My turn: Christmas displays all right with me

The Portales News-Tribune (online and printed) ran numerous comments about the Nativity scene on the Portales courthouse lawn. Some think that it violates separation of church and state. Others believe it represents Christian principles they say the country was founded on. (I’ve never grasped the difference between these principles and just being a good person. […]

Portales to host living nativity

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer There is nothing out of the ordinary about seeing a nativity scene made of plastic or wood on Portales lawns during the Christmas season, but what the Church of God is doing Sunday night is, indeed, out of the ordinary — at least for Portales. The Portales Church of […]

12-19-07 Local briefs

Municipal Court announces closure The Portales Municipal court will close for the holidays on Monday and reopen on Jan. 2 with regular hours, according to a press release from the court. Anyone who has a court appearance scheduled during this time will not be penalized but they should check in with clerks on Jan. 2, […]

Nativity collector celebrates year-round

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By Helena Rodriquez: PNT Staff Writer Christmas is a daily event inside of the home and office of Margie Tarango. The avid nativity collector has the most famous scene from “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on year-round display. “This is the true meaning of Christmas,” Tarango said, pointing to a shelf full of nativities adorning […]

‘Nativity’ reminder that Christmas requires work

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Seeing “The Nativity” movie this busy holiday season really helps put this whole Christmas thing into perspective. The greatest story every told didn’t happen in a Hallmark card setting. There was cow poop and all. My daughter Laura and I went to see “The Nativity” last weekend and I […]

Live nativity scenes in local area

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many homes during the Christmas season. The small, motionless figurines depict the night Jesus was born and can be simply made from paper mache’ or elaborately cut from crystal. The decorative scene features Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the three wise men, a shepherd, […]

Boys will be boys regardless of holidays

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, warnings that I’d better-be-good around Christmas wore me out. At the time I was in the clutches of mid-youth crisis, often waking in the middle of the night thinking, “Being good just doesn’t feel right! I gotta do something … ROTTEN! That’s when I turned to […]