Portales’ first Christmas

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By Ruth White Burns Editor’s note: The following is an account of the first Christmas celebrated by the community in Portales. It was first published in 1993 in the PNT and has been rewritten by the author this year. The early settlers of the Portales Valley came together in 1899 to celebrate the first Christmas […]

Spirit of Christmas still going strong

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Looking back on Christmases of my youth they all seem to have been bright times. Even the years when there wasn’t a lot of money we had great Christmases. It was important for Mom to give us kids the best Christmas possible and in our eyes back then that […]

Our holiday traditions

I love Christmas. Unlike a lot of families, we don’t have a lot of traditions in our house. We pretty much just go with the flow. Last year we were sleep-deprived parents of an infant, so the tree didn’t go up until two weeks before Christmas. Shopping was done when the baby was happy and […]

Holidays bring out blues in some

By Jim Mentink: Freedom New Mexico Correspondent Brightly shining red and green balls. Resin-coated reindeer and snowmen. Tinsel, popcorn strings and tiny white lights. These are all typical ornaments that people use to decorate their Christmas trees. Some ornaments, though, hold special meaning, like a Christmas-themed fairy that Clovis resident Fern Tredway will hang on […]

Friends, family remember homicide victims

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Paula Rodriguez, of Clovis, fought through her tears as she recited a poem of loss and mourning Monday evening at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. With the help of counselor Charlotte Farkas, she managed to push out words from the poem, “If Tears Can Build a Stairway.” “No farewell […]

Blessing tree event set for Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Roosevelt County blessing treet, Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A donation will put an ornament and a personalized Christmas wish on the tree. Funds will go towards United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fund-raising campaign for Roosevelt County. Donations can […]

God’s gift unequaled

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist As newlyweds we thought we lived in a mansion. Our first home, called “Vetville,” consisted of rows of army barracks converted to apartments. They housed World War II veterans at Eastern New Mexico University for $25 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree kicks off Tuesday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tuesday evening will mark the kickoff for the annual Mayors Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. at the Portales City Hall. “It was an opportunity to give underprivileged children in the community a chance to have a nice Christmas,” said Amie Franz, public relations for the City of Portales. Created […]

Trees provide more than just shade

By Joan Clayton: Columnist I learned an amazing concept about trees in a conservation workshop. We were told when a tree is in distress, from drought or disease, it sends out signals (vibrations) to the nearest tree. The nearest tree sends back support signals to the distressed tree. I don’t know what kinds of signals […]

Ornaments have sentiment

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers This Christmas season, eastern New Mexico residents shared their favorite ornaments with Freedom Newspapers. The history of Christmas tree ornaments Modern Christmas trees emerged in 15th- and 16th-century Germany, according to a Hallmark press release. Evergreens were used originally in church plays at Christmas and were hung with apples to symbolize […]

Children get early visit from Santa

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Santa Claus arrived early for some children Tuesday night as jolly old Saint Nick and his helpers took gifts and surprised 180 local children whose names were placed on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree, now in its 22nd year, is an annual project designed to help […]

Blessing Tree event raises $675

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Raising awareness for their program, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico hosted the second annual Blessing Tree event Wednesday in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center. For a donation of $20 or more, community members could write their wish for a Roosevelt County family or program and place it […]

United Way Blessing Tree campaign kicks off

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer On Wednesday, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico will host their second annual Blessing Tree campaign on the South side of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Beginning at 7 a.m., United Way staff and volunteers will be on site to take your donation, said Erinn Burch, UWENM executive director. […]

Local businesses reach out

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As the holiday season swings into full gear, area agencies and volunteers are putting together numerous drives to help those in the community who may be less fortunate. Thanks to the generosity and efforts of area individuals, organizations and business, the Community Services Center has received several donations of […]

Mayor’s tree shines bright

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By Casey Peacock A medley of Christmas carols filled Portales city council chambers as members of the community gathered for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree that took place Tuesday night. “It’s a great event, tonight is the kickoff for the holiday season for the community,” said Mayor Orlando Ortega. “It gives us […]

Annual lighting schedueld for Mayor’s Christmas Tree

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales firefighters and city officials were busy on Thursday putting up lights in preparation for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, which will take place on Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse. Started 22 years ago, the program has provided clothing items and […]

Family, friends gather to remember shooting victim

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her head cradled by the shoulder of another woman, low moans rolled from Lupe Perez. This day last year, her 10-year-old son was slain while asleep in his bed. On the anniversary of Carlos Perez’ death, the grief carried by his family, friends and classmates is still raw. To honor […]

ENMU prof pens ghost stories

By Ezra Paul Mann: ENMU Communication Services Some of the best stories come about when they are left to write themselves, according to Stephen King, one of the most successful horror writers of all time. Antony Oldknow, professor of English at Eastern New Mexico University, has the same belief. He hopes that the method will […]

Promoting environmental safety, compliance, remediation, stewardship

1st Lt. James Nichols Cannon Air Force Base celebrated Earth Day/Arbor Day April 21, 2005 at Doc Stewart Park. During the celebration, Cannon was honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for the seventh consecutive year. “Winning Tree City USA for the seventh year in a row shows how dedicated […]

Wind creates chaos in eastern N.M.

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Daniel Zion spent Sunday and Monday destroying his first memory of 2006. “Heck of a way to ring in the new year,” Zion said with a laugh. Around him and his friends were four piles of logs and branches, piles that used to be a 40-foot tree that rested between […]