Inmates complete parenting course

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Alisa Boswell Emotions ran high in the Roosevelt County Detention Center Tuesday as 14 inmates, two with tears in their eyes, accepted certificates of completion for the parenting class they had just completed. “I learned how to be a mom,” said Rosenda Martinez, beginning to cry. “I know I’ve grown because me and my daughter […]

My turn: Hurdles just part of life

I ran the hurdles once. I was never on the track team, but I did give the hurdles a try. When I was in junior high, I was the manager for the track team. My job was making sure that all of the starting blocks were put out and then picked up. I also had […]

Road renamed for Capt. Kermit Evans

Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Kermit Evans Jr., 5, left, and his mother Perneatha Evans, unveiled a road sign on April 8 at Cannon Air Force Base dedicated to Capt. Kermit Evans Sr., who died in Iraq in December 2006. Gabriel Monte Kermit Evans Jr. shares the same build as his father, according to his mother, […]

Muleshoe’s Washington opts for Texas Tech

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Rick White Muleshoe’s Cooper Washington called an audible Wednesday, opting to sign a national letter of intent with Texas Tech. Washington, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end and quarterback at Muleshoe, orally committed to play at Oklahoma in the spring. “I had second thoughts about fitting in at OU,” said Washington, who started at defensive end […]

My turn: Christmas displays all right with me

The Portales News-Tribune (online and printed) ran numerous comments about the Nativity scene on the Portales courthouse lawn. Some think that it violates separation of church and state. Others believe it represents Christian principles they say the country was founded on. (I’ve never grasped the difference between these principles and just being a good person. […]

Our people: Sports fan

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Oscar Robinson is in his second term as the city councilman for Ward B. He said he ran again because he loves Portales and he can lend a positive outlook to the processes the city needs to go through. When he’s not working on city business, he drives a school bus for Portales schools. He […]

I’d rather not be nudged

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist On Sunday, The New York Times Magazine ran what amounts to a puff piece about Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s longtime friend, former colleague, and current regulation czar. It was penned by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, who is identified as “a contributing writer for the magazine and a […]

Hungry bears no laughing matter

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist One summer my husband and I ran what was called a “guest ranch” in the mountains. It was a group of cabins built so they enclosed a middle open space where children could play and grownups could visit. Wood for the fireplaces was stacked in there as well. Besides handling […]

Feb. 11, 1962

“Ben Hur” the movie opened at the Tower Theatre as the Portales News-Tribune ran a photo from the film with the statement, “One of the great thrill scenes of the spectacular chariot race… shows Charlton Heston clinging to his chariot.”

Jan. 9, 1948

A local Phillips 66 station ran an ad in the Portales Daily News calling all “Democrats and Republicans (or if you’re going to vote for Henry Wallace)” to drive on safe tires by bringing in the ad and receiving $4.10 off a new Lee 6:00×16 tire.

Differences can exist, but civility must win

Freedom New Mexico Regardless of whether your musical tastes ran to “Yes We Can” or “Raising McCain” this election, there’s one song you weren’t likely to hear on the 2008 campaign trail: “Kum Ba Yah.” Things got rough and tumble in a few places this year, not only in the White House race but also […]

Nov. 10, 1949

McCowen’s full blood and registered Durhams of Elida ran an ad in the Portales Tribune selling its oldest and largest bull calf for the highest bid over $100 offered before the end of the month.

County officials: Election ran smoothly

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer The election process and totals processing for the 2008 general election ran smoothly in Roosevelt County, according to county officials. “This election went a lot smoother than what I expected,” said Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins. Unofficially, 64 percent of Roosevelt County turned out for a historic election with […]

Oct. 31, 1952

Portales Daily News ran a picture of two white-sheeted “ghosts” on its front page with this caption: “GHOST HUDDLE — These two ghosts are huddling over plans for Halloween as the Daily News camera catches them. The photographer did not stay around long enough to learn their exact plans, however.”

Sept. 29, 1936

State Governor Clyde Tingley ran a letter in the Portales Tribune to the citizens of Roosevelt County stating that the county fair was a “splendid medium to call attention of the state and the Southwest to the great

Sept. 27, 1951

“Hey Moms — Want to Park the Kids?” Gambles Funny Book Table ran an ad in the Portales Tribune encouraging parents to leave their children at the store where there were books for their enjoyment while the parents

Sept. 23, 1956

Portales Drug ran an ad in the Portales Daily News, advertising a new lipstick that “won’t come off on cigarettes!”

Sept. 16, 1909

Portales Sanitarium ran an ad in the Portales Times as “a modern, ethically conducted, homelike institution, for medical and surgical cases, obstetrics and diseases of women.”

Sept. 11, 1960

Varsity Drive-In Theatre ran an ad in the Portales News-Tribune that read, “Thanks to the teen-agers of our community for their loyal patronage.”

Former Hound ran in ’72 Munich Games

By Rick White, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing a series of articles on athletes with eastern New Mexico ties who participated in the Olympics. Former Eastern New Mexico University cross country and track standout Mike Boit participated in the 1972 Olympics in Munich for Kenya. He won a bronze medal […]