Base youth prepares for lead role in Navy, Air Force youth conference play

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A local girl is walking “a pathway to my dream” as she prepares for the lead role in a play to be performed in front of 600 people. Patricia Romero, the 14-year-old daughter of Cannon Air Force Base Forces Support Squadron Marketing Director Yolanda Romero, is portraying Robin Hood […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Christmas coming early for youth

File photo Before receiving their gifts from members of the Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Medical group, last year, youths with the New Mexico Christian Children’s home performed musical numbers. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Once again, Cannon Air Force Base is bringing an early Christmas to the young residents of the New […]

Program combats high tobacco use rates among county youth

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout takes place on Thursday, much attention will be paid to helping people with a bad habit try to quit. In Roosevelt County, Theresa Teti is trying to reach out to those who aren’t quite set in their ways. Teti is […]

Little Wranglers keeps Portales youth busy

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Little Wranglers Junior Association gives children a chance to compete in rodeo style events for fun. Little Wranglers was created 42 years ago for children 6-18 years old from Roosevelt County. Josett Evans said it is a good activity for her daughter. “The beginning, it was so she […]

Teen summit encourages active lifestyle among youth

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Teen Summit, with the theme of “Nothing To Do, Says Who,” may have suffered from the Columbus Day holiday just a little bit on Monday, but participants had positive comments. Only four participants signed up for the event at the Portales Recreation Center and, in fact, were […]

Special needs day gives youth chance to bond

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Halley Manley said her reserved daughter with Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder became outgoing and made physical and emotional improvements, all thanks to horseback riding. “She has self-confidence now and is willing to try anything,” Manley said of her daughter, 9-year-old Emma Purcell. Manley […]

Town reunion brings back memories of youth

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist Last weekend my brother, my husband and I attended a community activity that gave me a reassurance of wonderful people who love God and this country. All three of us at one time lived and grew up in Melrose. The celebration and reunion of those who once lived and loved […]

City recreation programs taking registration

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales is taking registration for its Recreation Center after-school program and for fall youth sports. “Kidz N Motion” after-school program offers structured group activities including play, art and crafs, physical fitness, tutoring and field trips for 6- to 15-year-olds. Flag football is available for kindergarten through second-grade students, and […]

Getting to know: Portales minister reaches out to youth

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Chris Horton is finishing his fourth week as minister of youth and education at First Baptist Church. The Portales native has a bachelor’s in history with a minor in religion from Eastern New Mexico University. Horton and his wife, Amy, have two sons, 7-year-old Brett and 4-year-old Dylan, and a daughter, Ainsley, 8 months. What’s […]

Getting to know: New pastor avid fisherman

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Michael Brunk is the new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Portales. He moved here from Albuquerque two weeks ago with his family and is still unpacking the boxes in his office. He has been a pastor for 30 years and he was born in Virginia. What got you interested in being a pastor? […]

Getting to know: Portales youth fiddler at fest

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Thirteen-year-old Coby Carter has been

4-H program thrives at children’s home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer More than a dozen youth at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home are going hog wild, and that’s not even mentioning the sheep. About 25 of the residents and children of employees at the home are participating in 4-H this year, with 13 raising pigs and 10 raising sheep, […]

June 7 Youth Menus

Monday: Beef Bologna Sandwich, White Bread, Carrot Sticks, Baked Chips, Mayo Package, Orange and Milk. Tuesday:

Kids’ summer lunches available

PNT Staff Report Portales youth ages 18 and younger can get free lunches 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1-Aug. 7, at Lindsey Park, Morrison Park, City Park and Rotary Park. Church camps, Bible schools and any organization that provides recreational and day care service for children can also receive the free lunches. La Casa […]

Progams designed to keep youth busy

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent A summer library program that stresses more than reading, a recreation program that stresses more than sports, and a kids college that does more than keep kids busy. These options may answer the question of “What do we do with the kids this summer?” Come Monday, three summer programs will […]

May 22 Cannon Community

Local Youth Activities — The 27th Force Support Squadron has compiled a list of youth activities in the local area at http://www.cannonafbservices.com/images/YouthBrochure(WebReady).pdf

May 15 What's Happening

Friday Youth Track and Field Clinic — 5 p.m., Cannon Track. Information: 784-2747.Late Nighter — 9 p.m., The Landing. Spinathon — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitness Center. Saturday Give Parents a Break/Parents Night Out — 5 p.m., Child Development Center. Information: 784-2704. America’s Kids Run — 9:30 a.m., shirt and number pick up at […]

April 10 Cannon Community

Youth softball clinics schedule announced — Softball clinics have been scheduled for youths, ages 5-12, April 13-16, from 5 to 6 p.m. Clinics will be taught by Lacy Collins, a former college softball player. Schedule: April 13, ages 5-6; April 14, ages 7-8; April 15, ages 9-10; and April 16, ages 11-12. The groups will […]