Matchbox collection memorable

Karl Terry At one time I had a long list of fabulous vehicles in my collection. Ferrari, Camaro, Mustang, GTO, Willys Jeep, and a Ford roadster or two were just a few of the many items in the Matchbox collection that belonged to my brother and me. A recent question that popped up on my […]

Library book sale to benefit reading programs

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Argen Duncan With far more than 5,000 books, the long-running tradition of the Friends of Portales Public Library used book sale is returning this week. Library Director Denise Burnett said the annual sale was already established when she came on at the library 25 years ago. This year’s sale involves a variety of children’s and […]

Women have come long way

In our little country school we had basketball goals on a dirt lot, and girls and boys played together, choosing up teams. In fact, I don’t remember any discussions at all about boys and girls competing together in sports. We all learned not to dribble the basketball in the goatheads and other sticker weeds if […]

My turn: Spreads enhance sandwiches

Non-traditional spreads take sandwiches to a new level. These ideas are healthy, as long as you use those with olive oil or avocado in moderation. • Basil pesto. This paste is traditionally made of fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, parmesan or Romano cheese and pine nuts. It’s good on a grilled muenster cheese sandwich. • […]

Food at the speed of life: Recipe may have you back for seconds

Joe Blair, a life-long Portales resident and World War II veteran, told me you can’t have just one bowl of his red beans. Here’s how Joe does it: • First, he doesn’t believe in soaking the beans. • Put 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with a 2-inch chunk of salt pork. Add […]

My turn: Red bean recipe will have you wanting more

Argen Duncan Joe Blair, a life-long Portales resident and World War II veteran, told me you can’t have just one bowl of his red beans. Here’s how Joe does it: First, he doesn’t believe in soaking the beans. Put 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with a 2-inch chunk of salt pork. Add […]

Birthday — Oct. 10

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Long Margaret “Maggie” Long was given a surprise 98th birthday party on Sept. 19. It was hosted by her daughter, Patsy Welsh. Friends and relatives attended the card party.

ENMU ROUNDUP: Zias end LSC volleyball losing streak

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Freedom New Mexico The long, long Lone Star Conference losing streak is over. Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team snapped a 46-match losing streak in LSC/LSC South play dating back almost four years, thumping Texas A&M-Commerce 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. Junior middle blocker Jessica King had 13 kills as the Zias […]

Military mama: Hard getting used to idea of growing old

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I recently celebrated my birthday, and am soon attending a high school reunion. I though nothing else could remind me more that my teens have long since slipped away. Apparently I was wrong. I realize that I’m nowhere near “old” in relation to a traditional lifespan, however there are subtle reminders that make me inwardly […]

Melrose breaks ground on clinic

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Freedom New Mexico The Village of Melrose broke ground Wednesday on its new health clinic. County Manager Lance Pyle said more than 80 people attended the long anticipated event, including Melrose Elementary students, citizens and people who were involved in organizing the project. Completion of the clinic is planned for January. “It’s a great day […]

Longtime Roosevelt County residents honored

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Jared Tucker Bluegrass music and an array of food followed the presentation of this year’s Roosevelt County Pioneer Awards at the Roosevelt County Fair. Lifelong Roosevelt County residents Joe Blair and Melvin and Marie Littlejohn were all chosen as this year’s award recipients. Blair, a WWII veteran and recipient of the 2008 Portales citizen of […]

Commentary: Star Wars fun can have unintended consequences

By Tech. Sgt. Heath Fortenberry: Flight Safety NCO Not that long ago, in a town not that far away, I sat on my back porch having a drink while enjoying the many stars in the beautiful Saturday night sky. As fun as this may sound, believe it or not, boredom kicked in rather quickly. This […]

My turn: Tucumcari has its claim to fame

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Cowboy shows have long been filmed in New Mexico. A remake of John Wayne’s “True Grit,” starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, is filming this month near Santa Fe. Jimmy Stewart starred in the state’s first major production, “The Man From Laramie,” shot in 1955 around Santa Fe. Eastern New Mexico has also been the […]

Taxpayers target of confusing system

By Don McAlavy: Freedom Columnist The Revised Gettsbury Address (Author Unknown) (Yes, I said Gettsbury, not Gettsburg.) Three score and five years ago our fathers brought forth upon this nation a new tax, conceived in desperation and dedicated to the proposition that all men are fair game. Now we are engaged in a great mass […]

Coach wins court order

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A district judge granted an order Friday reinstating Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler. The order hits the pause button on his year-long suspension by the New Mexico Activities Association, and subsequent termination as a coach by Clovis Municipal Schools. He is expected to coach at tonight’s game […]

Family to stop in Clovis on cross-country cycling tour

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Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer A family of five is partaking in a long journey to Alaska by bicycle, and coming through eastern New Mexico on the way. The “Pedouins,” as the Harrisons are nicknamed, are traveling 7,000 miles to Alaska to experience the joy, laughter, hardships and struggles along the way. They expect to […]

Cannon solicits contractors for housing privatization

By Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs In order to comply with the DOD directive that all Air Force Bases are to have housing privatization, Cannon has joined with several bases from the Northern United States in negotiating contracts to solicit civilian contractors. Because at one time Cannon was slated […]

Origin of ENMU mascot unclear

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has long been home to sports teams nicknamed Greyhounds. Exactly how that came about is not clear. Gene Bundy, ENMU’s special collections librarian, said the first football team may have been named for a bus. The story originates during a team practice on a field […]

Council honors Portales volunteer

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A regular meeting of the Portales City Council did take place on Tuesday, although normal business took a back seat to the recognition of one hard-working citizen. Frankye King, 86, was honored with an hour-long fete prior to the 7 p.m. start of the meeting and, during the council […]

ENMU celebrating homecoming, anniversary

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Songfest 2009 kicks off a week-long celebration of Eastern New Mexico University’s 75th anniversary and homecoming. It all begins Monday, giving ENMU organizations on campus a chance to cut a rug and bring down the house. “It is… an annual event that falls on the Monday before homecoming,” said […]