Funerals not always sad occasion

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I told my sister Maria recently, “You missed a good funeral,” and she looked at me like I was nuts. “No, I mean it,” I explained. “It was a good funeral, getting to meet and visit with Dad’s side of the family.” It’s something we rarely got to do while […]

Roping brings father, son closer

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer What started out as a teen in trouble has turned into an incredible success story. Portales High School junior Michael Trujillo is making his annual transition from the Ram football team to the much more profitable sport of team roping on the United States Team Roping Championships. A few […]

Portales students give thanks

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The Portales News Tribune spent time on Monday visiting area schools and asking students a few questions about Thanksgiving. Here is what they had to say about the upcoming holiday: Bercy Musonera Kindergarten Brown Early Childhood Center Q. What is something that you are thankful for? A. My school Adrianna Naylor Kindergarten Brown Early Childhood […]

City plans fund-raiser for Paiz

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer By Casey Peacock PNT Staff Writer Casey_Peacock@link.freedom.com Portales residents and employees of Russell’s Super Save are pulling together to help a local resident who has been in the hospital for more than a week following a farm accident. Ray Paiz said he sustained a major pelvic fracture and a […]

Julio: Popular month, name in family

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Before the month is over, I must write about how popular the name Julio is in my family. My dad is named Julio. His favorite uncle was named Julio and he has cousins named Julio. Many males born in July on my father’s side of the family are named Julio. […]

Preparation pays off

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With bumper wheat harvest winding down for farmers in the area, I’m thankful for the success of the crop and the price it will command but glad I’m not making my living directly off the amber waves of grain. For years, my family depended on wheat harvest as a […]

Father’s Day prompts letters of love

By Joan Clayton: Columnist With Father’s Day this Sunday, I thought I would share a letter my husband sent to our sons several years ago, and one son’s response. Dear Son, It seems only yesterday I cuddled you in my arms. What tiny bundles of love … when I held you for the first time, […]

Children’s lives haven’t always been complicated

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m so out of the loop that I’ve never MySpaced, let alone started a Web page or blog. My idea of chatting is old fashioned, talking face to face with a real person, or on a real cell phone. When we were kids, MySpace.com was my bedroom, I mean our […]

Snowstorm isn’t automatic house arrest sentence

By Karl TerryL PNT Managing Editor The image of being snowbound at home in front of a roaring fire is a romantic one — that is until the pipes freeze or work calls. I’ve experienced a few storms through which I could imagine that we were snowed-in but the truth was that we were only […]

Christmas provides us with many memories

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist We have lived in the same house for 43 years. Every rock and every tree in the yard has a story. If I sit in my swing long enough and listen hard enough, I can hear basketballs dribbling and skateboards skating. “Look Dad, I can do this with one hand!” […]

Thanksgiving time for family and friends

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

Forgetfulness can be sign of brain overload

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What kind of a child forgets their own parents’ wedding anniversary? A self-centered, ungrateful, spoiled brat, right? Or in my case, a normally organized and occasionally thoughtful daughter suffering from brain overload. Yes, I’m guilty as charged. Line me up before the firing squad. But I have a perfectly justifiable […]

Clippers make a hairy situation

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Their electric buzz brings back childhood nightmares I thought I had put behind me. The dreaded hair clippers were out again at mom’s house last weekend. Like an enlistee in the armed services, my niece’s newly acquired husband surrendered himself to the barber’s stool in the dining room. His […]

Independence was dad’s greatest legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Who’s your daddy anyway? Growing up in Portales, it’s a question I’ve gotten used to answering frequently. Around here it’s not meant as a question to categorize you into your place like it is in the Deep South, but it’s close. Growing up in my father’s shadow could be […]

Being Julio’s daughter is enough

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Many people mistake me for my mom, but not many have said over the years that I resemble my dad. With that said though, most people do know me as “Julio’s daughter.” I’m proud to be Julio’s daughter, the daughter of a baker, the daughter of a “musico,” the daughter […]

Freshman explores universe for regional science fair entry

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By William Thompson Portales High School freshman G.T. “Teddy” Gordon began his foray into science at the age of seven when he began taking the engines out of remote-controlled cars. He wanted to see how they worked. He also made electric fans out of the engines. Gordon’s latest scientific effort, a display called “The Soaring […]

Father knew how to fly

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]

Garcia brought out best in everyone

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Edward Garcia demonstrated compassion by the way he respected the lives of others. He honored their integrity and sought to bring out the best when even the darkest times presented themselves in full. According to family members, he was a man with an open heart to love. Edward Garcia died Oct. […]

Ham preferred after turkey fiasco

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

Crisp air brings thoughts of perfectly-timed good-bye

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer When it starts feeling crisp outside with a cold snap in the air, I think of the cozy fires Dad will kindle in his woodburning stove. Then my stomach churns, thinking of the ollas of menudo he’ll brew. When I think of his savory menudo — a stew of tripe, […]