My turn: Pope John Paul II example of courage

Within minutes of The Vatican announcing the beatification of Pope John Paul II a few weeks ago, all hotel rooms in Rome and surrounding areas, were reportedly sold out and Vatican officials are expecting up to two million people to attend this historic event on May 1. JPII’s fast-track to sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI […]

Engagements —

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Sites-Head Amy Sites and Marshal Head will be married Dec. 19, 2010, at Muleshoe Methodist Church. The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Deborah Sites of Portales. She is the granddaughter of the late John Sites and his wife, Norma of Roswell; and Carl and Mary Skrobrak of Dalhart, Texas. The prospective groom is […]

Portales past: Oct. 21, 1960

Oct. 21, 1960: Portales News-Tribune: Lt. Gov. Ed Mead, a Baptist deacon, wearing a Kennedy button on his lapel, was in Portales on a political missionary task that included not only the Democratic presidential nominee, but Gov. John Burroughs.

My Turn: Updating Lennon’s lyrics

If John Lennon could update “Imagine,” here are a few of my unlyrical suggestions: “Imagine respecting my beliefs, or non-beliefs, as much as you want me to respect yours.” “Imagine taking a leap of faith, with no critical thinking, to believe everything I told you about ancient, contradictory anecdotes—sans support from modern knowledge.” “Imagine not […]

Weddings — June 27

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Montiel [image #2, align= right, size= medium] Hannah Montiel of Portales and John A. Montiel of Portales were joined in marriage May 23, 2010 at The Memorial Building. The Rev. Brad Morgan performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Cynthia and Mike Etchepareborde of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Elvin T. […]

HAP aids military homeowners

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Like thousands of American homeowners, John and Susan, a Coast Guard couple, were slammed financially by the real estate crisis. They saw the value of the $150,000 house they bought in Texas in March 2006 plummet, starting in 2007. This month they will sell it for $125,000, well below the […]

Water talks reach boiling point

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico sjohnson@cnjonline.com State Engineer John D’Antonio says a temporary emergency permit granted to New Mexico American Water is merely a stop gap to prevent a water shortage this summer. During the one-year period, the water utility will be closely monitored and required to report its pumping activity, D’Antonio said during […]

Distributive justice not justice at all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist For a long time, political philosophers were interested in identifying the nature of justice. It started with Socrates and lasted to when John Stuart Mill did his work, although by that time there had been talk of this thing called distributive justice. By now, most political theorists dwell […]

Fire chief leaving for new position with hospital

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After nearly 21 years serving Portales and surrounding townships, Portales Fire Chief John Bridges is retiring to take on another role in helping the community. Tuesday night, Bridges’ intentions to retire Nov. 27 were announced at the city council meeting in City Hall. Bridges has accepted a position with […]

Beatles tribute band performing in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Hailed as the No. 1 Beatles tribute act in the world, Yesterday brings its Beatle boots, velvet suits and on-spot vocals to Clovis for a special performance, which kicks off the 2009-2010 Cultural Arts Series presented by Clovis Community College. Yesterday will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. […]