Hard to shake soft spot for classic cars

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist I love to look at classic and antique cars and street rods. I’ve never made the commitment to love one, however. For the last few nights I’ve been watching Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction on SPEED and the cars and the prices they command boggle my mind. Yeah, it’s the same auction […]

Love notes become Christmas legacy

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Editor’s Note: This column has been printed in the anthology “Christmas Traditions.” Reprinted with permission from Adams Media Corp.

It’s their job: Job combines love of cars, people

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By Karl Terry: FNM Correspondent Patrick Johnson is a parts man at Carquest Auto Parts at C&S Inc. in Portales. Background: Johnson was born and raised in Portales and graduated from Portales High School. He lived in Lubbock for nine years and was a technician working on pools and spas. He returned to Portales in […]

A father’s love is greatest gift

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I heard a story about a daddy and his two little girls, ages 9 and 5, who lived close to the beach. One day they all decided to go for a swim just a little way out into the ocean. Before the daddy realized it, a current had taken them […]

Celebrating life

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When she speaks about her mother the picture is someone larger than life. Her voice is empowered by admiration. She speaks of joy, faith, and love. Bonita Knox doesn’t see her mother’s battle with cancer as a loss. She sees it as a release and the realization of an […]

No shortcuts to love

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My husband looked forward to Sunday lunch at Mother’s house. He longed to eat her light, crusty, piping-hot rolls. Try as I might, I could never duplicate Mother’s homemade rolls. I used the same recipe, but they never turned out right.

Business feature: Disc jockey says love of music required

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Jose Quezada says anyone can play music, but to be a disc jockey you have to love music. Quezada has been a DJ for 15 years, since his sister got him involved playing music for her friends in college. “She would take me along and I would play for […]

It’s their job: Female barber a rarity

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Name: Yantie Love Job: Master barber at Herb’s Barbershop Background: I grew up in Texico and moved to the Floyd in 1997. Time on job: I have been in the field for 24 years. I have spent the last 13 years here at Herb’s. What does your job entail? I just cut hair. I don’t […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

Spreading the love

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

God makes love possible

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist “Will you marry me?” I asked. This tall, lanky, handsome man turned a little pale. He looked like he was thinking, “How do I get out of this?” I guess he felt sorry for me, and he finally said, “I thought you would never ask.” I didn’t have many girl […]

Failure impossible with God in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. In this life we have resistance. If we never resisted anything, life could be rather dull. If no problems existed on […]

It’s their job: Dusti Price

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Name: Dusti Price Job: Certified nursing assistant at Heartland Continuing Care Center Background: Price was raised in Clovis and received her certification at Clovis Community College. Time on job: Six months What does your job entail? We take care of the everyday living needs of the elderly. What is a typical day like for you? […]

It’s their job: Kim Butler

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Name: Kim Butler Job: Librarian and art instructor at Steiner Elementary School Background: Butler grew up in Portales, but went to school in Waxahachie, Texas, before attending college at Eastern New Mexico University. Time on job: 19 years What does your job entail? I read to kids, check books in and out and make sure […]

Love never wasted on life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Life is a great adventure … a journey, if you please. It is filled with turns, detours, surprises, excitement and most of all, love. Many dance through life but never hear the music. That is sad to me. We all need a giant dose of enthusiasm.

God’s love is forever

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist The holidays are over. Tearful goodbyes are said. The house is strangely quiet. The pride I feel for our sons and the gratitude I feel for God is overwhelming. The dream that began so long ago in my heart has now become a reality. The boys are spiritual leaders in […]

It’s their job: Jennifer Bolin, manager at Victory Life Coffee House

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Name: Jennifer BolinJob: Manager at Victory Life Coffee HouseTime on job: 5 1/2 yearsBackground: Bolin, originally from Colorado, attended Portales schools until her freshman year, where she attended Dora High School. She is now studying elementary education and psychology at Eastern New Mexico University and plans to get her master’s degree in counseling.What does your […]

Business feature: Portales woman turns love of horses into business

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Wendy Toombs has been sharing her love of horses by teaching people to ride for the last nine years. “Working with horses, kids and the outdoors, it can’t get much better than this,” said Toombs, who with her husband operate Abrazos Adventure horse riding school in Roosevelt County. Saddling […]

Love of ceramics grows into business

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Annette Perry opened Perry’s Ceramics and Gifts in August 2007, wanting to do more then just sell ceramics. She wanted to share her passion How it all began: Perry said she was always interested in arts and crafts. She started with macram

Advice for Americans traveling to other countries

By Anita Doberman Summer is here and many of us may be traveling to different countries. More often than not, you will find that people in many foreign countries love Americans and are very friendly toward military families. Other times, of course, locals may be more reluctant to open up to tourists, and Americans in […]