Summer reading program starts Monday

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Joining the list of local places that will be providing summer entertainment for children is the Portales Public Library. Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Levin said the activities are designed to combat boredom and maintain reading skills. “Every year we have a summer reading program for the kids when school is […]

A love of books

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By William P. Thompson Denise Burnett, director of the Portales Public Library, walked into the library 20 years ago and found a home. She started out in the children’s section and by 1991 she was in charge of the entire library. ”When I first walked into the library and noticed all those books and the […]

Library hosts one-woman show for Women’s History Month

By William P. Thompson A southern belle will come to life at noon Friday inside the Portales Public Library when performance artist VanAnn Moore brings her one-woman show from Belen. It’s all part of the library’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Moore, who has created 20 characters for herself over the past two decades, said […]

Dora construction nearing end of first phase

By Tony Parra The Dora Municipal Schools buildings are going through a facelift and teachers and administrators are anxious to settle into the building. One of the major aspects of the construction project is a new 16,470-square-foot addition which will join together the high school and elementary buildings. The area between the high school and […]

Local Briefs (Nov. 18)

Jana Jae to fiddle at Wal-Mart Jana Jae and her blue fiddle, along with the band Hotwire are coming to Portales to perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Portales at 1604 E. Spruce St. Jae, a Hee Haw fiddle player, has toured in Japan, Australia and the Phillppines and is […]

Nov. 15 Local Briefs

Group to hold annual used book sale Thousands of used books will be available at bargain prices at the annual Friends of the Portales Public Library used book sale this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the meeting room of the library at 218 South Avenue B. All proceeds from the sale, which is the group’s […]

Local Briefs 9-18

Code talkers focus of presentation AARP Volunteer Warren Salomon will conduct a special presentation featuring the experiences of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II to the Portales and Clovis AARP Chapters. The public is invited to attend. The presentations are scheduled for: Portales, Wednesday at Golden Acres on Ave. G, at 2 p.m.; and […]

Patriot Act reform a sign of change for the better

Freedom Newspapers In what may be a sign that President Bush is beginning to experience the “second-term blues,” the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 238-187 to prevent appropriated funds from being used to secretly obtain library patrons’ and book shoppers’ records, as allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Although President Bush has […]

Do you believe in magic?

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer It may be a bunny or a magic book that Jamie O’Hara will pull out of his magician’s hat Friday when the Portales Public Library kicks-off its summer reading program. O’Hara, who calls himself “The Magic Guy,” has been practicing magic since he was 7 years old. “I have […]

Our Viewpoint: Emotions become fierce resolve

Hearing Friday morning that the Department of Defense wants to close Cannon Air Force Base after nearly 60 years as a premier training base was shocking, knock-your-breath-out-of-you news. That was Friday. Today, the emotions have evolved into a fierce resolve to keep Cannon open because it is in America’s best security interests. We believe in […]