Thanks to farmers, food one less worry

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Michelle Obama’s organic gardening is good for all of us involved in agriculture. So few citizens have the time or interest or space to grow anything they eat, that they have no way to relate to the land and what it takes to make it fruitful. Even fewer know how […]

Cannon Appreciation Day features free food, games

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After two decades of cook-outs and games, Cannon Appreciation Day is still going strong. The 20th annual event, which provided Cannon Air Force Base personnel and their families with free food, games and time to relax, happened Friday at the base’s Unity Park. The Committee of Fifty, Clovis/Curry County […]

Helping others is volunteer’s joy

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Gaynelle Thomas is a Portales resident and owner of The Print Shop. Thomas serves on the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico board of directors and is involved in the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home Ladies Associates, Altrusa International Inc. of Portales and the Portales Women’s Club. With her husband, Leroy, Thomas also delivers Meals […]

Food bank to receive stimulus money

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will be receiving about $22,600 worth of commodities from the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program from now until the end of August. Gov. Bill Richardson announced Thursday that New Mexico’s food banks will be receiving $700,000 worth of food as part of […]

Board set up to distribute stimulus money for Curry County food programs

Curry County will receive $6,588 in federal stimulus money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for emergency food and shelter. The federal cash will be distributed to local food and shelter programs that meet a May 29 application deadline. A local board made up of the United Way, Salvation Army, Food Bank, […]

Volunteer finds food pantry ministry rewarding

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Michael Marshall has lived in Portales for seven years and is the post office manager for Eastern New Mexico University. He is a volunteer for a food pantry ministry through Central Christian Church. How did you get involved with volunteering work? I helped the guy who actually started our food pantry ministry. We used to […]

April 12, 2009 On the Shelves

Food Hates You, Too: and Other Poems by Robert Weinstock This loud, slightly irreverent volume of poetry captures a variety of thoughts on food, eating, and dining.

April 4, 1959

Two Portales men were sentenced to prison terms by District Judge E. T. Hensley. Jon B. Mestas, who was charged with forgery, faced up to five years behind bars. Clee Mooneyham, was sentenced to three years for breaking and entering the Handy Food Store.

New Zealand IT firm opens first U.S. branch in Portales

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A New Zealand-based information technology company that provides technical support for factory automated systems is moving to Portales. Tamaki Control specializes in automated systems such as milk pasteurization and monitoring and powder handling and packing for food processing factories. The company was working on Southwest Cheese plant’s automated systems […]

Local food bank discards recalled items

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Freedom New Mexico The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has thrown out about 15 items flagged for possible salmonella contamination in a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Nancy Taylor, executive director of the food bank, said her staff is doing all it can to prevent any possibly contaminated products from leaving their warehouse through […]

Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

Cold outside, warm inside

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The weather was cool and wet Thursday, but the fellowship and food was warm at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Volunteers expected to serve about 500 people, including the 180 meals that were delivered to people who are homebound or the dozens of take-out dinners picked up and delivered by […]

Cummins donates to local food bank

PNT staff Cummins Natural Gas Engines in Clovis recently donated $37,000 to local organizations, including the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s back pack program. The food bank donates food to needy elementary students through the back pack program, according to the New Mexico Association of Food Banks Web site. Daniel Platt, the company’s community […]

Briefs 11-16

Instructor cancels driver safety The driver safety program at the Community Services Center scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday has been canceled because the instructor, George Lees, is handling family medical concerns. People who have enrolled or want to enroll can join the Clovis class held on the same days. To register: Joe Urban at 769-1824. […]

Oct. 22, 1964

A 400-count Kleenex box cost only 19 cents while a half gallon of ice cream was priced at 59 cents at Owen’s Food Store.

Food donations exceed 3,600

Freedom New Mexico More than 3,600 cans and non-perishable food items were donated to area food banks as part of this year’s United Way Campaign kickoff events held Thursday in Clovis and Friday in Portales, according to a UW press release. United Way awarded “Community Spirit Award” trophies to

Food ministries change name

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Outreach food ministries in Portales and Clovis have changed providers and will no longer operate under the name Angel Food Ministries. The Portales program is now called the First Baptist Church Food Ministry. The Clovis program will operate as Fruitful Spirit Ministries. The ministries offer discounted food packages that […]

Tobacco and bulls can both kill you

By Baxter Black There they stood out on the loading dock at the back of the administration building. Huddled behind a Dumpster to protect themselves from the biting wind, they shivered, occasionally glancing over their shoulders at the solid metal door. People that walked by glanced at them then quickly looked away. It could have […]

Independence Day celebrated July 3

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Portales residents started celebrating their independence a day earlier this year at the second annual Smokin 4th of July Bash on July 3. Slowly over the afternoon hours more than 150 people gathered at Greyhound Arena to enjoy the music, food and vendors at the bash.“It is doing pretty […]

Food, gasoline prices strange bedfellows

By Baxter Black At the top of the agenda for reporters this news cycle is the global food crisis. Jay Leno observed that the world is suffering from a food shortage and obesity at the same time. Pundits, who seem to have the attention span of a Bartlett pear, are busily looking for someone to […]