Learning to grow important

“If I were a roadmap, I’d have side routes and detours marked all over my surface. If I were a drama, I’d be in the middle of a rewrite. If I were a novel, I’d be under revision. If I were a house, I’d be under renovation. If I were a piece of jewelry, I’d […]

Ag secretary: Industry will continue to grow

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Pumpkins family tradition

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Argen Duncan What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkins? Area residents not only cook with the traditional fall food, but some grow it as well. Portales Farmers Market Manager Margie Plummer and her family have been growing pumpkins in their garden for about 20 years, she said. She sells the fruit at the farmers market and […]

Magician to perform at ENMU

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Kevin Wilson Most kids get asked what they want to do when they grow up. Josh McVicar was doing it before he grew up. “The only thing I’ve ever done in my life was magic,” said the St. Louis-based McVicar, who will perform Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. “It was my first job, doing […]

Recent rain gets mixed reviews

Argen Duncan The recent abundant rains have been a help and a hindrance to area residents. The downpours have damaged roads and made weeds grow. But they’ve also watered crops and urban grass. In Portales, City Manager Tom Howell said parts of streets where water has pooled will need patching. He said he wouldn’t know […]

1-6-08 Letters to the Editor

Acceptance, care would help city grow As a new year begins, many of us begin to think of new possibilities. I have been pondering a “What if…” that I would like to share. What If Portales took a daring stance and declared itself a sanctuary city for immigrants? And what if those immigrants were invited […]

Organic peanut production on rise in N.M.

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Naveen Puppala of the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center in Clovis. Puppala’s area of specialty is in peanut breeding and genetics. Q. Why is New Mexico ranked No. 1 in organic peanut production? A. Mainly because we have a suitable climate. We do not get as much […]

Garman’s history lessons extend from classroom to home garden

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Alex Garman has been living and working in Portales since he and his wife moved here in the fall of 2004. Garman moved here to teach European history at Eastern New Mexico University, where he is now the assistant history professor. Garman has a great love not only of […]

School is never out for the Biblical scholar

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember those wonderful days of childhood when the last day of school arrived? “I’ve got to hurry home and get to playing,” our youngest son would say. He could hardly wait to make every summer day count. In my memory bank I thought high school would never end. Then the […]

Trees can be festive, but beware of fire

By David Irvin The Christmas tree is a venerated and respected symbol of Christianity and the holiday season. Not to mention a beacon of joy for children come Christmas day. But it can also be a fire hazard, officials say. Local fire departments are spending time and energy to inform those decorating for the holidays […]

It’s important to have pride and plants

By Jim Lee Plants hate me. When I watch those leaves, buds, and stalks (in other people’s yards) bobbing and swaying in the breeze and those emerging blossoms basking in the Portales sunshine, I see much more than meets the eyeball. Yes, I know what they’re doing. I can see through all that supposedly innocent […]

Spring into action with good seeds

Joan Clayton I think I’m the only woman who can grow weeds year-round. They seem to thrive in snow and freezing temperatures. However, they don’t bother me until spring arrives. I have all kinds. Some weeds have pretty flowers. I have even tried transplanting the prettier ones, but they won’t grow where I want them. […]

Anyone can grow up to be a super hero

Bob Huber When I was a kid, Don Winslow of the Coast Guard was a big matinee kahuna. His Hollywood adventures led every red-blooded American boy to believe that anyone could grow up to be a super hero. And if he didn’t grow up, he could be a president. There was one particular episode that […]

Personalities Plus — Segundo Pena

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What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Being alive.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “I was shocked.” What is your theme song? “‘If I Make It Through December’ by Merle Hagard.” Who’s invited to your ideal dinner party, and why? “Loretta Lynn (cause she’s a woman).” What do you think about Portales? […]

Mother’s express gratitude of having children

Mike Linn Today, sons and daughters across the country will show appreciation for their mothers and the love and contributions they provide. Flower shop owners will be working overtime, restaurants will be packed and children will be serving breakfast for their moms. And while some may be serving burnt toast and runny eggs, mothers most […]