Deals missed by drive-by garage-salers

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor You’ve heard of drive-by shootings. My wife is the master of drive-by garage-sale shopping. She wants to go to garage sales but the whole process of walking up to each house, pawing through the stuff and making a deal is too much for her sensibilities. The idea of a […]

Make time to forget about time

Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers We’re such control freaks these days. We like to control our time. Control our space. Control how long our meetings last. Control agendas. Control how much input and output we will take from others and so on. I’m an admitted control freak. I control the air conditioner in my car. I […]

Constantly sending out prayers, a way of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist I believe one of the most important things we can do in life is to pray for others. … “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). I learned this in many years of working with children. The results were astounding. Before I closed my […]

I’m the mom my mom warned about

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes it’s the little things about Mom: That annoying tone in her voice when she wants something. That wrong-size birthday gift. That “Someday when I’m no longer here” line, which gets old. But the worse part is I’ve found myself doing and saying all of the above “mom things” to […]

God bigger than any circumstance known

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Imagine you are in a rocket and you can see our planet suspended in space. Looking down you see a small little blue ball called Earth with millions of people living on it. That alone makes me think of Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and […]

New ENMU coach not getting in a rush

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer As new Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese tries to put a team together, he figures it’s better to take his time than to make snap decisions. Weese, who spent more than 20 years as an assistant to Texas Tech women’s coach Marsha Sharp, is busy […]

Rams prepare for second-seeded Grants

By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — Needing only one win to clinch a spot in the Class 3A state tournament finals, Portales coach Mark Gallegos said he’s glad the team had Thursday off. “It’s nice to have a day off,” Gallegos said. “We’re going to go back to Bernalillo and work out. You get a chance […]

Crying in the shower not pointless

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist I was crying in the shower the other night after a bad day. I needed a good cry. But as I watched my tears dissolve into the water around me, I thought, “Why am I crying?” I really didn’t know. When I was a little girl, I would often cry […]

Lists: People, places, things

PNT Staff Irene Jasso, a substitute teacher and an associate at Bealls, said the three things she did this year which Santa would consider naughty are: * Lost my wedding band that my husband bought me after being married 30 years * Eaten way too much at work gatherings * Griped at my fellow employees. […]

Be thankful for life even when you don’t understand it

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Thanksgiving always becomes a year in review for me as I look back at the events in the news and in my personal life and try to find reasons to give thanks. Yeah right. Well at least I try to think of things to be thankful for, but sometimes it’s just […]

Native enjoys Portales family life

Personality Plus Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Bio: Name: Scott A. Davis (359-1205 or 356-4077) Job: General Manager of Valley Furniture Inc. Age/Birthdate: 44/Aug. 25, 1961 Hometown: Portales Family: wife; Janet, children; Jordan,8, Austin, 6, McKinzie, 3. Hobbies/Involvement: I’m a member of the Church of Christ on Brazos Street. I’m a member of The […]

Sisters add creativity, bring life to crafts

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Janice Lee believes a little paint can bring her hand-crafted wooden characters to life. “I love to paint people and Santas. They come to life when you paint on their mouths, noses and eyes. You get a good feeling as the Santa comes to life in your hands,” Lee said. […]

Choose your battles carefully to avoid hardships

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former editor of mine invited myself and other minority reporters to her home for lunch and asked for feedback. One reporter remarked, “How do I say something without coming across as an angry black woman?” The response this editor from Texas gave has stayed with me: “It’s like your […]

Melrose senior-gridders taking names

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Six Melrose seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in — undefeated. Quarterback Brock Graham has a suggestion for anyone who doubts their chances. “Come see a game. The scoreboard says it all,” Graham said. “We could stand here and yack all we want, but we talk […]

Hounds look to bounce back

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Ray Richards took over the Southeastern Oklahoma football program in April, but he was hardly new to the school. A native of Illinois, Richards spent 10 seasons as the Savages’ defensive coordinator (1989-98). He returns to the Durant, Okla., school after four years as head coach at Division II Southwest […]

Small conveniences not always convenient

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Once in awhile, OK more like often, I get on a soap box and take note of things that really annoy me. Then I see a pattern emerging and presto … I A) Realize I have better things to do and move on or B) Ignore my conscience and write […]

England product learns about life in Portales

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Your name: Melissa Hammar Your job: Food service at McDonalds Your age (and Birth Date):25 years old, 11-16-79 Your hometown: I was born in Omaha, New England. Your family: I have two sons, Darin and Joey, and my boyfriend James Smith. Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, […]

Living a perfectly unbalanced life is OK

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers An article in the September issue of Latina magazine caught my eye, “The Perfectly (Un) Balanced Life” which asks, “Who says we mujeres must have a perfectly made bed while making it to the top?” This stopped me in my tracks because, well, I’m a woman who usually leaves home with […]

What if traffic fines were based on a sliding scale like income tax?

Jim Lee: Local Columnist One of the best ways for a storyteller to get something started is with a simple question beginning with the words “what if?” Of course I don’t mean to pass myself off as a storyteller. Everybody who has read this column for a while knows I never exaggerate, resort to silliness, […]

Philosophy from a plastic box

By Kevin Wilson I fear change. Or, at least that’s what the little piece of paper told me. To be more specific, that little piece of paper was included in my mail. To be even more specific, it was a flier inside my latest purchase of DVD season sets of the Simpsons — six down, […]