My turn: Nature opens up my eyes to life

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Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

Officials: Heart health important

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance According to Harvard Health Publications, walking regularly can reduce your chance of getting a heart condition by about 30 percent. Those results came from the analysis of 18 studies conducted between 1970 and 2007. Study participants who walked 5.5 miles each week began showing benefits in heart-related health. The […]

Live tweet of the Zias game

Follow the Eastern New Mexico Univeristy women’s basketball game against West Texas A&M. Staff writer Kevin Wilson will be live tweeting the game on the Portales News-Tribune twitter page. Follow the action at www.twitter.com/pntonline

Grandmothers left loving legacy behind

I was fortunate in my life to have had both of my grandmothers live long into the twilight years of their lives. My dad’s mother was two months shy of 90 when she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, but peacefully, in her home. My mom’s mother was 95 when she passed away. I adored my […]

I want my descendants to live free

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What kind of future do I want my kids and their kids to live in? A tightly controlled, safe future where they are watched out for and protected from anything that might harm them? Where human rights are thrown under the bus in the name of some nebulous common good? Or a liberated future where […]

Environmental lobby groups live outside reality

Baxter Black Three giant lobby groups from an alternative time-warp are engaged in a furious hissy fit whose purpose is raising money to pay lawyers. “Send Money so we can Litigate, Pay company Executives, and Solicit more Funds!” “Animals are overrunning government property,” they exclaimed, “… and endangering the environment! These are domestic animals that […]

Purging ‘collections’ brings unexpected relief

We live in such a fast forward world, it’s easy to get caught up in accumulating. Now I’m not speaking specifically about cool collections. I know baseball cards, knives, stilettos and handbags can be quite fulfilling to collect. I’m talking about stuff that you think you need, or want, that serves no legitimate purpose. If […]

Your hard work makes you a hero

Are there any real heroes today? Yes and yes! I submit there are many of Americans who are God-fearing people who strive to do right and live by “The Golden Rule.” I am prejudiced because I know more than I can count in Portales. These people are the ones who go to work every day, […]

My turn: Plenty to do this weekend

Heritage Days was fun last weekend with its live music, fresh food and lemonade and vintage cars. Call me simplistic but the lemonade was one of my favorite parts. I definitely don’t mind having to attend family events for work. For another family event, check out DairyFest Saturday in Clovis from 4 p.m. to 9 […]

Ticket feature: Eagle View Rally set for Memorial Day weekend

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Freedom New Mexico The third Eagle View Rally is set to kick off May 27 and is expected to bring motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country to Clovis for three days of entertainment, live music and fun. Started in 2010 by Glenn and Melba Eagle, the rally takes place near Curry Roads 17 and I, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hats off, breakfast and monsters in town

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Hats off Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will stream live audio of its spring commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Greyhound Arena on Eastern’s home page: www.enmu.edu Also, KENW-TV will broadcast the graduation live on digital channel 3-3 (standard definition). That signal […]

Mother of Confusion: Celebrate National Train Day with live events, shows, crafts and more

All aboard, it’s almost time to celebrate National Train Day on May 7. If you haven’t heard of it before, that’s because it’s fairly new. Amtrak started the holiday in 2008 to bring attention to the advantages of traveling by rail and the history of trains. The event is held each year on the Saturday […]

Royal wedding inescapable

Who would ever believe I would live in the time of two separate “weddings of the century.” I tried my best to ignore them both but it just wasn’t working on this last royal wedding. A couple of days before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton I awoke to the memory I had […]

Community commemorates King

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Argen Duncan A number of Portales citizens heard a call to live out Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of love and service to others Monday. The community’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. event, with the theme “celebrating” our youth, began with a march from the Roosevelt County Museum to the Memorial Building. The Cannon […]

Community swarms dorms with food, gratitude

USAF photo: Greg Allen Airmen enjoy hamburgers, hotdog sand cool drinks, courtesy of Clovis residents Sept. 25. The “Dorm Swarm,” as it was called, was a thank-you to the airmen by the community for their contributions to the community and service to the nation. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Base airmen, particularly those […]

Church comes together for fiesta

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PNT staff report St. Helen Catholic Church fiesta continues today with live entertainment, games, a bouncy house, food and a auction from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The silent auction starts at 3 p.m., and all proceeds go toward the church community, different organizations and special church needs. All events are held on church grounds […]

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 […]

My turn: News broadcast crazy behind scenes

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when things go wrong during a live television newscast? Thanks to this week’s video, you’re about to find out. A cable news network was covering the destruction of a tornado in Windsor, Colo., in December 2008. The news anchor is talking about a daycare center full of children […]

Debt can’t be escaped

My favorite place to live in America is California. But don’t get me wrong — one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position about human […]

July 16 —

Q: We live in Portales. Why can’t we use off-base medical care facilities? A: Thank you for the question and giving us an opportunity to explain the TRICARE Prime benefit. The Military Treatment Facility enrollment area and TRICARE guidance state that individuals within 30 minutes from the MTF are to be assigned to the local […]