My turn: Big shoes to fill

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Awhile back, my grandson came by to visit. While he was here, he saw my shoes that I had just taken off. He thought it would be neat to put on my shoes and walk around in them. He could have put both of his feet into one of them, but that would not have […]

Male mentors step up to fill the hole in children’s’ lives

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Cathy Keen GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Desperately needed as youth mentors, some men are answering the call despite negative publicity about male transgressions that can keep them at arm’s length from children and teenagers, says a University of Florida researcher. Today’s high rates of divorce, single parenting and working mothers place a greater premium on men […]

Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas season for 12 years. The 73-year-old transormed into Santa to help his brother who was overwhelmed with engagements. He said he enjoys playing the […]

Residents pull together to support soldiers

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Argen Duncan For the sake of soldiers they had never met, Portales community members collected enough personal supplies to fill 94 boxes, plus about $1,300 to mail them. At the beginning of November, City Councilor and Portales Municipal Schools Purchasing Agent Dianne Parker collected supplies for her nephew, U.S. Army Sgt. Albert Castinado, and his […]

Hounds start fall drills with few holes to fill

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s high-powered offense is slowing gaining respect in the Lone Star Conference. The Greyhounds (3-8, 0-6 LSC South Division), making the switch this season to the North in football, were picked for fourth place in the North in the conference’s preseason poll. Moreover, they earned two […]

Holiday season is celebration of Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Is it any wonder that Jesus came to earth as a little baby? And is it any wonder Jesus loved the little children? Their innocence, forgiveness, love and compassion fill their hearts. At Christmastime I think of the Babe of Bethlehem and the stable, the star in the east and […]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by […]

Baseball, softball fields near completion

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer When fans fill the seats of the Portales Ram baseball and softball fields this spring, they’ll see the product of months of hard work and thousands of dollars in improvements to the facilities. Ram Field and the Lady Ram softball field underwent the renovations to improve the dugouts and […]

Soup benefit raises money for music and English departments

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The sound of music will fill the city of Floyd one week from tonight as the school presents the fifth annual Love Soup Extravaganza to benefit its music department. Carol Lang, who has been teaching music to pre-schoolers through seventh-graders for 11 years, started the event as a fundraiser […]

True faith never wavers

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist I had begun to seek the Lord with all my heart. I yearned for him. My soul hungered for him. God will fill a hungry heart, and he filled mine to running over. Being born again and a new creation, I wanted more than anything for my husband to […]

Civilian employment at CAFB higher than expected

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base maintained a higher than expected civilian workforce during its transition to a special operations wing. The Civil Service workforce at Cannon dropped from 730 in 2006 to 570 at present. However, the civilian personnel office is looking to fill 50 positions on base, according to Cannon Public Affairs […]

Immigration issue takes a personal dive

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Compassionate caregiver

Cannon Connections photo by Tony Bullocks Michelle Jones provides daycare to children of Cannon Air Force Base families. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A thickly padded floor, a brightly-colored tunnel, two small cribs and plenty of toys fill a room off the kitchen at Michelle Jones’ house. All items are necessary for Jones’ chosen profession […]

Chain e-mail won’t lower gas prices

By Kevin Wilson With this election year that’s not really an election year, it’s amazing to see the impact of people-powered politics. Candidates like Barack Obama can solicit small donations online and put 100,000 people behind his political movement. At debates for both Republicans and Democrats, moderators can quickly change the direction of a candidate […]

City representatives thank community for its generosity

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer City representatives commended Portales citizens for their generosity when called upon to help Hurricane Katrina victims and to raise money for the muscular dystrophy association. Capt. Chuck Haman, emergency management director of the Portales Fire Department, said at one point it looked like Portales would receive 100 evacuees. “As a […]

PHS has some shoes to fill heading into 2005 campaign

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By Dave Wagner After three consecutive trips to regional competition, the Portales High softball team has some shoes to fill this season. Portales graduated its pitcher (Kassandra Richards), catcher (Ashley Flores), shortstop (Kelly Parkey), center fielder (Erica Feliciano) and right fielder (Carissa Martinez) after going 12-12 (8-4 District 4-3A) last season. Richards pitched for the […]

Make sure to honor heroes, whoever they are

By Kevin Robbins: Guest Columnist There is a common bond among all people in society: We all have our heroes. We incorporate a seemingly illogical bond on those we hold dear, and our expectations are always going to be higher than what can possibly be accomplished. Perhaps we expect too much, receive too little, and/or […]