Americans embracing entitlement

I travel a lot. I have crossed the USA about 25 times by car and have also done a good deal of driving in Europe — France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and so on. Some time ago I noticed something that one might wish to explore more systematically than just relying on one’s personal observation. This […]

Every day has great surprise

Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. Unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go right on by and not be noticed. I only have room for ten suggestions to start with, but there are many more. Have childlike faith. We can learn a lot from children. Children don’t […]

My turn: Color makes the cowboy

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist I learned a lot about natty attire by watching my cousin, Wendel “The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy,” model at a recent Hispanic fashion show in Portales. He wore green half-boots from Payless and bargain-bin, bright-purple JC Penney jeans from Clovis’ North Plains Mall. The pink-rose motif cowboy shirt came from Joe’s […]

Club notes — May 9

Friendship Senior Center Friendship Senior Center met at 3 p.m. on April 27 at Friendship Senior Center. We had dinner and played bingo and won gifts. Everybody brought a covered dish and a gift to exchange. If you are not a member you are welcome to join we have a lot of fun activities everyday […]

My turn: Fishermen are not all alike

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It is always a lot of fun watching people fish. I’ve noticed four different types of fishers: • Pretenders: A pretender walks around looking for the best spot to fish, usually carrying three tackle boxes around. This person is usually alone. He/she always talks about the one that got […]

Cannon expanding child development centers

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in tow. Base officials are hoping a pair of construction projects will provide enough to house more than 300 children between two facilities. Currently, the two centers, the Chavez Child Development Center […]

Stores prepare for busy, safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

Hounds win exhibition tilt

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds gave a lot of reasons to be optimistic early in Wednesday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Arena. The New Mexico All-Stars responded with a few reasons for the Hounds to be concerned. The Greyhounds built a 30-point lead, saw it chopped in half in six […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis and Portales ghosts and ghouls this Halloween have a lot of places to choose from to scare up some family fun. A number of places have events planned for Halloween and the day before. The Portales Recreation Center is one of them. “We’re going to have people jumping […]

Student struck by car in PHS parking lot

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A Portales High School senior was hospitalized with a possible broken arm Thursday after she was hit by a car driven by a fellow student in the school parking lot. The 18-year-old female was taken to the hospital for a possible broken arm, and was later transported to Lubbock […]

Back to drawing board for downtown parking

Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission voted Tuesday to re-install 230 linear feet of parking on the Second Street side of the County Courthouse parking lot. Commissioners approved the change on a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Gene Creighton cast the dissenting vote. Creighton said he believed 80 percent of county citizens are against […]

Commission returns to parking issue

Freedom New Mexico The sometimes contentious issue of courthouse parking is set for another discussion Tuesday by Roosevelt County Commission. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse. The parking lot was recently remodeled, but not all landscaping has been completed. Some business owners have asked for the Second Street side of the lot […]

Government funds help Sunland expansion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sunland Inc. is expanding with help from a government incentive program and plans to introduce a new peanut butter flavor and line of peanut products in the coming months. The expansion will create at least 40 jobs over the next four years. Work began Wednesday to connect Sunland to […]

Best comedy usually rooted in truth

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I complain a lot. But recently, I’ve felt blessed. It’s blissful that the worst thing that’s happened to me on recent shifts is getting home just in time to miss “The Daily Show,” and having to wait for reruns on the latest tit-for-tat. In one corner is “Daily Show” […]

Tucumcari man shot in neck

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man is charged with a shooting another man in the back of the neck in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge in Tucumcari on Monday. Howard Russell King, the victim, was transported to Tucumcari Memorial Hospital by relatives about 8:45 p.m. on Monday, according to documents […]

Commissioners to discuss downtown parking

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt county commissioners are set to discuss the issue of parking spaces during a regular meeting at 9 a.m. today in the county courthouse. Several business owners have complained about the recently completed county courthouse remodel shifting parking spots along the Second Street side of parking lot to other […]

It’s their job: Line cooking part of job

Art Cane Jr. works as a cook at Something Different Grill. He moved to Portales from San Diego, Calif., 12 years ago and has worked in the cooking industry since he graduated from high school in 2005. How long have you been on the job? Six months. Why did you choose this job? I have […]

Portales retiree spends time volunteering

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Steve Tuttle is a retired resident of Portales. Why type of volunteering work do you do? Donna, my wife, and I do a lot of volunteer work for Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. We are part of the comittee that plans the Ag Expo every year. We help set up, work and tear down everything […]

Big Valley sells Clovis dealership

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico There is a reason the Big Valley lot on Mabry is empty. Bender Chevrolet Cadillac in Clovis took over Big Valley Buick Pontiac GMC’s inventory of General Motors products Monday after buying the dealership. Bender dealership co-owner Bryce Bender said he’s moved Big Valley’s inventory to his Chevrolet Cadillac […]

Moments of weakness plague us all

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He invited […]