Predictable irritations hard to avoid

Wendel Sloan I may pen a book called “Predictably Irritated.” I get irritated at cars and trains at railroad crossings when I’m rushing to important engagements — like noon-time hoops. Why does the train have to pass through Portales at noon, and cars wait until the guard-rails lift? Although I’m ultra-conservative, I would support a […]

Military feature: Publication details tween, teen activities

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By Liliana Castillo A project started by a spouse at Cannon Air Force base bloomed into an annual publication called the Youth Activities Guide. The publication includes three months of activities happening at Cannon for tweens and teens. “This really is a homegrown program,” Maj. Mae-Li Allison of Public Affairs said. “A spouse recognized the […]

Local veterans recall Korean War

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.

Reform advocates score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Virtual visit to old home stirs memories

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist THE OLD HOME PLACE My brother called recently… “The old home place is for sale,” he said. The old home place. Now wouldn’t that be something to have? But it’s back east and I’m here in New Mexico. Do you feel that way about the place where you grew up? […]

Portales Past: April 15, 1955

April 15, 1955: Barry Stone, a basketball and track star, had been selected president of the Portales High School student body. He defeated Kent Greathouse and Wynn Martin in what The Portales Valley News called “a lively campaign.”

My turn: This sandwich has meat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer When I promised a sandwich idea in my column, Freedom New Mexico photographer Tony Bullocks called for a sneak preview. He didn’t want to wait for the next column because he’s a fan of sandwiches. However, he likes sandwiches with meat, so my cherry-banana sandwich didn’t quite fit him. […]

The stone has been rolled away

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Jesus knew the suffering he would have to endure, but he chose the cross anyway. He could have called “10,000 angels” to come to his aid, but then, where would we be? Jesus took the sins of mankind once and for all so we could escape the Old Testament judgment. […]

Fire damages mobile home

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PNT Staff Reports A fire has inflicted heavy damage on a double-wide mobile home on Roosevelt Road 6. One occupant received minor injuries. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said the home, in the Portales Industrial Park area, was a total loss and Red Cross was being called to assist the family. Nuckols said he had […]

Bovine STD topic of meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNt senior writer New state livestock rules prompted by a spreading reproductive disease in cattle will be outlined Monday at a special informational meeting. Called Trichomoniasis, the disease is becoming a problem for New Mexico beef producers. The meeting will cover the state of the disease in the area, management options and […]

Curry County begins jail study

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Architect Don May called Friday the “kick-off” for a study to determine if Curry County needs a judicial complex. During a special commission meeting held at the courthouse, May and other members of his firm were on hand to hear a list of objectives for the study from county […]

Hungry bears no laughing matter

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist One summer my husband and I ran what was called a “guest ranch” in the mountains. It was a group of cabins built so they enclosed a middle open space where children could play and grownups could visit. Wood for the fireplaces was stacked in there as well. Besides handling […]

Debates can leave public well informed

Freedom New Mexico They called it a retreat. Fortunately, neither side seemed inclined to fall back. Observers say Friday’s exchanges between President Obama and Republican lawmakers were something they hadn’t seen in a long time, if ever. Obama and his political opponents engaged in lengthy debates over policies and politics at a GOP get-together in […]

It’s their job: Couple felt called to foster parenting

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Brian and Jennifer Zangara have worked as house parents at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home for 4 1/2 years, including time training. They moved to the area from Michigan.The two are raising their four children and another five in the custody of the children’s home. The children range in age from 2 to 14.What […]

Honduran politics aren’t U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico As foreign dramas go, the so-called coup in Honduras is one mind-twisting ordeal. The military removed President Manuel Zelaya from the presidency after he mandated a national referendum that would, ultimately, allow him to stay in office beyond the constitutionally prescribed term. Zelaya was elected as a moderate-conservative but lately has become […]

Portales students prep for robotics contests

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales High School students are getting their gears whirring and computer programs going for two robotics competitions around the end of the month in Albuquerque. One team of four students plans to participate in the state Math, Engineering and Science Achievement contest April 29, and a separate team is […]

Bailey County woman attacked in home

Freedom New Mexico A 30-year-old Bailey County woman is in a Lubbock hospital recovering from multiple stab wounds after a man invaded her home and attacked her while she slept Friday morning. Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills said Gloria Lisa Estrada was sleeping in her home just north of Enochs on Highway 214, when an […]

Officials investigating cause of fire

An investigator was on scene Saturday looking for clues to what caused a warehouse fire that gutted a warehouse and the Dollar General Store, according to Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee. Firefighters were called shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, after an employee at Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware store spotted smoke coming from the […]

Portales Pride forum set

PNT Staff Report The City of Portales has scheduled a Portales Pride public forum at 3 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The forum allows citizens to discuss community beautification and cleanliness. The city is also seeking people who can participate on a committee dealing with such issues. Topics include median sponsorship and design, trash cleanup, […]