Habitat for Humanity presents keys to woman’s new home

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Laurie Kennedy had her first gathering in her new home Saturday. Kennedy and her two daughters, Ciarra Birch, 12 and Emma Kennedy, 7, were surrounded by friends, family and the volunteers who helped Habitat for Humanity build their house as she was presented with the keys at a dedication […]

La Hacienda reopens popular location

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After nearly a third of a century as a Mexican food fixture on North Avenue K in Portales, family-owned La Hacienda has moved to the 1001 W First location, where Tastee Freeze and the Wagon Wheel Cafe were formerly located. “We wanted to get on this side of town […]

Forensics dominate day’s testimony

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in her murder trial was known to wear, according to a state crime lab expert’s testimony Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The second day of Richard Baca’s homicide trial was dominated in the […]

Muleshoe man convicted of murder

By Andy Jackson MULESHOE — Family members of Vince Simnacher believe justice was served Friday when a Bailey County jury convicted a Muleshoe man of capital murder. Larry Kitchens, 53, was found guilty after 45 minutes of jury deliberation and sentenced to life in prison, according to 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson. Actkinson said Kitchens […]

Portales Senior News

An ice cream social was held Sept. 27 at the Portales Senior Center on Industrial Drive. Ten freezers of homemade ice cream and cakes were enjoyed by 30 seniors. The remainder of the evening was devoted to serious (but friendly) competition at the game tables. Game nights are held regularly at 5:30 p.m. on the […]

Oct. 23 Senior News

An ice cream social was held Sept. 27 at the Portales Senior Center on Industrial Drive. Ten freezers of homemade ice cream and cakes were enjoyed by 30 seniors. The remainder of the evening was devoted to serious (but friendly) competition at the game tables. Game nights are held regularly at 5:30 p.m. on the […]

I like cooking, but it doesn’t like me

by Jim Lee: PNT columnist Someday I’ll figure out how to cook without cussing, without stuff falling on the floor, and without third-degree burns. Maybe I won’t come up with anything as good as Bobby Brunson’s rolls, Charles Brooks’ steamed turkey or Gene Bundy’s biscuits, but I’m determined. A road paved with good intentions doesn’t […]

There’s a reason it’s not available in stores

By Jim Lee Kathie, who always has a big smile and happy “hello” as she arranges carts in the front section of Wal-Mart, suggested a follow-up column on television commercials. Apparently she is just as weary of all the hype and greed dominating TV as I am. Kathie shares this frustration with many of us. […]

Profanity, plumbing a natural pair

By Jim Lee I know of three situations that call for automatic cussing: (1) snagging my nose in a band saw, (2) dropping a bowling ball on my left foot, and (3) installing a new kitchen faucet. On a scale of enjoyment, these activities rate somewhere between watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island and getting a […]

Towels part of life’s tapestry

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]