God performs miracles every day

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist Have you ever considered the fact that you yourself are a miracle? The tiny microscopic cell contains your physical characteristics, talents, abilities and personality. I find that amazing. If you ever doubt how valuable you are, read Psalm 139:13-16: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in […]

Special needs children tour fair

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Argen Duncan During his field trip to the Roosevelt County Fair, Portales third-grader Nathan Rose said he was able to pet every kind of animal, except a chicken. He wasn’t allowed to pet chickens because they bite, he explained. Nathan also helped with County Commissioner Bill Cathey’s rope and whip trick performance for the group. […]

Food at the speed of life: Hobo stew feeds soul

I learned about hobo stew when I lived in Socorro and went to First Baptist Church there. The congregation made the interesting stew every year. Everybody brought a can of … whatever. It just had to be edible. It didn’t even have to come in a can. Everything from potatoes to enchilada sauce to fruit […]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners that detail […]

Every day has great surprise

Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. Unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go right on by and not be noticed. I only have room for ten suggestions to start with, but there are many more. Have childlike faith. We can learn a lot from children. Children don’t […]

Real heroes encountered every day

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Are there any real heroes today? Yes and yes. I submit there are many Americans who are God-fearing people who strive to do right and live by The Golden Rule. I am prejudiced because I know more than I can count in Portales. These people are the ones who go […]

My turn: Tuna patties easy to fix

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Editor David Stevens says he could eat tuna patties at every meal. He wanted to know when I was going write a column about them, so I tried some. The tuna patties taste nice and aren’t too fishy. They’re also quick to make and not too easy to screw […]

Experts: Military pay gap no longer exists

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Every witness before a Senate subcommittee hearing last week on military compensation — all experts on service pay and benefits — called directly or indirectly for Congress to end its 12-year run of voting for annual military pay raises that exceed wage growth in the private sector. No witness suggested […]

Freedom of information should be celebrated

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Sometimes you just need a little perspective. Last month, while politicos and activists of every stripe were hunkered down in the Roundhouse, I slipped away to meet with two small delegations of African officials. They had come to America to learn about public transparency and anti-corruption efforts in an experienced […]

Public has right to information

By Gabriela Schneider: Guest columnist Every day, the federal government releases vast amounts of useful information about every aspect of our nation and how government works. This public information has a deep impact on almost every aspect of American life. Some of it can be used to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, […]

Students get hands-on training at Heartland

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Students get practical experience and residents gain personal attention in a long-time partnership between Heartland Continuing Center in Portales and Clovis Community College. As part of their clinical rotations, several groups of CCC nursing students spend two days a week for two weeks each at Heartland every semester. They […]

Things I think I know about women

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I learn about women every day. But fortunately, I get the Cliff notes once a month. That’s the time my Esquire magazine comes, and I scan it for a few constant features, “What I’ve Learned” and “Ten Things You Don’t Know About Women.” The “Ten Things” articles have become basic […]

Caprock Quilters sew on memories

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Cardenas Amy Armenta irons a star-patterned quilt at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center on Feb. 19. She is a member of Operation Home Front Quilts, an organization that sends quilts to families of fallen servicemembers. Since April 2004, Cannon’s group has made and donated nearly 600 quilts. By Airman 1s […]

Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce honors residents

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By Liliana Catillo: Freedom New Mexico The annual Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet was intended to celebrate the Clovis sound. And the sold-out event did just that with officials from every part of Clovis talking about the sounds of the city, county, schools and Norman Petty Recording Studios paired with a Buddy […]

Santa’s helpers reside in Roosevelt County

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Every year around Christmas, Santa’s helpers appear around Portales, handing out gifts and making children smile. And it’s Roosevelt County men who are under those red suits, hats and beards. Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Matt Rush and C&S Dairy Supply employee Mark Clark are two of the local […]

Library schedule/ On the shelves

Preschool Storytime is every Wednesday at 10:30 am and Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Our theme this week is “Pumpkin, Pumpkin.” Join us for stories, songs, and a short craft.

Bible stands test of time

The Bible has an answer for every problem that confronts mankind. Why can’t we recognize this holy book has the key to life? The biblical principles, when applied, guarantee success to the obedient believer. Reading the Bible changes lives and circumstances. In this modern-day world of biochemicals and nuclear threats, there is no security apart […]

Government ‘help’ comes from taxpayers’ pockets

The government has an insidious way of helping. First it hurts you. Then it benevolently rushes in to relieve a little of the pain. Then, it takes credit for being so nice. Taxpayers experience this every payday when the government takes money from their earnings. Later, the government may deign to return some of your […]

Getting to know: Pastor helps congregation find place in ministry

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Walter Huber serves as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was worked at several churches over his 37 years in the ministry. What is your philosophy of leadership in the church? I believe that the church is the body of Christ and the body of Christ is made up of many members. In fact, the […]

Proudly show UCI preparation

By Col. Stephen Clark: 27th SOW Commander Air Commandos of Cannon, it should be no surprise that our wing Unit Compliance Inspection begins at 8 a.m. on June 15, and lasts until June 26. During this inspection, I am confident that you will demonstrate the same commitment to excellence as you have since standing up […]