Water infrastructure getting a closer look

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor No matter what happens in Washington with the Ute Pipeline bill later this year, Portales officials say their focus is going to stay on supplying well water for a growing community. “I’m trying to stay positive that we’ll get the federal dollars we need to build the pipeline,” said […]

Prairie Chickens take stage

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A half-hour before daylight Saturday on the prairie west of Milnesand, eight people waited in bleary-eyed anticipation for a look at the first lesser prairie chicken of the day. “I think they’re still asleep,” one voice from the darkened passenger van spoke up. A few minutes later a cackle […]

New look for Web site

PNT Staff In case you haven’t noticed, our Web site has a new look today. The idea is to make navigation a little simpler. One new feature online is called “Data Central.” Look for the link on the home page or find it under the “News” category in the blue bar at the top of […]

Senators look to build on FOIA reforms

This year’s Sunshine Week — today through Saturday — brings new rays of hope for the public’s right to know. The first reform to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in more than a decade is newly on the books, and increasing government transparency is becoming a greater part of public debate and discussion. […]

Womans Day offers fun, information

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Women will be shown how to get it together. Learn how to look good and feel good. Talk it up and be “You and Improved” during the fourth annual Woman’s Day Out. The fourth annual Woman’s Day Out will once again be all about woman on Saturday as it […]

Romance not the cowboy way

By Glenda Price Cowboys are romantic, they say. Uh-huh. Every one I know can get downright eloquent when discussing a new baby calf, his favorite using horse or his best cow dog. We females find that quite attractive. But what about us? My theory is they like human female companionship, but they just don’t know […]

ENMU teams host Commerce

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Look past Texas A&M-Commerce’s 0-5 record and you see a team which is not that far from being pretty good. The Lions have been competitive in all of their games to this point and are looking to break into the win column in today’s 4 p.m. Lone Star Conference […]

11-25 Library Books

The following books are available in the Portales Public Library: The Watkins Dictionary of Dream By Mario Reading Thousands of in-depth entries explore and explain the stuff of dreams in this book by Mario Reading. What does it mean if you dream of a white elephant? Of flying, dolls, or dentists? This book offers a […]

Former ENMU student returns to speak of embedded work

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In his 50s, photojournalist Jim Spiri didn’t have to go to Iraq to fulfill a commitment to an employer. He made up his mind to do it on his own, in his own way. “I felt compelled to share what the average soldier does today,” Spiri said from his […]

ENMU natatorium renovation costs surpass regent-approved funding

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PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University Regents learned Monday that the cost of renovating the natatorium will likely cost more than what was OK’d at an October regents meeting. Meeting in a special session with the natatorium as the only business item on the agenda, regents gave the OK for the administration to request […]

Plastic surgery not instant fix to problems

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, I was waiting for an aerobics class to start when I casually started chatting with a woman standing next to me. Thirty seconds into our superficial conversation, my new friend couldn’t contain her excitement, and told me that in two days she would have some “work” done, […]

No prescription for waiting room rage

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I am a proactive patient. My family tells me I am a bit of a hypochondriac, but I just think I’m being thorough. I also have five young children, any one of whom is sick at any given time, so visits to physicians’ offices have become a part-time job. From […]

Aging is simply unavoidable part of life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband was home for a long weekend before being off again, and we decided to go on a date. It was a last-minute idea, meaning I didn’t have time to do my makeup, put in my contacts, or torture my husband to give opinions on five different outfits that meant […]

Soldiers’ humbleness lesson to be learned

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist This year-end marks a political changing of the guard. It was a year of mixed blessings. The economy is booming, unemployment is down, the results of “No Child Left Behind” accountable education are encouraging, the prescription drug benefits program is a big success, we mark the fifth year post 9/11 […]

Christmas provides us with many memories

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist We have lived in the same house for 43 years. Every rock and every tree in the yard has a story. If I sit in my swing long enough and listen hard enough, I can hear basketballs dribbling and skateboards skating. “Look Dad, I can do this with one hand!” […]

No empty nest syndrome here

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Our children are nearly ready to leave the nest. It seems just like yesterday they were little eggs. OK, I don’t mean children literally. I’m referring our adopted family of swallows. If you’re a regular reader you may remember me telling about the swallows that began building a nest […]

Bob V ila never had it this tough

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My wife has been confused throughout most of our 24 years of marriage. Somehow she’s under the impression that she married Bob Vila but she actually got something more akin to Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. She’s been undeterred by my lack of skills with a hammer and saw, […]

Technology has let my beard down

By Kevin Wilson I have a problem with technology. Or maybe it has a problem with me. I sometimes marvel at just how far we’ve progressed. You could look at the video games we play now, with voice actors and story arcs that are far reaches from Pac-Man and Pong. You could look at our […]

U.S. should take a hard and objective look at port deal

Editorial At first glance it looks just like what South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called it: an “unbelievably tone-deaf politically” decision. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a government interagency panel, signs off on allowing a company owned by the government of Dubai, second-largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, to buy […]

Signs that you may be over the hill

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist I was rocking my chair last week when it dawned on me that I might be over the hill — a hair-raising experience for someone as young and vibrant as I am. So I called my daughters to confirm my youthful status: “What brought this on?” they asked. “Well, things are […]