Some comfort to be found in child-like faith

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, […]

Movie industry would benefit from suggestions

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes smoking, […]

Mothers deserve special thanks

By Joan Clayton: Columnist It’s been said that someone asked Winston Churchill to name the teacher who had the greatest influence upon his life. He simply answered, “My mother.” Mothers see infinite possibilities in their children. Their children accomplish amazing feats because of mothers’ encouragement. Mothers set the tone of the home by loving, protecting, […]

Tragedy prompts prayer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Child-like faith is powerful thing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Faith is a requirement if you’re going to receive something from the celebration of Easter. It’s also required to receive the blessings of a lot things in life. Among the definitions listed for the word faith in the dictionary are: • Confidence or trust in a person or thing. […]

Former coach spurred alumni

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer A familiar face returned to the Greyhound Stadium sidelines Saturday for the first time in more than a year as coach of the Eastern New Mexico University football alumni team. After the game, a 28-20 loss for the alumni, former ENMU defensive coordinator and former Portales High School head […]

Life should be faced with enthusiasm

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Do you like to be around enthusiastic people? I do! My career of teaching little children brought me 23 little cherubs filled with enthusiasm every day for 31 years. They greeted me with hugs saying, “What are we going to learn today?” The children passed their zest for living […]

God’s surprises surround us

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. They are wonderful little surprises and unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go unnoticed. I’ve discovered 10 ways to receive blessings but there are many more. 1. Have childlike faith. Children do not sweat life […]

Resolve to have new friends and life becomes enriching

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Friends bring sunshine and sparkle into our lives. Friends stick by us through “thick and thin.” It has been said that friends are like postage stamps. They “see us through, even if they have to take a licking.” Let’s make one of our New Year’s resolutions to be that […]

Life without pain leaves one numb to joy

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist When you were just a plan in the mind of God, what if he were to ask you some questions about your journey on earth? With incredible technology having been accomplished already and the God given intelligence to master such feats, it is not inconceivable that God could show […]

City raises, incentive plan get approval

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Joe Ramirez and his employees at the city water department are often called out at all hours of the night to take care of emergency situations. Those circumstances sometimes make it hard to retain employees. Ramirez, the utility supervisor for the City of Portales, expects a new incentive pay […]

Christmas provides us with many memories

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist We have lived in the same house for 43 years. Every rock and every tree in the yard has a story. If I sit in my swing long enough and listen hard enough, I can hear basketballs dribbling and skateboards skating. “Look Dad, I can do this with one hand!” […]

All I want for Christmas is an explanation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s that time of year that has become an annual source of frustration for most of my relatives. Since I have the ability to buy things I need and want, and my family’s too far away to know first-hand of my possessions, I’m one of the hardest people in the […]

Undefeated Wildcats host Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer With several key players back from injury, Portales basketball coach Mark Gallegos wants to see if his Rams can deliver against a quality program. He’ll find out tonight as the Rams face the undefeated Clovis Wildcats at Rock Staubus Gym in Clovis. Clovis (6-0) features a three-guard lineup of […]

Christmas brings joy to many

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Here we go again! Will it ever stop? Excuse me, but I’m getting weary of those who want to take Christmas away from me. A news commentator has called it the “War on Christmas.” So we don’t know the exact date our Savior was born. I’m thankful we have one […]

Next two years could bring interesting politics

As the evening wore on, it became increasingly apparent that while corruption and incompetence were factors, the pickup of two dozen House seats by the Democrats was largely about the war in Iraq. President Bush tacitly acknowledged this Wednesday by announcing that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would step down, to be replaced by Robert Gates, […]

Freedom shouldn’t be taken for granted

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day. Our freedoms have been bought with “blood, sweat and tears” from many who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. It has been said, “bad officials are elected by good people who don’t vote.” Edmund Burke, a British statesman has stated, “For evil to triumph, […]

Top officers would benefit most from pay raise

By Tom Philpott : Military Update The 2007 defense authorization bill, which the president is expected to sign this month, will bring better pay and benefits to large segments of the military community. Drilling reservists who lack affordable health care coverage will be pleased. So will medical scholarship students seeking stipend increases. Others will be […]

Civilian now director of commisaries

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columist After 140 years, the tradition of a career military officer being in charge of commissary stores, and how groceries are stocked and sold on base, is over. Patrick B. Nixon, a career grocer and a senior civilian executive of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) since its formation 15 years ago, […]

Leaving teaches lessons in saying goodbye

Anita Doberman: Guest Columist Goodbye is a powerful word. By saying it we close a chapter, a relationship, and move on to something else. It’s great if we are the one who really wants to say it; not so wonderful if we are left behind. I have a long list of goodbyes in my life. […]