Bataan death march survivors dwindling

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Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most of his days, the 95-year-old Fails recalled clearly the starvation rations on which he barely survived for […]

Teachers finding place for iPads in classroom

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Christina Calloway Special needs students at Valencia Elementary School are enhancing their learning experience in the classroom with the use of iPads. Julie Maloney-Pena’s small class of three received two iPads in October from the school district and Pena says her students have progressed in their learning and social skills since using them. “It’s been […]

Ticket feature: Gabriel Iglesias to perform in Albuquerque

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Freedom New Mexico Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will be performing his Stand-Up Revolution Tour 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Kiva Auditorium of the Albuquerque Convention Center. Gabriel has been described as funny, a gifted performer who can consistently deliver a quality experience. He a has a high-octane show that is a combination of storytelling, parodies, […]

Feeling right at home

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis trio of J.D. Isler, Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill got an experience they’d never forget at Greyhound Arena Friday night. Northern New Mexico almost gave them, and visiting McMurry University, a loss of the same caliber. Jaden Isler hit four free throws in the final 26 seconds, […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Benna Sayyed Lt. Col. Tom Palenske shared his rise from an at-risk youth to an Air Force commander Friday during Marshall Middle School’s Veterans Day program. Palenske, commander of the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, emphasized what the military did for him and how it helped him reach his position in the 20th Special […]

McGee: A case of deja vu all over again

Do you ever get the idea that you need to be listening to people better? I think I do. This realization came to me after reading an article in The Atlantic magazine in which the writer detailed a personal hacking experience. “Wow,” I said as I came down the hall, “These hackers are getting REALLY […]

Back on the beat: College students, faculty, staff get in gear for fall semester

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Sharna Johnson and Alisa Bowell College students converged on the area’s three higher learning institutions this week —

Child Sense: Preparing your child for the first day of school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Starting school or preschool for the first time will bring changes to your child’s life that will have them feeling a bundle of emotions. No matter how confident they appear, your child is likely to also be feeling a mixture of fear, anxiety, curiosity and excitement. Understanding how your child is likely […]

Rams hope experience pays off

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Dave Wagner Mark McAfee says he has no problem with the Portales’ Rams effort. He just wants to see them fine-tune the technique as they try to bounce back from a 1-9 record in 2010. The Rams open their season on Friday against Las Vegas Robertson at Greyhound Stadium, and McAfee is hopeful a relatively […]

My turn: No sense, just real-life experience

One of my columns generated an e-mail from a gentleman who said that I didn’t have a lick of common sense. Apparently, I set him off by not toeing religious, political or fishing lines — or perhaps my tongue-in-cheek lines didn’t hook him. The blue-collar worker clearly wanted to wring my stereotyped collar. He probably […]

Reader-submitted content: Dairy course offers first-hand experience

Audry Olmsted When Merel Rodenburg first attended New Mexico State University’s Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium in Clovis in 2010, she expected to get technical book knowledge to supplement her studies in animal production. What the University of Arizona senior didn’t expect was the intensive hands-on experience she would get — as well as the […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Padma Lakshmi says ‘Motherhood is a very humbling experience’

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It’s been one year since celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi welcomed her first child, daughter Krishna. Known for her ability to create flavorful dishes, the Top Chef judge is partnering with Frito-Lay and their campaign to create all-natural snack foods. The gorgeous single mom opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood, her […]

Reader-submitted content: RGH offer students experience

Amber Hamilton Students from throughout New Mexico and West Texas have been gleaning clinical hours and vital direct patient care experience in several Roosevelt General Hospital departments and at the RGH Physicians Clinic this semester. Nursing, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, pharmacy and the emergency department have provided a teaching environment to allow students to develop […]

Their view: Can bring experience to political office

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. Allen Deen is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County Commission District 5. He’s running against Lori Bohm, Kendell Buzard and Larry Jewell. Here’s what Deen had to say when we asked about his qualifications for the job:

Their turn: Republican tax assessor candidate tours experience

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. TEX BELCHER is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County tax assessor. He’s running against KENNER CARRASCO. Here’s what Belcher had to say when we asked about his qualifications for the job: “My name is Tex Belcher and I was born and raised in Roosevelt County. I have three […]

PHS students learn food service first-hand

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Through folding napkins and filling tea glasses, a group of Portales High School students are getting first-hand experience in food service. Students in the ProStart food service class and the extracurricular organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America have been serving meals at various events, including last week […]

5K run could be near-death experience

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Kevin Wilson, 31, of Clovis, N.M., died Saturday, April 10, 2010, on the streets of Portales. He was born May 15, 1978, in Townsend, Mont. He was a writer, photographer, columnist and expert in mediocrity. There … so in case my fears come true on Saturday, my coworkers at […]

Structure always needed in society

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a society is being ruled by […]

Program pairs seniors with students

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Senior citizens have a chance to feel needed and help out students and teachers alike with the Community Services Center Foster Grandparents Program. The program started in the state in 1965 to provide a learning experience from senior tutors to children. Ada Bud Moorhead is a grandma for teacher […]