Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Rooting through family tree facinating

Family trees can be a fascinating thing, when you really stop to climb them. Being a bit too ADHD to spend the requisite hours on computer, I have generally allowed others to do the researching. I’ve heard a slight flurry of interest due to the Royal Wedding — perhaps from people who wondered if they […]

Portales Past: March 16, 1910

March 16, 1910: Portales Nursery Co., located one mile east of the city, was advertising it had 3,000 2-year-old apple trees available for spring planting.

God is our tree of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist People Need Trees and Trees Need People

April 8, 1940

The Portales Daily News reported that a local fruit grower, J.A. Sanders, saved his fruit during a recent heavy snow storm by burning crude oil, automobile tires and old batteries among the trees. The blossoms of 1,000 peach trees, 450 pear trees, 400 plum trees and 150 apple trees all seemed to be in good

Trees and shrubs ready to order

PNT staff

Tracking down good trees not too difficult

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Across the country millions of people are flocking to nurseries and tree farms to pick out Christmas trees. About 31 million trees were bought throughout the country last year, according to the to the National Christmas Tree Association. At his nursery in Portales, Curt Jaynes said he usually sells […]

Cowboys prove they’re rough and ready

By Baxter Black Sheryl Crow, a popular pop singer, made headlines in 2007 by proposing a method to waste less natural resources. It made us cowboys look environmentally ahead of our time: A purist global warming star said we should use less paperWhen tending to hygienic needs, we should begin to taperOur use of trees […]

Local Briefs, April 27, 2008

Bonem Home in need of supplies Bonem Home of Portales, a non-profit residential treatment center for children between the ages of 7 and 12, is seeking donations that will be used for renovations of the home and its property. At the top of its list of needs are home improvement supplies such as floor tiles […]

1-29-08 Local Briefs

Library hosting scavenger hunt Students in grades K-6 are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt this week at the Portales Public Library. The hunt takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at the library, 218 S Ave. B. Conservation trees available It is time for interested residents of Roosevelt County to order conservation trees, […]

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 […]

Seniors deserve love, attention

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist One of our greatest resources is our older population. Despite years of experience to contribute to society, I think we sometimes take them for granted. I salute the many agencies that contribute opportunities for senior citizens. However, there may be many who have felt isolated. As people get older there […]

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 […]

Bird debacle resolved peacefully

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There is no doubt the feisty little Italian many of us knew from the old Mr. Hank Show on KENW has aged. It shows in his flowing gray mane. What we may not have known until this week was the deviousness age has bestowed on Tony Gennaro. Earlier this […]

Grackles wreaking havoc at Roosevelt County Courthouse

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as dusk settles in each evening. According to Charlene Hardin, Roosevelt County administrator, the birds have gradually taken over the trees at the courthouse. They’ve been there since the summer and have […]

City getting ready to request bids on downtown work

By William P. Thompson City of Portales officials now have nearly half a million dollars in funding for renovations to the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Portales’ Director of Community Development Jeremy Sturm said the state legislature recently gave out $125,000 in capital outlay for the project and the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation was able […]

Local Briefs (Dec. 20)

Salvation Army needs more help Eastern New Mexico’s branch of the Salvation Army is “only halfway” to meeting the needs of area families, Capt. Tammy Ray said on Monday. The Christian-based organization has angel trees set up at local stores to give residents the opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific child. “We have 520 […]

Church members reach out

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A contingent of Portales church members went to the hurricane-ravaged areas in south Texas and Louisiana intent on giving the victims food, shelter and above all, hope. Members from various Baptist churches in Portales and Clovis were in Louisiana and south Texas to help out victims who were seeking shelter, […]

Recycle for environment, save some money

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Every day we are buried in an avalanche of paper. We live with computer printed “hard copy,” receipts from gasoline pumps and ATMs, unwanted special offers courtesy of the United States Postal Service, paper towels, paper plates, paper coffee filters, and enough other paper whatevers to fill the Grand Canyon and […]

Nation’s Christmas tree will have a New Mexico flair

By Marlena Hartz Harvested from the Santa Fe National Forest, an 80-foot spruce is going on a long road trip east to the nation’s capitol. It is the latest in a long line of trees chosen for holiday display near the Washington Monument. And to adorn its branches are more than 3,000 ornaments handcrafted by […]