Words of wisdom for graduates

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to believe that 21 years ago it was me walking across the stage to receive my high school diploma from Portales High School. I was filled with ambition, dreams and a strong determination to be somebody. I had a specific plan of action and then, from there on, […]

Air Force Smart Ops 21 already on track

Maj. Lisa Pike We’ve all heard the saying “change is the one constant in life.” Think about it and you’ll see it’s true; the one constant in our lives is change. If you think back over your life, you will no doubt have more changes than you can count. Go back over the last century […]

Robinson tauting background in municipal judge run

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Oscar Robinson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Robinson will be running against Arla Hitson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Crying in the shower not pointless

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist I was crying in the shower the other night after a bad day. I needed a good cry. But as I watched my tears dissolve into the water around me, I thought, “Why am I crying?” I really didn’t know. When I was a little girl, I would often cry […]

New youth fitness director has BIG plans for Youth Center

Janet Taylor-Birkey “Mr. Lionel! Over here, Mr. Lionel!” These are the screams heard entering the gym at the Cannon Youth Center — especially when children are trying to persuade Mr. Lionel Alston, new Youth Fitness Director at the Youth Center, to play dodgeball with them. Having always been involved in sports, Mr. Alston brings his […]

Knudson to serve as county attorney

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners approved to contracting with Randy Knudson to serve as the county attorney until the end of the fiscal year (June 30) despite resistance from county commissioner Tom Clark. Commissioners approved 4-1 to renew the contract for Knudson. Clark voted against the measure because he said is dissatisfied […]

City decides to move polling places before spring elections

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council approved two election related resolutions Tuesday night as they moved swiftly through their regular agenda. Councilors gave unanimous approval to a resolution moving two polling places in time for municipal elections next spring. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said she had been approached by school officials from L.L. […]

Cesar Chavez Drive dedicated

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers It is the lesson of a lifetime: Si, se puede — yes, we can. Believing this turned a classroom of pre-teens into community heroes. Evidence of their feat was unveiled on a clear Friday morning — a green street sign, with white letters. It reads Cesar Chavez Drive. “That’s our […]

Trial dates set in slaying of Portales couple

By Tony Parra A man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple will go on trial a year from now. District Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday set Stanley Bedford’s jury trial for Sept. 5 through Oct. 13 next year. Bedford, 42, is accused of killing Odis Newman, 70, and Doris Newman, 69, in March. Jerry […]

Philosophy from a plastic box

By Kevin Wilson I fear change. Or, at least that’s what the little piece of paper told me. To be more specific, that little piece of paper was included in my mail. To be even more specific, it was a flier inside my latest purchase of DVD season sets of the Simpsons — six down, […]

Trials set for two men accused in Portales killings

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Trials for two Portales men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple have been tentatively set to take place during June and July. Jerry Fuller, 33, faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of tampering with evidence, three counts of assault upon a peace officer […]

Security forces deals with rash of mutilated ID cards

27th Security Forces Squadron Have you ever wondered why the Security Forces Squadron require you to take your military identification (ID) out of your wallet when you enter the installation? Security forces entry controllers are ensuring every member entering the installation possesses a current and valid identification card. By taking physical control of the ID, […]

Make optimistic thinking a daily habit

It has been said, “We are what we eat.” Someone has also said, “We are what we think. The writer in Proverbs 23:7 said it first, “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Our thoughts affect our life. Negative thoughts have adverse or positive reactions. Thoughts can bring smiles or tears, gladness […]

ENMU gets Alcohol 101 Plus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the culture, […]

Group wants men to redefine their spiritual roles

By Tova Fruchtman As they prayed, their hands raised, their eyes closed and their fists clinched. The eight men — including Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics — gathered Saturday morning at Portales Public Library for the “Men of God Arise” meeting were passionate about the mission. Some came because they got a call from Portales resident […]

Don’t let change dampen your holidays

By Helena Rodriguez When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical touch.” As […]

RGH employees pick new health plan

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County General Hospital Board members decided to go in a new direction for a health care plan for employees during Thursday’s board meeting. Members decided in favor of changing to a risk management plan similar to the health care plan state policemen, school employees and employees for Roosevelt County have, according […]

Oct. 31 Letters to the Editor

Council supports Bond B Education Bond Issue B is one of those opportunities that come before us supporting our efforts to continue to improve our community. Eastern New Mexico University is a tremendous economic and quality-of-life asset to Portales and Roosevelt County. ENMU employs 700 citizens and offers educational opportunities for almost 4,000 students yearly […]

Residents unchanged by first debate

By Laurie Stone Local residents were asked before Thursday’s debate between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry to answer basic questions afterwards: Lela Jo Halliday, rancher, Democrat Overall thoughts of debate: The debate as a whole was good. Bush would be better as President because Kerry is not strong enough or knowledgeable enough […]

Bond money stocks junior high library

By Laurie Stone A well-stocked library can be a cornerstone for students which opens a door of opportunity for a growing mind as their interests and education develops. Thanks to the general obligation bond issue that was passed in Nov. 2002, Billy Dixon, the Portales Junior High librarian, puchased $20,000 dollars worth of new books. […]