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, […]

Quarterbacks get chance to shine

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With projected starter Michael Benton away for personal reasons, everybody else in the Eastern New Mexico University quarterback chain moved up a notch for Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the ENMU practice field. That meant redshirt freshman Brandon Dominguez got significant work with the No. 1 unit. “I was a little nervous, […]

Raising children with love is essential

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist This time of year is “bittersweet” for me. I see “Back to School” reminders everywhere. I feel a “tinge” of fall in the air and I remember those first days of school with little first graders. They had “new situation anxiety in the worst way.”  That school looked mighty big in […]

Career on the mark for ENMU coach

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor In Mark Ribaudo’s office there are several different clues to untold stories — from family newspaper clippings to thank you letters from parents to framed photos of current and former players at Eastern New Mexico University. Another story lies about 15 feet away, in an office that belonged to former […]

Make optimistic thinking a daily habit

It has been said, “We are what we eat.” Someone has also said, “We are what we think. The writer in Proverbs 23:7 said it first, “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Our thoughts affect our life. Negative thoughts have adverse or positive reactions. Thoughts can bring smiles or tears, gladness […]

Bill to provide job protection for family members

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers It was a ladder and a light bulb that most recently reminded Bethany Hiller of the man who is missing in her life — her husband, a Cannon Air Force Base senior airman deployed Kyrgzstan in central Asia. “It’s the little things that you take for granted,” said 22-year-old Hiller, […]

What really matters? I can’t remember

Jim Lee: PNT columnist Sometimes I forget things. Wait a minute, I should correct that statement. After all, I need to be specific and accurate here — if I can remember how to do that. I rarely have difficulty remembering things from a long time ago, or other things that don’t really matter. The real […]

Offline lessons are necessary too

By Kevin Wilson With each passing day, we’re living more and more in an online world. I can talk with my family online, get sports scores and TV schedules online and my faithful readers can read this and other Kevin Wilson columns on our newspaper’s Web site. We’re coming closer to an online Portales High […]

Enthusiasm makes for happy living

By Joan Clayton; PNT columnist Don’t you like to be around enthusiastic people?  My teaching career of teaching little children brought me 25 little cherubs filled with enthusiasm every day for 31 years. They greeted me with hugs saying, “What are we going to learn today?” They passed their zest for life on to me […]

Former airman remembers way things used to be

By Keith Pannell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — During his four-year stay at Cannon Air Force Base, Billy Overby witnessed a lot of change. He was there when Cannon’s fighter squadrons switched from F-86s to F-100s in 1955. He was also present when Clovis Air Force Base changed its name to Cannon Air Force Base. […]

Feelings on reaching the century mark

By Jim Lee It really doesn’t seem possible, but this is my 100th column on this page. Next month will mark two years of doing this. It feels like I did the first one just a few weeks ago. Thank you for reading what I have to say. And thank you for your comments. Probably […]

Live a blessed life every day

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Time is too precious to waste. Children grow up and leave the nest. Our grandparents and parents grow older and are gone. Did we make the moments count? Time spent worrying about tomorrow or regretting yesterday drains our life of the “now.” The gift of life is squandered and wasted […]

Don’t let change dampen your holidays

By Helena Rodriguez When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical touch.” As […]

Asking Santa to be good to me and others

By Kevin Wilson Dear Santa, Let me begin by saying what a pleasure it is to make contact with you again, after so many years. I’ve got a lot to ask of you this year, and I thought I’d make those wishes known to you through the media reach of the Portales News-Tribune, rather than […]

Meadors enjoyed finer things

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent J. E. Meadors enjoyed the finer things of life. A carpenter by trade, he made candlesticks, cabinets and homes — but his most important treasures were those built through friendship. Family members said he lived by the belief that helping people was more important than focusing on yourself. Meadors grew […]

ENMU’s Howard named All-American

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University senior linebacker Jeff Howard has been named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association All-America team, becoming the third ENMU player chosen to the elite squad in 11 seasons. Howard led the Greyhounds in tackles in each of the past two years. In the 2004 campaign, he intercepted […]

Chase the blues away

By Joan Clayton Do you ever feel defeated, depressed or just plain hopeless?  I think we all do at times. That’s when to rise up on the offensive. If I had my life to live over again, one thing I surely would do.. find the good in every circumstance. Believe it or not, there are […]

Rams scrimmage Littlefield

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams got their first taste of outside competition this football season Thursday night in a 2 1/2-hour scrimmage against Littlefield, Texas, at the PHS practice field. Texas teams are already in their third week of practice, a week ahead of their New Mexico counterparts. In addition, it was Littlefield’s second […]

Profanity, plumbing a natural pair

By Jim Lee I know of three situations that call for automatic cussing: (1) snagging my nose in a band saw, (2) dropping a bowling ball on my left foot, and (3) installing a new kitchen faucet. On a scale of enjoyment, these activities rate somewhere between watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island and getting a […]

Saying sorry is sometimes too easy

By Helena Rodriguez Saying “I’m sorry!” has become so easy nowadays that it often loses its real meaning. It is the genuine “sorries” that are the hardest to express in words. And even harder, is knowing when to say “I’m sorry!” Do you apologize when you are not truly sorry just to make peace with […]