Finding identity can be difficult process

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin M. was recently divorced. During a family gathering, she shared with my sister and me how difficult it was to start a new life as a single woman after having been married for many years. M. joked that her couch cushions permanently show her body imprint because, since getting […]

Seminarian spending summer at St. Helen in Portales

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers John Trambley believes he was called to the priesthood over several years in which God worked through those around him. The 41-year-old Iowa native is spending the summer helping out at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales after completing his second year at a seminary school in Connecticut. Since he […]

March 2, 1969

The members of Chi Chapter Beta Sigma Phi entertained their sister chapters, XI Lambda and Preceptor Gamma at an evening party recently at the REA Hospitality Room with an international dinner consisting of foods prepared from all over the world. The tables were decorated with dolls dressed in costumes of many nations and flags of […]

Death of Hussein gives people reason for hope

Editorial Each faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance and […]

Consistency key to good parenting skills

By Anita Doberman; PNT columnist Lately, my oldest daughter, Luisa, has been testing my ability to be a consistent parent. Every night, she asks to come in my bed when her younger sisters are asleep. I have allowed her to do so on occasions, but since my husband’s deployment her requests have increased in duration […]

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 […]

Leaving teaches lessons in saying goodbye

Anita Doberman: Guest Columist Goodbye is a powerful word. By saying it we close a chapter, a relationship, and move on to something else. It’s great if we are the one who really wants to say it; not so wonderful if we are left behind. I have a long list of goodbyes in my life. […]

Independence was dad’s greatest legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Who’s your daddy anyway? Growing up in Portales, it’s a question I’ve gotten used to answering frequently. Around here it’s not meant as a question to categorize you into your place like it is in the Deep South, but it’s close. Growing up in my father’s shadow could be […]

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 […]

Monkey business

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers With millions of tiny ink dots, some smaller than a speck of sand, Valerie Romano pays homage to mankind’s closest living relative — chimpanzees. The former Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University instructor stumbled upon her greatest artistic inspiration late in life. She was 45 years old […]

April fools are made every year

By Bob Huber Today’s topic is April Fools’ Day Hangovers and how to live through them. When I was a kid, the second day of April was a time of thanksgiving, a moment when youngsters across the land turned their eyes skyward and gave tearful thanks for surviving another year of April Fools’ pranks. Everyone […]

Two special people earn their degrees

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Eastern New Mexico University presented its semi-annual commencement activities on Saturday at the Greyhound Arena here in Portales. That’s not really big news in a small college town. It’s big news to the new graduates and their families, though. And it should be. These fine people worked hard to get to […]

Rodriguez loved unconditionally

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Adriana Rodriguez was born with Spine Bifida. She gave a strong witness that every life has a meaningful purpose. According to family and friends, she had a gift that reached into the heart of people revealing their own self worth. Adriana Rodriguez died at the age of 20 due to a […]

New Orleans serves as clean slate for creating perfect city

Freedom Newspapers The flood waters have not receded yet — indeed they have been augmented — but the devastation that is much of New Orleans has attracted a coven of planners, visionaries, utopians, reformers and moral uplifters to dream at the Big Easy’s corpse. They don’t seek to pick the city’s bones clean, but to […]

We must care in order for our leaders to care

Jim Lee: Local Columnist As a human being I choose to live as a participant rather than exclusively as an observer. To me, this means trying to understand what I don’t understand, particularly when thinking about my own species. Sometimes this turns out as something kind of funny, sometimes something kind of sad. But it […]

Preparing for homelessness is impossible

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Homeless. I never thought it would happen to me. Yet here I sit this week without my own roof for the first time in 26 years. It’s only temporary. We had our closing on the sale of our Colorado home Thursday and won’t close on the house in Portales until […]

Elida mayor resigns after two years

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor After nine years in Elida, some might argue with Gerald Lee’s sentiment that he’s a relative newcomer to the community. One thing that’s not up for argument, though, is the end of his time as the mayor for the village of about 250 people. Lee’s resignation was given during […]

We hold soft spots in our hearts for long shots

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I have been to the Kentucky Derby. That was years ago. Alysheba won. I read the book Sea Biscuit. I’ve been to several racetracks and bet on many a horse. But, I usually place the safe bet — $2 on the favorite. If I had attended the 2005 Kentucky Derby […]

Sticker artist, wife shocked at controversy

By David Irvin Those sexually-explicit little devils at the heart of controversy in Clovis have been distributed all over the country, with more than 100,000 copies sold, according to the wife of the artist who made them. Ruth Waytz said her husband, Chris “Coop” Cooper, has sold or licensed more than 2 million nude devil […]

We should celebrate essence of Christmas today and everyday

On Christmas Day, like no other on the calendar, compassion and generosity resonate. Children are the center of our universe. Our bonds are celebrated. Hope lives. It is Christmas. This is the day the birth of Jesus is observed in Christian communities from Tucumcari to Portales and across the world. As told in the gospel […]