SUV, pickup sales feel affects of gas crunch

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The rise in the price of oil and gas has had mixed effects on the sales of full-size pickups and sport utility vehicles, according to Clovis and Portales dealerships. “With the rise in gas prices we’ve seen an increased interest in fuel efficient cars and pickups with smaller engines,” […]

Roosevelt fire requires neighbor’s aid

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Firefighters spent more than four hours Tuesday battling a blaze that consumed more than 7,000 acres of grassland south of Portales, according to officials. A towering column of smoke to the south was noticeable to residents in downtown Portales late in the morning. Acting Portales Fire Lt. Steven Cain said firefighters and road crews cut […]

12-25-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” relies on her husband’s income to pay the bills and feed the family. They are unable to afford presents for their five children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have presents to open on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes extra […]

12-23-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. P Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is not earning enough money to buy Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 2T. Boys pants size 2T. Boys shoe size 7. Girls shirt size 4T. Girls pants size 4T. […]

12-21-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. M Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” needs help this year because she is a single mother and currently unemployed. Her holiday hopes: For her son to have a happy first Christmas. Clothing needs: Infants shirt size 6-9 months. Infants pants size 6-9 months. Infants shoe size 2. Toys […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. E

Today’s focus: Ms. E Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. E” is a single mother who lost her job because she couldn’t find a baby-sitter. She has been unable to find a new job. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 4T (for two […]

12-15-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. B Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B’s” income is barely enough to cover necessities. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12. Girls pants size 12. Girls shoe size 2 1/2. Toys list: Scooter. The Empty Stocking Fund is a […]

12-12-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a single mother. She is struggling financially because she just found a job and a place to live. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas in their own home. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 4T or 5T. […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. R

Today’s focus: “Ms. R” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. R’s” spouse died this year and she is having a hard time making ends meet. Her sister and niece also live with her. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 24 month. Girls pants […]

12-8-07 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. L” Household members: 5 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. L’s” bills amount to too much to provide a good Christmas for her children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts under the tree at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 6T. Girls pants size 6T. Boys shirt size 6T. Boys […]

Dec. 1, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom New Mexico Today’s focus: “Ms. I” Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. I’s” family has fallen on hard times. They recently moved from California and their house has needed major repairs. Her husband is unemployed because he is undergoing therapy for mental health problems. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. V

Today’s focus: “Ms. V” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. V” is a single mother. Her husband recently left and she has a low-income job. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size L. Boys pants size 14-16. Boys shoe size 5. Girls shirt sizes […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. M

Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: Two Children: One Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is unemployed and struggling to make it from month to month. Her holiday hopes: To give her son a happy first Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 6-9 months. Boys pant size 6-9 months. Boys shoe size child’s 2. Toys list: Push-and-go […]

Nov. 25, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: Seven Children: Six Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is out of work for medical reasons and is trying to support six children. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size small. Girls pants size 6-slim. Girls shoe size 1 1/2. Toys list: […]

Nov. 24, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. P” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is raising her grandchildren and wants to be able to give them something nice for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 10. Boys shoe size 2. Girls […]

Empty stocking fund: “Ms. D”

Today’s focus: “Ms. D” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is a single mother who doesn’t make enough money to provide gifts for her children at Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6. Boys shoe size 13. […]

Breast size of little consequence in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about breast implants – specifically, my desire to have a larger bosom. I seriously considered the option of breast enhancement and went as far as making appointments with two highly recommended plastic surgeons. Before even speaking with them, I made up my mind […]

June 19, 1980

• City crews installed the last of four new civil defense sirens at the four corners of Portales. • Grand opening specials at the Alco Discount Store included a king size lunch kit for $4.99 and an electric can opener for $8.99 • Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Jane Alexander starred in the Academy Award […]

Bigger isn’t necessarily better

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so much […]

Nighttime heartburn help available on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on new candle trends, cooking with mustard, and remedies for nighttime heartburn will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Olga Puzas, with PartyLite Gifts in Plymouth, Mass., will talk about trends which show that people are entertaining […]