Leadership from the past can set standards for today

Lt. Col. John McLaurin Jr. By the time Meriwether Lewis turned 31, he had accomplished more than most people accomplish in a lifetime. His birthday was in August 1805, and in the previous week, he had successfully negotiated with the Shoshone Indians for horses that would take him and a crew of about 15, along […]

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. […]

Former Tech standout trying to sharpen game with new Lubbock team

By Dave Wagner FARWELL, Texas — Former Texas Tech standout Sheryl Swoopes is one of the WNBA’s few remaining original players. Still, as she approaches her 34th birthday next week, she’s challenging herself to maintain a high level of play. Swoopes signed a contract last month to play with the expansion Lubbock Hawks of the […]

Older is here, but wiser seems to be on hold

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Jack Benny got away with calling himself 39 right up to his death at age 80. In reality, he actually turned 40 on St. Valentine’s Day in 1934. Now that I’m getting older, he has become my role model. My friends tell me I need to stop saying I’m 39, […]

It’s time to embrace my calling

By Helena Rodriguez I’ve felt like Jonah fleeing from Ninevah the better part of my newspaper career. In the process, I’ve made more than a few waves and, in my ignorance, I’ve allowed that Great Whale of Stubbornness to swallow me. But no more. This week marks my two-year anniversary of quitting my last “real” […]

In an election, all participants win

By Jim Lee Although last week’s column followed the general election by only five days and would have been a timely topic, I decided against commenting about it then. At first, I thought I should write about it, but after a bit of reflection, I changed my mind. The event culminated a period of particularly […]

Residents weigh in on presidential race

By Stephanie Ramirez: PNT Correspondent The presidential election is just two months away and New Mexico is considered a key state by both Democrats and Republicans. Here’s what a few Portales residents are thinking about the race and who they plan to vote for between George W. Bush and John Kerry: • Marcia Brooks, 66, […]

Middle feels pretty lonely right now

By Helena Rodriguez I’m under attack! It’s personal. It’s political. It’s spiritual. It goes straight to my heart. There is no middle ground! And it’s not just me. America is under attack! Since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has become like suicide bombers, launching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on us. First […]

Bad day stories can prevent others

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw in […]

Mother’s Day can be for children too

By Helena Rodriguez Mother’s Day is a time to tell our mother’s how much we love them. I love you, Mom. But how many of us mothers take time to show our children how much they have blessed our lives as well? Because of them, we have the greatest job descriptions on Earth that no […]

PHS golf teams finish second

By Kevin Wilson It felt like a win for the Portales girls golf team, even though the scoreboard said otherwise. The opposite seemed true for the Clovis girls. Clovis won Monday’s tournament at Portales Country Club, but the host Lady Rams earned a qualifying score toward the Class 1A-3A state tournament. Clovis, which is in […]

Feel like giving up lately?

Joan Clayton Trials come and trials go. It seems we no longer get over one hurdle until another one appears. By the time we wrestle through more anxiety we feel weary, discouraged and wonder what’s going on. I’ve discovered a secret. If I can’t be happy today, regardless of problems, then when am I going […]

Hug while you can

Joan Clayton My second grade students hugged me as far as they could reach while saying “We have to hug while we can, ’cause we’ll be going to third grade.” Their hugs gave me the “warm fuzzies,” and they loved hugs from me. Children are great huggers and they love to be hugged back. “A […]