Father’s Day prompts letters of love

By Joan Clayton: Columnist With Father’s Day this Sunday, I thought I would share a letter my husband sent to our sons several years ago, and one son’s response. Dear Son, It seems only yesterday I cuddled you in my arms. What tiny bundles of love … when I held you for the first time, […]

Children shouldn’t be rushed into activities too soon

Anita Doberman It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” my 4-year-old […]

Summer is a time to sink or swim

It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” my 4-year-old yells, holding […]

Plastic surgery not instant fix to problems

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, I was waiting for an aerobics class to start when I casually started chatting with a woman standing next to me. Thirty seconds into our superficial conversation, my new friend couldn’t contain her excitement, and told me that in two days she would have some “work” done, […]

People exhibit wish to be fooled

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I write this column against better judgment, because it may find its way into my performance review. It’s proof I goof around on company time and damage coworker egos. It’s better that I don’t start this story, but instead leave it to Michael Caine and his opening quote from the […]

Wolfe balances roles of mother and marathoner

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer For one Portales woman, Sunday is run day. Sheila Wolfe, 40, will be taking part in her first marathon Sunday in the Oklahoma City Marathon. “I’m ready for it to be here because I’ve worked my butt off for four months,” Wolfe said. “I’m just anxious, and I’m ready […]

Some thoughts not worth entire column

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m in a fortunate position where I can spend 500 to 600 words reflecting on whatever I want. Sometimes, a thought of mine simply isn’t enough to fill that word amount. So here’s a bunch of things that are good enough to share, but not good enough for their own […]

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 […]

Life without pain leaves one numb to joy

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist When you were just a plan in the mind of God, what if he were to ask you some questions about your journey on earth? With incredible technology having been accomplished already and the God given intelligence to master such feats, it is not inconceivable that God could show […]

Taming talking tough task for New Year

By Anita Doberman: Local Columnist I am a big talker. I love to speak my mind. When I get in a discussion with someone, I can go on for a while, especially if I feel strongly about an issue. My easygoing husband, knowing me as well as he does, senses when I am about to […]

Board approves soccer program

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Answering the cries of several local soccer moms and dads, the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the development of a boys and girls soccer program at their regular meeting Monday night. But with the program set to start in the 2007-2008 school year, school officials say […]

Bosses must earn respect of employees

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers It’s time to say hail to our chiefs! Long live our fearless leaders! Our head honchos! Our top dogs! Our sometimes ruthless dictators! Our jefe de los jefes or boss of all bosses. Monday is National Boss Day, an ancient ritual that dates back to the caveman days. During […]

Zia senior believes soccer right choice

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to imagine Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Megan Dozier not playing soccer, but after years of throwing her body around on the pitch she admits she’ll be ready to give it up with the Zias’ season ends in a few weeks. One of ENMU coach Travis McCorkle’s […]

Rams host Rattlers for homecoming game

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales Ram head coach Andy Correll wants the Rams to “stop stopping themselves.” They’ll have that opportunity tonight, as the Rams (1-3) host the Tucumcari Rattlers (1-4) for Portales’ homecoming game, 7 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium. The Rams’ defensive focus will be centered on Tucumcari senior running back Brian […]

Portales Municipal School board votes down proposed charter school

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Organizers of the proposed Horace Mann School were dealt a blow Wednesday as the Portales Municipal School board voted down its application to become the district’s first charter school. “It’s not a huge surprise,” Joan Brown, one of the school’s organizers, said following the meeting. “We will be appealing […]

Not all rest on Labor Day

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Labor Day is just how it sounds to many people in Roosevelt County. The first Monday in September has long been designated as Labor Day, a creation of the labor movement giving workers an extra day off during the year, but many people work whether they choose to or […]

Sexual assault in Air Force gets zero tolerance

Janet Taylor-Birkey A young Airman decides to have a few drinks after a long work week. The Airman loosens up with a few friends and acquaintances, and before the night is over, something has been compromised – their personal space. They are now the victim of a sexual assault. What should have been a night […]

Child-rearing is anything but boring

By Anita Doberman: Local Columist USA Today published an article about a freelance writer, Helen Kirwan-Taylor, who wrote an essay on how her children bore her to death, and how she would rather do anything than spend time with them. Having five children, you can imagine I had many thoughts after reading this article, not […]

Linebackers back and better

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Jeremy Mullins and Tony Johnson were part of an Eastern New Mexico University defense which struggled mightily at times last season, giving up 30 points and just over 380 yards a game. As two of nine regulars returning on that side of the ball, though, the Greyhounds’ inside linebackers are […]

New instructor wants students, parents involved in class’ direction

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers A hands-on learning environment is what Gwyn Del Toro hopes to create in her fourth-grade classroom. A first-time teacher, Del Toro is beginning her career at James Bickley Elementary. “I’m excited but nervous,” she said. The new teacher is hoping for a school year full of learning and fun. “It’s […]