My turn: Fears pondered after dad’s accident

To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The saw bounced back from his […]

Slice of life: A matter of inches

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The […]

June 7 Weddings

Swann-Wilkerson Stephenie Rae Swann of Las Cruces and Dane Travis Wilkerson of Portales were joined in marriage Jan. 3 at Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces. The Rev. Lamar Morin performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Sam and Brenda Swann of Albuquerque. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Missy Swann […]

Banned drugs provide great medical benefit

Freedom New Mexico Baseball player Alex Rodriguez finally came clean Monday, admitting he took performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003 while he played with the Texas Rangers. The admission follows a Sports Illustrated report that Rodriguez was one of 104 players who tested positive for such drugs in a 2003 survey. It’s important to note that at […]

Aug. 17, 2008 Engagements

Chuck and Rachael Brown of Lubbock announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Danielle Brown of Clovis to Teofilo J. Rodriguez of Portales, son of Teofilo and Inez Rodriguez of Portales. The couple will exchange vows 2 p.m. Oct. 11, 2008 at St. Helen Catholic Church. The reception will be held at the […]

It’s Their Job: Aaron Rodriguez

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Aaron Rodriguez Job: Lifeguard for the Portales Municipal Pool. Background: Rodriguez is currently a student at Eastern New Mexico University studying education, and he has played three years on the ENMU basketball team. Time on the job: Two summers. Q. Describe what your job entails. A. It’s pretty much […]

Funerals not always sad occasion

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I told my sister Maria recently, “You missed a good funeral,” and she looked at me like I was nuts. “No, I mean it,” I explained. “It was a good funeral, getting to meet and visit with Dad’s side of the family.” It’s something we rarely got to do while […]

Friends, family remember homicide victims

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Paula Rodriguez, of Clovis, fought through her tears as she recited a poem of loss and mourning Monday evening at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. With the help of counselor Charlotte Farkas, she managed to push out words from the poem, “If Tears Can Build a Stairway.” “No farewell […]

Sun Devils take third at Lubbock tourney

PNT Staff Report After jumping out to a 2-0 start at a Lubbock 10-and-under girls softball tournament last weekend, the Portales Sun Devils finished the tournament 4-2 to take third place. “We did OK,” head coach Ben Rodriguez said. “We took third. Our girls wanted to go further but that’s an achievement for them. We […]

Portales girls start Lubbock tourney with two wins

PNT Staff Report The Portales Sun Devils 10-and-under girls fast-pitch softball team won their first two games in pool play at the Regional softball tournament in Lubbock and earned a bye in the first round of bracket play. The Sun Devils beat the Hobbs Rangers 16-3 late Friday night in the first game of pool […]