their elected officials to crack down on illegal immigration. Furthermore, states are pushing ahead various proposals — such as requiring employers to use an E-Verify system to assure that workers they hire are in the United States legally. Yet a […]

Bible gift for all generations

Bibles of older relatives have been passed down to me. My grandfather’s Bible is almost threadbare, but I cherish those tattered pages. “The Good Book,” as he called it, was the guiding force of his life. Early dawn found him in his favorite chair with the Bible opened across his lap. “This Book of Wisdom […]

Herding Squirrels: Greetings from a super villain

Traci Arbios As a young lass, I never wanted the “typical” dream of growing up and getting married and having 2.5 kids and settling down into the 3-bed, 2-bath home with the picket fence. Partial lie — I wanted the picket fence, but mostly I just wanted my parents to build a picket fence around […]

Portales hosting downtown car show

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Portales residents can take a drive down memory lane Friday, courtesy of the Portales MainStreet Program and local car collectors. MainStreet Director Sandy Van Der Veen said the community’s first National Collector Car Appreciation Day car show is set to feature at least 16 classic cars, plus food vendors and car-related information booths. She is […]