Extension clubs adapting with times

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer For more than 80 years, extension clubs have been in existence in eastern New Mexico, providing education and friendship to area women. Long-time members say the organization has changed to reflect the times. But the one constant has been the educational component. Members from across the state traveled to [...]

Farm bill receives go ahead

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A farm bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday is likely to make eastern New Mexico peanut farmers happy, but disappoint some dairy farmers. According to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., the committee gave approval to a $280 billion farm bill Thursday which would restore [...]

Area Halloween activities

Portales: Saturday Fall Carnival — 1-3 p.m., Church of Christ, 1701 East 3rd St., Portales. Information: 356-6150. Kappa Kappa Psi Haunted House — 8:30 p.m., ENMU Music Building. Sunday Halloween Party and Cookout — 2 p.m., Ned Houk Park. Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Portales. Hayride Fall Festival — 4-8 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, 524 [...]

It’s their job: Cindi Onstott

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Cindi Onstott Job: Consignment and furniture sales Time on the job: Three years for consignment, eight months with the furniture Background: In the past, Onstott worked at College Cleaners during the time that her family owned it, she has owned and operated both the Great Plains Car Wash [...]

10-26 Local Briefs

Pumpkin Trade is Saturday The Office of Student Activities at Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the Pumpkin Trade canned food drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the C&S parking lot, First and Avenue C in Portales. Residents can exchange canned goods for a pumpkin during the drive. Information: 562-2631. Team sponsoring [...]

Life better with dose of happiness

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Life is a great adventure … a journey if you please. It is filled with turns, detours, surprises, excitement and most of all love. Many dance through life but never hear the music. That is sad to me. We all need a giant dose of “enthusiasm.” Even nature has enthusiasm [...]

Candy should come with warning

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Diet commercials used to start in January, after people gained five pounds from holiday binging. Now they begin before the Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe they should run before Halloween. That’s when sweets appear in bulk. Halloween is like the pre-holiday kick-off, but there are no fat busters screaming over the [...]

Presidential power struggles nothing new

Editorial The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance of Americans, it [...]

Farmers pleased with sorghum crop

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Grain sorghum farmers are reporting an above average year with yields double and even triple the average, according to area producers and officials. “It is probably one of the better crops we’ve had in the past five years,” said Toby Bostwick, Curry County farmer and president-elect for the National [...]

Officials push for project authorization

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The impending retirement of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., one of the biggest supporters of the Ute Water Project, seems on the surface to be an obstacle for the project’s chances of authorization and funding. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, and its advocates, are hoping [...]