Young voters divided on casting ballots

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Alisa Boswell To vote or not? When the question was put to Eastern New Mexico University students recently, the answers revealed a deep divide. Just as many previous generations, this group of young voters is split when it comes to voting and politics. Freedom New Mexico conducted an unscientific poll, interviewing students in classes at […]

Pajama fashion statement not for me

Grant McGee The Lady of the House and I were getting out of the car at the supermarket the other day when a young woman caught my eye. Her attire grabbed my attention: Pink pajama bottoms with white bunnies on them, pink fuzzy slippers and a t-shirt that read “GREAT PLACES TO SAY %$&*.” When […]

My turn: Words can be excessive

Sometimes I get the joy of editing young adults’ (18-36 year old) writing. Some struggle with “they’re,” “there” and “their,” others with “to” and “too.” Some are mystified by “affect” (verb) versus “effect” (noun). “A lot” and “alot” (incorrect) give the texting quick-draws a lot of problems. The distinction between “compliments” (praise) and “complements” (goes […]

ENMU offering youth choirs through outreach program

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Argen Duncan Young voices will have an outlet at Eastern New Mexico University this fall. Heather Vest, an experienced choir director and a Portales resident, is starting two children’s choirs, the junior choir for third- to fifth-graders and the senior choir for sixth- through eighth-graders. The choirs are part of the university’s Distance Education and […]

Portales past: Aug. 16, 1945

Aug. 16, 1945: The victory over Japan as announced by President Truman was celebrated by a group of 15 young people who met at Portales’ West Side Baptist Church. The program consisted of prayers, songs and a testimony.

Portales Past: July 14, 1941

July 14, 1941: Two cases of typhoid had been reported in Roosevelt County. Victims were a young man working on a farm and a 4-year-old girl. Cause of the outbreak was unclear but officials suspected recent flooding may have resulted in pollution of open water wells.

‘No female’ rule on ranch not fair

By Glenda Price: State columnist My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we […]

City ways hard to comprehend

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Three or four years ago a couple I know purchased a home in a nice subdivision in town. The guy has a special talent regarding plants, and their backyard definitely shows it. He planted a young weeping willow in the back corner of their yard, and it has become […]

Dora student wins gold in national writing contest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer An intelligent young heroine, a mysterious redheaded girl and straw turning to gold star in the story that won a national award for a Roosevelt County eighth-grader. Katie Bickley, a Pep resident and Dora Consolidated Schools student, won a gold medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards […]

Jamboree draws young and old

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Young and old came out for music and a special anniversary for the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Among many guests for the event’s 60th year was Rebecca Lawson. She started performing in the jamboree in 1973 but moved to Oregon for a job three years later “When I […]