Events Calendar March 25, 2008

ThursdayBlood drive — 1-4 p.m. in the donor bus at Portales Select Peanuts-Borden plant, 620 E. Lime, Portales.Floyd Jamboree (Traditional Country) — 7 p.m. Old Gym Floyd High SchoolNew Mexico Department of Health, Strategic Health Plan Community Input Meeting — 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Memorial Building, Portales FridayN.M. Peanut Growers Annual Meeting — 10 […]

Governor to judge film festival

Freedom New Mexico staff Gov. Bill Richardson will serve as a judge in the Eastern New Mexico University High Plains Film Festival, according to a press release from ENMU. Richardson joins a panel of award winning and established actors, directors and screenwriters, the release said. As a result of Richardson’s addition to the panel, the […]

Planning key in dealing with disaster

By Ken De Los Santos While the tornado of 2007 remains fresh on our minds, I would like to ask, “Are you prepared for another? With severe weather, you can never let your guard down. The main purpose of this article is to educate on preparation for any type of disaster. There are four main […]

Twister victims remembered for family devotion

Freedom New Mexico Heleneta Blevins, 90, died March 27 at her son’s home after being released from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family in her last moments.Blevins lived behind her son’s home in a trailer home. When the tornado hit, her son, Jim Blevins, took shelter with her in a closet. The […]

Big winds punctuate couple’s wedding

Freedom New Mexico Jerry and James Priest lived in a cramped trailer home for nine months last year after their home was torn apart by the tornado. Parts of their 85-year-old home were strewn around their 75 acres south of Clovis. A new office for their auction business set up in a trailer was turned […]

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Dispatch flooded with calls during storm

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Couples danced at a local senior citizens center. Other residents were working, driving through town, eating dinner, bowling, just relaxing. Under cover of darkness, it approached from the south. Some heard the sirens, some saw the warnings, some didn’t. But what no one knew was that Clovis was about […]

Storm recovery joint effort

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico The first anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that struck eastern New Mexico with such destructive force falls on Easter Sunday. For some people involved in helping survivors rebuild their lives and homes in the tornado’s aftermath, that seems fitting, said the Rev. Lance Clemmons, chairman of the […]

Back in business

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Roosevelt County dairy owner has rebuilt 98 percent of his facility since it was destroyed by a tornado last March 23. The event has left Mike Mitchell, owner of Grande Vida Dairy, with a new respect for the forces of nature and a thankfulness for friends and neighbors. […]

58th Jamboree gets picking Thursday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Not even a tornado could keep people away from the annual Floyd Country Jamboree last year, but attendance was noticeably down in 2007 when twisters struck Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties on March 23. Last year’s jamboree ran from March 21-25, with the tornadoes striking on the Friday night […]

Clergy try to inspire faith, hope

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer On this Easter Sunday, messages of hope, courage and faith will reign as Christians fill up church pews to celebrate what they believe is one of the most transforming events in recorded times — the reported resurrection of Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago. The following are snippets […]

Local Briefs March 23, 2008

Portales Public Library has spring break activities planned this week The Portales Public Library has programs and activities planned for all ages during this week’s spring break from school. The following is a list of free, scheduled activities which are open to the public: Tuesday — At 5 p.m., teens are invited to participate in […]

Resurrection time follows tornado

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County dairyman Mike Mitchell looked at home and relaxed this week as he drank a cup of coffee and munched a cinnamon roll in his office at Grande Vida Dairy. Things were a lot different when I finally caught up to him in March of 2007, a day […]

McCain needs

Editorial As the Democratic candidates duke it out in what is becoming a surprisingly long and bitter nomination process, Republican nominee John McCain should be shoring up his base and expanding his appeal in preparation for the general election. But perhaps the McCain campaign and many of his supporters are putting too much stock in […]

Positive light doesn’t shine, especially with in-laws

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Quilting, placemats featured on Creative Living

By Sheryl Borden Information on quilting and making projects with purchased placemats will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Lana Bennett, Singer Sewing Co. in Lavergne, Tenn., explains how quilting doesn’t have to be just large items as she makes some small decorative projects […]

Library Books March 23, 2008

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs. Patricia Briggs, author of several fantasy novels, has entered the genre of supernatural heroines. And while the monsters her new heroine fights may be fairly stereotypical — werewolves, vampires, fairies — her wonderful heroine is anything but. Mercy Thompson is […]

Community Calendar March 23, 2008

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. SundayLamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 11 a.m. to […]

Johnson/Visage engagement

Johnson/Visage Johnny and Sabrina Johnson, of Portales, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kelli Johnson, of Las Cruces, to Eric Visage, of Las Cruces, son of Robert and Lynn Visage of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. May 17, 2008 at 307 W. 22nd Street in Portales. A reception […]

Dora School News March 23, 2008

Spring break starts this weekThe Dora Schools will not be in session this week, due to spring break.