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 […]