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, […]

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. […]