Youth splash at Kiwanis swim meet

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Local children and teens competed in an annual swim meet sponsored by the Portales Kiwanis Club at the Portales City Pool Wednesday afternoon. The event also included a coin diving competition and a watermelon picnic. Nearly 100 participants took part in the event, according to Bill Wood, a member […]

Deals missed by drive-by garage-salers

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor You’ve heard of drive-by shootings. My wife is the master of drive-by garage-sale shopping. She wants to go to garage sales but the whole process of walking up to each house, pawing through the stuff and making a deal is too much for her sensibilities. The idea of a […]

God helps place our lives on higher ground

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Many references to the word “ground” are recorded in the Bible. I find it fascinating that the Lord formed man of the “dust of the ground.” (Genesis 2:7). He breathed the breath of life into Adam and he became a living soul. It’s humbling to know that when our […]

God’s word a daily valentine for everyone

By Joan Clayton Valentine’s Day comes once a year. It is associated with hearts candy and flowers. The central theme is one of expressing love. God sends his valentine every day. His valentine contains love unequaled. He expresses to you and me the greatest love the world has ever known or will ever know. In […]

Embrace upcoming new year with hope

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist We have a brand New Year upon us. It has not been lived before. Make each day a masterpiece. Live it to the fullest. Know: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). You can become a brand new creature, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is […]

Interesting job and children spice Hardin’s life

Compiled by Mike Jimenez Name: Charlene Hardin Job: Roosevelt County Manager Age: 34 Hometown: Cliff Family: Tommy (spouse), Byron (12-year-old son), Courtney (5-year-old daughter) Q. What do you think of Portales? A. “I think Portales is a great town. The small town atmosphere and people make it a great place to raise a family.” Q. […]

Boys will be boys regardless of holidays

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, warnings that I’d better-be-good around Christmas wore me out. At the time I was in the clutches of mid-youth crisis, often waking in the middle of the night thinking, “Being good just doesn’t feel right! I gotta do something … ROTTEN! That’s when I turned to […]

Let Thanksgiving reign in your heart

Joan Clayton: Religion columnist We have lived in the same house on the same corner for 42 years. The house is too small when our sons come home with their families. The den seems even smaller when the tall handsome men of my household lie down to relax after the big meal. They are hanging […]

Elliott remembered at campus service

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Bud Elliott believed in the words of George Washington Carver: “Take what you have with what you are, make something of it, and never be satisfied.” On Monday, friends, coworkers and relatives recalled just how the former Eastern New Mexico University football coach lived by those words. About 575 people […]

Be happy amidst changes of life

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Life is filled with changes. Children grow up and leave. Job situations can require uprooting, moving far away from friends and family. A loved one’s illness requires many changes. Retirement brings challenges. In all of these circumstances adjusting to changes is hard. Knowing that changes are inevitable, planning ahead can soften […]

Priorities become simpler with age

Bob Huber: Local Columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

Spirituality leads Redic through life

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Complied by Laurie Stone Your name: Eric E. Redic. Your job: Pastor of Portales, Clovis, and Tucumcari Seventh-Day Adventist Churches. Your age (and Birth Date): 47 years old. 7/06/1958 . Your hometown: Albuquerque. Your family: Wife Wendy; three dogs, Caleb, Trinity and Smokey; a bird, Little Tweet, and the brotherhood of all mankind. Your hobbies […]

Rush helps form experienced O-line

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Tyson Rush doesn’t think you can put much stock in Eastern New Mexico University’s 28-0 win over Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday at Weatherford, Okla. After all, there’s another game coming up. “I’m looking forward to Saturday,” the 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior guard said of this week’s Lone Star Conference crossover matchup […]

Voiceovers could play integral part in life

By Kevin Wilson In every movie collection, there lies at least one movie that represents the utter stupidity of filmmaking, and the excesses of movie collection at once. It’s the one that makes friends say, “Why did they put THAT out on DVD?” As far as my collection goes, that movie is “I’m Gonna Git […]

Rams take third in volleyball tournament

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor If the New Mexico Activities Association were to pull a surprise and announce that state volleyball match will be a best-of-nine format, consider Portales well prepared. Long matches created just that circumstance, as Portales had to play a pair of matches with a 15-minute break in the second day of […]

Memories outlast exhibits

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Dovie Marie Littlejohn has been to the Roosevelt County Fair for at least 20 years, making a point to enter something every time. “One of the reasons I do it is to help,” she said. “If no one entered, it wouldn’t be much of a fair.” Littlejohn’s gardening skills have also […]

Daily reminder: This is as good as it gets

By Baxter Black : PNT columnist I am writing this column on my veranda. The heat of the day is dissipating. Shadows are growing longer in the canyon to the south. The bottoms of the clouds are turning pink and the mountains to the east of the valley are glowing purple. Cindy is bustling in […]

6/22 Letters to the Editor

Thank Bush for BRAC situation On behalf of the hundreds of businesses and the thousands of residents whose economic future are now at risk due to the Base Realignment and Closure process, I want to thank those Curry and Roosevelt county citizens who voted for George W. Bush. It’s really working out well for our […]

May 29 Letter to the Editor

I am disturbed by two of President Bush’s recent statements concerning governmental funding of stem-cell research. In a press conference recently, he said he could not support the use of public funds for a program that would destroy life in order to save life. In a later statement, he said he could not use tax […]

Learn to be satisfied with what you’re good at

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Sometimes the best advice one can get is the least appreciated. I’m reminded of this observation when I hear of the honest, some would say cruel, comments the English judge Simon makes to mediocre contestants on American Idol. But blunt doesn’t necessarily have to be cruel. I had a nice […]