Fair hosts first Special Needs Day

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Anyone who thinks a well written letter sent to the right people won’t make a difference needs to talk to Garrett Dodson. The 17-year-old special needs student at Portales High School decided other young people like himself with special needs deserved their own activities at the Roosevelt County Fair. […]

County fair days ahead

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The show calves are conditioned just right and the grounds have been prepared for another year — it’s Roosevelt County Fair time. “The fair’s coming together real well,” Roosevelt County Extension Agent Patrick Kircher said. “It’ll be a good week of fun and festivites.” Booths begin going up in […]

How to pick the right presidential candidate

By Anita Doberman I woke up in a cold sweat because I realized I failed to share with you my foolproof and infallible method for choosing the right candidate to be president. After hours of arduous work to uncover the secrets and hidden agendas of the candidates, thorough research and professional investigative work (which involved […]

Everything can’t be mind construction

By Tibor Machan A central topic of philosophy throughout the ages has been whether human beings can trust their minds, including their sensory awareness and thinking. Skepticism about this has been a major challenge and many from Socrates to Ayn Rand and John Searle have responded with more or less elaborate arguments defending our capacity […]

Editorial: Legal notices should remain in newspapers

Perhaps local newspapers and local governments should come to an agreement in which each party says to the other: We reserve the right to take issue with how you do your job, but we’ll stop short of actually trying to do your job. This proposition comes to mind because of efforts across the country, in […]

Political season engenders allergic reaction

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Right now it seems we’ve entered the allergy season of politics. Political pollen is everywhere. I first noticed it as the political signs began to bloom in yards around town. Soon the infestation of noxious signs had invaded every major street corner in our fair city Like a sinus […]

Roosevelt had right idea for conservation

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I don’t think I ever really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Maybe I still don’t know. Or maybe I haven’t grown up. I remember wanting to be a professional baseball player at one point when I was little. I recall wanting to be a […]

Art Admirers

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Judy White, left, and two of her granddaughters, 8-year-old Abby, middle, and 9-year-old Brittney McDowell, right, take a break from Saturday’s hot temperatures to enjoy student works of art at the Portales Schools district-wide art show in the PHS cafeteria.

Fringes of restaurant reviewer fleeting

Helena Rodriguez In a former life, I was a restaurant critic. Yum! Sounds like an appetizing job, right? Well, this was not always the case. I eventually discovered that one man’s chicken is another man’s tuna. What I really mean is, one reporter’s good restaurant experience one day can be one editor’s bad restaurant experience […]

Home schooling should be parents' choice

By Anita Doberman I had never heard of home schooling before moving to the United States. In Italy, where I was born and raised, there is no such right. The state decides how, where and what children need to learn and that’s it. School programs are the same for the whole country. There isn’t a […]

Note jotting becomes body art

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The other morning I had the shower temperature just right and was about to get in when I glanced at the palm of my hand. Nope can’t get in yet — important notes on that left palm. Naked, I ran out to my night stand to find a pen […]

‘Straight Talk Express’ ready for boarding

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor I’ve been taking great pleasure in the way the presidential race is going. My enjoyment is partly because my guy John McCain has the nomination sewn up, but also because those around me aren’t happy with the way things are going. I have a wife, brother and coworker who […]

Positive attitude has its rewards

By Anita Doberman I know that everything that happens in my life is easier if I have a positive attitude. On occasions, my oldest daughter, age 7, seems emotional and overwhelmed by some of her problems at school or on her sport team. This is of course completely normal, but I thought that trying to […]

God is necessary part of righteous leadership

By Joan Clayton I’m getting a little weary of all the hoopla about who is running for this or that in our government. So let me tell you what kind of leader I would like to have. I want a leader that stands for morality, integrity, honesty and character. I want a leader who is […]

Positive attitude key to working through trouble

By Anita Doberman I know that everything that happens in my life is easier if I have a positive attitude. On occasions, my oldest daughter, age seven, seems emotional and overwhelmed by some of her problems at school or on her sport team. This is of course completely normal, but I thought that trying to […]

Rules of the road

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis and Portales police officials said area drivers have lost their awareness of the rules of the road. “I try to correct (the loss of the rules) when I can,” said Roland Kroeger, master patrol officer with the Clovis Police Department. “When I stop you, it’s usually for a safety […]

Political coverage now more like sports

By Anita Doberman You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican versus Democrat etc; […]

Bush administration misfires on gun regulation issue

In a brief filed last week with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration paid lip service to the idea that Americans have an individual right to possess a firearm. But the practical implications of its argument show the government is speaking with a forked tongue. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District […]

RGH receives trauma designation

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE – Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Department of Health has designated three hospitals as new trauma centers in the state: Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, Gerald Champion Medical Center in Alamogordo and Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad. With the addition of these hospitals, […]

Stocking stuffers

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Stocking stuffers can be anything from holiday candy to money, but in the end, as long as the stuffers bring a smile to the recipient’s face, it’ll be a success. Though some Web sites give detailed directions on how to stuff a stocking properly, the contents just need to […]