All I want for Christmas

Janet Taylor-Birkey An informal survey of Cannon’s middle tier asked the question, “When you were deployed, what would you have enjoyed receiving in a package?” Here are some of the responses we received, ranging from humorous to sentimental, practical to just-for-fun. No federal endorsement implied. Socks (white) Cheap insoles for our boots Plain notepaper/envelopes Batteries […]

Perfecting art of coffee drinking takes time

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a […]

United Way of Eastern New Mexico hosts breakfast kick-off in Portales

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Coffee and donuts are always a good way to start the day, and United Way of Eastern New Mexico volunteers are hoping it will be a good way to start their annual campaign as well. UWENM will have its fall kick-off in Portales from 7-9 a.m. today, with free […]

Coffee, sunglasses help in trying times

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist This week my husband left for a long deployment. Perhaps it was the fact that we have a newborn and I may still be under the post-partum blues, or the reality of caring for five children at a time when my baby sitter amicably fired me — a real tragedy […]

All in a day’s work

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer Portales waitress Ruby Burden began her serving career at Jimmy’s Cafe 36 year’s ago. She hasn’t skipped a beat, going to work for the Donut Hut, Nell’s Cafe and then Judy’s Cafe before becoming one of the first employees of the Wagon Wheel Cafe in 1986. Wagon Wheel […]

Engravers use cutting edge technology to create awards

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Teresa Peralez uses a computer program to designate the dimensions of a picture mat to be cut. Janet Taylor-Birkey Most words are not written in stone, but where Terry Vaughn, of Cannon’s Framing and Engraving shop is concerned they might as well be. Lasers engrave, burn and cut with precision on a variety of materials […]

Wireless Internet comes to eastern New Mexico

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The latest commodity to arrive in some eastern New Mexico cafes isn’t coffee-bean inspired. It’s called wireless Internet, wireless fidelity or Wi-Fi for short. In many booming metropolises, the service, which allows consumers to log onto the Internet without a cable or telephone connection, arrived long ago. Eastern New Mexico is […]

Family opens coffee shops in Portales, Clovis

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The coffee cups pour in Portales and Clovis, as one local family has created a significant share in the growing business. Sheryl McClary and husband Kelly McClary of Portales own three coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. Sheryl McClary said the Coffee Depot in Clovis was opened November and Casa […]

Coffee helps end early morning standoff

PNT Staff A cup of coffee helped end a two-hour standoff, and an arrest was made early Tuesday morning on drug and weapons charges, according to the Portales Police Department. Dorenda Teston, 41, of Portales, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and negligent use of a deadly weapon following an incident in which she barricaded […]

Family gatherings are steppingstones of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist “Okay girls, now listen up. In the morning us guys are getting up early. We’re going to the ranch and cook the best cowboy campfire breakfast you ever ate.” “Yeah, right,” we all answered in unison. The men of my household had jumped out of bed at dawn waking […]

Art professor brings life to coffee shop

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By Mike Linn A local art professor has brought new meaning to the term “grande” cappuccino. If this seems a bit confusing, take a look at the mural she recently finished in the courtyard of the Do Drop In coffee shop. Micki Muhlbauer, an art professor at Eastern New Mexico University, painted a trio of […]

Churches walk tightrope to make money work

By Gary Mitchell The Coffee House, a new Christian coffeehouse in Portales that features a wide range of coffees, teas, iced drinks and pastries, has been picking up business. “It’s been going great,” said Pastor David Markham of Victory Life Church, which sponsors the coffeehouse. “We’re having a steady walk-in business in the mornings and […]

Coffee house offers java, fellowship

By Janet Bresenham PORTALES — Modern Christian ministry comes in many forms. For one Portales church, outreach to the community is brewing in the form of a cup of coffee or tea. Victory Life Church is celebrating a month-long grand opening of The Coffee House, which features a wide range of coffees, teas, iced drinks […]