Harry situation

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By Tony Gutierrez and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Local bookstores threw parties Friday night to mark the launch of J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter book series, with many residents anxiously awaiting its release. Managers of Hastings in Clovis and Barnes and Noble in Portales invited local fans to wait with […]

Happiness requires more than positive thinking

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Apparently there is a secret being revealed to the world through a book, appropriately titled “The Secret.” In it, philosophers, Reiki masters, speakers and authors describe how they got all the great things they wanted, such as wealth, good health, great jobs and perfect relationships, by simply wishing for them. The […]

Fascinations can invade dreams

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I’m terrorized by bears in my dreams and I think “Gentle Ben” is the reason why. At the same time I am fascinated by the creatures, especially grizzly bears, yet most of my experience with bears has been through books, TV documentaries and movies. If I were reclining on […]

Double standards not OK for any reason

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s been a few weeks since former NBA player John Amaechi announced he was gay, and I’ve stood on the sidelines until today. Some call his admission courageous, and others call it a money grab. I’ll call it a post-career statement from a below-average NBA player, and a story that […]

Local author publishes eighth book

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer By the title of her newest book, “Life is Delicious,” one wouldn’t know it, but area columnist and inspirational writer Joan Clayton has had her share of ‘dark days.’ “Raising three lively boys, I did go through some hard times. I wanted things to be perfect because I wasn’t […]

Virgin de Guadalupe remains shrouded in mystery

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We’re not supposed to argue about religion, or so we’re told. But the Virgin Mary has become a very arguable figure in Biblical history, with many alleged apparitions and unexplained events surrounding her. The Virgin Mary — or Our Lady of Guadalupe, as we Latinos call her — holds a […]

Free society must tolerate even offensive publications

Editorial Those who think government is necessary to uphold public morals and even put limits on offensive speech ought to pay attention to the controversy over O.J. Simpson’s book and TV special, “If I Did It.” The publisher, Judith Regan, said she viewed the book — a supposedly fictional account of how O.J. might have […]

Young readers tumble into a world of e-books

A Cannon dependent prepares to let her pumpkin fly during the 2004 Pumpkin Launch. Cannon organizations and families can build catapult to launch their Halloween pumpkins and bring it to Doc Stewart Park beginning at noon Saturday to launch them. Janet Taylor-Birkey TumbleBook library, an e-book program offered at the Cannon library is a new […]

Book deadline approaches for Elida centennial

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The deadline to submit stories or photos for an Elida Centennial Book is June 1. The book is scheduled to be released in June 2007. Elida was incorporated July 3, 1907. Shirley Cater of Elida said she spoke with former and current Elida residents during the Elida all-school reunion […]

Bookworms take over Valencia Elementary

By WIlliam Thompson Valencia Elementary School students just might get hooked on books next week as daily activities centered around “Reading Across America” are scheduled. “Reading Across America” is a National Education Association (NEA) program begun in 1998 and coincides with children’s author Theodor Geisel’s birthday on March 2. Geisel is better known as Dr. […]

Wild and wonderful

By William Thompson Many Portales residents remember local televison shows “Mr. Hank” and “Exploring Nature” on KENW. The host delighted children and adults alike with his knowledge of exotic animals. Today, former TV show host and wildlife biologist A. L. (Tony) Genarro still helps out with the specimen collection he helped found at Eastern New […]

Biographies can make for great fiction

By Karl Terry Most people who write a lot in their jobs — reporters, college professors, teachers and especially columnists, probably harbor the fantasy of writing a book someday. It was revealed recently that the dream could be easier than some of us thought. Earlier this month on the Web site The Smoking Gun it […]

God looked out for Bettie Miller

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former school librarian has self-published a book of memories and poetry that captures the area’s history through her life story, from her days climbing trees and learning to drive, to a painful divorce and crippling stroke. At age 79, Bettie Gerber Miller – once considered the “poetry laureate” at […]

Man returns lost Bible to rightful owner

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Frank Buckley was running errands with his sister Tuesday when he noticed the black, leather-bound book on the side of the road on Prince Street. “I immediately knew it was a Bible,” Buckley said. “I asked my sister to turn around.” Buckley said his sister was hesitant to execute a U-turn […]

Nomination process necessary elsewhere

By Kevin Wilson We’re about to embark on a political process that will produce sound bites from the left and the right (speaking politically, not dimensionally), drag a 50-year-old man through the proverbial mud and most likely do nothing to stop the appointment of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rarely do people leave […]

Bowl-ed over: wife tells husband’s story

By Marc Schoder Karen Alexander, a reading specialist from Portales is scheduled to have a short story about her husband, Portales physician Dr. Lonnie Alexander, and his experiences growing up. The book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Creating a Better World” is scheduled to hit bookshelves Aug. 23 according to an e-mail from Bradley Winch, […]

James students put reading on their lists

By Tony Parra James Elementary students are opening the door to the world of imagination books have to offer this week as part of the Scholastic Book Fair. Some James Elementary students were made their first visit to the book fair on Tuesday. Tina Miller, James Elementary librarian, said James Elementary students will take a […]

Student enjoys good friends, sun, ocean

Name: Christy Fields Your job: Student Your age (and Birth Date): 16; May 1, 1988. Your hometown: Portales  Your family: Parents Philip and Janet, my brother Stephen, and a sister Janay. Your Hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: “I’m a Sunday school teacher for the 3 and 4 year olds at Trinity Family […]

Be careful when mixing fiction with nonfiction

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other […]

Sci-fi lectureship set for Thursday

By Tony Parra Jack Williamson, who turns 97 in March, still works to pique sci-fi readers’ interests. While he usually does this through his writing, Williamson also is part of a lectureship series in its 29th year at Eastern New Mexico University. “I enjoy the lectureship,” Williamson said. “It gives me a chance to visit […]