My turn: Geology rocks

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My niece, Marili, was telling me and my other niece, Mireya, how challenging her college geology class has been. I was like, “geology?” And my eyes lit up. Of course, when I was Marili’s age, I couldn’t care less about the sciences. I guess I’m trying to make up for […]

My turn: Mom was wiser than she realized

My mother died one year ago tomorrow. My niece Carol — her primary caregiver and one of several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that my parents raised — and I went through mother’s modest possessions trying to decide who would want what. None of her six kids, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren or six great-great-grandchildren is starving, so […]

My turn: Telenovelas addicting

They were making a big fuss on Spanish TV over hot telenovela star William Levy. I tell my niece, Marili, “Is that his real name?” Marili replies, “Yes, he’s Cuban.” Like if that explains everything. If Martin Sheen — born Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez — can change his name (in honor of the late Emmy-winning […]

It’s Their Job: Betsy Niece

PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Job: Administrative assistant for Tucker Renovations, Inc. Time on Job: 11 years Background: Niece received an associate degree from Clovis Community College. She has helped her mother run Tucker Renovations and Tuck’s Car Wash since she was 16. What does your job entail? I answer phones, file, pay bills, and other […]

Weddings create memorable moments

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wedding bells were ringing last weekend within our extended family as my niece said her vows in the back yard of her grandmother’s home. As an uncle, I managed to get off by doing just a few favors and offering up a wedding gift. The hard work seemed to […]

Air Force officials not releasing details on death

Freedom Newspapers Air Force officials have still not released information about the Oct. 29 death of 20-year-old Kimberly Susan Novak. Joseph Bollman of Detroit said Air Force officials are even being “pretty tight-lipped” with family members who’ve asked about the death of his niece. Bollman said he doesn’t know how or why his niece died, […]