Small conveniences not always convenient

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Once in awhile, OK more like often, I get on a soap box and take note of things that really annoy me. Then I see a pattern emerging and presto … I A) Realize I have better things to do and move on or B) Ignore my conscience and write […]

Brooks leads life without selfish needs

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Name: Iva Brooks Died: July 24, 2005 Born: June 15, 1918 Preceded in death by: Her parents; three brothers, Thomas and Arva King and J.W. Waller; a sister, Marjorie Thomas; and her husband. Survived by: A son, Robert Brooks (and wife, Linda Beth) of Tijeras; a daughter , Linda Custer (Roy) […]

Africanized bees confirmed in Roosevelt County

By Marc Schoder Africanized honey bees have been identified in Roosevelt County, according to a release from the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. “The colony was discovered in the wall of a house in the Causey-Lingo area,” said Bill Moyer, a local beekeeper. The bees attacked residents of the home, Moyer said, in […]

Forgiveness disarms the enemy

By Joan Clayton During a misunderstanding with a fellow worker, I spoke in haste, my voice rising. Immediately my conscience convicted me and I felt remorse as I walked away. In shame and embarrassment, I hurried back to her. “Please forgive me,” I pleaded through my tears. “I forgive you.” Thankful for her forgiveness, I […]

Ihde a big name with cancer research

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Dr. Daniel C. Ihde was a medical scientist that was nationally important in cancer research. He died Dec. 9, 2004, after a long illness. Ihde was a private person but his attitude towards life added knowledge to the medical field changing the face of medical history while extending the lives […]

Haunted houses await Portales residents

Laurie Stone It’s that time of year: Frankenstein or a deranged-looking clown just might be at your door the next time you open it. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said trick-or-treaters will be in neighborhoods celebrating Halloween on Sunday, the official holiday. In the past, the local ministerial alliance has asked the city to recognize […]

Hospital to introduce discount plan

By Tony Parra Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said he was excited about the idea of discount program for uninsured or underinsured patients and on Nov. 1 it will be available to RGH patients. The new discount program will offer bigger discounts and expand the financial guidelines to help more patients. D’Agostino he program […]

Sign theft a crime against freedom

By Jim Lee I don’t know how a person can sprain an ankle by accidentally poking a thumb into a reciprocating saw — I’ll have to ask Ed Miller about that because he’s an expert in such matters. However, I did figure out why the Earth is spherical. If our planet were flat like a […]

Cannon had gift of giving

By Laurie Stone Irene Cannon was a quiet woman with the gift of giving. Family members described Cannon as being the type of person you could count on when you were in need. She was said to have been a rock that was steady and consistent. “When things went awry, she was someone you could […]

Vocabulary is fun and fundamental

By Bob Huber A few weeks ago the Washington Post published its annual Pulitzer Prize winning list of wacky word definitions. It was a slow news week. But I enjoy lists like that. This particular file was sent my way by Maurice and Ethel Trimmer of Santa Fe, because as old friends they knew I […]

Villanueva seen as shining star by family

By Helena Rodriguez Pedro “Pete” Villanueva was the glue that stuck his family together, the backbone, the shining star. He was the special angel who left a void, a big space in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched. This is how Rosalie Pacheco of Portales and Arthur Villanueva of West Jordan, Utah, […]

Hero title needs to be earned

By Jim Lee We hear a lot of talk about heroes these days. That’s a good thing because we need heroes. We need people we can admire, people who give us and (especially) our children a positive role model. A society without heroes is a society without values. What defines our society to a large […]

The game of matrimony is never easy

Bob Huber Today’s discussion deals with the thorny problem of certain couples fighting to get married, while others are wanting to remain single but together. Is that clear? Well, leave it to the Irish to sum up the situation when they said, “Oh what knotty times are these — all civilized people are at war, […]

Writing speaks about people, says local woman

Michelle Seeber Handwriting analysis can be an in-depth, life-long study or entertainment. That’s how Carol Durepos, 67, of Clovis views it. She has studied the art since 1983, she said. “Handwriting can convey health, drunkenness, drug abuse, or whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert,” Durepos said Sunday at the Main ARTeri, an […]

Standing up for the vertically challenged

By Helena Rodriguez “Hellooooooo!” “Down here!” “Excuse me sir, but …” “I … I … ouch! You stepped on my toe!” “What? Not even an ‘Excuse me, ma’am?” It’s like I’m not there at all. If you’re vertically challenged like me, this is a typical day shopping. You know what I’m talking about. Being shoved […]

On-line affairs romance area

Mike Linn When Eastern New Mexico University employee Dan Pilon dropped an e-mail to a woman in China the word “marriage” was as far from his mind as the country where she lived. After all, the 48-year-old Pilon was several months into the Internet dating scene as a member of Americansingles.com. He had exchanged e-mails […]

Keeping up with the Joneses breeds conformity

Jim Lee I wandered into the garden section at Wal-Mart the other day. Among all the lawn and garden torture devices, they had a large quantity of flimsy, plastic flamingo planters. Aside from the incredibly sophisticated, high-brow taste involved in parking one of those things near the front porch for the world to admire, it […]