Being ‘bugged’ is inevitable

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist One of my favorite short stories is Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” where Gregor Samsa wakes up as a gigantic insect and has to deal with his newfound identity. I like this story because it deals with change, something that I have experienced many times since joining the ranks of “military spouse and […]

Memorializing Mireya

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a […]

Positive thinking really takes practice

Anita Doberman: Guest Columist I recently finished a great book by author Susan Jeffers called “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.” I don’t usually read self-help books, but enjoyed Jeffers’ book, and found her description of “the chatter box” very applicable to my life. The chatter box is a person’s negative and habitual voice […]

Weddings create memorable moments

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wedding bells were ringing last weekend within our extended family as my niece said her vows in the back yard of her grandmother’s home. As an uncle, I managed to get off by doing just a few favors and offering up a wedding gift. The hard work seemed to […]

Hospital guards against infant abductions

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Elizabeth McGregor snuggled her newborn son protectively against her breast as she lay recovering from a Caesarian section at Plains Regional Medical Center. As she gently stroked Jordan’s soft thatch of shiny black hair, her 7-year-old son, Seth, lay stretched out beside her with one pudgy arm thrown across her […]

Obituaries for June 10, 2006

Gary Don Burns, 46, of Clovis, and formerly of Roswell, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Clovis. He was born Feb. 23, 1960, to Robert (Bob) and Dorotha Burns in Roswell. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1978 and worked at Xcel Energy for 22 years. He was preceded in death by his father […]

Villanuevas evolved from stay-at-home to working women

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Motherhood has drastically changed over the past three generations. In the 1950s, Mela Villanueva was a housewife. Today, her daughter, Corrine Gonzales, is a working mom, and next year, her granddaughter, Rebekah, will attend college before marriage and motherhood. On Mother’s Day, this Portales family serves as a vivid […]

Burch females span five generations, almost 100 years

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers A dash of self-worth and a healthy portion of respect, blended with strong faith, are the Burch women’s recipe for motherhood. The Burch family boasts five generations of females whose ages span almost 100 years. They share the same family values, a love of collecting and dark, uniquely shaped eyes. […]

Good mothers are nurturing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I gained a greater appreciation for my mom and the upbringing she provided this week. It wasn’t from anything she did for me this week it came from an experience that showed me just how blessed I’ve been compared to some youngsters growing up today. I had the opportunity […]

I’m the mom my mom warned about

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes it’s the little things about Mom: That annoying tone in her voice when she wants something. That wrong-size birthday gift. That “Someday when I’m no longer here” line, which gets old. But the worse part is I’ve found myself doing and saying all of the above “mom things” to […]

A mother’s love is an investment

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s a day to honor mothers. Where would we be without them? To me, mothers have the whole future of mankind in their hands, and their tasks are many. From babyhood to great-great-grandmothers, they fulfill a great responsibility. The Bible has a lot to say […]

Muleshoe accident kills mother and son

By Sharna Johnson A week away from her 23rd birthday, Jennifer Olivares was excited about her approaching marriage and hoping to have another child — this one a girl. Olivares and her oldest son, Alejandro “A.J” Lomas Jr., 4, were killed about 8:30 p.m. (CDT) Monday just outside of Muleshoe when the vehicle they were […]

Easter: It’s glorious news of the ages

By Joan Clayton The week before Easter reminds me of the palms and branches spread by the people welcoming the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem for the festival of Passover. “’Tell the people of Jerusalem, Your king is coming to you. He is gentle and riding on a donkey, on the colt of a […]

Aranda released to mother

PNT Staff Report A teenage Portales athlete has been released from jail and is under house arrest pending charges of first-degree criminal sexual penetration, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Daniel Aranda, 18, a Portales High School senior, was arrested on Feb. 28. A Roosevelt County Detention Center official said Aranda was released […]

Juvenile charged in Clovis baby’s death

By Andy Jackson Editor’s note: The name of the teenager accused in connection with the baby’s death has been included in court documents, but is being withheld at this time by the Clovis News Journal, in part, because he’s been charged as a juvenile. For additional information related to the reason for our decision, please […]

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers While millions of pilgrims flocked to churches in Mexico and the United States on Monday for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, area Catholics celebrated with a 6 a.m. mañanitas in Clovis and an evening rosary in Portales. Three hundred people filled the pews at Our Lady of Guadalupe in […]

Accident or adult negligence?

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers A Portales toddler crawled out his open apartment door on Oct. 4. Police said Dominic Roy’s uncle was on a couch, 15 feet away. His mother was in another room, but apparently neither adult saw the 10-month-old leave the apartment and he fell nearly 10 feet to the sidewalk. The boy […]

Thanksgiving treats

Compiled by Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Debi Lee Portales city manager • What is your favorite dessert? Dr Pepper cake • Why is that your favorite? Because it’s chocolate and it’s rich. You can only stand to eat it once or twice a year. • How often do you eat it? Holidays • Who makes […]

Our freedoms should never be taken for granted

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Today is Veterans Day, a day to honor those courageous men and women who have made great sacrifices that enabled you and me to live in freedom. I cannot emphasize enough the impact of what those unselfish military people have done to defend and preserve this nation. Let us never take […]

Ham preferred after turkey fiasco

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]