Business feature: Cindi’s Treasures has ‘homey feel’

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PNT staff Except for a brief stint in Albuquerque as a hair model, Cindi Onstott, owner of Cindi’s Treasures, has lived in Portales for most of her life. Onstott’s business background is varied. She’s worked in or owned automatic car washes, a detail shop, a furniture store and a dry cleaner in the last 20 […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

New regulations require dairies to report emmissions from manure

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Many Roosevelt and Curry County dairies and feedlots are still waiting to feel – maybe a better word in this case is “sniff” – the impact of a new federal regulation on reporting air emissions. At issue are two major byproducts of cattle operations – emissions of ammonia and […]

God’s love is forever

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist The holidays are over. Tearful goodbyes are said. The house is strangely quiet. The pride I feel for our sons and the gratitude I feel for God is overwhelming. The dream that began so long ago in my heart has now become a reality. The boys are spiritual leaders in […]

Hounds and Zias begin practice, feel disrespected

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound and Zia basketball teams began practice Wednesday afternoon, and both teams had an extra bounce in their steps and a chip on their shoulders. Both teams were picked to finish last in the Lone Star Conference South division preseason poll — and both […]

SUV, pickup sales feel affects of gas crunch

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The rise in the price of oil and gas has had mixed effects on the sales of full-size pickups and sport utility vehicles, according to Clovis and Portales dealerships. “With the rise in gas prices we’ve seen an increased interest in fuel efficient cars and pickups with smaller engines,” […]

Roosevelt County Commission Dist. 1

Name: Jake LopezAge: 70Occupation: Maintenance supervisor at La Casa de Buena SaludOffice: County Commissioner District 1Party affiliation: DemocratElected offices held: city council, county commissioner Why are you running for county commissioner?I want to continue to help not only the people in my district, but the community as a whole. I served for 10 years (1990-2000) […]

Womans Day offers fun, information

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Women will be shown how to get it together. Learn how to look good and feel good. Talk it up and be “You and Improved” during the fourth annual Woman’s Day Out. The fourth annual Woman’s Day Out will once again be all about woman on Saturday as it […]

Children source of wisdom

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I feel a tug at my heart. By this time, I would have all my bulletin boards up, all my students’ names on the desks, all my lessons planned and would have prayed for a successful year. Why do I miss teaching school so much? I miss those little shiny […]

Clovis store caters to New Mexico music lover’s heart

By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers Carolina Sierra hopes to fill a niche market with her recently opened music store. Located at 615 N. Main, Clovis. Carolina’s New Mexico Music specializes in the fast-paced, drum and bass-guitar driven sounds she grew up listening to in Santa Rosa. The New Mexico brand of Latino music has a […]

Back with a vengeance

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports Writer One year ago, a young and somewhat inexperienced Lady Ram softball team exited the state softball tournament in the opening round. When the Portales girls make their return to state today in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs in Farmington, they’ll be doing so with another year […]

Cards trip up Rams in quarterfinals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ALBUQUERQUE — One day after advancing past Sandia Prep in the Class 1-3A boys state tennis team quarterfinals, the Portales Rams hit a roadblock in Saturday’s semifinals in the form of the undefeated, top-ranked Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals. Robertson dominated the match, winning 9-0 at Albuquerque Academy. “I feel […]

Perfecting art of coffee drinking takes time

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a […]

Leaving teaches lessons in saying goodbye

Anita Doberman: Guest Columist Goodbye is a powerful word. By saying it we close a chapter, a relationship, and move on to something else. It’s great if we are the one who really wants to say it; not so wonderful if we are left behind. I have a long list of goodbyes in my life. […]

Street conditions atop the concern list for Lopez

Editor’s note: The following is the one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked question sregarding the city’s future. Incumbent Jake Lopez, 68, is running for re-election in Ward A and will be facing Lorenzo Baca, 39. 1. In your view, what […]

Commander nominated for promotion

Staff Reports Col. John Posner, commander at Cannon Air Force Base was recently nominated for a promotion to brigadier general. Q. How long have you been at Cannon? A. 18 months Q. Could you describe your daily duties? A. There are just under 4,000 people here at Cannon. Most daily duties are handled by the […]

Influence of Spanish goes beyond Mexican holiday

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, Texas, […]

Base supporters view enclave as a positive

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Members of a Cannon Air Force Base advocate group urged the public Tuesday morning to regard the federal decision to enclave the base as positive. “Now we have a definite opportunity. I don’t feel like we are in limbo. I feel like we have a known,” said Clovis banker and […]

Living a perfectly unbalanced life is OK

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers An article in the September issue of Latina magazine caught my eye, “The Perfectly (Un) Balanced Life” which asks, “Who says we mujeres must have a perfectly made bed while making it to the top?” This stopped me in my tracks because, well, I’m a woman who usually leaves home with […]

Wishes broadcast from locals

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Laverne Robbins waited for hours. Her feet hurt as TV cameras panned the crowd that lined Main Street in search of the perfect moment. Meanwhile, the 75-year-old waited. And then she got her chance. She told Grammy award-winning singer Amy Grant her wish. “My grandson’s wife died from blood clots. […]