Mom’s tax return filed for free

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer When my daughter Laura was a toddler, she would say, “When I grow up, I’m going to smoke cigarettes and do income taxes like grandma!” Laura would sit on the couch next to Mom, with one of Mom’s calculators in hand, and wearing play reading glasses, she would scribble […]

Military’s top brass finally have their say

Editorial President Bush’s meeting last Wednesday with the Joint Chiefs of Staff was held in a secure Pentagon room called “the tank,” so it is almost impossible for outsiders to know what really happened. But enough came out in official and unofficial accounts to suggest that the military leaders were exceedingly frank with the president […]

Firefighters brace for bad fire season

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Reporter Area fire departments are preparing for what they consider the height of fire season. High winds and low precipitation are the culprits that fire officials say are contributing to the high fire danger in Roosevelt and Curry counties. “The elements for a bad wildfire are present for the surrounding […]

It took strong women to forge salute

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It takes strong bricks to build strong buildings. It takes strong women to build a strong community. That’s what I heard Tuesday at a reception honoring the women of the Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. If that’s true, and I believe it is, […]

Romance not the cowboy way

By Glenda Price Cowboys are romantic, they say. Uh-huh. Every one I know can get downright eloquent when discussing a new baby calf, his favorite using horse or his best cow dog. We females find that quite attractive. But what about us? My theory is they like human female companionship, but they just don’t know […]

PJHS team completes 17-1 season

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By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor The New England Patriots weren’t the only team to finish their season this past week just one game short of perfection. The Portales Junior High seventh grade basketball team only lost one game this season as well. The PJHS team finished its season this weekend with a 3-0 record […]

Origin of pledge hand salute unknown

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Almost immediately after the Legislature adopted the salute to the New Mexico flag, school children and public meetings immediately began making the pledge part of their day. Most organizations, including public school classrooms, say the pledge with the right hand outstretched and the palm upward. Members of the Ellen […]

Winter weather arrives in area

The Associated Press SANTA FE — With more winterlike weather expected to arrive this weekend, state officials are urging residents to be prepared. When storms dumped more than three feet of snow across northern New Mexico last winter, a lot of residents weren’t. No snow shovels. No food stored away. No way to get to […]

Veterans deserve respect, thanks

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Throughout the history of this nation, men and women have made tremendous sacrifices to maintain freedom. They realized that a life without freedom is a life of slavery with every type of tyranny. William Penn said, “Unless we are governed by God we will be ruled by tyrants.” Freedom is […]

Life better with dose of happiness

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Life is a great adventure … a journey if you please. It is filled with turns, detours, surprises, excitement and most of all love. Many dance through life but never hear the music. That is sad to me. We all need a giant dose of “enthusiasm.” Even nature has enthusiasm […]

Candy should come with warning

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Diet commercials used to start in January, after people gained five pounds from holiday binging. Now they begin before the Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe they should run before Halloween. That’s when sweets appear in bulk. Halloween is like the pre-holiday kick-off, but there are no fat busters screaming over the […]

Worrying detrimental to body, soul

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Have you ever had “wrong thought disease?” I have and it’s the pits! Thought disease comes with all kinds of problems. The doctor’s report, overdue accounts, misunderstandings and the list goes on. Thought disease thrives in a negative environment. Worrying thoughts ruin thought life and spills over into physical life. […]

Every ‘goodbye’ leads to ‘hello’

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist “Someone is waiting for someone to leave or someone to arrive,” I thought. We were in an airport terminal. I looked around at the teary faces of people waiting to say their last goodbye. I also watched those happy expectant people waiting to hug a loved one “hello.” “How much […]

Area mother ordered to remain committed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales mother charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son in January has been ordered to remain in the custody of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M., pending another competency hearing. Teresa K. Gilman, 25, faces first-degree murder or the alternative charge […]

Shooting trial jury seated

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A jury was seated at the close of the day Tuesday in the first-degree murder case of two Clovis men accused in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. “It’s been a long two days, ladies and gentlemen, but we finally got there,” 9th Judicial District Judge […]

No prescription for waiting room rage

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I am a proactive patient. My family tells me I am a bit of a hypochondriac, but I just think I’m being thorough. I also have five young children, any one of whom is sick at any given time, so visits to physicians’ offices have become a part-time job. From […]

Churches take stand on immigration

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A new coalition of more than 100 evangelical Christian organizations is finally stepping up to say what the Catholic church has been saying all along: Show compassion for our neighbors, the weak, and the alien. According to the New York Times, evangelical leaders are making increasingly visible efforts to push […]

Young readers reap benefits

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Teachers say a federal reading program designed to help schools meet the standards of the No Child Left Behind Act is having a big impact on Portales schools, but it’s probably not going to solve the problem of meeting the state’s AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress). Reading First, a national […]

Motherhood is full-time position

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone has a strong opinion on whether a mother should work or stay at home with her children. Working moms say that it’s not the amount of time spent with their children that matters but the quality of time they have together. Stay-at-home moms say that the only way to raise […]

America is country like no other

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I have something to say about my country. If America is so bad, why is it everyone wants to come here? Why do countries with dictatorship loathe America? Why do enemies, domestic and foreign, want to destroy this land? I think I have the answer. Our founding fathers had […]