My turn: Not all fishing rules written

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Clarence Plank Does anyone know the unwritten rules of fishing? Here are a few: • Never cast out over someone else’s line in the water because your line could become entangled or snagged by your hook. • Fighting over a fish isn’t worth it. There are plenty of fish in the ponds, lakes, streams, rivers […]

Elida flea market set for Saturday

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The township of Elida is having a flea market Saturday with arts and crafts, homemade barbecue and ice cream, and a chance to get to know a place that was once the same size as Portales. “The idea was to sort of promote the town,” organizer Judy Dukes said. “It’s an older, dying community with […]

Friend’s spirit still lingers

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Dear Norm, I just wanted you to know we’re still punchin’ cows here on the S X. Not much has changed. The Beacon well is working again. It’s opened up the west side for us. We’re trying to get the stragglers all into the Kline pasture to finish branding. This […]

Their view: Udall doesn’t know what’s best for me

William L. Smith of Portales has an opinion regarding U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s opinion that appeared in Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune. Udall wrote, “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited for generations for health care reform.” Smith writes: “Has Sen. Udall visited with every New Mexican for generations […]

Rotary Club donates 2,000 pencils to schools

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Now, Portales elementary school students know all they have to do is ask. In this case, it’s 2,000 pencils, courtesy of the Portales Rotary Club. It all started with a letter from a Lindsey School student as part of a school writing project. Portales Rotary Club member Chris Wood […]

When in doubt, sing a song of faith

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Another school year will soon be gone before we know it. I still miss the little people, and the memories still linger in my mental files. When I began my teaching career, the school where I taught had no kindergarten. My class of first graders experienced “new separation anxiety” in […]

Free spirits should be embraced

Have you ever known an actual, live, free spirit? I know a few in the human realm, and several in the animal world. My favorite human free spirit is a female, who has followed her own drum since childhood. She didn’t buy into many of the protocols most people take for granted. For example, her […]

PETA’s death threats go too far

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist You know the inmates have taken over the asylum when you’re turning to PETA as the voice of reason. These are the animal rights extremists who compared eating chicken to the Holocaust, compared the murdering cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer to butchering hogs and once proclaimed it would be great if Foot […]

Measure would make information accessible online

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Residents who want to know more about state government’s pocketbook, its power players and public meetings would have an easier time accessing information online under a series of measures introduced so far this session. Ideas advancing their way through the process include expanding webcasting in the House […]

Know what’s scary? Senselessness

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Here are some stories that are either funny because they’re scary, or they would be funny if they weren’t scary. I’m not really sure. • I saw the greatest, and worst, headline in the history of the New York Knicks about two weeks ago after a loss to the Oklahoma […]

Getting to know: Minister follows family’s lead

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Isaiah Vance is following in his dad’s footsteps in being a campus minister at Eastern New Mexico University. Vance’s parents work in campus ministries in various places, and he said he saw how much they enjoyed it. He was born in Louisville, Ky., and still has family there. The ENMU instructor of religion moved to […]

Getting to know: Volunteering keeps widow’s schedule full

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Mickey Zachry a volunteer at the Portales Senior Center has been busy helping the people she has come to know as her family. Zachry came to Portales when she moved with her husband from Denton, Texas, in 1969. “My husband was teaching in Denton,” Zachry said. “He got a job up here with Eastern New […]

Blessings come with prayers

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist We may never know where or how our prayers are answered, but be assured they are. I was privileged to know an answered prayer that happened in a doctor’s office many years ago. “Have a seat, and the doctor will be with you shortly,” the young receptionist said. She then […]

Getting to know: Volunteer carries on leadership tradition

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Joy Levacy, co-owner of Levacy Sprinklers Inc. on N.M. 267, has served as the organizational leader of the Winners’ Circle 4-H Club for five years and is the secretary of the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. She is stepping down as the Winners Circle leader, but plans to continue helping the club for another […]

Getting to know: Pastor comes from family of faithful

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Todd Terry is a pastor at Faith Triumphant Church. Background: People who know him call him Pastor Todd. He was born in Portales in the 1960s and grew up on his grandparent’s (Dave and Juanita Terry) dairy farm. He attended school in Floyd and Portales. Terry’s father, James Terry, founded Faith Triumphant Church in 1980 […]

Solutions not found in big government

Freedom New Mexico Political corruption remains a perennial concern for the voting public, and with good reason. Still, this particular brand of dishonesty has something in common with other human failings: People tend to see it clearly in others but not so clearly in themselves. We all know the images associated with ethically challenged elected […]

Getting to know: Preacher enjoys developing sermons

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Dora Church of Christ Pastor Gary Simpson was born and raised in South Africa. His family has also lived in the United Kingdom. His wife, Robin, was born and raised in Portales and they met through a friend. They have been married for 16 years and have three children, Charlyn 10, Sarron, 7, and Chantelle, […]

Parents finally getting to know me

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I don’t need everything spelled out to me. That’s why when I was visiting a friend a few months ago, I could tell a female guest had just gotten out of a relationship. She said she was, “trying to stay strong,” which meant she’s not going to cry about the […]

Getting to know: Portales minister reaches out to youth

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Chris Horton is finishing his fourth week as minister of youth and education at First Baptist Church. The Portales native has a bachelor’s in history with a minor in religion from Eastern New Mexico University. Horton and his wife, Amy, have two sons, 7-year-old Brett and 4-year-old Dylan, and a daughter, Ainsley, 8 months. What’s […]

Being tightwad proves to be expensive

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]