Our favorite things: Three creative toys to keep kids occupied in these last weeks of summer

Color blanks

Disney FamilyFun magazine Creative Fun: A Figure of a Different Color Here’s a unique blank slate for kids’ creativity: 4-inch-tall, posable, funky white plastic figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers so that kids can jump right into the personalization. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10. Creative Coloring: This [...]

Growing older just part of life

Our culture seems to put a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young-looking. Plastic surgery is “in,” all the way to face-lifts, chin lifts and nose jobs. Please don’t get me wrong. I think we should try to look our best but to be preoccupied with [...]

Gift cards ease shopping

Karl Terry Did you get a little piece of plastic in your stocking this Christmas? Business experts say Americans gave a record amount of gift cards this Christmas. According to the National Retail Foundation the average person in the U.S. gave $145.61 in gift cards this year. Nearly $25 billion was likely spent this year [...]

Nov. 13, 1960

In the Portales News-Tribune, Firestone advertised a battery-powered train set for $4.99. It included a black diesel switcher locomotive, yellow flat car, special Firestone red and white boxcar and red caboose, as well as eight pieces of curved plastic track.

Sept. 11, 1968

The Portales News Tribune reported that the Roosevelt County Chapter of the American Red Cross was sponsoring a project to provide 50 ditty bags for servicemen in Vietnam that Christmas. Items needed for the bags included the following: ball-point pens, pen-sized flashlights with batteries, small pen knives, windproof cigarette lighters and flints, plastic soap cases, [...]

School dress code policy will go unchanged

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal School Board voted Monday to retain the school dress code as written. During the September school board meeting, Superintendent Randy Fowler said the board would review the policy in response to a parent complaint. Nkoshe Seales had asked the board to revise its policy on piercings [...]

Plastic surgery not instant fix to problems

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, I was waiting for an aerobics class to start when I casually started chatting with a woman standing next to me. Thirty seconds into our superficial conversation, my new friend couldn’t contain her excitement, and told me that in two days she would have some “work” done, [...]

Batteries gain second life

By Jim Lee Back in May I wrote about the car battery going dead. That got me thinking about why the car parts place wanted the old battery. The matter had to have some significance because I had to turn in the old battery to buy the new one. What would anybody want with a [...]

Flamingos flock for funds

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Mike Linn Pink flamingos are helping a Portales church group get to Haiti. They’re not the real flamingos that fish in lagoons in the Caribbean nation, but the fake plastic ones that have been popping up on the lawns of Portales residents recently. For $10, residents can send about 12 plastic pink flamingos to someone’s [...]