Live in the now of life

Remember those wonderful childhood dreams … When I grow up, I’m going to be …? As a small child, I dreamed of my knight in shining armor sweeping me away on that beautiful white charger. That “someday” finally came for me. I married my tall, dark and handsome knight, and he swept me away in […]

Our people: Life coach

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Eastern New Mexico University’s head football coach Mark Ribaudo spent eight years working as assistant before becoming head coach five years ago. Heading into his sixth year, Ribaudo said he is starting the season as he always likes to: Excited and optimistic. He said there is a buzz in the air before football season starts […]

Son donating kidney to save father’s life

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Roosevelt County Sheriff Reserve Deputy J.P. Nichols volunteers his time to serve the community with the sheriff’s office. On Oct. 7 he’s going to give a piece of himself to save his father’s life. Nichols said he will be donating one of his kidneys to his father, John, in a transplant that will take close […]

Cattleman outwits automated urinal

Back pain is the bane of many farmers and ranchers. A life of lifting, riding, shifting and physical exertion often leads them to a long-term relationship with osteopathic surgeons. Last spring, Colorado rancher Evan suffered through the spring branding and the state cattlemen’s meeting before making his doctor appointment. As his wife was checking him […]

Coping with grief is hard

Losing a loved one is one of life’s hardest experiences. Shock, pain and grief deal a very painful blow. Emptiness and loneliness are overwhelming. Relatives and friends help to get us through the days before and after the funeral. However, what about the days and weeks to follow? I have seen family and friends go […]

New trial under way in 2008 Clovis shooting case

Jared Tucker A new trial is under way for Anthony Casillas, 23, who is charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis in 2008. District Attorney Matt Chandler said 911 tapes from the night of the shooting were introduced Tuesday morning as evidence after opening statements. The trial in District Court in Portales is expected to […]

Longtime educator dedicated life to Portales schools

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Sharna Johnson Longtime Portales educator David Brooks made his mark with tough love and dedication to the school system, the community and his family, according to those who knew him. David Brooks, 75, died of cancer Sunday in Lubbock. “He basically dedicated his life to the Portales educational system,” said Brooks’ son, Davey Brooks. Davey […]

Father says daughter was dedicated, loved life

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Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student was shot three times, police said. Police have arrested a 13-year-old […]

Slice of life: Surviving the teen years

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Time to do the Dance of Joy, and not a moment too soon. My daughter, Laura, has less than 24 hours left of being an official “teenager.” Tomorrow Laura turns 20. Was it that bad? Well, put it this way, if I can survive seven years […]

Manners sign of respect

Clyde Davis Pulling into the crowded drive-through of a fast food chain restaurant on a Saturday morning, I paid for the iced mocha and began to fold the change back into my wallet. The young woman taking the money at the window looked at me in a way which gives life to the clich

Friday morning briefing: Life in Portales and yes, they want blood

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Did you know The quality of life in Portales is rated 15th in the nation and 9th in the West by Bizjournal.com. Here’s a link: www.portalesnm.org Blood drive United Blood Services is staging a blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at […]

Don’t let fear rule your life

When a cowboy gets the worst of a horseback wreck he straightens his hat, dusts off his britches and gets back on the horse. When someone asks, “Are you hurt?” he laughs, points to his body part that hit the ground first — usually his rear end — and says, “Nah … landed on my […]

Slice of life: Celebrating Christmas should be restricted to December

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Merry Christmas! I didn’t just fall off the turnip or zucchini truck; little too soon for green chile. Just wishin’ you a Merry Christmas in July. For those of you who pledged to start your Christmas shopping early, this is your wake-up call. Christmas is my absolutely most favorite time […]

Buzzwords cloud accountability

Clyde Davis So there it was, in a story in a local newspaper, coincidentally on the same day that we had mentioned it, or discussed it, or related it back to real life. The catchphrase — like any catchphrase — that makes one stop and ask how authentic it really is In this case, it […]

Become your own cheerleader

Joan Clayton Do you ever get discouraged? Be a cheerleader for someone. Having a bad day? A cheerful attitude is contagious. Discouragement is a chief weapon of the enemy, leading to apathy, insensitivity, bitterness and resentment. I like to read about David in the Old Testament. Pursued by insurmountable odds, he persisted in his faith, […]

Slice of life: Time takes on new meaning

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By Helena Rodriguez Ten minutes late used to be considered fashionably late. Now it seems like that is being on time to some people. If 10 minutes late is on time, does that mean being punctual is actually being early? And if being 10 minutes tardy is being punctual, then when are you tardy? As […]

Our people: Enjoying the cowboy life

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Wesley Grau of Grady was named the 2009 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Grau said the members of NMCGA vote on the recipient. He said he was humbled by the award. Grau has been ranching his entire life, except for the years he spent studying agriculture business at New […]

Glad I don’t live in “24′ America

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Nine years of my life gone, but no regrets. Last week I watched the finale of Fox’s serial drama “24” about agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). I loved all eight seasons and the made-for-TV movie that bridged the gap created by a writer’s strike. I’m sure I will enjoy […]

Reader submitted content: Ride for life draws 75 riders

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By Wendy Toombs On the morning of May 1, 75 horsemen and women from New Mexico and Texas set off on the Ride for Life trail ride at the Lazy LB Ranch at San Jon. This marked the 11th year the horseback team, as a part of the Clovis Relay for Life, has raised money […]

My Turn: ‘Life’ teaches us to live

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Life finally stopped happening; now I can live. Actually, it is through this “life” stuff — the kind of stuff that completely turns your world upside down — that we really learn to live. That’s where our true strength comes from, in stepping out of our own lives and criss-crossing […]