Airman recalls life before Air Force

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Airman 1st Class Yi Liu felt she had no hope for a future in China, however immigrating to America and enlisting in the Air Force has changed her outlook. The 24-year-old will soon be promoted to senior airman. She is hoping to trade her job at the Cannon Air Force […]

Little things can make big difference

By Helena Rodriguez: Columnist I get lost so easily in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Sometimes I’m in and right back out of the store in a few, but when I walk out of those sliding doors, I can’t remember where I parked. Even more baffling to my friend Bernard, however, is how I can easily […]

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 […]

Happiness requires more than positive thinking

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Apparently there is a secret being revealed to the world through a book, appropriately titled “The Secret.” In it, philosophers, Reiki masters, speakers and authors describe how they got all the great things they wanted, such as wealth, good health, great jobs and perfect relationships, by simply wishing for them. The […]

Clutter cutter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Need more organization in your life but don’t know where to start? Why not your home? Help is now available in the area in the form of a professional organizing company called All Things Organized The fledgling business specializes in helping clients to organize their homes. A member of […]

Spouse’s return negates need for order

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist My husband recently came back from a deployment. I was anxious to welcome him back home, and the days leading up to his arrival were filled with expectations and work. I wanted to accomplish all the things on my to-do list, making everything and everyone appear as far from chaos […]

Senator Kernan discusses state legislature

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Editor’s note: As a check on the mood and focus of the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature after its first week, Freedom Newspapers conducted an interview with District 42 Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. Kernan represents Roosevelt and Curry counties. Q. What has the overall mood of this Legislature been so far? A. Everyone is getting […]

Forgiveness ultimate lesson in selflessness

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor When it’s given it appears to be a precious gift to the recipient — forgiveness may be one of the most liberating things the giver can do for themselves, however. Forgiveness goes against our stingy human nature. We want to hang onto things — and grudges and perceived wrongs […]

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 […]

Extension clubs going strong after 8 decades

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County has had a long tradition of active extension clubs and while they may have fallen out of style in some communities, they’ve survived and thrived on the eastern plains of New Mexico, according to county extension officials. Sharing in friendship and fellowship, ladies from the Roosevelt County […]

Lady Rams get win in Carlsbad

The Portales Lady Ram basketball team opened their 2006-07 season with a 47-41 win Tuesday night at Carlsbad. The Portales girls led 12-8 after the first quarter, and took a 23-17 advantage into the half. Senior Kaycee Quick led Portales with 24 points. “We played okay,” Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez said. “I expected […]

Holiday showcase held in Portales

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Festooned with Christmas decorations, intermingled with family photographs and items from her home, Roosevelt County Home Economist Connie Moyers set the stage for her program, “A Christmas to Remember”, held on Monday at the Memorial Building. Showcasing projects that utilize unique ways to use family photos and preserve memories, […]

Staying busy, caring for self Keys to easier deployments

Elizabeth Malone, wife of Master Sgt. James Malone, holds down the fort while her husband serves overseas. Janet Taylor-Birkey In 19 and a half years, Elizabeth Malone’s husband, Master Sgt. James Malone, currently stationed in Southwest Asia, has deployed more times than she can count, she said. To get ready for the current deployment, Mrs. […]

Rams look for first win in Raton

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Raton Tigers (0-1) host the Rams (0-2) tonight at Tiger stadium with both squads looking for that first victory. “I’m excited, I think we’re better prepared for this (game) than we were for either of the other two,” Rams head coach Andy Correll said during Thursday afternoon’s practice […]

Was Pluto’s status really that important?

Things were looking so good for Pluto a couple of weeks ago. Scientists meeting in the Czech Republic voted to admit three more heavenly bodies to the family of “planets” orbiting our sun. This pragmatic Planet Definition Committee only submits proposals deemed likely to win approval from two-thirds of the 3,000-member International Astronomic Union, so […]

Today is the best day of your life; Tomorrow looks better

By Joan Clayton Today is a special day. You are alive! This day comes with blue skies, revealing fluffy clouds that play hide and seek. This gift comes wrapped in sunshine and is displayed in sparkling colors. You are presented multiple bouquets of flowers while the trees clap their hands, demanding an encore. Music accompanies […]

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 […]