Local Spanish band recognized

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Freedom New Mexico When Paul Cordova began performing with a few family members and friends at church carnivals in 2003, he had no idea his band would be named one of the top 15 bands in New Mexico. Groupo Cielo, which means heaven in Spanish, is a Clovis band made up of 10 area residents. […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree program set

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer Santa is coming to Portales early this year, and he might stop at a few more houses. A tree-lighting ceremony, complete with a visit from Santa, is scheduled to brighten the evening Monday at City Hall. The evening offers a chance to give a gift to children who might […]

Editorial: Debate shows few differences

From a political perspective, the big debate Friday night was probably a draw. Given that the electorate is nearly evenly divided on which candidate to choose, the debate results will only reinforce this indeterminate status quo. Republican John McCain had better answers on the economy. But Democrat Barack Obama had better answers on foreign policy […]

China takes Olympic fakery to sad extremes

Freedom Communications There have certainly been some genuinely thrilling moments so far at the Beijing Olympics, including a few that didn’t involve Michael Phelps. What is mildly troubling is how many of the thrilling moments have turned out to be fake. It is widely known now that 9-year-old Lin Miaoke, the achingly cute and expressive […]

Politics, football and monopoly mulled

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Just a few ramblings while I wonder if I should see “The Dark Knight” for a fourth time or “Hellboy 2” for the first: l I sent a postcard to a friend the other day, and I’ve come to realize there’s no better thing to write than, “I’ll e-mail […]

Editorial: Helms left mark on U.S. politics

Some politicians are controversial without being important. The history books and newspaper pages are littered with the names of also-rans who managed to snag a few headlines by virtue of scandal rather than substance. You can’t say the same about Jesse Helms. Love him or hate him — and quite a few people fall inextricably […]

Pony Express rides again

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Despite heat, dust and a few slightly uncooperative horses, the mail to Pep got through Saturday. Normally that’s not a major accomplishment for the tiny little village 23 miles south of Portales but Saturday it arrived from six other southeast New Mexico communities on horseback. The newly formed Southeast […]

Sometimes, cowboys don’t smile back

One fall my husband decided to buy extra alfalfa, the idea being we could sell it during the winter and make some extra money. He stacked it behind the house so it would be easy to back trailers down the lane when people bought only a few bales. It worked. By January, people passing by […]

Close call helps get priorities straight

Anita Doberman My husband and I have had to make some important decisions in the last few weeks. After many months of deployments, it seems that he has to go for one year of training for the new aircraft he will be flying. The training is split in two different locations, and once he is […]

City to replace two long-time councilors

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter With municipal elections only a few weeks past, city officials are already preparing to fill vacancies in Portales’ city government. The vacancies are a result of the recent resignation of Mayor Pro-tem Donald ‘D.K.’ Shafer at the March 18 council meeting and council member Jake Lopez seeking election for […]

Few religions take more abuse than Christianity

Editorial If not for the teachings of tolerance, peace and love, a recent cartoon would have Christians rioting in the streets. They’d kill, threaten, and burn buildings to the ground. When Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a cartoon in 2005 depicting the Prophet Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, parts of the Islamic world erupted. […]

Friendly adventures should be treasured

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Scanning through the classified section the other day, a curious ad from an obviously down-on-his-luck dairyman caught my eye. The ad read: Will sell Jersey or Holstein dairy cows, one to 100 head. Contact Travis Gossett. Reason for sale, going fishing. OK, the ad was in the Jan. 9, […]

Pet finds place in columnist’s heart

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The way our society cares for animals, especially our pets, is maybe a sign we’ve become highly evolved. Or maybe we’re just crazy. I’m by no means an animal rights activist or anything like that. I grew up on a farm and I know where that hamburger came from. […]

Though imperfect, trip worth the effort

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor When I awoke Thanksgiving morning it was snowing steadily and a good skiff was on the ground and clinging to the boughs of the pine trees. Truly a glorious sight. I knew when I went to bed the forecast was still calling for snow but that wasn’t what caused […]

Fresh pickings

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As local farmers set up their produce, customers mingled, awaiting the signal that would officially open the Portales Farmers’ Market for the afternoon. In a flurry of activity Thursday at the corner of First Street and Avenue B, seven farmers’ market vendors sold a variety of produce to customers, […]

Treatment of media setting China back

Editorial Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only to bolster […]

Work hard to leave behind

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I don’t get a real vacation this summer because I don’t have a real job … yet. But when I did have one, I remember how hard it was to get away from work completely. I always remember what it was like going back to work on Monday morning, in […]

Children’s lives haven’t always been complicated

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m so out of the loop that I’ve never MySpaced, let alone started a Web page or blog. My idea of chatting is old fashioned, talking face to face with a real person, or on a real cell phone. When we were kids, MySpace.com was my bedroom, I mean our […]

Tornadoes carry blessings after a few tragic minutes

Editorial The shock, euphoria and amazement at surviving Friday’s eastern New Mexico tornadoes are slowly changing for residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, including the communities of Logan and Clovis. Five days later, our thoughts and energies are focused on cleaning up, rebuilding and moving forward with our lives even as we mourn the […]

March 26, 1974

Miss Letha Mae Franse, senior engineer with Howard Hughes Company, in California, arrived in New Mexico Saturday to spend a few days with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Franse, and Sunday was occasion for a family gathering at the Franse home. Mrs. Leon LaGrone, Clarence Franse, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Franse, with sons Nelson […]