Review: “Believe in Me” modest effort

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By Robert W. Butler: McClatchy Newspapers Really, there is only one sports movie. Hollywood just keeps fiddling with the details. Still, when done well a sports movie can provide substantial pleasures. The blandly titled “Believe in Me” — parts of which were filmed in Clovis and Portales, is one such charmer, a smart, low-keyed real-life […]

Drought seminar planned for Ag Expo

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Visitors attending the first day of the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales today can receive useful information on a common problem facing farmers and ranchers of the Southwest — drought. New Mexico State University extension range management specialist Chris Allison will lead the seminar “Planning For […]

Altrusa hosts 36th annual home tour

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Featuring four homes and one business, 36 years of tradition will continue as the annual Altrusa Home Tour takes place next Sunday in Portales. It’s a fund-raiser for us to support our community projects that we do,” said Dannah Brown, home tour chairperson. Word of mouth, uniqueness or a […]

Ladies room mystery not that mysterious

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers It’s time we get to the bottom of that age-old question that has haunted men for centuries. Notice I didn’t say women. That’s because we women already have all of the answers. That age-old question is: What exactly do women do in the bathroom? Why do we go together in […]

Consistency key to good parenting skills

By Anita Doberman; PNT columnist Lately, my oldest daughter, Luisa, has been testing my ability to be a consistent parent. Every night, she asks to come in my bed when her younger sisters are asleep. I have allowed her to do so on occasions, but since my husband’s deployment her requests have increased in duration […]

Military must expect ordinarily extraordinary days

By Anita Doberman: Guest Columnist Ordinary days in the life of military spouses are anything but ordinary. We are used to last-minute cancellations, constant change of plans and unexpected emergencies. A few weeks ago, I dealt with such an emergency. My husband is a typical “military guy.” He claims to never get sick, meaning he […]

Commissioners extend fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners decided to err on the side of caution where the fire ban is concerned as they voted to leave in place the ban that was passed by proclamation in January. “We’re in no better situation than when we enacted the ban,” Commissioner Tom Clark said in […]

Bob V ila never had it this tough

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My wife has been confused throughout most of our 24 years of marriage. Somehow she’s under the impression that she married Bob Vila but she actually got something more akin to Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. She’s been undeterred by my lack of skills with a hammer and saw, […]

Know what to do during severe weather season

Clovis Emergency Management officials test their sirens every Wednesday at 4 p.m. This test usually lasts 1-3 minutes and the sirens are heard throughout Clovis. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Tornado season is almost upon us and since Cannon is approximately 18 miles from “Tornado Alley,” it is important for local residents and Cannon […]

Prankster shows up

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Those of us who worked the news side of the Denver Post became concerned when Downhill Updyke stopped inventing elaborate practical jokes. When we asked him about it, he said he was just getting too old to play games. Pranks in those days were common in the city room, […]

Pet-friendly rooms

Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s “pet friendly room” program has been in operation for nine months at the Caprock Inn to provide guests with a cost-effective means to allow animals to travel with them. Caprock has nine rooms that are considered pet-friendly and appropriate for families traveling with their pets, said Michelle Fry, Caprock Inn’s manager. Guests […]

Making life a little more bearable

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools for helping children deal with traumatic events. Called “Hugga-Bears,” the soft, pillowy animals are often successful in drying up tears and helping a child smile in the midst of an otherwise bad situation, according […]

Holiday Inn Express opens in Portales

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By Tony Parra Travelers will be able to “Stay Smart” in Portales now that the new Holiday Inn Express is open. Chelsey Banister, Holiday Inn Express general manager, said it has been a slow start but feels business will pick up once the word gets around that the hotel is open. “Stay Smart” is the […]

Area Democrats hold luncheon

All Democrats are invited to have lunch with Roosevelt County Democratic Women at noon on Monday in the Conference Room at Roosevelt General Hospital. The topic of the meeting will be New Mexico legislative priorities. Officers for 2006 will be elected at this meeting. Those who attend can serve themselves in the hospital cafeteria and […]

Delays halt construction completion

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A look ahead the middle of January will bring about the completion of one long-awaited construction project and the delay of another construction project in Portales. Tushar Patel, Albuquerque developer of the Holiday Inn Express, said the goal is to open the hotel by the end of the month. “We’ve […]

It’s the size of your heart not your house at Christmas time

By Joann Clayton I love it when all my children and families come home for Christmas. In the wee hours of the night our house becomes strangely quiet and I begin to reminisce. Three little boys who grew up so quickly are back in their beds. The same clock chimes its soothing sounds; blessing me […]

Nov. 4 Local Briefs

Personal safety workshops set The Eastern New Mexico Student Affairs Office has announced a series of personal safety workshops for students, in a news release Thursday. The workshops will be conducted by members of the counseling center and local law enforcement personnel. The workshops will held at noon Friday in the Pecos room in the […]

How has Portales changed? Let me count the ways

Karl Terry: PNT Mananging Editor How has Portales changed? Let me count the ways There’s one question I’m constantly asked since I returned to my hometown of Portales a little over a month ago. “Does Portales seem like it’s changed much since you left?” I get that question about once a day and at first […]

Davis home brings active family together

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A home is a place for living and that’s one important detail that Scott and Janet Davis didn’t overlook when they built their house three years ago. Nearly everything about their home speaks of family time. The Davis’ home at 508 E. 16th is one of five homes that will […]

Citizens visit the Pentagon to commemorate 9/11 attacks, honor victims

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Rebecca Carroll: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — To Carol Anne Giza, the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, violated everyone in America. “We all felt their pain and still feel their pain,” said Giza, 67, of Lancaster, N.Y., who was among 1,500 people to participate Saturday in the first walk-in tours of the site where a […]