God’s light defeats darkness

By Joan Clayton Once again Oct. 31 comes around. It is not my favorite time. I call it a “celebration of fear.” I don’t like to be scared, even as a joke. Fear is not of God. It is an evil force. “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid, but a […]

Cannon implements energy-efficient measures

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico It may take one bulb at a time but Cannon Air Force Base officials are attempting to cut its energy consumption. Cannon on Tuesday launched the Energy Star Operation Change Out, a national military campaign to reduce energy use by replacing about 1,053 light bulbs with compact fluorescent light […]

Positive light doesn’t shine, especially with in-laws

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Christmas Light Parade set for Friday

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s likely the entire city of Portales will be looking for a sprig of mistletoe Friday night. That’s when the holiday season gets its kickoff with the Christmas Light Parade and the Little Miss Merry Christmas contest. The evening begins with music by Steve Davis’ band Master Works at […]

First amendment not just issue for media outlets

Editorial Journalists get passionate about the First Amendment, mainly because it helps shield the press against those who attempt to silence it. Because such attacks are becoming more frequent, thanks in large part to the Bush administration, most news coverage of the First Amendment revolves around the media. But the First Amendment doesn’t just protect […]

Program focuses on need for after school activities

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Stressing the importance of having after school programs available for children in the area, the Portales Recreation Center hosted the “Lights On Afterschool!” event Thursday evening. It’s third year in Portales, the event featured games, snacks and face painting. Amid the laughter and fun, several of the children colored […]

Bronze skin not worth effort

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I don’t have what you’d call a varied wardrobe. If there’s a shirt I find comfortable, I usually buy one in every available color. Another dress code rule for me is, “No shorts.” It all has to do with my attachment to self-esteem, and my hatred of my exposed white […]

‘Horsing’ around

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By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With poise and confidence, Cindy Vaughan slowly led her horse into the arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Her light brown ringlets peeking out from a patriotic-themed helmet, the 45-year-old Clovis resident waited patiently to compete in the horsemanship at halter category. “I practice a lot,” she […]

Celebrate protection of freedom during Hanukkah holiday

Freedom Newspapers Hanukkah is sometimes called the “Jewish Christmas” because it occurs at the same time of the year, and this year, as it happens, actually began on the same day. Hanukkah, however, has its own origins and meaning, and begins with the triumph of the Maccabee guerrilla fighters, around 165 BCE, against the Seleucid […]

Residents delight in holiday parade, coronation

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There was a lot of jubilee from the people who saw the Christmas Jubilee Light Parade in Portales on Friday night. The Christmas Jubilee Light Parade floats traveled down Avenue C and Second Street and the people on the floats were greeted by smiling children’s faces and clapping from the […]