Community Thanksgiving dinner keeps growing

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Elvia Garcia started the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner almost 10 years ago with help from her family and community volunteers. The dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building is free. “My husband and I decided that we needed to do something for the community as a family,” Garcia said. “It […]

Portales woman honored by Head Start; family plans to start memorial scholarship

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent For more than four decades, Gloria Ortega was a familiar face at Eastern Plains Head Start. Though she retired as site manager in 2007, Ortega continued, up until her illness over a year ago, to be an active volunteer with the program. Ortega began her association with Head Start in […]

Grant McGee: Friend more like brother than pal

I got an e-mail a few days ago from my good friend Kent, the Bard of the Pecos, now a part-time judge, duly elected by the folks of Elida. Kent was going in for hip surgery and, you know, there’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll emerge on the other side hale, hearty and alive. Kent […]

McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

Congress should consider downsizing their pensions

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I learned to swim a few weeks ago, but I still stay in the shallow end of the pool. I think I’ll stay in the shallow end of these arguments as well: • It looks like the new victim of attacks from Congress is the public employee, and the unions that help them acquire pensions […]

It’s their job: Danny Heflin Jr.

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All Glass co-owner Danny Heflin Jr. installs a glass panel in a door. He installs, repairs and replaces glass in windows, doors, mirrors and shower stalls. He and his wife, Heather, bought the company three years ago. Heflin said he handles glass because he used to work on skyscrapers in Mesa, Ariz., but returned to […]

Internet big part of my lifestyle

When I first dipped my toes into the Internet nearly two decades ago I figured it was likely just a fad. I think my first clue that it had become more than a fad was when my mother expressed an interest in getting online. These days there are a few holdouts who don’t use the […]

News organizations should apologize for trusting Andrew Breitbart again

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Kevin Wilson Most of the media had never heard of Shirley Sherrod a few weeks ago. Strangely, they acted as if they’d never heard of Andrew Breitbart either. A video on Breitbart’s website showed Sherrod, Georgia’s State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture, talking about her hesitation to help out […]

Mother Nature has mind of her own

Years ago there was a commercial that said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” followed by a catastrophe. Actually, fooling Mother Nature is a fool’s errand — it can’t be done. That’s why country people are inveterate weather watchers. I grew up in the drought times of the 1950s. When the earth was brown […]

Torts better than regulations

Tibor Machan Many moons ago I directed a conference on government regulation, out of which the book edited by me and the late M. Bruce Johnson, “Rights and Regulation,” was created. In this book some of those who supported government regulation — and most mainstream contributors did so — maintained that being opposed to government […]