Some big guys I’ve known

By Glenda Price In the old days some people were “fat,” and fat people were jolly. “Obese” wasn’t even a word then, although I guess Big Henry who lived not far from our place would have qualified. He took the front seat out of his car and sat in the back seat to drive. I […]

Eli takes center stage

By Eddie Pells, The Associated Press PHOENIX — Baby brothers across America know hardship. They grow up playing “permanent center” while the bigger kids get to be quarterbacks and wide receivers. They lose every game of Monopoly and Risk, every wrestling match and household power struggle until their 15th birthday — if they’re lucky. And […]

Other mother provides inspiration to persevere

By Anita Doberman In the last few weeks, I missed my husband’s call from overseas too many times. If it’s just once or twice I don’t mind, but if it happens on numerous occasions, I feel frustrated and disappointed. I wanted to share our excitement about an upcoming trip to Atlanta to attend my oldest […]

Mountain ski visit about getting back to nature

By Helena Rodriguez I had an altitude adjustment last weekend. Altitude Adjustment was the name of the ski retreat that my daughter Laura and I went with her church youth group on last weekend. It was high up in the snow-covered rocky mountains of Denver. Many people think of going off to the mountains as […]

Karaoke terrorism all in good fun

By Kevin WIlson: Freedom New Mexico The scene was a bar, nowhere near the confines of eastern New Mexico. It could have been any bar in America, with a dance floor, dart board and pool table to complement the alcohol and chicken wings. But it was Friday night, and columnist Kevin Wilson was in AnyBar. […]

Effort often worth more than result

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I try to focus on living in the moment and not get fixated on results. I attempt to do this with my children, my husband and in all areas of my life. I often fall short of my good intentions and measure myself against others’ accomplishments and successes. And while […]

Guy volume useful tool

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few years ago, lunch with a friend became a turning point. The person serving me and Jennifer was a tip-flirter. That’s somebody who’s really, really, unbelievably nice to customers in hopes for a tip, particularly when the opposite sex is involved. I knew this was a tip-flirter, but […]

It’s my time to cheer, not lead

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist My older daughters, ages 4 and 6, have recently started competitive sports. The younger one is on a gymnastics team and the older one on a cheer squad. I knew I had a competitive streak, but wasn’t aware that it would come out full force with my offspring. In fact, […]

Sometimes, it’s OK to receive

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I was a little saddened to hear that Father Benedict Begin passed away on Sept. 27. At first the name didn’t ring a bell, but then I thought “Father Ben.” Father Ben had been one of my favorite priests, only I didn’t realize it back then, when he was […]

Victim’s brother takes stand

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Ruben Perez described to a Roosevelt County jury how he held his little brother and tried to stop the blood from a gunshot wound to the 10-year-old’s head while waiting for ambulance crews to arrive. Carlos Perez died later that day at a Lubbock hospital. Ruben Perez, 19, testified […]

Bailing out on duty never acceptable

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist This past week, I took a short vacation with my children and some relatives visiting from Italy. We headed to Disney World for one of the hottest and fun-filled weeks of our lives, and greeted Mickey, Pluto, Shrek and the many characters circulating the amusement parks. While I was gone, […]

ENMU volleyball and cross country starting fresh

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers Kim Falkenhagen wasn’t all that surprised her team was picked 13th out of 13 in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason volleyball poll. After all, she’s a new coach with a lot of new players on the squad. “I didn’t expect anything more than that,” said Falkenhagen, hired in February to […]

Storm skips around county

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales received a drenching afternoon rain that left streets running full Thursday while farmers in the outlying communities reported little or no rain. The measurement at the National Weather Service reporting station at KENW-TV showed .60 inches at 5:30 p.m. Other reports in Portales ranged up to .75 inches […]

Penalty phase will proceed

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury on Thursday found murder in the course of kidnapping to be an aggravating circumstance, allowing the state to proceed in seeking the death penalty against Stanley Bedford. If he is given the death penalty, Bedford, 43, would be the third person on New Mexico’s death […]

Cobre ousts Rams in Class 3A semifinals

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — For the second consecutive year, the Portales Rams made it to the final four of New Mexico Class 3A baseball — and once again, they’re coming home one game shy of the finals. The top-seeded Cobre Indians jumped on top early and never lost their lead in a 10-7 win against […]

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 […]

52-year-old lines up against Greyhound football

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer At 52, Portales resident Jimmy Stratton thought he’d never have the opportunity to play football again. When he heard about the first annual Eastern New Mexico University alumni football game he wanted to play — but there was a slight misunderstanding. “I thought it was going to be alumni […]

Double standards not OK for any reason

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s been a few weeks since former NBA player John Amaechi announced he was gay, and I’ve stood on the sidelines until today. Some call his admission courageous, and others call it a money grab. I’ll call it a post-career statement from a below-average NBA player, and a story that […]

Lady Rams regress at Roswell

PNT Staff Writer The Roswell Lady Coyotes handed the Portales girls a 52-39 loss Tuesday evening at Roswell High School. The Lady Rams managed only 12 points in the first half, making just two of 16 shots attempted. Portales head coach Brenda Gomez says the Lady Rams poor shooting was key in the defeat. “We […]

Defense attacks witnesses’ character

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Defense attorney James Klipstine Jr. spent much of Thursday attempting to chip away at the credibility of a parade of prosecution witnesses in the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Testimony began with the cross-examination of the prosecution’s key witness, Daniel Garcia, who testified Wednesday he and defendant […]