My turn: Sometimes roommates need to shout it out

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About two weeks ago I brought up that my house was like the real world, well, the situation just got real this weekend. Most people have had a roommate in their life, whether it was their sibling growing up, a dorm buddy or whatever the case may be. You have to be willing to set […]

Drunken driving simulator makes students think twice

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Christina Calloway Portales High School students got to spend a class period drinking and driving in a virtual simulator Tuesday. The effects were synthetic, but the consequences were real to the students who went through UNITE’s Arrive Alive high-tech distracted driving and drunken driving education program. “It affects everyone around you,” said Jacob Nunse, 16, […]

My turn: Real life doesn’t mean fighting

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As much as I try not to compare my life to reality TV, in this week’s episode of my life, I think my house just became “Real World: Portales.” I originally had two roommates and on Sunday, a third one moved in. All of us are very unique, from different places all over the country […]

Real spirit of Christmas easy to catch

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist During this time of year, it’s so easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. It’s also not that hard to rediscover it. I remember one Christmas, when I lived in Abilene, Texas, and my daughter Laura wanted a Barber Shop Cash Register. I called Wal-Mart Supercenter. They […]

Your hard work makes you a hero

Are there any real heroes today? Yes and yes! I submit there are many of Americans who are God-fearing people who strive to do right and live by “The Golden Rule.” I am prejudiced because I know more than I can count in Portales. These people are the ones who go to work every day, […]

Rooney was the real deal

He’s entertained us and made us scratch our heads every week for more than 30 years. But it’s possible that’s all you got out of Andy Rooney over that time. If so, that was probably enough. Like Brett Favre, George Burns, Bob Hope and Charlie Sheen he didn’t relish the idea of giving up his […]

Thursday morning briefing: Free art, a real classic and jail for a cause

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing: Free art A free solo exhibition, “Sleeping in the Forest, Waking in the Desert,” by Jessie Dodington will be displayed in ENMU’s Golden Library on Tuesday through Oct. 28 during normal library hours. A real classic The annual Milk Jug Classic is 8 a.m. […]

Their view: Real problems lie with Congress

Kirby Rowan of Portales writes about the troubles the public faces because of elected politicians:

My turn: No sense, just real-life experience

One of my columns generated an e-mail from a gentleman who said that I didn’t have a lick of common sense. Apparently, I set him off by not toeing religious, political or fishing lines — or perhaps my tongue-in-cheek lines didn’t hook him. The blue-collar worker clearly wanted to wring my stereotyped collar. He probably […]

Real cowboys don’t curse

I never heard a swear word come out of my father’s, or my husband’s mouth. Both were what modern “dress-up” cowboys consider anachronisms — REAL cowboys. I suspect they might have cursed now and then when they were in a wreck out among the junipers and cactus — and no human females were around to […]

Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced them. Gentry, 63, has an extensive collection of Coca Cola and 50s memorabilia in several rooms […]

Their view: Heroics in Japan is real news

Muleshoe pastor Curtis K. Shelburne writes weekly columns for the Clovis New Journal’s online edition. Here’s his most recent effort:

My turn: ‘Guys and Dolls’ real treat

A great job by the Portales High School students who performed in the “Guys and Dolls” musical. You had me wanting to see the movie again, so I went and rented it, finding out from the video store clerk that half of Portales has been in there looking for the same thing. I’m going to […]

Portales past: March 21, 1962

March 21, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: The firing of all kinds of guns, whether they shoot pellets, darts or real bullets, is illegal in the city limits, Police Chief Keith Rowland reminded residents.

Government needs to focus on real threat

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration finally has pulled the plug on the ambitious “virtual” border fence that quickly turned out to be a big waste of money. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Friday that the SBInet project was being terminated, saying that a thorough review made it clear that it simply […]

Can’t take water for granted

Karl Terry The physical properties of water are pretty amazing. We can drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, clean with it, heck it keeps us all alive. Let the temperature drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, though, and the stuff can be a real pain. I came home on a recent night and sat […]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Scars mark real cowboys

If you see a couple of fellows walking down the road, both wearing cowboy-type garb, how will you know which one is the for-real cowboy? Here are a few hints: The real cowboy will be bow-legged and will limp a bit. As he gets closer, you notice one arm seems to stay bent all the […]

My turn: Compassion is real issue at hand

My basketball/golf/war-history buddy John Kirby recently asked whether I’d considered writing about the Florida preacher threatening to burn Korans. I told the Connecticut Yankee on the Court — who insists that I shoot three-pointers even when I’m not feeling it and thinks it unusual that I carry four fairway putters — that simple condemnation of […]

Buzzwords cloud accountability

Clyde Davis So there it was, in a story in a local newspaper, coincidentally on the same day that we had mentioned it, or discussed it, or related it back to real life. The catchphrase — like any catchphrase — that makes one stop and ask how authentic it really is In this case, it […]