President Gerald Ford dies at 93

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93. “My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved […]

Housing allowances increase for new year

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will increase an average of 3.5 percent next year for the nearly 950,000 service members who live off base stateside. Some BAH recipients will see their housing allowance rise two to three times the average percentage increase while others will see no BAH raise in […]

Brain could be next Bluetooth frontier

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Christmas is great for many reasons: Congress isn’t in session, so I have no reason to get upset about what elected officials are doing. All kinds of once-a-year food items and television shows are available, including Mint M&Ms and Home Alone — a movie that’s just no longer realistic because […]

Chance for peace depends on parties’ willingness to agree

By Freedom Newspapers After years of dormancy, moves toward a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine are appearing on several fronts. The Iraq Study Group report contends that an Israeli-Palestinian settlement is essential to a reasonable outcome in Iraq, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has traveled to the region and vowed to step up […]

House of love

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer As the holidays roll around, many families celebrate with traditions, love and togetherness. But some children do not know what the joy of a holiday can be. Portales resident and deputy city clerk Veda Urioste is hoping to bring more joy into the lives of her four foster children. […]

Baskett headed for playoffs

By Rick White: Freedom Newspapers IRVING, Texas — Hank Baskett had 32 text messages waiting for him when he reached the locker room. Earlier in the night, it was Baskett and the Philadelphia Eagles who sent a message, dominating the Dallas Cowboys 23-7 Monday at Texas Stadium to earn a share of the NFC East […]

Traditions endure through eras

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Families around the area have celebrated the holidays for many years, in their own unique way and style. One tradition that remains strong is the strong ties of family and togetherness. For Portales resident Ruby Gardner, Christmas meant a time for the family to gather and share the holiday […]

Son gives gift of life

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Travis Husted has given his father more than just a kidney for Christmas. His 60-year-old dad, Andy, a Methodist minister by trade, said his son has given him a new lease on life. “I feel much better now than I did before my surgery. I can go for walks […]

Nativity collector celebrates year-round

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By Helena Rodriquez: PNT Staff Writer Christmas is a daily event inside of the home and office of Margie Tarango. The avid nativity collector has the most famous scene from “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on year-round display. “This is the true meaning of Christmas,” Tarango said, pointing to a shelf full of nativities adorning […]

Christmas Eve gift leaves long legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Christmas Eve gift! It’s a simple phrase that’s been uttered on Dec. 24 by my family as long as I can remember. In fact I’m not sure anyone knows when it all started. That makes it a family Christmas tradition. I’m sure if someone in my family or anyone […]