McGee: Waiting in line can be enlightening

I had to stand in line the other day. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with standing in line, I get into the Zen of it: If I am to stand in line, I will stand in line. In my younger years I would’ve been fuming. Over time I’ve learned various ways to […]

My turn: Progress hermit was a character

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Old Josh Blocher had a problem with Muleshoe. He said its residents were thieves, stealing the Bailey County seat that belonged to the community Blocher created seven miles to the west, called Progress. Blocher had no love for Farwell residents either. He called them devils. He said they claimed Lariat was the only stop between […]

TexAnns hold off Zias’ comeback

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Freedom New Mexico Tarleton State went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 46 seconds, including four from sophomore guard Brianna Bledsoe, and the TexAnns held on for a 78-70 Lone Star Conference women’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena. Senior guard Kiara Tate, who scored […]

Cowboys knew how to have fun at work

My mother was a teenager during the 1930s. That decade was one of the busiest for the cattle and sheep raisers in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. In 1885, the railroad company built a spur line from Socorro to Magdalena. Livestock growers then had a market for their cattle and sheep. They drove their […]

My turn: Sloan’s slogans get point across

I have begun a line of inspirational T-shirts. You know the kind: “Please Be Patient: God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet” — “Until They Pry It from My Cold Dead Fingers” — “Mama Mia, That’s a Spicy Meatball!” My color-coded shirts let passersby know instantly whether they are blood-pressure friendly: Red for Republicans, blue for […]

My turn: ‘Fair to middlin’

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist I recently made a call to a software company, asking for some help. I became a little annoyed when I thought the person on the other end of the line did not speak English well. I remembered a conference I had attended in Boston, when a presenter from Boston looked […]

Fine line divides types of martyrs

There is a fine line that divides things that seem alike. A line, however thin, is still a line. It exists to define and make clear truths that would otherwise be missed. Usually, we know the line is there; and, usually, we understand what it defines. But sometimes we are fooled by the similarity of […]

Gas line repairs completed

PNT staff report Repairs to a ruptured natural gas line in Portales were completed as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a New Mexico Gas Company official. The pipe was broken at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Boston Avenue, which led Portales police to evacuate four homes and a daycare center as a precautionary measure. Monica […]

Party lines Facebook of my time

They called them party lines way back when. Today when I mention a party line most people under 40 would think I was talking about one of those 1-900 numbers where women talk dirty to you. Occasio-nally someone on the party line would talk dirty to you but it was just because you were interrupting […]

Fire leaves about 1,300 without electricity

A fire on a power line caused 1,355 Xcel Energy customers in Portales to lose electricity Friday night. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said it appeared a lightning arrester failed in the 100 block of South Avenue E, causing the current to run onto the utility pole and start a fire. The fire burned the line […]

‘Note’-able performance

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Alisa Boswell Rebekah Christensen, 9, of Portales is excited to get a delicious solo line in “Chocolate,” the final song in a children’s choir performance noon today in Buchanan Hall at Eastern New Mexico University. Christensen said “Hot fudge with all the fixins has become a cute addiction” is the line she will sing in […]

Cannon has greatest housing need

Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a private company […]

Shoppers up early for Black Friday deals

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Alisa Boswell Friday marked a day of hustle and bustle for local Clovis and Portales businesses as Black Friday shoppers lined up to get discounted items and other special deals on this after Thanksgiving shopping day extravaganza. At 5 a.m. when the electronics department at both the Clovis and Portales Wal-Mart stores opened, shoppers were […]

Pain part of cowboy life

Baxter Black Joe Camacho is a cage fighter. Can you imagine his mother saying, as he goes off to fight the front line of the Oakland Raiders, “Be careful, Joey, and don’t get hurt.” I caught myself giving that same instruction to my son as he went off to his high school soccer game. As […]

Objects’ value lies in the heart

Clyde Davis Where do you draw the line between what is truly an antique, and what is valuable simply because it has value to you? Maybe this line is easy, on some occasions, but there are times when it becomes truly difficult. The older one gets, the more some of the objects that surround one […]

Weather hampers fair’s bottom line

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Jared Tucker The weather is to blame, not the economy for low revenue amounts at this year’s Roosevelt County Fair, according to officials. However, not all of the numbers were down. Livestock sales shattered economic fears of decreased sales this year, according to Joi Levacy, the secretary of the sale committee. Levacy said the 54 […]

Hounds expect strong play from veteran offensive line

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Ryan Torres figures it’s time for the Eastern New Mexico University offensive line to make its mark. With four seniors, including three third-year starters, and a junior, and increasing familiarity with ENMU’s wide-open, quick-paced passing game, Torres is looking for a big year. “We all have a lot of […]

Hounds look for help from running game

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Dave Wagner With a senior-dominated offensive line and a handful of capable backs, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to put together a solid running game this season. For sure, the Greyhounds won’t turn into a run-first team after passing about 75 percent of the time in 2009. It’s just that if […]

Portales past: Aug. 9, 1945

Aug. 9, 1945: A franchise to operate a city bus line in Portales had been granted to Lt. W.G. Howell and his sister, Mary Loch. Plans were under way to start operation as soon as permits were granted.

Senior happenings — May 23

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory w Monday: 10 a.m. Jewelry pals; 1 p.m. Line dance; 6 p.m. Social night. w Tuesday: 8 a.m. Quilting; 1 p.m. Pinochle; 6 p.m. Musical. w Wednesday: 10 a.m. Red hats; 1 p.m. Crafts. w Thursday: Blood pressure check. 8 a.m. Breakfast $2; 1 p.m. Bingo; 6 p.m. Jamboree […]