My turn: Let’s keep Christmas simple

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I remember driving through Christmas-lit neighborhoods when my daughter Laura was little. She’d excitedly exclaim, “Yayas” and “activities.” That’s what she called luminarias and nativities, my favorite holiday symbols. When I think of a traditional New Mexico Christmas, I think of luminarias and nativity scenes. I prefer these simplistic displays that capture the essence of […]

Club notes — Aug. 14

Altrusa International The Altrusa International, Inc. Club of Portales, met noon on Aug. 8th in the Central Annex. President Gaynelle Thomas, called the meeting to order. There were 19 members and one guest, Laura Adkins, present. Frankye King led the opening ceremonies. The minutes and treasurer’s report were approved. A thank you note was read […]

PHS students join ‘Little Dresses for Africa’ program

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Argen Duncan Putting their skills to work for someone else, Portales High School clothing design students are making dresses for impoverished girls. Each of the 30 students in Laura Adkins’ “Clothing and Costume Design” class is making a dress for the Little Dresses for Africa program. “I hope that they get out (of the project) […]

Traditional Christmas

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Argen Duncan Cheese fondue and Guam, Christmas trees and family. People around Portales have many Christmas traditions and memories, but they all center on family. The Robbins family Local peanut farmer Laura Robbins and her husband gather with their three grown children and the children’s families for Christmas. Robbins said they go to a Christmas […]

My turn: Blessings come in many forms

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Our church deacon, Roberto Herrera, blessed my daughter Laura’s new car on Sunday. He did a good job, practically drenching it as he walked around the vehicle, sprinkling his bottle of holy water. Having your vehicle blessed is like full-coverage insurance, on the spiritual level. Many people have their homes, religious articles and boats blessed. […]

My Turn: ‘Motor Mouth’ nickname faded away

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I asked my daughter Laura the other day, “Doesn’t your balloon ever land?,” and she gave me a questionable look. She wasn’t familiar with this saying from my childhood. Mom would always say, “Doesn’t your balloon ever land?” because I was always yakking. In fact, my nickname at school was […]

Jan. 20, 1953

According to the Portales Tribune, three pieces of property were sold by County Treasurer Laura Denton Monday for non- payment of taxes. The total of three sales was $1212 and former owners have two years in which to redeem the property.

Education feature: Science class uses hands-on approach

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Gentlemen, start your mousetraps. Students in Laura DeBusk’s eighth-grade science classes at Portales Junior High School learn with hands-on projects, including recently built mousetrap-powered cars. Last week, the youth brought their finished projects to school and raced them in the courtyard. DeBusk said she was pleased with their work. […]

Jan. 4, 2009 On the Shelves

The following books are available for checkout at the Portales Public Library: Win the War Within by Floyd H. Chilton with Laura Tucker. Floyd Chilton is a renowned scientist and currently serves as a professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is convinced that a silent and devastating plague […]

Hospital offers smoking cessation class

Roosevelt General Hospital has scheduled a free eight-week smoking-cessation class on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 13 in the hospital conference room. The class provides instruction to help individuals stop smoking in a healthy way with positive reinforcement from peers and instructors. Class instructor Laura Murdock and her assistant, Bill Rice, both nurses, are trained for the […]