Band alumni planning reunion at Heritage Days

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales High School band alumni and directors from as far back as 1945 are planning to gather during Heritage Days to march in the parade and enjoy each others’ company. Band director Cindy Stone, a 1987 alumnus, said more than 70 people have committed, some from as far away […]

Search for escapees ongoing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The search for four escaped inmates is ongoing a week after eight men cut a hole in the roof of the jail and shimmied up plumbing pipes to freedom. Still at large are convicted murderer Edward Salas, 21, and murder suspect Larry McClendon Jr., 19. Also missing are Louis […]

Portales couple support each others’ PhD quest

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Children at Sylvia Martinez’s school at Lockwood Elementary in Clovis call her Mrs. Dr. Martinez. “That inspires them to get a good education!” Martinez says. “But for me, the title is not a big thing. It’s the journey that it took to get there. It took a lot of […]

Lessons must be learned from tragedies

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of loosing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Americans have more freedom than others

Editorial Civil libertarians, including us, routinely assail the administration for its restrictions on our liberties in the war on terrorism. We sometimes overstate our complaints, charging that Bush & Co. have taken so many of our freedoms that we might as well be living in the old Soviet Union. Then we see a story that […]

Documentary to focus on hope

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Cancer survivor Kevin Gardels is working to turn his experience with cancer into one that will help others struggling with the disease. “It changes your outlook if you have some kind of hope and empathy,” Gardels said. Gardels, who is pursuing a masters degree in religion at Eastern New […]

Cause concerts won’t solve problems

Editorial We didn’t catch much of Al Gore’s “Live Earth” extravaganza last weekend. A Gilligan’s Island marathon was running on TV Land and we couldn’t tear ourselves away. But we weren’t surprised to read that it was a poorly received, and reviewed, dud. Some “cause concerts,” like some causes, are better than others. And while […]

Happiness can’t be found in material things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Go to any bookstore and you will find dozens of “how to” books on being happy. Enticements are everywhere. TV commercials are filled with “things” guaranteed to satisfy. You only need their products to make your life perfect. For some, happiness is attained only when “this or that happens.” Yet, the […]

Everyday heroes deserve acknowledgement

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Every day we hear bad news about bad people who do bad things. Amidst all of this we seem to forget the real heroes, those good people who do good things. You will find them in everyday situations. They stand for honesty and integrity. Faith and courage enable them to […]

Sweating small stuff not worth the effort

My cousin Vani is an established physician, a radiologist who lives and works in Italy. She has a 13-month-old son, whom she adores and still breast-feeds. There shouldn’t be a problem with this picture, except for the fact that everyone has been telling her she is crazy. She hears from family and friends that this […]

Paper delivery delayed

Friday’s storm has prevented delivery of some newspapers and delayed others. Newspaper officials said delivery was continuing late this morning, but some carriers’ vehicles have been disabled because of the icy road conditions. Efforts will continue throughout the day.

Resolutions should focus on inside, not out

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Don’t set yourself up for failure in 2007 by making unachievable New Year’s resolutions, like trying to block SPAMs from your computer, evading taxes or attempting to get off someone’s Christmas card list. It just ain’t gonna happen! The solution: Dumb down your New Year’s resolutions! Wait, no, New […]

The craft of caring

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two groups of Portales High School students have banded together to help local cancer patients’ struggle with the disease a little bit easier. According to Debbie Stenstrom, Family Career and Community Leaders of America teacher at PHS, students in her Clothing Construction and Costume Design class have taken the […]

Happiness is a choice we should all make

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist It has been said, “The happiest heart is one that beats for others.” I agree. Preoccupied with oneself brings selfish misery. I’ve also heard that when a baby is born his or her little fists are clinched and they are crying. But when one dies their hands are open and […]

Constantly sending out prayers, a way of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist I believe one of the most important things we can do in life is to pray for others. … “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). I learned this in many years of working with children. The results were astounding. Before I closed my […]

Words of wisdom for graduates

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to believe that 21 years ago it was me walking across the stage to receive my high school diploma from Portales High School. I was filled with ambition, dreams and a strong determination to be somebody. I had a specific plan of action and then, from there on, […]

Dreams in photos inspire us all

By Helena Rodriquez My friend Bernard likes to look at Chevy porn. When I queried him recently about a stack of magazines piling up in his closet, he referred to these car magazines as his “Chevy porn.” It’s no secret he is into Chevys. He even has pinups of his beloved Chevys all over his […]

Praying for others builds a hedge of protection

By Joan Clayton I heard a story about a lady who saw a beautiful bald eagle soaring above a lake. He spotted his prey in the water below and swooped down into the water. The eagle sank its talons deep into the fish, but the fish, being far too heavy, caused the eagle to sink […]

Lists: People, places, things

PNT Staff Irene Jasso, a substitute teacher and an associate at Bealls, said the three things she did this year which Santa would consider naughty are: * Lost my wedding band that my husband bought me after being married 30 years * Eaten way too much at work gatherings * Griped at my fellow employees. […]

After 127 years, ideals of freedom continue

This week will mark the 127th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Freedom Communications, Raymond Cyrus Hoiles. Freedom is the parent company of 70 daily and weekly newspapers across the nation, including the Portales News-Tribune and eight television stations. It is the nation’s 13th largest newspaper and broadcast company. The Irvine, California-based company […]