Religion column: God gave us arms for hugging

I think we should have a “Hug Day.” I would be lost if I didn’t have hugs from friends and loved ones. Hugs make me happy. Hugs tell me someone likes me and that fills me with delight. I feel it takes hugs for one’s well-being. I read somewhere that husbands who hug their wives […]

My turn: Pranks run in family

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My mother knows me too well. Before she moved last week, she gave me a month’s worth of advent boxes she had filled for me, one for each day in December. I opened Thursday’s advent box to discover she had filled it with rubber cockroaches. Allow me to explain: My father and I have always […]

Fine line divides types of martyrs

There is a fine line that divides things that seem alike. A line, however thin, is still a line. It exists to define and make clear truths that would otherwise be missed. Usually, we know the line is there; and, usually, we understand what it defines. But sometimes we are fooled by the similarity of […]

My turn: Age no excuse for inaction

I went to the eye doctor last week. It has been a pretty long time since I have been and I think I know why I waited so long. I sat in the chair and the doctor gave me the once over. When he got finished, he said, ”You have pretty good eyesight, for your […]

My turn: Traveling scarf starts friendships

Alisa Boswell I have had a project going on Facebook called Friendship of the Traveling Scarf. A friend gave me a bright and colorful scarf in February and in a fit of spontaneity and boredom, I took about five self-portraits with the scarf and posted them on Facebook. After this, the friend who gave me […]

Honoring the fallen

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Argen Duncan A Cannon Air Force Base senior master sergeant told a Memorial Day audience Monday that the day is a time to honor those who gave their lives to make America a better nation and to remember that freedom isn’t free. Lora D. Aples, superintendent of the deployment and distribution flight at Cannon, gave […]

Simple casserole is spicy

My friend Terri Wildman, an Eastern New Mexico University alumna, gave me a favorite, spicy casserole recipe. It’s great to assemble ahead of time. Terri’s recipe is modified from one she received from her mother, who modified a recipe from a friend, who modified a recipe from elsewhere. “And it’s really hard to screw up,” […]

Portales past: Feb. 27, 1959

Feb. 27, 1959: Portales News-Tribune: Voters in Causey School District gave an overwhelming approval on Feb. 26 to becoming a municipal school district. Causey was the last remaining school under the county school supervision.

Gift cards ease shopping

Karl Terry Did you get a little piece of plastic in your stocking this Christmas? Business experts say Americans gave a record amount of gift cards this Christmas. According to the National Retail Foundation the average person in the U.S. gave $145.61 in gift cards this year. Nearly $25 billion was likely spent this year […]

Spouses club thanks veterans

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon spouse Michelle Patterson, 29, stuffs a small stocking with candy canes for the Single Airmen’s Dinner with her 11-month old son Devawn in her arms during the meeting. Liliana Castillo At first glance, the Cannon Spouses Club gave veterans in nursing homes crossword puzzles and toiletries for the holidays. But […]

Club notes — Oct. 3

Chaparral Extension Club The Chaparral Extension Club met Sept. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church with nine members attending. The meeting was called to order by Jeanetta Mesner. Roll call was answered with your most embarrassing moment. June Phillips read the minutes and a thank-you note from the Eastern NM Food Bank. Dorothy Bean gave the […]

Portales past: Sept. 24, 1950

Portales Daily News: The current week’s news tip award went to David and Barry Stone for their story about the fledgling hawk they raised from a chick. The story and picture appeared in Thursday’s dairy news. Each week, the newspaper gave $3 for the best news tip of the week.

Governor talks Ute project, Tres Amigas plans

Kevin Wilson New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson paid one of his final official visits to eastern New Mexico Thursday, when he gave $125,000 to Eastern New Mexico University’s digital cinema arts program. Following the ceremony, he took a few questions from Freedom New Mexico and News 3 New Mexico (KENW-TV) reporters.

Loss of tree means gain of treehouse

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House gave me some bad news the other day: Our friendly shade tree has to come down. The tree’s roots are diving big-time into the family garden. This would explain why the tree had rocketed up in just a few short years. There’s lots of tasty […]

Goals discussed at joint land use study meeting

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Sharna Johnson During a Monday policy committee meeting for the Joint Land Use study, Kit Roupe, project manager, gave members samples of goals and objectives the study could produce. Roupe gave the two-hour presentation at a meeting held at the Curry County Courthouse. The Joint Land Use Study is a cooperative land-use planning effort between […]

Communities unite to celebrate Memorial Day

By Argen Duncan and Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Amid a sea of flag-adorned gravesites, with a gunship en route, Col. Philip Frazee reminded a crowd Monday that the day was not about cookouts and time at the lake, but the soldiers who gave their lives to make those events possible. “It may be easy to […]

Portales police investigating robbery

PNT Staff Report Portales police said less than $300 was taken in an armed robbery Tuesday at KC Express at 601 W. Second St. A man entered the store around 5 p.m., according to Chief Deputy of Police Lonnie Berry. The robber held a handgun, demanded money and a clerk gave him cash from the […]

Educators connect with Cannon families

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm talks to parents who came to the open house for local schools held at the Landing Zone. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Educators from Portales, Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Christian School were part of an open house to give Air Force parents […]

Desire only qualification needed

By Grant McGee: FNM columnist I was at one of those community dinners we have around here from time to time when someone asked me a question that gave me pause. “What sort of training did you have to have to be a DJ?” asked Robert, who was in charge of taking tickets. I got […]

PRMC births down in 2009

Freedom New Mexico Gift baskets were ready and there was no shortage of expecting mothers in the community. But as the sun fell on the first day of 2010, there was still no first baby of the year. It was close, said Ellen Augustine, interim women’s and pediatrics’ manager for Plains Regional Medical Center. One […]