Religious views shouldn’t matter

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I do not enjoy upsetting people, but intellectual honesty requires that I address Rick Santorum’s “phony theology” remark. Santorum, a fine family man, said that the president’s policies are “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a […]

Dora news — Oct. 25

Parent teacher conferences scheduled School will not be in session for students today because of parent/teacher conferences. The school will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tonight for parents to meet with teachers. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available throughout the day for parents to enjoy as they arrive. All parents are […]

My turn: Pioneer Day highlight of county fair

Alisa Boswell I got to enjoy the Roosevelt County Fair for the first time this week both personally and professionally. It was fun being able to ride the ferris wheel, tease the Portales firefighters at their display trailer and eat a good burger. But I think the biggest highlight for me was covering the Pioneer […]

My turn: No shortage of musical talent in area

Last weekend, I got to enjoy the musical entertainment of local one-man band Something Blue at Mark’s. Musician Brandon Tautfest plays the occasional cover song but most of his music is original songs and I have to say he is a talented songwriter as well as a singer. There are now some pretty good performers […]

Too much time spent on problems

I enjoy solving problems. Not abstract puzzles as much as real-life situations, although the occasional puzzle can sometimes be fun, too. This does not mean I like having problems arise that need to be solved, or that I enjoy people who intentionally cause problems for me. Enough little things crop up spontaneously to provide ample […]

Summer time to enjoy

The pool is up and ready to go; has been for several weeks. I purchased a mechanical piranha, which Jason and Mikayla are having a lot of fun being chased around in the water by. It is especially fun when we are playing with lights out, and with the flashlight that works underwater. So far, […]

Enjoy winter, but keep it safe

By Cannon AFB Emergency Management As we enter the harshest part of the year, please consider some cold-weather related safety concerns as you and your family go about your daily business. While our average winter temperature is 45 degrees, we often experience lows in the single digits with an associated wind creating a wind-chill effect […]

Fatty foods enjoyed in moderation

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist One of my co-workers freaked out on me the other day when I made one of my butter sandwiches. It was toast with a lot of butter. A slice of multi-grain bread pops out of the toaster, I put two wedges of butter on one side, fold it over, eat […]

Day trip: Peanut factory offers guided tours

Courtesy photo At Sunland Inc. visitors take a 20-minute guided tour through the factory and see how peanut butter is created and packaged from start to finish. Place: Sunland Inc. Location: The factory is located at 42593 U.S. 70, just northeast of Portales. It is 16.5 miles or a 24-minute drive from Cannon Air Force […]

Day trip: Power center allows visitors to get close

Courtesy of the American Wind Power Center The American Wind Power Center displays numerous windmills and a 6,000-square-foot mural. Place: American Wind Power Center Location: The center is located at 1701 Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock. It is a 111.5 miles or a two-hour drive from Cannon Air Force Base. What activities can you enjoy […]

Wildlife, camping at Sumner Lake State Park

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Courtesy of Sumner Lake State Park A deer is looking around at Sumner Lake State Park is one of many wildlife who make their home at the park. Place: Sumner Lake State Park Location: The park is 18 miles southwest of Fort Sumner on N.M. 203. It is roughly 75 miles or an hour-and-25-minute drive […]

Band alumni planning reunion at Heritage Days

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales High School band alumni and directors from as far back as 1945 are planning to gather during Heritage Days to march in the parade and enjoy each others’ company. Band director Cindy Stone, a 1987 alumnus, said more than 70 people have committed, some from as far away […]

Museum captures American West

Courtesy photo Hubbard Museum of the American West is located at 841 U.S. 70 West, Ruidoso Downs. Place: Hubbard Museum of the American West Location: 841 U.S. 70 West, Ruidoso Downs. The museum is located 175 miles, or a three-hour drive, from Cannon Air Force Base. What activities can you enjoy at this location? You […]

Lake offers visitors outdoor activities

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks The Ute Lake State Park offers a variety of activities, including boating, fishing, camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. The park is almost two hours from Cannon Air Force Base. Place: Ute Lake State Park Location: 1880 N.M. 540 Loop, Logan. Ute Lake State Park is located 91 miles, or […]

College hosts art series, museum

Courtesy of Clovis Community College Clovis Community College’s Cultural Art Series is slated to present “The Best of Broadway” performance April 25. Place: Clovis Community College. The school has Cultural Art Series performances and houses the Eula Mae Edward Memorial Museum and Gallery. Location: Both are located on the Clovis Community College campus at 417 […]

It’s their job: Dusti Price

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Name: Dusti Price Job: Certified nursing assistant at Heartland Continuing Care Center Background: Price was raised in Clovis and received her certification at Clovis Community College. Time on job: Six months What does your job entail? We take care of the everyday living needs of the elderly. What is a typical day like for you? […]

It’s their job: Mallory Holguin

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Name: Mallory Holguin Job: Office manager at White Oaks Counseling Center Background: Holguin was raised and graduated from high school in Portales, later attending Eastern New Mexico University for two years. Time on job: Two years What does your job entail? I take care of billing different insurance companies for counseling services, file paperwork, answer […]

It’s their job: Victoria Payen

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Name: Victoria Payen Job: Customer service associate at the Movie Gallery Background: Payen was raised in the Portales area, where she attended a private school. She is currently a junior at Eastern New Mexico University, studying digital cinema arts. Time on job: One year What does your job entail? I check in movies and suggest […]

It’s Their Job: John Montgomery

PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: John Montgomery Job: Director of Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site and Museum and Eastern New Mexico University professor Background: Montgomery completed his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder and went on to take part in field work in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Time on job: 23 years […]

Independence Day celebrated July 3

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Portales residents started celebrating their independence a day earlier this year at the second annual Smokin 4th of July Bash on July 3. Slowly over the afternoon hours more than 150 people gathered at Greyhound Arena to enjoy the music, food and vendors at the bash.“It is doing pretty […]