Pastor was quick to condemn

A few days ago a friend of mine invited me to her church, a large, spectacular and impressive conglomerate of buildings and fun. From the moment the usher opened the door, the churchgoers welcomed us with friendly smiles and open arms. The place was impressive, with a coffee shop, (Starbuck’s coffee), a bookstore, a large […]

Deployment stress taking its toll

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I never realized how much influence Uncle Sam had over my marriage until a few days ago.

It’s their job: Brenda Levacy

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Name: Brenda Levacy Job: Sales associate at Sleep Solutions Background: I was born in Lubbock and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I married a gentleman from Portales and moved here 30 years ago. I have two children and two grandchildren. How long have you been with the company? I have worked for Ashley Furniture […]

Portales resident has 32 years of volunteer service

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Sidney Phillips has been a resident of Portales for 32 years and is president of the auxiliary at Roosevelt General Hospital. What other volunteering work have you done? This is a long time ago, but I used to work for the Chamber of Commerce, and we would always do a trash walk. I’ve lived here […]

Editorial: Supreme Court clarifies FDA not infallible

Not so long ago, fans and critics had the U.S. Supreme Court since the accession of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito as a reliably “pro-business” court, likely to side fairly reliably with corporations in disputes with employees or customers. Several recent cases have called that description into question, but Wyeth v. Levine, […]

Releasing records not private matter

By Ray Sullivan: FNM publisher Five years ago next month, New Mexico legislators defeated — for the second time in two years — a bill that would have set up an electronic portal the state declared would make public records more accessible. The bill died because it was poorly thought out and ambiguously worded. Those […]

Graffiti nuisance to community

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Graffiti is an occasional problem for Portales police. But finding even one building spray painted can have some business owners seeing red. Vickie Banister, property manager for Desert Bloom Realty, said she dealt with one incident of graffiti about a month ago and two last summer on the properties […]

Business Feature: Clovis chiropractor expands business to Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Longtime Clovis Chiropractor Brice Crawford has opened up a branch office in Portales. The Portales location opened it doors two weeks ago. Crawford, practicing now for three years, got started seeing patients out of his home in Clovis. Why he started the business: He was being treated by a […]

Legislative tidbits: Official tie not good enough

Santa Fe New Mexican staff Days remaining in session: 57 Legalize the bolo: More than 20 years ago, the Legislature named the bolo the “official state tie or neckwear of New Mexico” in a memorial that declared people who wear bolos “shall be welcomed at all events or occasions when the wearing of a tie […]

God’s love is forever

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist The holidays are over. Tearful goodbyes are said. The house is strangely quiet. The pride I feel for our sons and the gratitude I feel for God is overwhelming. The dream that began so long ago in my heart has now become a reality. The boys are spiritual leaders in […]

Tucumcari man “very, very lucky” to survive train accident

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man who was hit by a train two weeks ago says he “didn’t see the darn train,” and that he’s a very lucky man. “The doctors and everybody say I am very, very lucky,” said Isaac Pacheco, Jr., 46. Pacheco who is at Northwest Hospital in Amarillo was interviewed by […]

Remains of lost airman found, buried

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Julia Carvutto, a 90-year-old retired school teacher in Norwalk, Conn., received a phone call from a friend 16 months ago asking if a soldier mentioned in the local newspaper that morning was Julia’s brother, Mart. “What are you talking about,” Carvutto recalled asking her. “She said, ‘They found his remains.’ […]

Low gas prices help keep world mischief at bay

Freedom New Mexico If there is anything resembling a silver lining in the current financial crisis, it is that the worldwide price of oil has fallen to around $70 a barrel, about half what it was some three months ago. Gasoline prices, which always lag behind oil prices, have begun to drop as well. This […]

NAIA playoff Hounds reunite after 25 years

By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico A quarter of a century ago, a young Eastern New Mexico football team was asked to make a commitment to each other. ‘Hold onto the rope’ was the team motto of the 1983 Greyhound football team. The rope brought a handful of them back for a homecoming reunion. Head […]

History lesson lies behind competition

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Thousands of years ago, man invented a crude tool to help them more efficiently kill prey for food and pelts. Saturday morning, present-day people will gather at Blackwater Draw to learn about and compete with the hunting tool. It’s called an Atlatl, and it changed the way prehistoric man […]

ENMU student discusses Islam

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Rabiah Memon held a presentation Thursday at the school that focused on debunking the myths and misunderstanding of Islam. Memon told the crowd of about 60 students and residents that as a Muslim she is often asked how she felt about the terrorism attacks […]

Memories keep Kids in the picture

By Kevin Wilson It just took five words. It killed a conversation, showed our differences and outlined our dependence on the superficial. But a few months ago, those five words started a conversation, showed our similarities and outlined our dependence on the superficial. “I don’t have a television,” she said, starting the conversation, “so I […]

People always make our fair a success

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Fair Board President Tim Allison stopped his chores in the dairy and beef barn Friday night to chase me down as I strolled through with camera at the ready. He said he appreciated the coverage the PNT had given the fair but I think more importantly he wanted to […]

Ruidoso suffering worst flooding in decades

Staff and wire reports Clovis native Bruce DeFoor, who retired and moved to Moon Mountain in Ruidoso two years ago, said flooding in Ruidoso was a shocking surprise after steady but gentle weekend rains. “It had rained Saturday, on and off most of the day, but it was just a real light rain,” DeFoor said. […]

College business major purchases local fitness center

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University senior Justin Johnson is starting a local business, while wrapping up his education. Johnson, originally from Raton, is the owner of Fitness and More, a gym on the downtown square in Portales. He opened up the newly renovated sweat box in early December. Several years […]