Melon growers think inside the box

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If you meet Ed Hitson on the streets of Portales, don’t buy square watermelon seeds from him. They don’t exist any more than magical bean seeds do. Hitson and his neighbor Tom Hebert can show you a square watermelon, however. Actually it’s rectangular to be exact — and they […]

October 19, 1986

• The Portales Junior High School cheerleaders brought home the first place trophy for their performance at the Eastern New Mexico Cheerleading Competition. Team members Brandi Amundson and Donna Rogers were selected as “Shining Stars” during the competition. • A one pound box of Zesta crackers was on sale at Parkway Supermarket for 98 cents […]

April 17, 1972

• Portales youth Alvin Corbin, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Corbin, witnessed the launching of Apollo XVI at Cape Kennedy, Florida. Corbin was attending the Florida Institute of Technology. • L.L. Brown sixth grade students Carol Jordon and Kathy Hardt were the grand champion winners of the L.L. Brown Science Fair. Their project was a study […]

Positive thinking really takes practice

Anita Doberman: Guest Columist I recently finished a great book by author Susan Jeffers called “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.” I don’t usually read self-help books, but enjoyed Jeffers’ book, and found her description of “the chatter box” very applicable to my life. The chatter box is a person’s negative and habitual voice […]

Residents buy bargain groceries through charity

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By William Thompson About 200 Portales residents went to First Baptist Church Saturday to take advantage of a new charity program, initiated locally, that provides low cost groceries to anyone who wants to participate. The Angel Food Ministries, a Georgia based non-profit, where the local program orginates, claims on its Web site the average retail […]

Marijuana bricks found in couple’s automobile

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Police arrested a Clovis couple Friday during a traffic stop near Texico and seized more than 56 pounds of marijuana, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. A Region V Drug Task Force Agent investigated Ricky Martinez, 40, of Clovis for six weeks through a confidential informant, […]

Pay attention or Sandra Bullock awaits

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor It was a bittersweet Tuesday at my mailbox. After turning the key to my postal unit as I do most afternoons, I opened the door to reveal a pair of DVD shipments. The first was the final season of Homicide: Life on the Street on DVD, meaning three years of […]

Movie makers needs to get a clue

By Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The 24-hour news cycle gives us a lot of recurring themes, and one undeniable theme is the decline of the American moviegoer. I saw it myself recently when I took in a matinee of the new disappointment called Star Wars and was joined by about seven people in a […]

Soap box derby set

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Back in 1960, 14-year-old speedster Larry Erwin fastened his Soap Box Derby car together with Elmer’s glue — and earned a trip to the national finals at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Although his victory was in his hometown of Owensboro, Ky. — where he said his car is on […]

Restaurant owner tries to serve communities

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Tom and Gail Martin, owners of the Taco Box in Portales and Clovis, have been in the restaurant business for over three decades. Gail […]

Chandler: Kids affected too many times by meth labs

By David Irvin Yellow space suits, high-powered rifles and your parents screaming as some stranger drags them away. The methamphetamine bust as seen by the child on the inside, officials say, is a frightening thing. But according to statistics from the New Mexico State Police, this unfortunate drama is fairly common. When a methamphetamine lab […]

Russian Pelekh Box story always worth reliving

By Bob Huber So it’s another Christmas season, which means my daughter Tracy will corral friends and family to tell her favorite yuletide story — “The Russian Pelekh Box.” It’s a marathon narrative full of adventure, romance, and mystery, although its authenticity leaves something to be desired. So while a turkey roasts in the oven […]

Profanity, plumbing a natural pair

By Jim Lee I know of three situations that call for automatic cussing: (1) snagging my nose in a band saw, (2) dropping a bowling ball on my left foot, and (3) installing a new kitchen faucet. On a scale of enjoyment, these activities rate somewhere between watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island and getting a […]

Sledge hammer a necessary tool

By Jim Lee What really annoys me is a skinny cooking show host. If that stuff the host is demonically devising is anywhere near as good as claimed, why is that person skinny? It has about as much credibility as Bob Vila in a body cast. Who’s going to believe a fix-everything toolmeister who falls […]

Toolbox doesn’t work without tools

By Jim Lee At a recent weekly Kiwanis meeting, I announced to my fellow members that I intended to install a new kitchen faucet. That got a bigger laugh than Nixon offering a job to George Carlin. For a minute I thought they were all going to say in unison, “Tell Saundra to go get […]

Valentine’s Day is about sacrifice, acts of love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. […]

Mailbox vandalism increases

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Mike Linn Roughly three miles south of Portales on New Mexico 206, a cluster of mailboxes look like they had a recent date with a Louisville Slugger. Two of the mailboxes were knocked clear off their post, and a few miles farther to the south one box was shattered to smithereens. Such vandalism to mailboxes […]

Dora residents assured mail delivery

Mike Linn DORA — No P. O. Box, no problem. Dora residents frustrated about returned mail heard good news Tuesday night when state post office officials promised to deliver mail as long as it made it to Dora. The decision presented to some 20 Dora residents at the Dora Community Center comes after months of […]

Device could assist firefighters

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Kevin Wilson The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and is accessible only by […]

Dora residents mad over mail

Mike Linn A group of Dora residents are afraid the local postmaster is inking up the “Return to Sender” stamp, and may start using it frequently in the near future. Dora resident Elmer Reed gathered 13 signatures opposing a new post office policy effective Sept. 6 that would return mail back to senders if they […]