Community should unite behind base

I thought your readers might be interested in these comments made Tuesday to Association of Defense Communities by Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary-Installations Kathleen Ferguson: “(Department of Defense’s) 2004 report to Congress stated the Air Force had 24 percent excess capacity and this number does not reflect current excess Air Force capacity. “BRAC 2005 fell […]

Scholar misses column’s point

Editor’s note: The error referenced in this column was corrected prior to publication in the Portales News-Tribune. Many readers are probably sitting around right this moment wondering what it is like to be a newspaper columnist. Oh, wait a minute. You are not sitting around right this moment wondering what it’s like to be a […]

My turn: Kindle not as comforting

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This is my next to the last column before saying goodbye to you, my Portales readers. Before my ode to peanut butter milkshakes and minus one grouch, let’s talk about Kindle. Uncle Manny and Aunt Matilda gave me a Kindle for Christmas. I love my handheld library. However, I miss highlighting things with real highlighters. […]

Readers’ tips for handling Disneyland

Niesha Lofing The best spot to watch a parade, when to arrive at the park, how to save money on food without skipping meals. These are just a few of the topics that Bee readers weighed in on when I asked for cost- and sanity-saving tips regarding Disneyland travel. As many families (mine included) head […]

Online comments changing format

Freedom New Mexico Web sites are converting to a Facebook application to help readers interact with newsroom staff and each other. The change, from a platform called “Pluck,” is scheduled to take place this week at the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun Web sites. “The idea is to make it easier […]

Cattle operation comes with catch

As many of you regular readers might guess, people tell me their stories — stories about horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, any kind of wreck you can think of. I met JW in Tennessee. He’s a regular reader of my column and thought his story would fit. It seems he […]

My turn: ENMU events fun to cover

Alisa Boswell This week was fun covering the events going on at ENMU for International Week. Hopefully, my readers don’t think I am using my column as an advertising agent for all things ENMU, but their events have been some of the most fun to cover. I like seeing the excitement of the students and […]

Artist of the month — Nov. 7

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Lois Snyder Lois Snyder, artist of the month for the Pintores Art League, will be showing her oil paintings at the Clovis-Carver Library during the month of November. One of her paintings was chosen for the Downtown Revitalization poster and she has been chosen by Clovis News Journal readers as “Best Artist” four times. She […]

In search of ponies: Readers share pet stories

Sharna Johnson It’s been three months since my column started, and it got me thinking. At first I saw the column as another of those cursed assignments that only a boss can think up, and quite frankly, I was terrified to write in the first person and open myself up to readers. However I have […]

Portales Past: May 12, 1910

May 12, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald told its readers that Halley’s Comet was plainly visible between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. The paper reported it would be closest to Earth on May 18 and not so close again for 76 years.

Calling all readers

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico needs your help. We’re looking for your favorite teacher. Maybe it was your high school English teacher, whose love of literature sparked your own interest in reading? Or an algebra teacher who took the time to walk you through the mystery of formulas and opened up a whole new […]

Comment feature down

The online feature that allows readers to comment on our stories is down across Freedom Communications.

PNT launches new Web site system

Today we launch new tools on our Web site. We call the system SiteLife. SiteLife allows readers to start their own blog and share photos. But the biggest change is tied to commenting on stories. We gave readers the ability to comment — anonymously — on stories, starting last year. Comments poured in. Sometimes they […]

Press malfunction delays deliveries, limits color

Ray Sullivan: Publisher To our readers: Early this morning , major press problems occurred just as the night crew was printing today’s Portales and Clovis papers. It was soon followed by another mechanical problem, so we printed the papers in black and white for today. We apologize to our customers whose papers were delivered late, […]

New e-Paper to debut Monday

PNT Staff Report Starting Monday, the latest issue of the Portales News-Tribune is a mouse-click away. Freedom New Mexico is debuting its e-Paper feature, and is giving readers a 30-day free trial to test the online version of Freedom New Mexico’s three publications — the News-Tribune, the Clovis News Journal and the Quay County Sun. […]

Young readers reap benefits

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Teachers say a federal reading program designed to help schools meet the standards of the No Child Left Behind Act is having a big impact on Portales schools, but it’s probably not going to solve the problem of meeting the state’s AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress). Reading First, a national […]

Young readers tumble into a world of e-books

A Cannon dependent prepares to let her pumpkin fly during the 2004 Pumpkin Launch. Cannon organizations and families can build catapult to launch their Halloween pumpkins and bring it to Doc Stewart Park beginning at noon Saturday to launch them. Janet Taylor-Birkey TumbleBook library, an e-book program offered at the Cannon library is a new […]

Steiner Elementary looking to make stars, leaders and readers

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers School mission statement: “Good morning! Buenos dias Steiner Stars. At Steiner Elementary, we will have a 100 percent day where readers are leaders and leaders are readers and everyone is a star.” School spirit will be the focus as Steiner Elementary School students begin classes Tuesday by reciting the school’s […]

ENMU prof pens ghost stories

By Ezra Paul Mann: ENMU Communication Services Some of the best stories come about when they are left to write themselves, according to Stephen King, one of the most successful horror writers of all time. Antony Oldknow, professor of English at Eastern New Mexico University, has the same belief. He hopes that the method will […]

Our commitment to our heritage and to our readers

By Cathy Taylor and Alan Bock Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Portales News-Tribune, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it. R.C. Hoiles had a […]