Make most of your time

If we had only a few weeks or months to live, what changes would we make? Would each day of life become more precious? Would the sky be bluer? Would we suddenly become aware of little things that mean so much? Would we speak to others kind words of appreciation that often have been left […]

Make your life easier with slow cooker

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Collen Jaskot Harried schedule or not, you gotta eat. Oh, and probably feed the family, too. The solution to make your life easier? A slow cooker, like the Waring Pro Professional 6.5-quart Slow Cooker. It can be set to cook from two to 12 hours in two-hour increments, and it comes complete with cooking instructions […]

Concert reveals youth’s end

Somewhere along life’s path my music changed from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Classic Rock. Most of it is dubiously preserved on vinyl but there are a select few bands still out there bringing it live and I got the chance to see two of my favorites last weekend in Lubbock. That “Little Ol’ Band from […]

Fire chief: Firefighters’ job varies

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Alisa Boswell Most Portales firefighters say their job is no life of glamour but they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Preschool tours, car accidents, community events and fires are just a few of the daily and weekly activities which take up a Portales firefighters time. “You can be playing with kids one minute and be […]

Never found a pie I didn’t like

Pie could very well be one of the best things in this life. Three layers in sweet harmony —crust, filling and topping. My mouth waters just writing about pie. I don’t know if I can name a favorite kind of pie because I can’t really remember a pie I didn’t like. It was encounters with […]

Age just matter of having right attitude

We have a remarkable friend who is 84 years young. His letters overflow with zest and enthusiasm for life. He loves to garden and wins blue ribbons at his County Fair. He says, “With God’s help, we won ribbons for sunflowers and corn.” Fred sent us a photo of himself standing by his giant-sized crops. […]

My turn: Children’s soccer entertaining chaos

Alisa Boswell The Relay for Life in Clovis last weekend was an atmosphere filled with excitement. It was fun being able to cover the event, because I always enjoy seeing the enthusiasm of those working for the cause and hearing their personal stories. It’s both moving and fun to write. I also got to watch […]

Children give touching Mother’s Day presents

When Ryan Tierney was 11, he was a boy with a plan: To present Mom with a homemade book about their life together for Mother’s Day. He sneaked a blank notebook from the family’s closet, and every night after Robin Tierney went to sleep, Ryan worked on it. He looked through old photo albums and […]

Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park. Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. There’s food, live bands and a Lady […]

My turn: Tragedy turned into life lesson

Ten seconds… If it had taken Jo Laney’s husband of eight years, Tom, that much longer to buy coffee at a West Texas convenience store, he would be alive and Jo would not be in Portales. Under drizzly, darkening skies around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2004, Tom, 57, was headed home to Roanoke, Texas, […]

City seeking input with online quality of life survey

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Alisa Boswell A new Quality of Life Survey on the city’s website, asking Portales citizens to respond questions about activities and entertainment in Portales. Chris Taylor, Quality of Life Committee member, said the board was started last fall with the intention of coming up with ways to improve life in Portales. “As we all started […]

Relay for Life fundraising surpasses goal

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Successful — that’s how participants for the 2011 Portales Relay for Life said they could best sum up the event. Relay for Life chairperson Cathy Hess said team numbers and money raised this year increased from the numbers in the last relay, held in 2009. “I think there was a significant growth,” Hess said. “Just […]

Cancer fundraiser makes return to Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Tanya Baca is battling cancer. She was also one of more than 350 people who gathered to raise money for cancer research with Relay for Life from 6 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. today at the Greyhound Arena in Portales. “It touches my heart,” Baca said of the event. […]

PETA losing relevance

I was pondering on the seemingly frivolous tendency of humans to disregard some of the basic accomplishments that brought mankind to our esteemed place on the planet Earth in the 21st Century. For example, in order to move beyond the gathering roots and berries phase, they discovered the life-giving dense protein, meat. In the progression […]

There’s always joy to be found

To be happy we must keep our joy. Whatever happens in this life, we can still find something good. We have more blessings than problems, and we can be thankful for that. The book of James begins with a strong encouragement for Christians everywhere: “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then […]

My turn: Life’s surprises hold blessings

Often, when we don’t face fear, we’re forced to face regret. Often, when we face fear, we’re met with unforeseen strength and abundant blessings. I’m one of those annoying people who plan ahead. However, I’ve been thankful at times that things didn’t go as planned. And there have been times when things went as planned, […]

Family: Bataan survivor lived life to fullest

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Kevin Wilson Thousands of American troops died during the Bataan Death March. Lee Roach of Clovis survived, and family members said he lived the rest of his life as if he was making up for lost time. Roach, who survived more than three years as a prisoner of war, died Thursday in Farwell of failing […]

Convicted killer Casillas given consecutive life sentences

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Kevin Wilson A Curry County judge sentenced Anthony Casillas to a pair of consecutive life sentences plus five-and-a-half years in an emotional sentencing hearing Friday afternoon. Casillas, 24, was convicted in August of two counts of murder, a felony firearm possession charge and tampering with evidence with habitual offender enhancements in connection to the 2008 […]

Friday morning briefing: Life saving, free wishes and a little help from his friends

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Save a life Child and infant CPR classes are being offered