Burgers worth going out of the way for

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer It may be a little out of the way and hard to find but JJ’s Burgers has been serving up family recipes for 23 years. JJ’s Burgers manager, Pete Paiz, has been running the business, located at 708 East First Street, since he took it over from his parents […]

Little Leaguers anxious for tournament

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer As summer daylight stretches deep into eastern New Mexico nights, the area’s best young baseball players are using that extra daylight to begin their second season; the Little League All-Star District 3 tournaments. The Clovis American 10-11-year-old All-Stars have been practicing for a few weeks, getting set for their […]

Spring rains too little, too late for dryland wheat

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico l Spring rainfall too little, too lateMost area farmers will be unable to take advantage of this year’s record wheat prices as their dryland crops withered away this winter and spring from lack of moisture. Most dryland farmers had to abandon their dryland wheat crop and collected crop insurance […]

Adventurous youngsters open door for others

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I received an excited voice mail the other day that Travis Pastrana had actually been in Portales and attended a Little League team’s practice.It sounded like a really big deal, though I’d never heard of Pastrana. And as is often the case, his appearance was reported to me after […]

Zias notch win over Pioneers

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University pitcher Kristen Cruickshank was a little shaky in the first inning, but survived. After that, the sophomore was pretty much lights out. Cruickshank pitched a five-hitter and collected three hits at the plate Friday as the Zias bounced Texas Woman’s 9-1 in the opener of […]

Little black prom dress priceless

By Helena Rodriguez I see the little black dress dangling from a hanger in my daughter’s closet. I see the shimmering rhinestones making an elegant pattern across the otherwise bare back. I close my eyes and sense memories it will hold: Memories of prom … Laura’s senior-year prom. On Saturday night, my hita goes to […]

Only a little starry-eyed

Everybody wants to be a celebrity these days. I’m sure there must be some fancy schmancy psychological term for this inordinate hunger for fame, but I just call it “star dumb.” In the old days thespians and so-called entertainers were pretty much the dregs of society. They were the ones curious country people viewed about […]

Hounds split two with Texans

Freedom New Mexico After trading blowouts with Tarleton State in the first two games of their Lone Star Conference baseball series, Eastern New Mexico University needed a little extra-inning magic to take the series lead. Tarleton State pounded the Greyhounds 15-5 in Saturday’s opener at Greyhound Field. In the nightcap, scheduled for seven innings, ENMU […]

Big-city distrust slowly giving way

By Anita Doberman I grew up in an apartment in a busy section of Rome, and aside from my cousins who lived on different floors of the same building, we never socialized with our neighbors. In fact, we were taught specifically not to trust anyone. There was a lot of crime in Rome and many […]

Patience with health care difficult

By Anita Doberman Our son Matteo, whom we adopted from Ethiopia about a year and a half ago, has had numerous health problems since arriving in the United States. Matteo had been abandoned by the side of a road, so the orphanage he came from didn’t have any background information, which can be common with […]

If the shoe fits … don’t risk spanking

By Helena Rodriguez Last week, several people stood in line at a shoe store in San Francisco for five days, waiting for the latest edition of Michael Jordan designer shoes, which cost $295 a pair. Ridiculous, if you ask me. Even more ridiculous, is that these footwear-obsessed fans say they will not even think of […]

Neither party in any shape to advance cause of liberty

He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play politics, and decided […]

Country could use stimulation — or new TV

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to be stimulated. Back in December the living room television began experiencing problems — a little wavy band at the top of the screen. Soon it got worse and eventually the band thickened to take up nearly the top fourth of […]

Winter watering can be dangerous affair

By Baxter Black This winter is shaping up to be a reminder of why they sell more long underwear north of Interstate 40, which runs from Bakersfield,Calif., through Amarillo and Little Rock, Ark., then on to Raleigh, N.C. We’ve already had blizzards, ice storms, blackouts, white outs, and more horsetank ice breaking injuries than we’ve […]

Many kinds of love exist, all mysterious, wondrous

By Joan Clayton Valentine’s Day is a special day to me. I loved those little pink-colored heart-shaped candies that had all the love words on them. If a boy handed me one of those in grade school, I thought he had to be really in love with me. I still have a little heart-shaped locket […]

Domenici’s service deserves recognition

By Kevin Wilson Pete Domenici’s been serving New Mexico for four decades, and I hope one of his greatest acts of service doesn’t go ignored. Domenici, who is leaving the Senate due to health reasons, made an address to what is the final state Legislature of his Senate career. The longtime Republican spoke not of […]

Other mother provides inspiration to persevere

By Anita Doberman In the last few weeks, I missed my husband’s call from overseas too many times. If it’s just once or twice I don’t mind, but if it happens on numerous occasions, I feel frustrated and disappointed. I wanted to share our excitement about an upcoming trip to Atlanta to attend my oldest […]

Cold, dry weather creates static problem

By Karl Terry It may be cold outside, but at least it’s a dry cold. That little summertime saying can be turned around by those of us in eastern New Mexico to create complete nonsense during the winter — unless you love the charge you get from static electricity. It’s been a really dry winter. […]

New Year’s predictions ready to roll

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor It’s time for my favorite annual New Year’s tradition. No, it’s not watching a giant ball drop in Times Square, toasting my friends with champagne, kissing my sweetie at midnight, watching college bowl games until my brain rots or feasting on black-eyed peas. It’s time for me to make […]

Portales’ first Christmas

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By Ruth White Burns Editor’s note: The following is an account of the first Christmas celebrated by the community in Portales. It was first published in 1993 in the PNT and has been rewritten by the author this year. The early settlers of the Portales Valley came together in 1899 to celebrate the first Christmas […]