Current TRICARE contracts extended

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Six million military health care beneficiaries learned last July that their TRICARE support contractor would be changing on April 1, 2010, because those companies that run TRICARE’s North and South Regions had lost in competing for the next generation of contracts. But what a difference six months makes. Government auditors […]

My version of ‘When Harry Met Sally’

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist There was an important lesson to be learned from a recent movie night. If not learned, history will repeat itself … even if that history is complete fiction. Last week, I wrote about a movie experience and changed friends’ names to protect the innocent because I didn’t seek their permission […]

Ticket feature: Musician learned art from father

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Many lessons to be learned from students

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I still have tears at the beginning of school and the ending each May. A teacher and student have a bond neither can forget. My students will always be my “babies.” With another school year ending, I am reminded of the many blessings I have received from my teaching career. […]

Feb. 2, 1980

Officials say base numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

Local man forecasts dry spring

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A local weather forecaster predicts this spring will be a little dryer than normal. Joseph Weldon Crim is up early in the morning every year on March 22 to build a bonfire before sunrise. At sunrise, he looks to see which way the wind is blowing and uses this […]

Steiner lauded for its reading performance

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer It was a night to toot their horns on Monday as the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education learned that Steiner Elementary School has been recognized as one of three model schools in the state for increasing reading performance. Regarding the Steiner Elementary honor, principal Becky Flen, said, “Our […]

Square dancing unique social opportunity

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico David and Alyse Josiwak danced on their first date 39 years ago. About 15 years ago the couple learned ballroom dancing. They spent Saturday afternoon twirling, promenading and dosidoing. In a seamless transition of figure eights, they switched with six other dancers in the Baxter-Curren Senior Center dance hall […]

Moral intelligence focus of presentation

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Nationally-known speaker Michele Borba will be in Portales on Friday to present a seminar to school officials, teachers, staff, administration and community members. A motivational speaker, Borba will present a talk on Building Moral Intelligence, Part II, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Portales High School Library, said Trina […]

May 30, 1976

• Portales High School graduated 165 students and the Portales News-Tribune has learned that only 57 (34 percent) have indicated they will attend college. • Eastern New Mexico golfers head to Burlington, N.C. to compete in the NAIA golf championships. • Swamp Coolers on sale at Poyners for $99

Working through the pain

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Nearly every day, Joe Chandler stares down severe pain in almost every joint in his body to take a functionless block of wood and turn it into the essence of function as home and office furniture. The 53-year-old has worked with wood for nearly 30 years for the Portales-based […]

Feb. 27, 1969

Mrs. James R. Hargis, 1900 South Avenue H, has learned her son-in-law, U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Richard D. Tucker, has been decorated with a Bronze Star medal for his performance as an air traffic controller at Bien Thuy Air base in Vietnam. Sgt. Tucker is married to the former Elaine Hargis.

Children leaving can be bittersweet

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist The “empty nest” brings a myriad of emotions, including memories, tears and separation anxiety. When my empty nest occurred I happened to read an article about “letting go” of children. It emphasized the fact that now they are your best friends. I thought, what are they talking about? I’m their […]

Independence was dad’s greatest legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Who’s your daddy anyway? Growing up in Portales, it’s a question I’ve gotten used to answering frequently. Around here it’s not meant as a question to categorize you into your place like it is in the Deep South, but it’s close. Growing up in my father’s shadow could be […]

BRAC one year later, and the sun is out

Editorial The jolting news arrived one year ago: Department of Defense officials had targeted Cannon Air Force Base for closure. The impact on our economy would be severe — more than 30 percent, many agreed. We’ve fought hard since to save Cannon. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot of lessons — mostly about perseverance […]

Area youth earn berth in national karate tournament

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Learning the ins and outs of karate is a serious task. But excelling at it can lead to some serious fun, too — as several area youngsters learned this summer. Seven karate students qualified for the AAU national karate championships, held June 27 through July 3 in Lakeland, Fla. The […]

Bowl-ed over: wife tells husband’s story

By Marc Schoder Karen Alexander, a reading specialist from Portales is scheduled to have a short story about her husband, Portales physician Dr. Lonnie Alexander, and his experiences growing up. The book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Creating a Better World” is scheduled to hit bookshelves Aug. 23 according to an e-mail from Bradley Winch, […]

Do you believe in magic?

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer It may be a bunny or a magic book that Jamie O’Hara will pull out of his magician’s hat Friday when the Portales Public Library kicks-off its summer reading program. O’Hara, who calls himself “The Magic Guy,” has been practicing magic since he was 7 years old. “I have […]