Cannon tax center keeps filers in the loop with returns

Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey When it comes to doing annual income taxes, some people may feel overwhelmed by the numbers, forms and IRS regulations. Knowing that every situation is different, the legal services tax office at Cannon helps Airmen, Department of Defense employees and retirees make the best of what can often be confusing tax preparation. […]

Area residents make 2006 resolutions

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Leslie Spence: PNT Staff Writer With 2005 coming to a close, many local residents are entering the new year with promises of change. At the beginning of each year, Americans think of resolutions to make the new year better than the one before. Clovis and Portales residents are no different. Lose Weight According to the […]

Graduate student feels at home in Portales

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Q. What do you think of Portales? A. “I like Portales. There are so many friendly and generous people here. I’ve met so many wonderful people at the university. I’ve had an awesome experience in Portales so far. I wouldn’t mind staying here after I graduate. Especially since I’m […]

October is national breast cancer awareness month

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Maj. Michelle Harmon National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2005 is celebrating its 20th year of promoting early breast cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Of those 200,000 women, 40,000 are expected to die. Nearly 1,500 men will be […]

Sometimes kids should wear the pants in the house

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Who wears the pants in the house? That’s a question often asked today, and I’m not just talking about husbands and wives. I’m talking about parents and children. My teenage daughter Laura and I recently went through a tough ordeal that really tested us as a family. It pitted us […]

Unreliability is the worst discourtesy

Jim Lee: Local Columnist One of my pet peeves is unreliability. Don’t say it if you ain’t gonna do it. Take plumbers for example. The kitchen faucet has been dripping for six months, and we have to flush the toilet 28 times (waiting for who-knows-how-long for the tank to fill up each time). The pipes […]

Leadership learned through experience, guidance

Jim Lee: Local columnist On Saturday, I became a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Portales. It was the first day of our club’s new administrative year, and officers serve a one-year term. Elwyn Hulett became our new president. Elwyn will do a great job, and I’ll be able to take a break now. […]

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, […]