Blue always knew what to do

A retired Ohio farmer named Phil told me this story of the best coon dog he’d ever seen. I believe it, of course! The dog was a blue tick hound that his father had trained. His dad was such an excellent trainer that he didn’t even have to go hunting with Blue, the dog would […]

Paterno had obligation to notify police

Freedom New Mexico It is unclear how much detail legendary Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno knew from the eyewitness account related to him in 2002 by a graduate assistant who said he saw assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with a young boy in the locker room showers. But Paterno knew enough to bring it […]

My turn: Some stories need to be shared

Who knew the death of Superman could be a humorous and entertaining dinner story? I went with my parents to a dinner banquet last weekend and while there, I shared a work story about accidentally killing my co-worker’s bobble-head Superman in his office. I had a table full of ladies laughing as I told them […]

My turn: Mother always knew

When I was in grade school, it seems everything I did, my mom found out about. At one point I thought Mom might have been some kind of spy or something. I had good reason to think that. Mom became pretty well known at her office for a particular kind of cake that she made. […]

McGee: Antimatter matters

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Last Saturday was supposed to be the beginning of the end of the world, according to a television preacher from California and his followers. I remember another time when some people thought the world as we knew it would come to an end. It was 1997 when some “New Age” […]

Better to admit injury than tough out pain

Glenda Price Bud and Kathy ride horses, of course, but they also like to ride mules, especially in rough country. Awhile back they bought a new mule, and Bud was ready to try him out. Kathy knew she couldn’t quite trust the one they already had but she didn’t know the new one at all, […]

Wedding woes call for desperate measures

It was a chance for Kurt to shine. He was father of the bride. Kurt is a seasoned, tough-hided, bow-legged Wyoming cowboy. He was not the kind of person you would ask to help you select the bridesmaids dresses or the pattern on your china. But his daughter knew that, so she asked if he […]

Our ancestors knew best

I recently came across the following in a U.S. government publication: “Realistically, livestock are the primary practical tools for altering vegetation on rangelands because of environmental concerns about herbicides and the high costs of treating vast acreages of rangeland.” The story described a “recent development” called “conservation grazing,” and said it had “resulted in a […]

My turn: No doubts about where you are

I hope you are there. I hope it is beautiful. No more companions gone, living alone in a world you once knew — memories too many, hopes too few. Is he spinning tales about bird dogs and deer, finding sons’ bootlegged beer — laughter replacing fears of the hereafter? Are you telling us not to […]

My Turn: Pay now or pay later

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I was talking to Norm Behr, who works as a circulation assistant for Freedom New Mexico. He told me about this guy he knew who got an itch and decided to just go fishing without a license at a lake in Colorado because he heard the fish were jumping […]

Portales past: Nov. 18, 1948

Nov. 18, 1948: The Portales Daily News: Who knew Margaret Todd? This girl or woman thought to be between 16 and 28 years old was being sought by an attorney in Louisiana in connection with the settlement of the estate of her father, Frank Elton Todd.

Sister shares brother’s story in majors

Kevin Wilson Yolanda Acosta knew she had quite a story to tell, even before she knew the whole thing. The Elida native is getting set to release her book, “Acosta,” a tale of the upbringing she received in Elida and Portales, with emphasis on the career of her late brother Oscar, who was a pitching […]

Family history repeats itself

By Karl Terry: Local columnist She said she heard it crack when she went down. All I heard was a shriek of pain as she grabbed for my arm on her way down. With a day off recently, I had been catching up on yard work and my better half followed me out to the […]

Teen program makes way to eastern New Mexico

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Dallas Jessup knew she would be helping her classmates at her Portland Ore., high school when she made a film about self defense. What she didn’t know is that the film would grow into a world-wide non-profit organization now credited for starting a revolution. The film teaches self-defense techniques. Jessup, 18, said when she was […]

The stone has been rolled away

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Jesus knew the suffering he would have to endure, but he chose the cross anyway. He could have called “10,000 angels” to come to his aid, but then, where would we be? Jesus took the sins of mankind once and for all so we could escape the Old Testament judgment. […]

Quality of life important to residents

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Joe Ollie Castleman knew how to play along when Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales decided to spice up things during National Nursing Home Week. There was “Western Day” and “Gilligan’s Island Day” among others, and Castleman, 90, was a sport the whole way through. For entertainment in normal […]

Pastor follows calling

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David Bennett has been a pastor for the Church of Christ (3rd and Kilgore) for eight and half years. Why did you choose to be a pastor? From the time I was twelve years old it is all I ever wanted to do. It probably had to do with my upbringing. It also had to […]

Singer remembered as friend, inspiration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Those who knew Kacee Lovato best say she was an inspiration to family and friends, a spirit who could take away another person’s pain with just a smile. To Kevin Gardells, Lovato could light up a room when she walked in the door. When she sang, he said, “Angels […]

Buddy, we hardly knew you

By David Stevens: FNM Editor Clovis never knew Buddy Holly. Fifty years after his death, Holly’s fame is a foundation for the annual Clovis Music Festival, which attracts Holly fans from around the world. The recording studio where he worked on west Seventh Street is the closest thing the city has to a tourist attraction. […]

Oct. 5, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at Portales Public Library: What You Never Knew About Beds, Bedrooms, & Pajamas by Patricia Lauber. Illustrated by John Manders. When lying on your pillow-top mattress on your queen-size bed, do you ever wonder how beds came to be? What did people sleep on before their invention? And what about […]