Every election has its importance

By Jim Lee Those of us in this community who have remained reasonably close to consciousness realize an election will take place in November. But how many of us know about the one this Tuesday? Registered Portales citizens need to vote on this week’s alcohol issue. When I did my informal poll, I discovered that [...]

Hinson en route to top QB spot

By Dave Wagner Unless he gets hurt or something goes drastically wrong, senior Steven Hinson will be ENMU’s starting quarterback this fall for the second consecutive year. Elliott said after Saturday’s situational scrimmage at the ENMU practice facility that the real battle is for the No. 2 position. “Steven’s No. 1, (redshirt freshman) Michael Benton’s [...]

Back to school coming soon

By Helena Rodriguez I interrupt this long, hot summer for some important breaking news. It’s urgent, more pressing than our current national security code level. It commands your full attention. It’s back-to-school time! Back-to-school time! Back to school! In case you missed it, “School! School! School!” Only 28 shopping days until school starts in Portales [...]

Caregiving … A Sacrifice of Love

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist The physical and emotional stress of meeting needs of loved ones can be debilitating. Even if that loved one is in a rest home, many needs still have to be met. The responsibilities can be overwhelming. Uncle Steve, the last of many relatives we have helped, is now 92. [...]

Middle feels pretty lonely right now

By Helena Rodriguez I’m under attack! It’s personal. It’s political. It’s spiritual. It goes straight to my heart. There is no middle ground! And it’s not just me. America is under attack! Since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has become like suicide bombers, launching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on us. First [...]

Sledge hammer a necessary tool

By Jim Lee What really annoys me is a skinny cooking show host. If that stuff the host is demonically devising is anywhere near as good as claimed, why is that person skinny? It has about as much credibility as Bob Vila in a body cast. Who’s going to believe a fix-everything toolmeister who falls [...]

Lawn mower fixed against all odds

By Jim Lee Not too long ago, when I decided to spend a pleasant weekend afternoon in my ancient, crippled recliner, I noticed something disturbing through the front window. Saundra had taken the lawn mower from the garage and was wheeling it into view. I could pretend not to see her, but she would know [...]

Clutter can be a new look

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Mary Reyes of Abilene, Texas, does not have a messy house. I repeat: Her house is not messy. I call it “tastefully cluttered.” Maybe you know someone like Mary. I believe there’s a little charm to this term, “tastefully cluttered,” which I coined myself. You are not likely to hear [...]

Political Notebook, May 19

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Kernan, Palmer speak out Rep. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs and her opponent for Senate District 42, William Palmer, also a Republican, of Lovington, are hitting the airwaves in what’s becoming one of the most interesting and hotly contested seats in the state. Two weeks ago, both candidates appeared on KENW, an [...]

No state deserves its own interstate

Jim Lee As anyone who knows me is very much aware, from time to time I have difficulty in dealing with practical matters, especially when these matters involve machines or common sense. My confusion inevitably leads to amused disbelief of my friends. Sometimes things that seem inherently simple or obvious totally escape my understanding. Occasionally [...]