Inmates complete parenting course

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Alisa Boswell Emotions ran high in the Roosevelt County Detention Center Tuesday as 14 inmates, two with tears in their eyes, accepted certificates of completion for the parenting class they had just completed. “I learned how to be a mom,” said Rosenda Martinez, beginning to cry. “I know I’ve grown because me and my daughter [...]

My turn: Hurdles just part of life

I ran the hurdles once. I was never on the track team, but I did give the hurdles a try. When I was in junior high, I was the manager for the track team. My job was making sure that all of the starting blocks were put out and then picked up. I also had [...]

Muleshoe’s Washington opts for Texas Tech

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Rick White Muleshoe’s Cooper Washington called an audible Wednesday, opting to sign a national letter of intent with Texas Tech. Washington, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end and quarterback at Muleshoe, orally committed to play at Oklahoma in the spring. “I had second thoughts about fitting in at OU,” said Washington, who started at defensive end [...]

My turn: Christmas displays all right with me

The Portales News-Tribune (online and printed) ran numerous comments about the Nativity scene on the Portales courthouse lawn. Some think that it violates separation of church and state. Others believe it represents Christian principles they say the country was founded on. (I’ve never grasped the difference between these principles and just being a good person. [...]

Our people: Sports fan

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Oscar Robinson is in his second term as the city councilman for Ward B. He said he ran again because he loves Portales and he can lend a positive outlook to the processes the city needs to go through. When he’s not working on city business, he drives a school bus for Portales schools. He [...]

I’d rather not be nudged

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist On Sunday, The New York Times Magazine ran what amounts to a puff piece about Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s longtime friend, former colleague, and current regulation czar. It was penned by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, who is identified as “a contributing writer for the magazine and a [...]

Hungry bears no laughing matter

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist One summer my husband and I ran what was called a “guest ranch” in the mountains. It was a group of cabins built so they enclosed a middle open space where children could play and grownups could visit. Wood for the fireplaces was stacked in there as well. Besides handling [...]

Feb. 11, 1962

“Ben Hur” the movie opened at the Tower Theatre as the Portales News-Tribune ran a photo from the film with the statement, “One of the great thrill scenes of the spectacular chariot race… shows Charlton Heston clinging to his chariot.”

Jan. 9, 1948

A local Phillips 66 station ran an ad in the Portales Daily News calling all “Democrats and Republicans (or if you’re going to vote for Henry Wallace)” to drive on safe tires by bringing in the ad and receiving $4.10 off a new Lee 6:00×16 tire.

Differences can exist, but civility must win

Freedom New Mexico Regardless of whether your musical tastes ran to “Yes We Can” or “Raising McCain” this election, there’s one song you weren’t likely to hear on the 2008 campaign trail: “Kum Ba Yah.” Things got rough and tumble in a few places this year, not only in the White House race but also [...]