Volunteers teach tips at fishing clinic

Clarence Plank Children and adults learned from volunteers and state park rangers about water safety, how to make fishing lures and tying knots Saturday at Oasis State Park. The 20th annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic aimed to help children learn or build on their angling skills. Shawn Rejino of Muleshoe said he likes the classes because […]

In search of ponies: Sometimes dreams come true

Sharna Johnson I still remember the day I learned dreams can come true. I must have been 7 or 8 and my dad, little brother and I drove to a surprise destination on my birthday. We arrived at the stockyard and my new horse was led out. It was the best day of my life. […]

Congress should consider downsizing their pensions

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I learned to swim a few weeks ago, but I still stay in the shallow end of the pool. I think I’ll stay in the shallow end of these arguments as well: • It looks like the new victim of attacks from Congress is the public employee, and the unions that help them acquire pensions […]

For whom the (hand)bell tolls

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Argen Duncan A Portales man has been honored for his contributions during more than 30 years of handbell ringing and handbell choir directing. Bill Wood has received the 2010 Ring of Fame award from Area 11 of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. He said he was honored in June but learned of the […]

Portales Past: May 3, 1945

May 3, 1945: Area residents learned of the death of Capt. Laverne Nicklas of Dora. He was serving with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army when he was killed in action in Germany on April 16, The Portales Daily News reported.

My turn: Lessons learned by watching

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I recently found out how much you can learn by watching other people cook. My friend Nisha, her husband Victor, and their friends David and Martha fixed quite a dinner when I visited. Nisha told me to relax when I offered to help. When Nisha moved to America from […]

Steiner teacher wins Golden Apple Award

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer Portales has another Golden Apple Teacher. Marea Smith, a first-grade teacher at Steiner Elementary School, has won the 2010 Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. She learned of her selection March 3, and is scheduled to receive the award April 16 in Albuquerque. “It’s pretty exciting. I do […]

It’s their job: Manicurist says customers make job enjoyable

Name: Viet Nguyen Job: Manicurist Time on the job: 12 years Background: I come from Vietnam and became an American citizen. I went to college in California and learned how to do nails. After that, I went to Dallas and started this job. Two years ago, I went to Clovis and went into this business. […]

Current TRICARE contracts extended

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Six million military health care beneficiaries learned last July that their TRICARE support contractor would be changing on April 1, 2010, because those companies that run TRICARE’s North and South Regions had lost in competing for the next generation of contracts. But what a difference six months makes. Government auditors […]

My version of ‘When Harry Met Sally’

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist There was an important lesson to be learned from a recent movie night. If not learned, history will repeat itself … even if that history is complete fiction. Last week, I wrote about a movie experience and changed friends’ names to protect the innocent because I didn’t seek their permission […]