Just because science can, doesn’t mean science should

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist A few days ago the Hindustan Times reported that Rajo Devi, a 70 year old Indian woman gave birth to a baby girl, becoming the world’s oldest woman to birth a child. Ms. Devi and her husband, age 72, used in vitro fertilization. The fact that a woman older than […]

12-9 Local briefs

Senior fitness event setNew Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. is conducting a TREK health education event free for residents age 50 and up 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aug. 3, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Keeping Corner by Kashmira ShethFrom her engagement at age 2 to her wedding at age 9, young Leela’s future has been clearly mapped. But that vision changes drastically when at age 12 — just months before she moves in with her husband’s family — she […]

Probate Judge Candidate: Mark Paternoster

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Name: Mark Paternoster Age: 61 Occupation: District court bailiff Running for: Probate judge Party affiliation: Democrat Elected offices held: none What is your background? After living and working in Albuquerque for over 20 years, my wife and I moved our family to Portales in 1988. Here, I have worked at a local title company and […]

Collins unopposed for clerk

The following is the first in a series of profiles on candidates in the June Primary. Name: Janet CollinsAge: 54

Age, experience vary

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent CLOVIS — It didn’t take long to figure out that Friday’s calf roping at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena would be quite different than most sports events in one respect. About two contestants, to be precise. The fourth annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping began with what is numbered […]

Immigration issue becomes personal

By Anita Doberman This week, I attempted to sign up my children for swimming lessons. I would have easily succeeded in doing so, except that out of curiosity, I decided to ask the owner of the gym a question about the forms she gave me to fill out. On paper, there were the usual spaces […]

Spokesman warns against dangers of smokeless tobacco

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Rick Bender is a living testament to the destruction tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, can do. Bender, who lost part of his jaw due to oral cancer, spoke to Portales youth Saturday at the Teens Take Control Summit at the Portales Recreation Center. Bender, 46, has testified before Congress in […]

Floyd School News April 20

Upcoming Events The Book Fair will be April 28-May 6. The fourth, fifth and sixth grade track meet with Elida and Dora will be at Floyd on May 1. The Spring Program will be at 6:30 May 5. Childfind A developmental screening for children from birth to 5 years of age will be held from […]

Area residents participate in Juarez mission

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Barbara Brockmeier spent a week carrying lumber, pounding nails and helping put stucco on a new home. Built in four days, the home was for a young couple with 9-month-old twins in one of the more impoverished sections of Juarez, Mexico.At age 81, it was Brockmeier’s first mission trip. […]

Early retirement provision drawing ire

By Tom Philpott The $696 billion defense authorization bill for 2008, which Congress expects to return to the White House by next week for a promised signature, has a host of critical pay and benefit initiatives for service members at war. The House passed a revised HR 1585 last week, removing a provision that would […]

We must solve B.E.L.C.H. issue

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist As global warming increases, and most agree it has regardless of the cause, ruminant raisers are going to become conversant in a new field of science called “Bovine Emissions Lately Considered Hazardous,” or B.E.L.C.H. The study of B.E.L.C.H. will revolve around a simple formula — greenhouse gas emissions per pound […]

Boomer benefits available

Freedom New Mexico Social Security offices nationwide are bracing for the first round of baby boomers to hit retirement age. Local Social Security officials are urging individuals to utilize the Internet to file their application. “Staffing levels are at an all-time low,” Social Security District Manager Tony Romero said. “So, we are really pushing the […]

High-risk groups urged to get flu shots

Freedom New Mexico The first flu shots have arrived in Clovis and Portales and the State Department of Health is urging people in high-risk groups to get a shot soon. But, area health care officials are saying that supplies are limited. “We’ve only received 300,” Portales Health Office representative Carol Morgan said, “and I usually […]

Briefs

Cannon Lanes (784-2280) Family Bowl-a-Rama — 5 p.m. Friday. Cost is $15 for two hours of bowling, shoes and a pitcher of soda. Lanes are assigned between 5-7 p.m. Up to six family members can play on one lane. Family Fun NIght — 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Cost is $2 per game. Cannon Lanes […]

Haley sisters win saddles

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Rodeo is a passion in the Haley household, and now they have two championship saddles to prove it. For the first time in the 41-year history of the Roosevelt County Little Wranglers Junior Rodeo Association, saddles were awarded to the boys and girls overall winner of each age group […]

Area students vie for place on fair’s royal court

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Six young ladies from Roosevelt County will begin competition to determine who will be the reigning Roosevelt County fair royalty for the 2007-2008 year. The horsemanship portion of the competition will take place on Thursday morning at the Special Events Arena at the fairgrounds. During the competition, each of […]

With age comes wisdom

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Believe it or not advantages come with growing older and you can be happy about it. Our culture puts a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young looking. The underlying message is you are not okay the way you are because […]

Lady Bird Johnson leaves behind ladylike legacy

Editorial We join Texans — and Americans — everywhere in mourning the loss of a great lady, Lady Bird Johnson, who died Wednesday at age 94 at her Austin, Texas, home. Johnson, as much as anyone, embodied the legendary Southern charm and Texas hospitality with her warm, genteel demeanor. That outward calm belied a strength […]

Friends make deployment tolerable

Tonya Fennell A group of wonderful, but strikingly different women have recently become a big part of my life. We all differ in age, family background and personality. I grew up in Texas, have a house full of kids and can see the age of 40 looming on the horizon. I’m loud (or so my […]