My turn: Gifts cheap, words cheaper

Wendel Sloan While recently cruising Dallas projects for Christmas presents, I saw a handwritten Goodwill sign: “1/2 Off Sale!” Although Salvation Army stores are more within my budget, I figured that the sale might allow me to splurge. After entering past burglar bars, I fought my way through Texas politicians’ worst nightmares grabbing mariachi cassettes, […]

My turn: ENMU presents gift of music

Betty Williamson Friday evening Eastern New Mexico University presents its most beautiful annual gift to our community, wrapped in a treble clef and topped with a sleigh bell: The Holiday Concerts in the University Theater Center. In back-to-back free identical performances that begin at 6:30 and 8 p.m., choir director Jason Paulk and band director […]

Our view: Cain presents bold ideas at GOP debates

Tuesday night’s Bloomberg /Washington Post Republican presidential candidate’s debate did little to change the complexion of the GOP primary. It did further distinguish former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain and his ideas as deserving of national attention and campaign momentum. It also showed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is already running a general election […]

Cannon Youth Center presents: Moolah Mystery Dinner

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Brandy Clay, from the Youth Center, gives flowers to the cast after the performance. Liliana Castillo The Cannon Youth Center’s Drama Club served up a mystery for their first performance in front of an audience May 20. The Moolah Mystery Dinner Theater included dinner and, three-fourths the way through, a break […]

Children give touching Mother’s Day presents

When Ryan Tierney was 11, he was a boy with a plan: To present Mom with a homemade book about their life together for Mother’s Day. He sneaked a blank notebook from the family’s closet, and every night after Robin Tierney went to sleep, Ryan worked on it. He looked through old photo albums and […]

Richardson touts ENMU’s broadcasting heritage

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As the claps echoed, no doubt aided by the acoustics of a new Buchanan Hall, Gov. Bill Richardson couldn’t help but note the applause he received Thursday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University. “The closer I get to leaving office,” the outgoing governor said, “the bigger hand I get.” Richardson was on his third stop […]

Cannon growth presents challenges

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent In 2005, Clovis residents gathered in the north meeting room at the library and fretted about their community’s existence. On Tuesday night, a much different tune was being whistled in the same room. Instead of worry about an impeding closure of Cannon Air Force Base, which did not happen, audience […]

Cannon growth presents challenges

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent In 2005, Clovis residents gathered in the north meeting room at the library and fretted about their community’s existence. On Tuesday night, a much different tune was being whistled in the same room. Instead of worry about an impeding closure of Cannon Air Force Base, which did not happen, audience […]

Christmas just another work day for some

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer While most people are opening presents and eating a big meal with loved ones Christmas Day, many others are hard at work. Still, a lot of those dedicated employees say they don’t mind. Gayle Richerson, director of patient care at Roosevelt General Hospital, said she has worked on Christmas […]

Cannon family honored

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Liliana Moreno Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th SOW commander, center, presents Maj. Kevin Martin, who was nominated by the 73rd SOS, and his family with the Cannon 2008 Military Family of the Year award on Dec. 9. Cannon established the award to recognize outstanding families that support not only each other, but […]

Homeschooling presents challenge

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist These days my routine, if I can even call it that, has drastically changed. Aside from the adjustment of adding baby number six to our midst, I am home-schooling the kids. Did I just say that? I have to re-read the last sentence to make sure it’s actually me home-schooling […]

Perfect Christmas involves family, lasting memories

Tonya Fennell Christmas perfection has always eluded me. I’m the wife who burns the rolls or forgets to buy a needed ingredient for the casserole. I’m the friend who waits until the last minute to mail presents, so of course they’re always late. I’m the mother who buys the perfect video game, but my kids […]

Portales’ first Christmas

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By Ruth White Burns Editor’s note: The following is an account of the first Christmas celebrated by the community in Portales. It was first published in 1993 in the PNT and has been rewritten by the author this year. The early settlers of the Portales Valley came together in 1899 to celebrate the first Christmas […]

Spirit of Christmas still going strong

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Looking back on Christmases of my youth they all seem to have been bright times. Even the years when there wasn’t a lot of money we had great Christmases. It was important for Mom to give us kids the best Christmas possible and in our eyes back then that […]

Holiday shopping stress wreaks havoc on emotions

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with […]

Santa Cop is coming to town

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales police officers said it’s a change of pace to be able to knock on someone’s door and deliver good news instead of bad news. Portales police officers will be delivering good news this week through the seventh annual Operation Santa Cop program. Through the program, police officers will be […]

Santa cops deliver gifts for teens

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Tony Parra The fifth annual Santa Cop has hit the ground with its wheels turning and teens and children will soon turn their own wheels on the new bicycles delivered by the Santas wearing badges. Approximately 45 bicycles and almost 75 other toys will be given away this year to children of need by the […]