My turn: Don’t let life bring you down

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Last week felt like a real case of the Mondays, so this past weekend I felt like the universe was shifting its balance, and hopefully in my favor. Now the key to a smooth flow at work or home is organization. But that’s kind of why I love the news business, you can only prepare […]

My turn: Big move to small town

Am I the only one who has ever felt like their life could be a TV show? I’m not talking about exploiting my family for cheap laughs, or painting myself orange and living in New Jersey, but like a real premise for an actual dramedy. I just moved here from San Francisco, so consider me […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

Finding grave brings closure

When we pulled up to the rusty iron gates of the cemetery I told my wife it felt like I had been there before. If that were so, it had probably been 45 years and the journey back had been a strange one. I guess I’ve known for a good part of my life that […]

Effects of U.S. credit downgrade will be felt over next few years

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Kevin Wilson The recent credit downgrade by Standard and Poor’s won’t have an immediate resonation to Americans beyond rhetoric, but the effects will be felt over the next few years, local bankers and economists said. For the first time in the country’s history, the country’s credit rating was downgraded by a credit agency from “AAA+” […]

McGee: Just miss me when I’m gone

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was vacation time. South of Brownwood, Texas, we zipped by a cemetery. Apparently there was going to be a funeral that day. A green canopy had been set up, under it were burgundy velvet covered chairs probably there for the family. And there was the mound of dirt covered […]

My turn: Won’t give in to temptations

I told a Catholic friend that I was giving up Lent for dark chocolate. She looked puzzled, then smiled, felt guilty, then admonished that I was on the highway to hell. Since I’m barreling down that pot-holed path in Portales anyway, I might as well give up Lent for a few other pleasures: Sunday morning […]

Obama visit felt like a New Mexico campaign stop

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The White House billed it as a backyard visit in Albuquerque’s south valley, a chance for a disabled Marine Corps veteran, his family and their neighbors to pull up a lawn chair and share concerns with President Barack Obama. But it sure sounded like a campaign stop […]

27th Special Operations Wing exhibits array of aircraft

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark said he believed the open house Saturday was a good way to bring Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding communities together. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Air Force participants and attendees to the 27th Special Operations Wing Open House Saturday felt interaction between the base and […]

Residents get glimpse of Cannon aircraft

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Air Force participants and attendees to the 27th Special Operations Wing open house Saturday felt interaction between the base and surrounding communities was a positive. Col. Stephen Clark said the base is a large part of Clovis and Portales. “Our airmen are a part of the community,” said Clark. […]

Rush missteps representing HSUS

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I felt a tremor in the Earth. Rush Limbaugh joined the dark side. Limbaugh is a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). It was like finding out your brother is a cross dresser. Why does it matter? It probably doesn’t to most people, but whether you […]

It’s their job: Couple felt called to foster parenting

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Brian and Jennifer Zangara have worked as house parents at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home for 4 1/2 years, including time training. They moved to the area from Michigan.The two are raising their four children and another five in the custody of the children’s home. The children range in age from 2 to 14.What […]

Getting to know: Pastor adds title to name after mistaken identity

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Freedom New Mexico Steve Smith has been the pastor at University Baptist Church in Portales for the last 14 years. A graduate of Portales High and Eastern New Mexico University, Smith is married to his wife Kathy and has two sons: Jeremy and Timothy. His last job before moving back to Portales was preaching the […]

Beets, like taxpayers, deserve fair shake

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist I felt a twinge of sadness when I heard that the SEAM (Social Engineers And Manipulators) had declared “Beetless Tuesday”

Portales officials wary of proposed water authority legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Orlando Ortega remembers his early days on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, when he felt entities in Quay County were holding back production of the Ute Water Project. Now, it’s years since those entities left, and the pipeline project has been approved by Congress and President Obama,

Effects of Christmas still being felt

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist These days the Christmas season lasts well into January for some of us. Once upon a time, all I had to look forward to after Christmas was one day exchanging the shirts I’d received as gifts for shirts of the right size or color. Today I have those […]

Organization devotes time to veterans

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airman 1st Class Timothy Lopez, 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, takes a walk with retired soldier William Conrad, during a visit to the Thomas E. Creek Veteran Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas on Aug. 28. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs History lies […]

Deployment teaches independence

I treated myself to a trip to Lubbock this weekend. I consider it a treat only because it’s something I rarely attempt when my husband is deployed. Packing up a 20-month-old and all her “stuff” and driving for an hour and a half is much easier when my husband is along on the trip. Actually, […]

Survivor recalls attack on Sept. 11

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Penny Bailey remembers watching in amazement as firefighters rushed into the Pentagon trying to find survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, despite orders to fall back. Bailey was working in the Pentagon at the time of the attack. “Every fire department within 30 to 100 miles was there,” said […]

McAlister honored at Ag Expo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd McAlister was honored Wednesday for his longtime support of the agriculture industry and the community during a celebration at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. McAlister served more than 22 years as the Roosevelt County extension agent, during which time he started the Ag Expo. “Floyd has […]