It’s their job: Kim Butler

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Name: Kim Butler Job: Librarian and art instructor at Steiner Elementary School Background: Butler grew up in Portales, but went to school in Waxahachie, Texas, before attending college at Eastern New Mexico University. Time on job: 19 years What does your job entail? I read to kids, check books in and out and make sure […]

Love never wasted on life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Life is a great adventure … a journey, if you please. It is filled with turns, detours, surprises, excitement and most of all, love. Many dance through life but never hear the music. That is sad to me. We all need a giant dose of enthusiasm.

God’s love is forever

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist The holidays are over. Tearful goodbyes are said. The house is strangely quiet. The pride I feel for our sons and the gratitude I feel for God is overwhelming. The dream that began so long ago in my heart has now become a reality. The boys are spiritual leaders in […]

Pet’s love unconditional, unparalleled

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It’s their job: Jennifer Bolin, manager at Victory Life Coffee House

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Name: Jennifer BolinJob: Manager at Victory Life Coffee HouseTime on job: 5 1/2 yearsBackground: Bolin, originally from Colorado, attended Portales schools until her freshman year, where she attended Dora High School. She is now studying elementary education and psychology at Eastern New Mexico University and plans to get her master’s degree in counseling.What does your […]

Business feature: Portales woman turns love of horses into business

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Wendy Toombs has been sharing her love of horses by teaching people to ride for the last nine years. “Working with horses, kids and the outdoors, it can’t get much better than this,” said Toombs, who with her husband operate Abrazos Adventure horse riding school in Roosevelt County. Saddling […]

Love of ceramics grows into business

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Annette Perry opened Perry’s Ceramics and Gifts in August 2007, wanting to do more then just sell ceramics. She wanted to share her passion How it all began: Perry said she was always interested in arts and crafts. She started with macram

American tourists should learn foriegn social customs

By Anita Doberman Summer is here and many of us may be traveling to different countries. More often than not, you will find that people in many foreign countries love Americans and are very friendly toward military families. Other times, of course, locals may be more reluctant to open up to tourists, and American’s in […]

Advice for Americans traveling to other countries

By Anita Doberman Summer is here and many of us may be traveling to different countries. More often than not, you will find that people in many foreign countries love Americans and are very friendly toward military families. Other times, of course, locals may be more reluctant to open up to tourists, and Americans in […]

Portales fathers and sons share the ‘love of the game’

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Sammy Villanueva and his twin sons Alex and Anthony won’t ever have a problem coming up with fun things to do together on Father’s Day weekend. Like fathers and sons across the country, they share a love of baseball. Sammy coaches his two 11-year-old sons with the Pirates in […]

Fathers deserve children’s recognition, love

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor It seems mothers get all the praise and Dad takes the rap if he’s not perfect these days. It seems that fathers need to have more going for them than simply being the strong, silent provider these days, even if that did work for my dad and many of […]

Children fly on wings of love

“Los ninos son como los pajaritos … tu ensenas volar … cuando ellos aprenden, estan listos y vuelan!” A beautiful mother of one of my students spoke these inspiring words in Spanish to me. We were discussing the end of school and how quickly the year had passed. “The children are like little birds. You […]

The horse, of course, must be compatible

Most children love horses, whether or not they’ve ever been on one. They love stories about horses, too. “My Friend Flicka,” “Black Beauty” and “The Black Stallion” come quickly to mind along with the classic Zane Grey novel, “Wildfire.” Most of us know and love Will James’ many books about horses, also. Lest we think […]

Love is a simple but wondrous thing

By Joan Clayton We awakened one morning hearing pitiful “meows” of a hungry, frightened baby kitten. Three eager little boys rushed to the door and swooped him up. “Can we keep him mommy, can we keep him?” “Just until we can find a good home,” I answered firmly. We never looked for a home but […]

Few religions take more abuse than Christianity

Editorial If not for the teachings of tolerance, peace and love, a recent cartoon would have Christians rioting in the streets. They’d kill, threaten, and burn buildings to the ground. When Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a cartoon in 2005 depicting the Prophet Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, parts of the Islamic world erupted. […]

Love for people inspires military chaplains

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe Most military chaplains, who come from all walks of life, have a love for people that inspired their decisions to pursue the chaplaincy and motivate them to serve. “I have the greatest job in the world,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Eusebia Rios of the 27th Special Operations Wing Chapel. “The […]

Imagine Christ’s suffering

By Joan Clayton The road to the cross was paved with pain, love and sacrifice. Can you: Imagine the pain the shame, the rejection … how it felt to be totally alone at the moment of crucifixion … the pounding of the nails into his wrists and feet … the anguish of Jesus gasping for […]

Life deserves joy, excitement

By Joan Clayton I have never found a person who never had a problem. However, I have found many people who kept their joy even in the midst of adversity. I call them “heroes.” They are upbeat, optimistic, fun to be around and their attitude is contagious. When I think of “joy” an exceptional friend […]

Love & war

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The definition of domestic violence has changed, Department of Health officials said. Domestic violence no longer only occurs in couples who live under the same roof or who are even married. Teens who date are subject to the same abuse as people who are married, such as fear for […]

Many kinds of love exist, all mysterious, wondrous

By Joan Clayton Valentine’s Day is a special day to me. I loved those little pink-colored heart-shaped candies that had all the love words on them. If a boy handed me one of those in grade school, I thought he had to be really in love with me. I still have a little heart-shaped locket […]