Progams designed to keep youth busy

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent A summer library program that stresses more than reading, a recreation program that stresses more than sports, and a kids college that does more than keep kids busy. These options may answer the question of “What do we do with the kids this summer?” Come Monday, three summer programs will […]

Some folks naturals behind wheel

By Baxter Black: Syndicated columnist Most farm kids learn to drive early. It’s part of the responsibility given along with daily chores.

City officials OK rec center rate hike

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales city leaders are moving forward with programs to keep kids busy during the summer. But it all comes at a cost, and one that is higher than Portales residents are used to paying. At issue are two programs dubbed “Kids N Motion” at the Portales Recreation Center. One […]

Documentary on military life sheds light on community

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist The BBC is following me around this week filming my most interesting life of snot, poop, screaming kids -

Homeschooling presents challenge

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist These days my routine, if I can even call it that, has drastically changed. Aside from the adjustment of adding baby number six to our midst, I am home-schooling the kids. Did I just say that? I have to re-read the last sentence to make sure it’s actually me home-schooling […]

Local Brief Oct. 5

The Southeastern New Mexico Sandhills Fun Walk-Run will be held Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Pep Community Building. The day starts off at 9 a.m. with a Halloween costume contest, followed by a 5K and one mile walk-run. Other events include a kids’ wagon pull, wheel chair race, and stick-pony race. Entry fee […]

2008 Fair Results: Kids Day

Roping Contest

Television, in moderation, OK for kids

By Anita Doberman My 20-month-old daughter clearly knows Sponge Bob Squarepants (“Bub-bob”) and can sing the song well enough that even non-family members recognize it. She is also more than familiar with Dora and Diego; I think she expects them to come over for a visit any minute now. A few years ago, in the […]

Kids’ College offers interesting summer activities

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Slots are still open in all age groups for Eastern New Mexico University’s annual summer Kids’ College, which begins on Monday and runs each weekday through July 25. Kids’ College is held daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Technology Building at ENMU for children ages 6-12 […]

Its Their Job Sara Bulls

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Name: Sara BullsJob: Girls tennis head coach Portales Junior High SchoolBackground: Bulls is from Portales and cheered and played tennis at PHS, and won state in doubles. Bulls has played tennis every summer since fifth grade. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and played tennis there one year.She also currently teaches seventh and eighth […]

Kids Day mixes education, history

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Where’s there’s food, you will find kids. And where there’s a nationally-recognized Smithsonian food exhibit, kids will get more than a full tummy. They’ll get lessons in history, as they did during Saturday’s Kids’ Day. “We’re celebrating food and we’re celebrating the ‘Key Ingredients: American by Food’ exhibit from […]

Positive attitude key to working through trouble

By Anita Doberman I know that everything that happens in my life is easier if I have a positive attitude. On occasions, my oldest daughter, age seven, seems emotional and overwhelmed by some of her problems at school or on her sport team. This is of course completely normal, but I thought that trying to […]

Santa’s helpers: Cops collect toys for needy children

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales’ police will be protecting and serving this Christmas holiday, but they’ll also be making hundreds of area children smile on Christmas morning. The Portales Police Department is once again providing toys and Christmas presents for needy Portales children and families through Operation: Santa Cop. Through the program, the […]

Floyd High gridders teach lesson for all: Just keep playing

Editorial Coach Rafael Roybal was not oozing confidence when his Floyd High School football team traveled to Roswell to play two-time defending state-champion Gateway Christian on Saturday. When the teams played in September at Floyd, Gateway Christian won 62-0. Roybal knew his team had improved since then, rebounding to record its first winning season in […]

Gutierrez settles into new position

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Melanie Gutierrez has been named the new Roosevelt County 4-H Agent, according to New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension officials. “I’m excited to be here and to just be able to work with the kids. Hopefully I can give a new perspective on 4-H and get some new kids […]

It’s their job: Karen Roach

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Karen Roach Job: Owner, All About Kids, a resale store Time on the Job: Two years. Background: Roach is a mom to six children including one foster child, ranging in age from five months to 15 years. Before opening her store, she was the office manager for Eastern […]

Officials look to curb truancy

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Fostering excitement, representatives from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office presented a program at Valencia Elementary School that focused on abolishing chronic truancy. “It’s all about the kids,” said Ben Cross, trial attorney with the district attorney’s office. Also in attendance were members of the Portales Rams sports teams, […]

It’s their job: Yolanda Sanchez

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Name: Yolanda Sanchez Job: School librarian and also assists the school secretary. Time on the job: Since August Background: Sanchez worked as an educational assistant for the Portales Schools. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Helping kids check books out, putting them (books) away and keeping the library up. Q. What is a typical […]

Fair offers unique sounds, smells, sights

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A good number of us have just experienced that most magical time of year in Roosevelt County — fair time. The sights, the sounds, the smells. I could list a million of them if I had the time and the newsprint. Here’s a few to keep the memory alive […]

(Live)stock market

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 times her size in front of a crowd of bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. After months of feeding, walking and washing the 1,300-pound steer, it was time to part ways. The auction […]