Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

Clayton: Miracles happen in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Have you ever considered the fact that you are a miracle? That tiny microscopic cell contains your physical characteristics, talents, abilities and personality. I find that amazing. What about the little coincidences in our lives? Had you been just a little bit earlier or later a car wreck might […]

My turn: Some pets just like family

I saw an online web poll on the Portales News-Tribune website, www.pntonline.com, and it really made me think. The survey question was, “Do you consider your dogs or cats as members of the family?” After thinking about it, I don’t think that I do. I do not expect my dog to carry out the trash, […]

Memorial statue commissioned from Fort Sumner sculptor

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Courtesy photo Fort Sumner-based artist Mike Scovel has been commissioned to recreate a saluting boy he created for a veterans memorial in Temple, Texas, for a veterans plaza in Schertz, Texas. The original was created nine years ago with his grandson, Kolter West of Fort Sumner, serving as the model. By Kevin Wilson When Ruth […]

Little learned in last 10 years

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Last weekend America observed the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Apparently few Americans have learned anything in the past 10 years. At least, that is the lesson I take away from what I saw of the commemorations. If the terrorists hate us for our freedom, they […]

My turn: Blessed to still have grandma

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When I saw Grandma Chaya in May, she squeezed my arms and said, “Que gorda!” Translation: “What fat!” She then asked my name. I looked at her strangely and replied, “Helena!” “What a beautiful name,” she replied. “My mother’s name was Helena, too.” Grandma then asked where I was from. “Portales!” I replied. “Oh,” she […]

My turn: Calling all kickball players

I recently saw a flyer from the Portales Recreation Center, for a kickball tournament. I don’t want to brag, but I used to be pretty good at kickball. I played a lot in grade school. Not for exercise, it was just what we did. We would choose teams and one team would take the field […]

In search of ponies: Lamb lesson

Sharna Johnson It was Easter time a couple of decades ago and my father had a surprise up his sleeve. My brother and I thought it was just another of many exploratory trips when we pulled up to the farm and saw the sheep milling about in the field — until Dad told us to […]

In search of ponies: Residents share neighborhood with fox

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Somebody must have told him it was one of the prime neighborhoods in town. Or maybe he just saw the attributes for himself — after all, who can deny the tranquility of the rolling greens, the shade of wind wisped trees and duck filled ponds. But even in the beauty of the place, he stands […]

My turn: Homeschoolers give grade-A performance

I saw a homeschool group performance of “Our Town” last weekend in Clovis, produced by the Clovis Area Home Educators. It featured good acting by talented teens and hit home for me. I was homeschooled and growing up there were few homeschooling groups available when I was young. It’s nice to see all of the […]

Portales resident recognized as paramedic of year

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Alisa Boswell When Portales resident Floyd Hancock, a lieutenant at the Portales Fire Department, saw Battalion Chief Lance Hill was calling him, he thought the worst. “When he first called,” Hancock said with a laugh, “I thought, ‘What did I forget?’” When he answered, he found out he was chosen as the area’s best paramedic. […]

Statistics: Burglaries up

Argen Duncan The city of Portales saw an above-normal number of burglaries in 2010, but a significant decrease in DWI cases, according to city Police Department statistics. “We did have an increase in several areas,” said Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry, adding officers had been busy. However, Berry said the rates of solved cases […]

‘Secretariat’ shows strength of women

Glenda Price I recently saw the movie “Secretariat” about the horse many people believe to be the best Thoroughbred race horse ever. Secretariat, born in Virginia in 1970, grew to 16.2 hands (one hand is approximately four inches) and weighed 1200 pounds at maturity. His official color was chestnut, but he was called Big Red […]

Hounds need win to stay in LSC North title hunt

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Few people, outside of the participants, saw this coming. Eastern New Mexico University plays at Northeastern State today with potentially a three-way share of the Lone Star Conference North Division title on the line. The Hounds (4-5, 3-2 North) were picked fourth and the RiverHawks (5-4, 4-1) fifth in […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

Reader submitted content: Soldiers helped bring comrade’s body to Portales

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Johnny Morgan On March 11, 1941, 26 young men from Roosevelt County left Portales to be drafted into the U.S. Army in Santa Fe. We walked from our hotel to the armory for our physicals. I will never forget what the major said when he saw us: “What do we have here? A bunch of […]

HAP aids military homeowners

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Like thousands of American homeowners, John and Susan, a Coast Guard couple, were slammed financially by the real estate crisis. They saw the value of the $150,000 house they bought in Texas in March 2006 plummet, starting in 2007. This month they will sell it for $125,000, well below the […]

Feb. 11, 1977

In the Portales News-Tribune, Portales Hardware and Furniture at 227 S. Main Ave. advertised a Rowell 7 1/4-inch circular saw for $19.99.

God blesses me with fireworks year-round

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist The first time I saw him, fireworks ignited and a “pop-pop-pop” went off in my heart. It wasn’t even the Fourth of July then, but rockets exploded anyway. This high school girl had never seen a more tall, dark and handsome man. The English teacher’s assignment required a theme paper […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]