In Search of Ponies: Gift horses tether to Grandpa

Sharna Johnson The childhood memories are many and vivid. There were the sweets; sugared mulberries and raspberries on top of vanilla ice cream, butterscotch candies, the nectar from honey suckle blossoms, boxes of oranges and grapefruits at Christmas and thin ribbon candy. And the countless hours I spent at Grandpa’s house, sitting in the branches […]

In Search of Ponies: Procedure may lighten load

Sharna Johnson He knew something was up when I spent an extra second scrubbing behind his ears, then rinsed and combed out his unruly curls. And he slept a little closer to me, stealing more of my pillow than usual — nudging me when the alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. Oh yeah, I knew […]

My turn: Make vacations unforgettable

Some prefer mountain vacations, but having spent much of the ‘70s in high places at Jimmy Buffett concerts, I now try to stay more sea-level-headed. A frequent getaway is the Texas coast (where I’ll be Saturday). I love getting up at the crack of 10 a.m. and strolling the beaches — fighting seagulls for the […]

Roch accepts Texico schools position

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari schools Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch has accepted a similar position at Texico. Roch said he begins work at Texico, where he previously spent 8 1/2 years as a teacher and coach, on July 1. “I am looking forward to returning to Texico, though my wife and I will certainly miss the […]

My turn: We all share connection

Besides not having to ask our parents for the car, a rare recompense of aging might be increased awareness of our commonality. Much of my youth was spent discovering core values among the discards. The journey included divergent jobs, cultures, revelries, religious, political, philosophical and scientific ideas. People in my profession seldom become wealthy. I’ve […]

Xcel reports scattered power outages

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Xcel Energy power crews spent Thursday working to restore power across eastern New Mexico and west Texas . “There were a few scattered outages early on, but they were really limited,” said Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. “The power company has been right there on the spot to […]

Quilt fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Gail Strickler and Elizabeth Lawrence spent a month building their log cabin. Now they’re hoping to find it a home. Strickler, of Clovis, and Lawrence, of Portales, are raffling their creation — a quilt large enough to fit on a queen-size bed — to benefit Roosevelt and Curry counties’ […]

Players aren’t only winners in New Mexico Lottery

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For a handful of area residents, scratching, picking and rubbing has turned out to be lucrative. Curry and Roosevelt County residents won more than $3.4 million by playing the lottery in fiscal year 2009, according to the New Mexico Lottery. The numbers show about $6.3 million spent playing to […]

Administrators praise AYP progress

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Board members and administrators spent much of their time at the Portales Municipal Schools regular board meeting Monday discussing last school year’s Adequate Yearly Progress test scores. Although six of the seven Portales schools tested in March ‘09 did not meet standards established by the State of New Mexico, […]

Local car dealers sign up for federal trade-in program

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New car dealers in Clovis and Portales spent a little time on Friday trying to register their businesses to be part of the federal government-sponsored Car Allowance Rebate System, formerly