First person: Painting Portales’ history

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Dale Hamlett of Portales turned his childhood dreams of becoming an artist into a reality. After studying art for several years in Chicago and Albuquerque, he brought his honed talent to Eastern New Mexico University to teach art. While at the college, he decided to make a historical map of Portales from the year 1909. […]

Dramatization shines light on Last Supper

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer One by one, 12 men come into the spotlight, each remembering the beginning of his faith in Jesus and questioning his own moral strength after the announcement that one of them would betray Jesus that fateful night. So goes “The Living Dramatization of Leonardo DaVinci’s ‘The Last Suppper’” by […]

God’s light defeats darkness

By Joan Clayton Once again Oct. 31 comes around. It is not my favorite time. I call it a “celebration of fear.” I don’t like to be scared, even as a joke. Fear is not of God. It is an evil force. “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid, but a […]

Cannon implements energy-efficient measures

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico It may take one bulb at a time but Cannon Air Force Base officials are attempting to cut its energy consumption. Cannon on Tuesday launched the Energy Star Operation Change Out, a national military campaign to reduce energy use by replacing about 1,053 light bulbs with compact fluorescent light […]

Looking for a positive light in negative conditions

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Positive light doesn’t shine, especially with in-laws

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Christmas Light Parade set for Friday

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s likely the entire city of Portales will be looking for a sprig of mistletoe Friday night. That’s when the holiday season gets its kickoff with the Christmas Light Parade and the Little Miss Merry Christmas contest. The evening begins with music by Steve Davis’ band Master Works at […]

First amendment not just issue for media outlets

Editorial Journalists get passionate about the First Amendment, mainly because it helps shield the press against those who attempt to silence it. Because such attacks are becoming more frequent, thanks in large part to the Bush administration, most news coverage of the First Amendment revolves around the media. But the First Amendment doesn’t just protect […]

Program focuses on need for after school activities

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Stressing the importance of having after school programs available for children in the area, the Portales Recreation Center hosted the “Lights On Afterschool!” event Thursday evening. It’s third year in Portales, the event featured games, snacks and face painting. Amid the laughter and fun, several of the children colored […]

Bronze skin not worth effort

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I don’t have what you’d call a varied wardrobe. If there’s a shirt I find comfortable, I usually buy one in every available color. Another dress code rule for me is, “No shorts.” It all has to do with my attachment to self-esteem, and my hatred of my exposed white […]

‘Horsing’ around

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By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With poise and confidence, Cindy Vaughan slowly led her horse into the arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Her light brown ringlets peeking out from a patriotic-themed helmet, the 45-year-old Clovis resident waited patiently to compete in the horsemanship at halter category. “I practice a lot,” she […]

Celebrate protection of freedom during Hanukkah holiday

Freedom Newspapers Hanukkah is sometimes called the “Jewish Christmas” because it occurs at the same time of the year, and this year, as it happens, actually began on the same day. Hanukkah, however, has its own origins and meaning, and begins with the triumph of the Maccabee guerrilla fighters, around 165 BCE, against the Seleucid […]

Residents delight in holiday parade, coronation

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There was a lot of jubilee from the people who saw the Christmas Jubilee Light Parade in Portales on Friday night. The Christmas Jubilee Light Parade floats traveled down Avenue C and Second Street and the people on the floats were greeted by smiling children’s faces and clapping from the […]

Man, wife discuss time change

Bob Huber: Local Columnist So there I was, crying myself to sleep last week with a lingering summer flu, when I decided in my delirium to write a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. I searched for a deep, scholarly theme that would incorporate today’s most nagging social problems, and finally settled on three issues: love, war, and […]

Reflections on Easter

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Many thoughts come to mind when I think of Easter. I prefer to call it “Resurrection Day.” I think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for you and me. I think of the pain, the shame and the agony he endured. He came to give us “life and to […]

Daylight savings leads to divorces

By Bob Huber You don’t hear much about it, but daylight-saving time is a major cause of divorce. I don’t know why the Legislature doesn’t do something about it. In our half century of marriage, my wife Marilyn always pooh-poohed that notion, because she said the battle of the sexes was impossible to win anyway. […]

Sometimes going forward is all you can do

By Helena Rodriguez When you enter that dark, cavernous passageway of uncertainty that life so often brings us to, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it’s just a flicker, just a spark, just a shadow up ahead, if that. Sometimes there’s nothing but darkness. By continuing to move […]

Resurrection brings new life

Joan Clayton New life is bursting all around. Daffodils sway and tulips put on their best array. It is “new life” time. Growth begins to peek at the sun, enjoying the warmth of a spring day. I relish the melodious choir of my feathered friends as they greet the dawn of a dew-kissed morning. My […]

Read about heaven and be a believerr

Joan Clayton In Genesis 1, we read about the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and these commandments are a pattern for successful living. Centuries before Jesus came, many prophecies were made about the coming Messiah. Here are just a few: […]

Light parade to wow city

Tony Parra If you’re in downtown Portales Friday night there’s one thing you almost certainly won’t miss — lights. Fire trucks, tractor trailers and even a horse will all be laced with holiday glow during the annual Roosevelt County Christmas Jubilee Light Parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on the corner of 18th Street and […]