Clothing store moving to the square

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Hot Threads is moving to the square over the weekend and will be setting up shop next to Crafty Creations and Jackson Hewitt tax service. The retail store is planning to open its doors Tuesday. Owner Debbie Christiansen moved back to Portales two years ago so her children could be closer to their grandparents. She […]

Accident victim remembered as hard-working, family man

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Family and friends remember Manuel Alvarez-Alonso as a man who clowned around, worked hard and made time for his family. Alvarez-Alonso, 39, of Portales died Monday in Lubbock after spending two weeks on life support after a 2,000-pound bag of peanuts fell on him while he was working at […]

Cleverness of cowboy entertaining

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist Cowboys can be quite creative when hard times cut into the daily operating expenses. Take Roy’s cousin BB. One of BB’s heifers had come off his badlands and crossed onto Roy’s pasture. On that fateful day BB had driven his pickup and gooseneck trailer to Roy’s place to pick him […]

My mom didn’t need a script

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Anytime a hard-working mother has a dilemma to deal with all they really need to remember is the acronym WWJD. The acronym I’m thinking of here is what would June (Cleaver) do.

Milk prices hitting dairy farmers hard

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico With unprocessed milk prices at the lowest many dairy farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties have ever seen, they are borrowing against the equity in their operations or going out of business. Milk prices are half of what they were a year ago. “Everybody’s losing their tail,” said Michelle […]

Education feature: PHS students prepare for Calamity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Students in the Portales High School dramatic arts program are working hard on their latest stage production “Calamity Jane” the annual spring musical. Student performers have been rehearsing since January for the three-day play, which starts March 20. The musical comedy involves 35 students volunteering their time to run […]

Octuplet mom hard to defend

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist W e finally found something

Octuplet mom hard to defend

By Anita Tedaldi: FNNM columnist We finally found something that conservatives and liberals alike can agree on — the disapproval, to put it mildly, over Nadya Suleman’s parenting choices. Forget the debate surrounding the stimulus plan and the economic downfall. Leave it to Suleman to unite the nation in criticizing her. In the last week, […]

Hard to part with square’s old look

By Karl Terry: PNT Columnist The sight of heavy equipment ripping out the trees, pavement and lawn of the Roosevelt County Courthouse the last few weeks was harder to stomach than I had imagined. The project was the result of a collaborative effort kicked off by

GI Bill affected by financial crisis

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The worldwide financial crisis has hit private colleges hard enough that relatively few are likely to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s “Yellow Ribbon” initiative when it begins this fall, says Keith M. Wilson, director of education service for the Veterans Benefits Administration. Under the Yellow Ribbon program, private colleges […]

Jan. 25, 2009 Dora School News

Science fair Dora students have been working hard on science projects. Their entries will be exhibited during school hours on Tuesday, and until noon on Wednesday at the Dora Community Building. BPA places Members of the Dora Chapter of Business Professionals of America competed at the Regional Conference in Fort Sumner on Jan. 17. Colleen […]

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

Shame you can’t buy common sense

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 […]

Area residents make sports connections with fantasy football

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Clovis resident Dan Booth was at the Cowboys-Eagles Monday night football game Sept. 14 at Texas Stadium. Booth is a die-hard Cowboys fan who wanted the Cowboys to win the game — but he also wanted Philadelphia running back Brian Westbrook to have a big game. Such a scenario […]

It’s hard to defend John Edwards now

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It was easy to defend John Edwards. His message of two Americas — one for rich people he was thankful to be in, and one that just didn’t work for anybody else — was easy to believe. It was easy to defend John Edwards when he was getting negative […]

Passcatchers aplenty for Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico With the Eastern New Mexico University football team going to a four-wideout, spread formation on offense, the Greyhounds will be looking long and hard for receivers during preseason drills. You’d think they would be able to find some. After all, coach Mark Ribaudo says there are currently 23 on […]

Ram Band camp under way

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer While fall sports teams still have more than a week before their two-a-days begin, the Portales Ram Band has been hard at work all week in the 2008 Ram band camp. “It’s really cool to see our friends again,” sophomore trombone player Will Lampkins said. “But it does get […]

Burgers worth going out of the way for

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer It may be a little out of the way and hard to find but JJ’s Burgers has been serving up family recipes for 23 years. JJ’s Burgers manager, Pete Paiz, has been running the business, located at 708 East First Street, since he took it over from his parents […]

Husbands not so tough about women’s issues

By Anita Doberman Men, and military men in particular, can take a lot. They are tough, hard working and have high tolerance for pain. Take my beloved hubby. He almost died of a burst appendix because he didn’t go to the hospital right away — he preferred to take the pain than go to the […]

Victims Rights week marked

By Eric Butler Tammi Lambert said dealing with the court system is almost as hard on the victims as the crime itself. Lambert, director of the Governor’s Office of Victim Advocacy, related a story about one victim’s plight during Tuesday’s 4th annual Victims Crime Rights Week breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center. “She was kidnapped […]