Computer help comes at high cost

By Glenda Price: State columnist A gremlin lives in my computer. I’ve named him Elmer. We get along fine for awhile, then one day he says, “You’ve been doing really well, Glenda. Too good for my liking, so I’m gonna mess you up.” And he does. His little attacks usually are sneaky, and more irksome […]

Good deeds can end up backfiring

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Most of us in our daily lives have occasion to be a good samaritan. It’s a tenet in the Cowboy Code; to be kind to the less fortunate, to help someone in need. Selfless deeds like stopping to help a stranded motorist, feed the neighbors’ dogs and horses while they […]

Support grows for advocates of immigrants

Freedom New Mexico As we allow government to cast ever-widening nets over all aspects of our lives, real life-and-death issues — health care, crime and drug use, to name just a few — become little more than political playthings tossed about inside the Washington beltway and state capitals across the country. So forgive us for […]

Graduating students share plans

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Almost 230 students are getting ready to walk across the stage and into the next stage of their lives Saturday. At Eastern New Mexico University’s fall commencement, 40 master’s degree candidates and 188 bachelor’s degree candidates are set to graduate, said university President Steven Gamble. Julia Tucker is one […]

Holiday commercialism needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Some lessons are learned at great expense. For decades, editorialists, pundits and other commentators have implored us to stop the Christmas commercialism. They said people focus on purchasing goodies instead of the spirituality of Christmas. The relentless blather went on, year after year, even in the midst of […]

Christmas pageant lives on in memory

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist One year it was decided by someone (who later refused to be identified) that during the annual Christmas pageant we ought to have a “real” manger scene — with live animals. Somebody’s dad built a nifty three-sided wooden creche, and some of the kids brought their 4-H animals. It was […]

Airmen give youth reason to smile

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Before receiving their gifts from members of the Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Medical group, children with the New Mexico Christian Children’s home perform musical numbers. By Gabriel Monte and Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base airmen are bringing Christmas into the lives of children in […]

Library News Nov. 23

The following books currently are available at the Portales Public Library. The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver. Deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her husband and son at the dinner table to investigate a 9-1-1 call at Lake Mondac. What she stumbles into is true horror, and she narrowly escapes from two professional criminals. In a […]

Dora’s Kyler Smith sinks hole-in-one

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer 1 in 12,750. Those are the odds of an amateur golfer recording a hole-in-one, according to Golf Digest. Many golfers go their entire lives without hitting an ace. Dora’s Kyler Smith did it earlier this month at the Portales Country Club. The 17-year-old joined friend and coach Ty Thatcher […]

Portales seniors graduate

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer It was a ceremony that commemorated the end of high school and the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of the Portales High Schools’ Class of 2008. The seniors sat patiently Friday night in Greyhound Arena as they heard the speeches and received their diplomas. Just two […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Fight Like a Girl and Win: Defense Decisions for Women By Lori Hartman Gervasi Unfortunately, women are susceptible to random acts of violence from stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, and worse. With this guidebook, women can learn how to increase their security, outsmart […]

Military service may be difficut, but not in vain

By Wendy Franklin December 7th is here, and each one of us should take a moment to reflect and give thanks to those of our grandfather’s generation who served America during the second World War. Especially those of us fortunate enough to be a part of today’s military. We all endure hardships today, but not […]

Healthy holiday eating featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living I nformation on decorating cakes and cupcakes, healthy eating, and dying large quantities of fabrics will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Nancy Siler is the vice president of consumer affairs with Wilton Industries in Woodridge, Ill., and she […]

City commemorates anniversary of tragedy

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A reflective mood fell over the crowd as members of the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard raised the American flag at a Sept. 11 memorial service Tuesday morning in the Portales National Bank parking lot. “Time reduces pain, anger and outrage,” said David Stone, president of Portales National […]

Tragedy teaches several lessons

Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, miners and many others. […]

Lessons must be learned from tragedies

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of loosing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Honoring Capt. Evans

Courtesy Photo A night view of the EOD Memorial located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Hundreds of people, including friends, family and service members, recently gathered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. to remember those who lost their lives while serving their country. Fourteen new names were added to bronze plaques during the 38th […]

Pastors play important role in people’s lives

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist October is Clergy Appreciation month. It’s a time to honor those who dedicate themselves to our spiritual needs. My life has been blessed with those who minister so sacrificially to hurting souls. A minister who gives his life to a church and shares their lives as well gives a great […]

Remembering 9-11

Tech. Sgt. Amy Bengry (center) presides as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the honor gurard ceremony while Master Sgt. Eric Butt (left) and Staff Sgt. Ross Lindeman fold the flag. Cannon community pauses to renew, strenghten resolve (Editor’s note: The following remarks were made by Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing commander to members […]

Canadian sport perfected by U.S. Air Force

2nd Lt. George Tobias They swarm around the table pushing and jockeying for position, trying to knock their opponent’s ball into a pocket, “crack” the balls collide. And just as fast, the roles have changed. This was the scene at The Landing on Aug. 18 when a Crud tournament pitted teams from the 27th Mission […]