Misbehavior needn’t be regulated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist In matters of human conduct it is vital to distinguish between actions that coerce others to do something they must be in charge of choosing either to do or not do, versus resisting their attempts to coerce someone. If I try to make you eat your vegetables and you aren’t […]

Your happiness depends on you

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Today is a gift from God. How you use this day is up to you. We all have the same amount of time, and we can have a good day or a bad one. You make the choice for the kind of day you have, and you can make it […]

My turn: Black-eyed peas make chili sing

I wouldn’t have thought to put black-eyed peas in chili, but my co-worker, Victoria Garrett, does. Her recipe for Black-eyed Pea Chili is modified from a version in the American Profile magazine, and she suggested it for this column. The recipe is tasty and nicely spicy, and Victoria says it’s easy to make, which is […]

Majority needs to make their voices be heard

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County Register.

Locals make their Oscar picks

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Local movie fans are conceding “Avatar” is going to do well in Sunday’s Academy Awards. But they wouldn’t be surprised — and some would be hopeful — to see Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” take Best Picture. The two films are part of a 10-picture field up for this […]

Baskett beats odds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Of the approximate 100,000 youngsters who play high school football every year, only 215 of them will make an National Football League roster. Then, assuming things are equal in the NFL — and they’re not— a player on any NFL roster has a 1 in 16 chance to be […]

Measure would make information accessible online

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Residents who want to know more about state government’s pocketbook, its power players and public meetings would have an easier time accessing information online under a series of measures introduced so far this session. Ideas advancing their way through the process include expanding webcasting in the House […]

Judge may make Isler decision next week

As of Friday there was no decision by a federal judge contemplating the status of Clovis High School’s varsity boy’s basketball coach J.D. Isler. At a hearing Wednesday in Santa Fe, U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez said she might render a decision as early as Friday on Isler’s temporary restraining order. Isler is accused of […]

Health tips featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative living Information on choosing a career or life coach, staying healthy, and learning to make our dreams come true will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Judi Moreo is a motivational speaker and an author, and she’s going to talk about her latest […]

Beef stew parfait featured on show

By sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on choosing colors for our homes, making a beef stew parfait and using scraps to make quilts will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Latriece Brooks is an interior decorator, and she will talk about choosing colors considering the geography of […]

City employees make up for lost time

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico With back-to-back three-day weekends, city offices are playing catch up after the holidays. Christmas and New Years Day fell on Friday this year, resulting in three-day weekends for many city workers. Public safety officials were still working or on call but most officials had the extra time to spend […]

Time to make new year predictions

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist With a new year bearing down on us it’s time for me to observe an annual rite of this column — predictions for the new year. I’ve taken a look into my crystal ball and saw some rather strange potential occurrences gazing back at me. With tongue in cheek, here’s […]

Police make Christmas deliveries

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Police Department has been working to provide toys food for families in the area through the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive since November. As of Wednesday, Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said 760 children, 58 more than last year, had received toys. […]

Milk prices make slow climb

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Milk prices are rebounding but dairy owners expect it will take years for them to recover from almost a year of prices so low that they couldn’t break even. Last month, Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said, net prices were a little more than $12 per 100 pounds […]

11-8 On the shelves

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Chain Style: 50 Contemporary Jewelry Designs by Jane Dickerson Using chain as the key design element, Chain Style showcases 50 projects featuring top-notch jewelry artists. This book includes detailed step-by-step instructions, basic wirework and stringing techniques, materials lists, and projects for jewelry makers of all […]

Groups aim to make a difference

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In honor of Make a Difference Day, two Portales organizations are offering the community a hand, or rather coats and flu prevention kits. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales is holding a coat drive with the distribution set for Saturday. Friday, the Community Services Center and its senior programs are […]

Children source of inspiration

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist My kids inspire me to be a better person. They test my patience, they make me laugh, they make me cry, they humble me. I can always do better for them. My daughter Anna has a special place in my heart. One that includes uneven bars, a beam, a bouncy […]

Balancing privacy, creativiy fine line

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about privacy and how much to reveal about my children, our lives and experiences. While reading criticism and support I’ve received for my work, I stopped and questioned what writing has meant to me, both in the context of my family and in the […]

Colleges make flu season preparations

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local campuses are taking the threat of H1N1 flu (swine flu) seriously. Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College are already preparing students to try and minimize any outbreaks. “Primarily for us it is going to be educational, telling people how to avoid contagion, getting the symptoms out […]

Family pony to make 25th county fair appearance

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A little beige pony who has carried two generations of children and ventured into his owners’ house is heading for his 25th Roosevelt County Fair pony show in a row. LeRoy, a 30-year-old Gotland pony, has “raised” Joan Orcutt’s five daughters and seven grandchildren, so far. Orcutt’s granddaughter, 9-year-old […]