God’s light defeats darkness

By Joan Clayton Once again Oct. 31 comes around. It is not my favorite time. I call it a “celebration of fear.” I don’t like to be scared, even as a joke. Fear is not of God. It is an evil force. “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid, but a […]

Family mourns loss of toddler

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By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Thomas Lee Prieto had a favorite blanket, a favorite cartoon character — SpongeBob SquarePants — and an outgoing personality. “He was like Linus with his blanket,” said his mother, Monique Garcia. “When you’d go to the grocery store, he’d say hi to everybody,” said Rachel Garcia, Thomas’ grandmother. The […]

Vee established as festival fan favorite

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Though not a direct product of Clovis’ Norman Petty Studios himself, Bobby Vee has certainly become a favorite of Clovis Music Festival organizers in recent years. A regular performer at the annual event, Vee has entertained fans with his own top ten hits like “Take Good Care Of My Baby” […]

Geocaching develops into annual Heritage Days event

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A Portales resident has turned one of his favorite hobbies — geocaching — into an annual event during Heritage Days. What is geocaching? It is not the latest eco-friendly fuel source or conservation practice; it is part treasure hunt and part mystery solving. “Think of it as a high-tech […]

Taboo subjects always game for discussion

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Two things I always get in trouble for discussing too passionately are sports and politics. I never learn. l My favorite episode of “Cheers” prominently involves the Boston Celtics, as former Celtic great Kevin McHale loses his on-court focus due to a bar-room conversation about the number of bolts […]

First person: Globetrotter promotes team appearance

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Harlem Globetrotters, who have been thrilling basketball fans with their antics and ball-handling ability for decades, will hit the court Monday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. The PNT put the full-court press on one of four Globetrotters players known as Advance Ambassadors after a game of pickup basketball […]

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 […]

Nov. 13, 2007 Local Briefs

Book week events taking place Children’s Book Week is taking place this week at the Portales Public Library. Books and Babies will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for Mother Goose rhymes and songs. Preschool storytime meets at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday. This week’s theme is favorite stories, and children will be able […]

11-8 The art of the matter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elvira Tisthammer is the art teacher at James Elementary School. “I’ve always liked art and I was just lucky to get this art position. I’m very fortunate.” Q. Who is your favorite artist? A. Georgia O’Keefe Q. What is your favorite book? A. I like anything by Pearl S […]

Summer days centered around TV

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Hispanic comedian George Lopez jokes about abuelitas who keep track of time by the order of their favorite TV programs. For example, abuelita says, “When Judge Judy is over, that’s when I take my medicine.” The summer days of my childhood also operated around TV time for many years. I […]

Reeb a 10-year veteran of DA’s office

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Andrea Reeb has worked in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 10 years. She is a chief deputy district attorney. Background: Reeb is the daughter of Dr. Nicholas and Ann Rowley of Clovis. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1989. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political […]

Lists: Pacheco, Dillard, Wade

PNT Staff Adam Pacheco, the produce manager at Super Save, said his top favorite holiday songs are: * Jingle Bells. * Here Comes Santa Claus * Silent Night Kay Dillard, a teller at Portales National Bank, said her all-time favorite Christmas songs are: * Frosty the Snowman * Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer * We Wish […]

Personal history, family shape fireman’s vision

PNT Staff Name: Ryan “Earl” Fleming Age: 23 Job: Portales Fire Department Hometown: Chicago, Ill. Community Involvement: When I was in high school, I did a lot of volunteer work for my church. Q. What do you think of Portales? A. “I love living in a small town. Big cities are so impersonal, but everyone […]

Thanksgiving treats

Compiled by Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Debi Lee Portales city manager • What is your favorite dessert? Dr Pepper cake • Why is that your favorite? Because it’s chocolate and it’s rich. You can only stand to eat it once or twice a year. • How often do you eat it? Holidays • Who makes […]

Some questions remain unanswered for everyone

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Every so often, ideas will come into my head that I’ll just jot down. They’re all worth mentioning, but none is worth a column on its own. This weekend was chock full of them, mostly with a sports flavor. Now I present them to you, in convenient, bite-sized form: • […]

Graduate student feels at home in Portales

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Q. What do you think of Portales? A. “I like Portales. There are so many friendly and generous people here. I’ve met so many wonderful people at the university. I’ve had an awesome experience in Portales so far. I wouldn’t mind staying here after I graduate. Especially since I’m […]

Thomas looks to God for guidance

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Name: Tamika Thomas   Age/Birth Date: 21, May 7, 1984   Hometown: Amarillo, Texas   Occupation: I’m a full time student and I work in African American Affairs at ENMU.   Family: Lon Thomas (Dad), Connie Thomas (Mom), LaTrell (sister), DeShawn (sister), LaToia (sister), Lon Jr. (Brother).   Hobbies/Involvement: […]

Favorite soda pops have unique histories

Jim Lee: Local Columnist I often wonder how and why some things get their names. For example, how do parents dream up some of those monikers for their helpless-to-do-anything-about-it offspring, and why do they afflict their descendants with labels that cause schoolyard fisticuffs and lifelong humiliation? And what about those weird names for planets? Why […]

Life Story: Bill Joy

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Your name: William (Bill) Joy. Your job: Retired teacher/athletic trainer. Your age (and Birth Date): 69 years old; Sept. 15, 1935. Your hometown: Chapin, Ill. Your family: Wife; Marilyn, Daughter; Lori Roberts, Grandsons; Tyler Roberts and Kodi Joy. Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: I hunt, fish and play golf. If […]

Portales teen prepares for future

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Complied by Laurie Stone Name: Michelle Miller. Your job: Lifeguard, student. Your age (and Birth Date): 18; Feb. 7, 1987. Your hometown: Portales. Your family: Mike and Julie Miller, Lela Miller. Your Hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: Golf, design, spending time with my family and friends. What do you think of […]