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, […]