In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

Can’t pronounce it? Don’t eat it

I watched a cooking show on television a few days ago. It was … interesting. It was a competition, and the four contestants were charged with preparing food someone could actually eat, using totally weird ingredients. Each section had its own basket of ingredients, and the contestants were required to make an appetizer from the […]

Hunger’s emotional effects on children

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Alfred Lubrano Children in poverty are more emotionally affected by a lack of food than was previously understood, new research shows. With food prices up nearly 5 percent over last year and the poor disproportionately hurt, children are noticing their parents skipping more meals to let their youngsters eat. That’s causing kids to speak up. […]

My turn: Facebook makes me hungry

I recently found and was added to a new group on Facebook. Some former residents put together a group dedicated to old Portales memories.The group quickly grew and now has almost 500 members. Many of them are past graduates and people who have moved away over the years. Some of them report to have been […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]

Seven things not to say to your picky eater

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Jeremy Olson Do any of these sound familiar? Clean your plate or no dessert! Why do you have to be so picky? There are starving people in China! If so, then you’re likely a parent who has gone to battle at the dinner table with kids who refuse to eat the meals prepared for them. […]

So, what can’t I eat now that I’m pregnant?

Now that you’re eating for two, what goes in your mouth is very important. Here’s what’s off-limits (or partially off-limits) and why. Alcohol It goes into baby’s bloodstream and could lead to big problems, from an increased miscarriage risk to issues related to development. Certain Fish Stay away from swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, and shark, […]

My turn: Wait, I can explain

There are a couple of disadvantages to being on a diet and watching what you eat. Other people watch for you. I always watch carefully what I eat, and have pretty much given up all fast food … almost. I did find something that I like, and it is really pretty good for you. It […]

Super Bowl party better when planned

How to appropriately plan for a Superbowl celebration: 1. Don’t go if you are going to be a spoilsport. By spoilsport, I mean anyone who cannot enter into the spirit of the event because he or she is too frustrated over, for example, what the Bengals did. It may be easy for me to say […]

Police report: Malnourished girl locked in room

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A 10-year-old Portales girl was forced to eat meals quickly, by herself, then locked in her room at night “to prevent her from getting up and eating food,” according to a police incident report. The girl was also forced to wear pull-up diapers, denied bathroom access and had her […]

Thief got exactly what was deserved

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet have now exposed our suburban children to the dog-eat-dog reality of nature.

Foods can speak volumes about us

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Foods and the way we eat them may say a lot about us. Lately they’ve been screaming a lot about me from just above my belt.

FDA says tomatoes OK to eat again

The U.S. government lifted its salmonella warning on tomatoes Thursday but an investigation into a separate outbreak in Portales is continuing. Hot peppers still get a caution: The people most at risk of salmonella — including the elderly and people with weak immune systems — should avoid fresh jalapenos and serranos, and any dishes that […]

Breakfast program considered success

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A program that provides free breakfast in the classroom for grades K-5 is two years old in Portales and popular with students, teachers and administrators. Participation statewide in the program has grown statewide to the point where New Mexico now tops the list of states in a report on […]

Thanks for the memories

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Bittersweet holiday Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols’ father died the day after Thanksgiving six years ago. Though his father had been diagnosed with cancer 18 months earlier, his death caught family members by surprise. “We had a great family gathering that day,” Nuckols said. “A lot of […]

Free kids’ lunches offered for summer

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With her three daughters in tow, Jamey Gallegos attended Tuesday’s free summer lunch program at Portales Junior High School. Not only does it give her children the chance to get out of the house, but it makes them feel as if they are eating out instead of at home, […]

Doing the Christmas wrap

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer For 30 years the Garcia family has been making tamales year-round for customers at the two local restaurants they’ve owned, and once a year, this business trade becomes a Christmas tradition and labor of love for their own family and friends. In the weeks before Christmas, sisters Joann Estrada, Gloria […]

Thanksgiving treats

Compiled by Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Debi Lee Portales city manager • What is your favorite dessert? Dr Pepper cake • Why is that your favorite? Because it’s chocolate and it’s rich. You can only stand to eat it once or twice a year. • How often do you eat it? Holidays • Who makes […]

Board discusses nutrition: PJHS students teach eating habits

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eva Dean Stephens, a family consumer science teacher at Portales Junior High, told the Portales school board Monday about the Eat Smart, Play Hard program in which PJHS students teach third graders the importance of eating healthy. Austin Inge was one of 18 PJHS students who took turns helping […]