Military life foreign concept to many

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I found that to me the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most […]

Baseball ’roids report may demonize unfairly

Editorial The release of a report by former Democratic Sen. George Mitchell on the use in Major League Baseball of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs certainly received plenty of attention. Although the Mitchell investigation was conducted without benefit of subpoenas, cross-examination, any interaction between accuser and accused or sworn testimony, all the named players […]

Carter elected president of ENMU regents

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents named new officers at its regular meeting Friday morning. Outgoing board President Jay Gurley officially handed the gavel to his successor, Alva Carter. Gurley spoke about the productive relationship he has had with the university and specifically with ENMU president Steven […]

Caution urged on area roads

PNT Staff Officials were urging caution on eastern New Mexico roads this morning due to overnight snowfall. A winter weather advisory ended at 6 a.m, but weather forecasters warned blowing snow and fog would continue late into the morning. Winds were expected in the 15-to-25 mph range, with gusts to 35 mph. Wind-chill factors will […]

Community officials present capital outlay requests

By Gabriel Monte City, county and other community organization representatives presented state legislators with a $20 million capital outlay wish list Friday at the Legislative Breakfast. About 100 people attended the breakfast held at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock n’ Roll Museum at the Chamber of Commerce building. State Sens. Clint Harden, Gay Kernan […]

Defense bill sets aside $9 million for Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a defense policy bill that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The bill will make approximately $9 million available to Cannon Air Force Base and also sets funding for the Waste Isolation […]

Senate passes $286 billion farm bill

Staff and Wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill with an election-year expansion of subsidies for growers and food stamps for the poor. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oat, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

12-15-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. B Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B’s” income is barely enough to cover necessities. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12. Girls pants size 12. Girls shoe size 2 1/2. Toys list: Scooter. The Empty Stocking Fund is a […]

Stocking stuffers

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Stocking stuffers can be anything from holiday candy to money, but in the end, as long as the stuffers bring a smile to the recipient’s face, it’ll be a success. Though some Web sites give detailed directions on how to stuff a stocking properly, the contents just need to […]

Online security essential

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on preventing identity theft, recipes from Virginia, and ways to declutter your vehicle will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Richard Bradfute is the chief information officer at Portales National Bank, and he’ll talk about identity theft, fraud alert, […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Anniversary

Hamar Frank and Ava Hamar of Plano, Texas celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 12 with family. The will continue the celebration with a trip to Disney World with their children and grandchildren. The couple was married Dec. 12, 1957 in Rogers. They both graduated from Portales High School. They have two children and […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Wedding

Jones/DeGroot Kristine E. Jones of Clovis and Samuel J. DeGroot of Clovis were joined in marriage Oct. 27, 2007, at Bishop’s Lodge Resort and Spa in Santa Fe. The Rev. Scott Cory performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Debra Graves of Los Alamos and the late Allan Graves. She is […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Engagements

Mason/Hays Bryan and Debbie Mason of Midland, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Amanda Mason of Lubbock to Bryce Hays of Lubbock. He is the son of Barry and Koletta Hays of Dora. The couple will exchange vows at 4:30 p.m. CST Dec. 29 at the Hilton in Midland. The reception […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 11 a.m. […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Club Notes

The Pep Extension Club met Dec. 11 at the Portales Estates. President Ruby Parkinson gave a Christmas devotional. Roll call was answered with Christmas plans. Those attending were Merlene Hill-Shaw, Melveta Green, Deana Forrer, Edna Grimes, Migdon Cox, Lillie Belle Toombs, Wilma Parkinson, Marjorie Toombs, Connie Vincent, Marjorie Williamson, Parkinson, Vickie Neece, Andrea Cox and […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Fight Like a Girl and Win: Defense Decisions for Women By Lori Hartman Gervasi Unfortunately, women are susceptible to random acts of violence from stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, and worse. With this guidebook, women can learn how to increase their security, outsmart […]

Dec. 16, 2006 School News

PHS Counselors Christmas break starts Wednesday Portales High School will dismiss all students at 1 p.m. Wednesday for Christmas break. Students will take their semester exams on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will return to school Jan. 8 to begin the spring semester. Band, choir to perform The Portales High School band and choir departments […]

County may be missing funds

By Sharna Johnson and Gabriel Monte: CNJ STAFF WRITERS Curry County officials are reviewing financial records and have notified state police they may be missing funds. State Police Sgt. E.J. Fouratt said the agency is waiting for county officials to complete their review before beginning an investigation. “We’ve looked at a couple of things, but […]

Spirit of Season

Courtesy Photo Members of the Cannon Air Force Base Riders Group head out the gate to deliver food to the food bank. Cannon Connections Staff The roar of 20 motorcycles thundered through the warehouse at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Dec. 6. The riders, many clad in camouflage and blaze orange reflective vests, […]

Flying J Wranglers to perform in Portales

Cannon Connections Staff Combining traditional holiday music with a Western twist, the Flying J Wranglers will take to the stage in order to perform a benefit concert. Ruidoso based, the group spends its summers performing at the Flying J Ranch and at the Spencer Theater in Ruidoso, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce […]