My Turn: Plum sauce has many uses

Argen Duncan A while back, a friend made plum jelly that wouldn’t gel, so she had a large quantity of plum sauce. I offered to take some off her hands and dreamed up uses for it. (It was tough, but somebody had to do it …) First, I made French toast, and instead of syrup, […]

Sept. 19 Police blotter

Recent calls made to Roosevelt County dispatch, according to police records: Sept. 4 • At 7:05 p.m. officers responded to a fight in progress between the Portales city pool and the Memorial Building. When the first officer arrived, he located a group of juveniles and when he started to walk towards them, the officer saw […]

Security not made for cowboys

Shorty got his name when he was a 2-year old squirt they didn’t think would grow tall at all. He’s 6-feet-4. Awhile back he ended up having to go to court over an enviro-induced question of law. You know — one of those deals where they decided he should move his cattle because a cute […]

Frontyard game made me tough

Karl Terry As the days get shorter and the nights a lot cooler it’s time to put our ball gloves aside and pick up our pigskin preoccupation. I’ve been fortunate to spend a good number of seasons on the sidelines at a high school football game even though the last time I played was in […]

My Turn: Favorite book being made into movie

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I’m totally ecstatic. One of my all-time favorite books, “Bless Me Ultima,” is being made into a movie, a challenging project which will be hard to please devoted Rudolfo Anaya fans such as myself, and also critics. Anaya has plenty of both. Anaya’s book has been hailed by critics, including […]

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

ENMU grad behind KISS lottery ticket

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Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University graduate has displayed her art in 1,100 locations, worked with rock band KISS and made her mark on the New Mexico Lottery. Jessica Quintana, who graduated from ENMU in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, designed the new popular KISS scratchers. “They were fun,” she said. […]

Handmade toy labor of love

Clyde Davis The story begins with an emailed photo, received sometime in April, when my grandson, who lives in Florida, was on a class field trip to Washington, DC. As his mother was one of the parent chaperones, she sent me a picture of something which Jason had seen in one of the stores on […]

Portales past: Aug. 6, 1960

Aug. 6, 1960: City police made 852 contacts during July, according to a monthly activity report released by the department.

Police blotter —

The following calls were made to the Portales dispatch Wednesday and Thursday.

Police say homicide victim was shot

Police confirmed Friday that Angel Vale, 22, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the time of death was between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. Officers have recovered the weapon they believe was used, a .22-caliber rifle and shell casings, he said. Berry said […]

Portales Past: July 15, 1950

July 15, 1950: Two area residents were unsure what to do with a discovery they made hunting arrowheads northeast of Portales. Oscar Shay and Jim Warnica found what they believed to be an 8-foot elephant tusk buried in the sand at Blackwater Draw. Archaeologists were notified because the men were concerned they could destroy the […]

Honors — June 27

Jimenez Jeannette Jimenez of Portales made the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll in her second term of study at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. Richardson Lori Dawn Richardson of Texico has been accepted into the Professional Veterinary Medical program at Colorado State University for the fall 2010 term.

My turn: Summer never boring

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist One summer, as a child, the only tough decision I made each evening was, “Do I take my purple tricycle around the driveway for a few laps during commercials or wait here so I don’t miss any of ‘Bewitched?’” Usually, I’d take my purple tricycle for a spin, and then […]

June 6 —

The following is a sample of calls made to dispatch from Wednesday through Friday.

Police Blotter — May 23

The following calls were made to Portales police dispatch Wednesday through Friday: Wednesday • At 7:27 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of West Ivy requested an officer in reference to a male subject outside his residence with no clothing on. • At 10:39 a.m., a caller on South Roosevelt Road requested a deputy […]

Police Blotter — May 9

The following are calls made to police dispatch from May 5 through May 7. May 5 • At 7:44 a.m. a caller on U.S. 70 requested an officer for a female who was hit by a car. • At 2:22 p.m. a caller in the 700 block of North Boston requested to speak to a […]

Police Blotter — May 2

The following is a sampling of calls that were made to police dispatch from Wednesday through Friday. Wednesday • At 12:40 a.m. in the 900 block of East Canadian, an officer requested a case number for auto burglary. • At 1:21 a.m. a caller in the 1000 block of West University requested an officer in […]

Banda records ace at Portales CC

PNT staff Meno Banda hit his first hole-in-one Sunday at Portales Country Club. Banda hit the ace on the 181-yard fifth hole, using a Ping driver and a Taylor-made golf ball. Witnesses were Larry Jewell, Jeff Hardt, Rick Short and Mike Stratton.

Their turn: State has made strides in transparency

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. Here’s what he says about transparency in government: “Over the past couple years New Mexico state government has made grade strides toward increased transparency. Citizens can now watch or listen to floor sessions and both Houses now have floor votes online. Even better, this session, […]