Dora seniors turn tassels

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor DORA — For one Dora High School graduate, summing up her experience at the school was simple following commencement exercises Sunday in Guy Luscombe Gymnasium. “We’re all family,” said Iyesha Pareo, who plans on attending Eastern New Mexico University to seek a veterinary degrmee. “I’ve had a blast, it’s […]

Turning point: Portales grads have many plans

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Portales High School graduate Justin Jones admitted he was torn by conflicting emotions Friday night in Greyhound Arena moments after his class tossed their caps skyward. “We’ve gone 13 years together and we made it,” Jones said. “We’ve all got mixed emotions, we want to leave, but at the same […]

Watchful citizens provide better protection than Patriot Act

Freedom Newspapers The six men arrested on charges of plotting a terrorist action against the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey may turn out to have been the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a bunch of wannabes who might never have gotten their destructive act together. Even if that’s the case, however, it might […]

Blood is life-giving fluid

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I pulled myself up from the operating table to see what was happening. Then everything went black. “She’s fainted,” a nurse said. “Pull the curtain between them so she can’t see.” As a small child I couldn’t comprehend what was happening to me. Many severe nosebleeds had left me […]

Career on the rise

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Quiet and unassuming, Eastern New Mexico University head baker Julio Rodriguez spends his work days rolling out pastries and breads to feed hungry students, faculty and staff. Starting in 1966, Rodriguez began working in the dish room, then later moved to the kitchen, washing pots and pans. His hands […]

Turkey tales for the holidays

F ootball. Turkey. Sleep. Family and friends. Area residents are looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Here’s a sampling of plans: The holiday will be a turning point for one Clovis woman who plans to gather with friends for the first time in two years. When her husband died two years ago, […]

Children leaving can be bittersweet

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist The “empty nest” brings a myriad of emotions, including memories, tears and separation anxiety. When my empty nest occurred I happened to read an article about “letting go” of children. It emphasized the fact that now they are your best friends. I thought, what are they talking about? I’m their […]

Plans progress for downtown revitalization

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Revitalization plans for downtown Portales have shown recent progress, and parties involved in several projects say the next 12-18 months could bring big changes. Plans by the Portales MainStreet organization and the city of Portales to refurbish the historic Yam Movie Palace on Main Street are coming together quickly […]

Past week was one filled with economic euphoria for area

Editorial The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable uncertainty […]

Portales getting set to remodel swimming hole

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Plans to renovate the Portales Municipal Pool are under way with the money received from the 2006 New Mexico Legislature. With even more money than what was requested, the plans are substantial. The aging of the almost 40-year-old pool has become a real problem. Passing Environmental Improvement Division examination […]

McGowan returns as priest at St. Helen

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By Helena Rodriguez At one point James McGowan wanted to be a stand-up comedian. He also considered careers in military and police work. But ultimately, he following a calling he received in first grade to become a priest. However, this was not before being a jack of all trades while he tried to figure out […]

Confusion over new Medicare plan common

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By Kevin Wilson With the startup of the new Medicare prescription drug program, a nationwide problem seems to be consumer confusion. However, locals familiar with health care are optimistic that the program will eventually be an improvement over previous prescription programs. The program, which began on Jan. 1, requires people to choose from among dozens […]

Entities discuss Ute Water Project at public meeting

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers County officials, farmers and residents identified their top alternative water plans Wednesday evening during a public meeting organized by an Albuquerque based engineering and water resource consulting firm, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. Though only eight of the original 11 entities remain committed, the Ute Pipeline — a $300 million […]

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 […]

BRAC: Be optimistic, but prepared

By Jim Lee I planned on writing about car battery recycling this week, as sort of a follow-up to last week’s bit about my car battery’s demise, but recent events have me thinking about Air Force base recycling instead. I wonder why. We may view the situation with denial, determination, or despair, but we have […]

Money earmarked for business facades

By Tony Parra City councilors on Tuesday approved to fund a program which would help downtown businesses in the development of facades. Councilors approved to give the Portales MainStreet Facade Improvement Program $5,000 during the city meeting. The program allows for business owners in the downtown area to apply for a grant of up to […]

Graduation a family affair for Smalls

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By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble summed up the graduation in way that you’d expect. “I think every one of our graduates has a unique and interesting story of how they arrived here today,” Gamble said in his closing statements. Though he meant all of the 220 receiving degrees from the […]