Month celebrates Hispanics, history does not

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Someone asked me the other day what has been the most exciting story I’ve written during my 15-year journalism career. Without a second thought, I knew it was the story about a forgotten Mexican folk hero in an unmarked grave in Anson, Texas, which I wrote in 2001 for the […]

March 13 Faith Triumphant School News

There will be no school on Friday, which marks the start of spring break. School resumes at regular time on March 28. The school Easter party is on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The egg hunt for kindergarten through fourth grade will be at Triumphant Kids’ Corner. Lori Varnell is the chairperson for the party. Report […]

Positives can be found in history’s negatives

By Jim Lee Slavery did not confine itself to the South. Massachusetts, for example, tolerated slavery over 140 years. In 1641, it became the first colony to legally recognize slavery. Some of the “founding fathers” at Plymouth Rock probably became slave owners. The city of Boston had a thriving slave market long before places like […]

Black History Month more than an apology

By Jim Lee This is the first Sunday of Black History Month. This observance means more than simply giving black people an occasion to point to contributions that were so long ignored or denied. Black History Month provides the opportunity for all Americans to express appreciation of the contributions of Americans who happen to be […]

Johnny Appleseed lives on due to history

By Jim Lee Sometimes Don Criss dresses up like he’s George Washington. This does not necessarily mean Don is nuts, although that could amount to a matter of opinion. As Polonius would say, there is a method to his madness. Criss portrays people from American history for children. What better way to bring history to […]

Walker known as scholar, hero

Forrest A. Walker was a scholar that believed in honesty and giving back to the community. He lived a life filled with many accomplishments. He impacted the lives of many people whether it was in deed, education or example, but is thought of by many as a remarkable hero. Walker was born on Oct. 8, […]

Baseball class will be offered at Eastern

By Rick White Kay Reed loved playing baseball growing up on the West Coast. She remembers sitting on the bench and packing her cheeks full of Big League bubble gum. Her uncle, a former minor league player and coach, would give Reed and his sister tips. She also enjoys watching baseball, especially in person. She’s […]

Unveiling history

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Mike Linn About a dozen local church members on Thursday afternoon opened two boxes placed in a church cornerstone 75 years ago, with hopes of learning a little of the church’s history. Unfortunately, that history met resistance from mother nature. The information contained in one of the boxes was damp and caked in mud, making […]

Black history deserves more than February

Jim Lee Since Saturday was the vernal equinox, the first day of spring (according to the calendar anyway), I have an easy choice for a topic this week. Of course, as we all know by now, that means I’ll go on and on about something totally unrelated to that. I neglected to write about the […]

Hahn embarks on family history

Helena Rodriguez Henry Hahn is a retired professor of psychology at Eastern New Mexico University. He spent many years doing considerable volunteer work with several public schools and doing consultantcies and pro bono work with lawyers as a vocational expert. Currently, he is writing his family history for his grandchildren. Name: Henry Hahn Occupation: Professor […]

November has more history than you’d think

Bob Huber Today’s lesson: November history and science stuff. You’ve probably noticed lately that the days are entirely too short. A fellow barely gets out of bed before it’s supper, and it will be next April before it gets much better. We’ll probably have a cold winter too. But joyful thoughts aside, we should ponder […]

Local library reveals family history

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Eric Butler It’s a 15-by-15 foot room in the back of the Portales Public Library with lists of names that may unlock the past. With city directories, phone books, census results and other resources, the library’s Genealogy Room brings family histories to light. “What people can learn is where their families lived, what jobs they […]

Preparing for practice

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By Kevin Wilson For Eastern New Mexico University fans, the football season lasts from September to November. For the players, it lasts from August to spring football in March — not including summer workout programs. For the coaches, it’s a 12-month process, and it comes full-circle this week when practices begin on Thursday. Not including […]

Dinosaur exhibit part of park’s fun

By Angela Peacock Editor’s Note: This is a weekly series about family-oriented activities within a day’s drive of Portales. Painting a picture of New Mexico’s history from the beginning of time is what officials said people will experience when they visit Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. One of the museum’s biggest […]

Get a taste of Western history at Lake Meredith

Angela Peacock Lake Meredith National Recreation Area north of Amarillo isn’t just a place to fish, swim, hike and camp, officials said. With the Texas-style musical “Lone Star Rising,” visitors can experience a piece of Western history. “Lone Star Rising,” which is held at the Fritch Fortress amphitheater, runs Wednesday through Sunday nights beginning at […]

Retirement doesn’t slow down Blair

Born in October 1925 in Roosevelt County to F.M. and Zona Blair, Joe Blair, 78, has called Portales home most of his life. Blair’s father homesteaded land in Curry County in 1906. He and his mother moved to Portales in 1920. Blair attended school in Portales. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in […]

Students perform patriotic play

By Angela Peacock They stood at attention with one hand over their hearts while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. That was only the beginning of a patriotic tribute to America performed Friday morning by an estimated 140 James Elementary third-graders. The annual patriotic play takes months of preparation, third-grade teacher Sally Smith said The play […]

PWC played part in state history

Patricia Cooper As the Portales Woman’s Club celebrates its 100th anniversary today, it will look back at the many different club members over the years that contributed to the club’s rich history, particularly the former members who played a part in New Mexico history. Many members of PWC were also members of the Ellen W. […]