Even Santa has occupational hazards

By Karl Terry “No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.” — New York Sun Editor Francis P. Church Little 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote the New York Sun […]

Santa Cop is coming to town

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales police officers said it’s a change of pace to be able to knock on someone’s door and deliver good news instead of bad news. Portales police officers will be delivering good news this week through the seventh annual Operation Santa Cop program. Through the program, police officers will be […]

Mulitple choice form simplifies Christmas letters

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Time again for my annual Christmas letter, a tradition dating all the way back to last year when I had nothing better to do than pretend I had a better year than you. When I adopted this ancient ritual, I decided traditional Christmas letters are too pretentious, so I’ve developed this […]

15th annual fishing clinic lures kids

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By Kevin Wilson Thanks to a stocking of trout, the lake at Oasis State Park had a noticeable population. Despite the weather, Saturday’s free fishing clinic had the same thing. About 85 children, joined by parents and nearly 30 volunteers, populated the lands and waters of Oasis for Saturday’s 15th annual Kids Free Fishin’ Clinic. […]

Local family opens kids’ used clothing store

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Roach family life is all about kids, so it’s only natural that when Karen Roach opened her new business reselling kids’ stuff she would name it All About Kids. Roach, who grew up in Portales and graduated at Floyd High School, opened the new store two weeks ago and […]

School lockers becoming a thing of the past

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer A national trend is not popular with some parents at Portales Junior High, and it’s safe to say that the ensuing locker talk isn’t all positive. The junior high school, which has been in use for two years, was built without lockers. As a result, students have had to carry […]

PHS hoops teams get set for seasons

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer An offseason removed from state title game appearances, Portales coaches are taking a wait-and-see approach for their basketball teams. Other than that, the two teams are in different situations based on who is returning for each squad. The girls, who finished with a 16-12 record in 2004-05 and lost […]

Costumes are anything but necessary these days

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Well, at 2 o’clock in the morning we get to turn the clocks back an hour and go back to standard time for awhile. I’ve been told we get an extra hour’s sleep out of the deal, but how can that happen when we have to wait up till 2 a.m. […]

Non-profit looking to Portales for funding

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By Tony Parra A Clovis-based non-profit organization which tries to help children from Roosevelt and Curry Counties with disabilities wants to see if there is a way to get funding through the City of Portales. Mini Blessings a non-profit organization which offers horse-riding therapy for disabled children and some adultss. Lexie Meyers and Kathy Stallings […]

Auction nets $138,000 for kids

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Wallets and cage doors came open Saturday evening at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, as the Junior Livestock Auction got underway at 6 p.m., featuring 54 exhibitors and 54 of the best animals in the fair. Parents, business owners and local residents filled the arena, ready to examine the scene and watch […]

See what the stars have in store for your kids

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Don’t fret over those expensive items you bought for your kid as he entered school this fall. You should instead smack your forehead and cry, “I shudda bought a Student Horoscope!” Allow me to explain. The 2005 Old Newsman’s Horoscope is hot off the presses, and it’s just what your kid […]

Roosevelt County prepares for local fair

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County residents will be able to enjoy the livestock shows and arts and crafts on display at the fair beginning on Tuesday, but much of the work behind the scenes has already been done. The Roosevelt County Fair begins Tuesday and ends Aug. 27. Roosevelt County 4-H Agent Patrick […]

Parents deem scoring unfair

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer Some Portales parents feel federally designated proficiency levels used to measure student performance are unfair. The proficiency standards, which are mandated by President Bush’s No Child Left Behind, Act makes the schools responsible for the students’ performance. Test results released Monday by the state Department of Education indicated Portales failed […]

BRAC impact more than economic

By Anna Macias Aguayo: The Associated Press CLOVIS — The thought of losing Cannon Air Force Base tugs at the heart of Betty Tiedemann. It would mean a separation from her 20-year-old daughter and the two young grandchildren. Her son-in-law is stationed at the base. “My daughter’s really my best friend,” said Tiedemann, 46, her […]

Roosevelt teams compete in state tournament

By Marc Schoder The Roosevelt County Senior League team, comprised of area 15- and 16 year-olds, won Tuesday in Albuquerque verse the Zias 10-5 in District 3 action. Roosevelt County will face Raton today, with the winner of that contest will face the Albuquerque Roadrunners. The Roadrunners defeated Roosevelt in the first round of the […]

Roosevelt youth set to compete at state Little League

By Marc Schoder The Roosevelt County 11 and 12-year-old all-stars are going back to the state little league championship. Roosevelt County will face the winner of district four on Saturday at National Field in Carlsbad at 7 p.m. Villanueva added that since many districts are now just finishing up playing their make-up games, Roosevelt probably […]

Council holds off on skate park decision

By Tony Parra They came dressed in black, with a mission to save their park. News of the city’s skate park closing brought out teens and parents wearing black shirts with the words “Operation Keep Skate Park” to the city meeting on Tuesday evening. The shirts were similar to the yellow shirts Portales residents wore […]

The good old days: Five kids, five dogs

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist When I was bringing home $90 a week to feed a family of five, I experienced an illuminating event in my life. It should be noted that I also supported a pack of five dogs, a cigar addiction, and an ancient Chevrolet that came over on the Mayflower. If anyone […]

Basketball camps to host 93 teams

By Dave Wagner A total of 93 teams are expected for Eastern New Mexico University’s summer basketball camps, scheduled to begin today at Greyhound Arena. ENMU men’s basketball coach and camp director Shawn Scanlan said the large school boys camp, which goes today through Wednesday, will have 16 teams while the large school girls camp, […]

Personalities Plus: Don Thomas

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Your name: Don Thomas Your job: The Print Shop Your age (and Birth Date): 38; Oct. 16, 1966 Your hometown: Portales. Your family: My Parents; Leroy & Gaynelle, two sisters; Cozetta & Thom Moore (they have 4 kids & 2 grandkids) Alowetta & Marc Terrien (3 kids, no grandkids) and one brother; Stan & Lorna […]