States should follow Illinois’ example

Editorial Ronald Reagan once said the goal of welfare agencies should be eliminating the need for their own existence. A noble goal, but is it possible? According to Gary MacDougal, it is. MacDougal used experience gained from running a successful business to help reform the Illinois social services system and move people off welfare rolls […]

Community reaches out to storm victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Standing watch at one of several entry points to the devastated area south of Clovis, Sgts. Danny Nunez and James Montgomery of the Clovis National Guard unit said they never expected to serve their community in a disaster like the one that struck Friday. Three hours into their duties, Nunez […]

Brown hosts open house

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Several students were beaming with pride Tuesday as their families took a tour of their new classrooms at Brown Early Childhood Center. The kindergarten wing of the school, which opened Jan. 9, held a community open house Tuesday with students, families, teachers and even the contractors who built the […]

Joe Brumfield discusses career as Christian family counselor

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Portales native Joe Brumfield was raised on a farm and says he learned the value of hard work and family through his experiences growing up in the community. Today, Brumfield passes that knowledge on to others, as a Christian family/marriage counselor, at Harding University, in Searcy, Ark. Brumfield has […]

News isn’t just news to military families

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week, I was going to send off my column about humorous misadventures at a restaurant with some friends and a rather belligerent stranger who kept asking me if I could teach her Italian, when I watched President Bush’s speech, and decided I had a more pressing topic. I have said […]

Portales native to host two-day seminar

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A family counselor from Harding University and Roosevelt County native is returning to Portales to lead a two-day seminar focused on families that are struggling with strife and dissention. Joe Brumfield, a marriage and family counselor and professor at the Searcy, Ark. university will present Answers for Struggling Families […]

Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

Rejuvenated toys make gifts of joy

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Spending time to refurbish used toys throughout the year, Brenda Fenton says she hopes she’s helping to spread joy to area children and families who are in need, this holiday season. A secretary for the Portales Fire Department, Fenton stated that she has received calls for several years, asking […]

Children get early visit from Santa

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Santa Claus arrived early for some children Tuesday night as jolly old Saint Nick and his helpers took gifts and surprised 180 local children whose names were placed on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree, now in its 22nd year, is an annual project designed to help […]

Five-day work week not unreasonable

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Not that anyone missed me or even knew, but I have been out of New Mexico for the past few days. I left the office Thursday night and flew back to see my family in Montana, then flew back on Monday morning so I’d be ready for work on Tuesday. […]

Call to military life difficult in peace or war

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist People seem to have an uncontrollable desire to share their opinions about the war in Iraq with me, a simple yet exuberant military wife. A conversation usually starts with questions such as, “Where is your husband right now?” and “When is he getting back?” It quickly progresses to heavier topics […]

People in the News

Today’s focus: “Ms. P” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is a single mother who works hard to make ends meet. She has no extra income for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: To have Christmas presents for her children. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12. Girls pant size 12. Girls shoe size 3. […]

Thanksgiving time for family and friends

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

Deadline set for full payment of claims

By Tom Philpott : Military Update Service members who have household goods damaged or lost during government-directed moves will be reimbursed under a more robust “full replacement value” standard starting by at least March of 2008. Congress set the deadline in the 2007 defense authorization act signed into law Oct. 17. The National Military Family […]

Military duties can take personal toll

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens said keeping his emotions in check is the hardest part of acting as a liaison for local families of soldiers who die in the service. As a casualty assistance officer for the New Mexico Army National Guard unit in Clovis, Stevens has been assisting the […]

Military families have much to offer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband and I adopted our son Matteo from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been exceptional. It has taught us things about ourselves and others, and surprised us in unexpected ways. Being a military family, we had to overcome practical obstacles. Finding references who lived in our area and had known […]

Unexpected is expected in military families

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columnist By July 26, Jennifer Flower had resigned from her civilian job at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. With her husband, Army SSgt. Brian Flower, expected home within days after a tough year in Mosul, Iraq, Jennifer planned to welcome him home and then to pack for reassignment to Fort Knox, Ky. That […]

Sweet charity realigns

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Friends of Cannon Families helps airmen bridge financial gaps when needs arise, yet this year the group found its own coffers lacking. That is when a Clovis businessman concocted a plan to sweeten the pot. During a spring meeting of the committee for the Combined Federal Campaign Fund, Greg […]

TRICARE trying for those overseas

By Tom Philpott: Freedom Newspapers In decades past, the U.S. military discouraged family members from joining loved ones on “unaccompanied” year-long tours to places like South Korea, Okinawa, Guam and more remote tours in “Cold War” Europe. “Non-command sponsored” dependents who traveled to these assignments often were seen as a distraction and strain on support […]

Homes sweet homes . . .

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Portales resident Joyce Davis had home economics as a career for much of her life, but involvement with Habitat for Humanity for the last seven years has given home economics a whole new meaning for her. She says her involvement in altruistic efforts, consumer science and housing throughout her […]