Concert reveals youth’s end

Somewhere along life’s path my music changed from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Classic Rock. Most of it is dubiously preserved on vinyl but there are a select few bands still out there bringing it live and I got the chance to see two of my favorites last weekend in Lubbock. That “Little Ol’ Band from […]

Fire chief: Firefighters’ job varies

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Alisa Boswell Most Portales firefighters say their job is no life of glamour but they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Preschool tours, car accidents, community events and fires are just a few of the daily and weekly activities which take up a Portales firefighters time. “You can be playing with kids one minute and be […]

Never found a pie I didn’t like

Pie could very well be one of the best things in this life. Three layers in sweet harmony —crust, filling and topping. My mouth waters just writing about pie. I don’t know if I can name a favorite kind of pie because I can’t really remember a pie I didn’t like. It was encounters with […]

Age just matter of having right attitude

We have a remarkable friend who is 84 years young. His letters overflow with zest and enthusiasm for life. He loves to garden and wins blue ribbons at his County Fair. He says, “With God’s help, we won ribbons for sunflowers and corn.” Fred sent us a photo of himself standing by his giant-sized crops. […]

My turn: Children’s soccer entertaining chaos

Alisa Boswell The Relay for Life in Clovis last weekend was an atmosphere filled with excitement. It was fun being able to cover the event, because I always enjoy seeing the enthusiasm of those working for the cause and hearing their personal stories. It’s both moving and fun to write. I also got to watch […]

Food at the speed of life: Bananas can be versatile

I love bananas. They’re cheap, sweet and healthy, and they come in individual packages (a.k.a.. peels.) Plus, there are tons of things you can do with them: Eat them plain, put them on cereal, use them as a fat substitute in baked goods, stick them in peanut butter sandwiches, etc. My favorite way to eat […]

Children give touching Mother’s Day presents

When Ryan Tierney was 11, he was a boy with a plan: To present Mom with a homemade book about their life together for Mother’s Day. He sneaked a blank notebook from the family’s closet, and every night after Robin Tierney went to sleep, Ryan worked on it. He looked through old photo albums and […]

Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park. Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. There’s food, live bands and a Lady […]

Veteran call center launched

Freedom New Mexico A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing […]

Food at the speed of life: Instant isn’t always bad for you

Eating out of cans and boxes isn’t gourmet dining, but sometimes time demands precedence. Processed food isn’t high on the nutritionist’s list of best things to eat, but my inexpert opinion is that with a little label-reading, it’s not a bad occasional option. I keep cans of soup on hand for unexpected time deficits, since […]

For veteran, project is labor of love

Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Donald Bird is repainting the Duster at Veterans Park. He served in Vietnam, and said the weapon saved his life numerous times. Kevin Wilson Donald Bird considers the M42 Duster a life-saver, and probably as close to a friend as a machine can get. But he doesn’t consider it a […]

My turn: Tragedy turned into life lesson

Ten seconds… If it had taken Jo Laney’s husband of eight years, Tom, that much longer to buy coffee at a West Texas convenience store, he would be alive and Jo would not be in Portales. Under drizzly, darkening skies around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2004, Tom, 57, was headed home to Roanoke, Texas, […]

Food at the speed of life: Spicy shrimp has Creole touch

I f you like spicy food and shrimp, here’s a dish for you. I found a healthy, tasty recipe in Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers’ “Fast and Fabulous” cookbook.

Food at the speed of life: Dump-it cake simple

I recently ran across a recipe that took me back a few years. I was about to move from Las Cruces, my college town, to take my first permanent job in Socorro. My roommate, Kristiana, suggested a going-away party. During planning, a recipe from my aunt Debbie came up. Kristiana remembered a similar dessert her […]

Community recovering after 17,000-acre grassfire

Sharna Johnson For about $20,000, five miles of fence line can be replaced. But no amount of money can bring life back to burned grassland. Grass is priceless to Britni Sherwood and her family, who are left with nothing but charred and blowing sand after a massive fire Sunday consumed all but a small area […]

Military mama: Counting my blessings

Again, my column will center around gratitude. I am so thankful for the friends and family that I have been blessed with. I am grateful to have a roof overhead and shoes on my feet. Within my extended social circle I have come across a great many families experiencing tremendous difficulties lately, each time I […]

City seeking input with online quality of life survey

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Alisa Boswell A new Quality of Life Survey on the city’s website, asking Portales citizens to respond questions about activities and entertainment in Portales. Chris Taylor, Quality of Life Committee member, said the board was started last fall with the intention of coming up with ways to improve life in Portales. “As we all started […]

Relay for Life fundraising surpasses goal

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Successful — that’s how participants for the 2011 Portales Relay for Life said they could best sum up the event. Relay for Life chairperson Cathy Hess said team numbers and money raised this year increased from the numbers in the last relay, held in 2009. “I think there was a significant growth,” Hess said. “Just […]

Cancer fundraiser makes return to Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Tanya Baca is battling cancer. She was also one of more than 350 people who gathered to raise money for cancer research with Relay for Life from 6 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. today at the Greyhound Arena in Portales. “It touches my heart,” Baca said of the event. […]