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 […]