Military must expect ordinarily extraordinary days

By Anita Doberman: Guest Columnist Ordinary days in the life of military spouses are anything but ordinary. We are used to last-minute cancellations, constant change of plans and unexpected emergencies. A few weeks ago, I dealt with such an emergency. My husband is a typical “military guy.” He claims to never get sick, meaning he […]

Commissioners extend fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners decided to err on the side of caution where the fire ban is concerned as they voted to leave in place the ban that was passed by proclamation in January. “We’re in no better situation than when we enacted the ban,” Commissioner Tom Clark said in […]

Bob V ila never had it this tough

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My wife has been confused throughout most of our 24 years of marriage. Somehow she’s under the impression that she married Bob Vila but she actually got something more akin to Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. She’s been undeterred by my lack of skills with a hammer and saw, […]

Prankster shows up

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Those of us who worked the news side of the Denver Post became concerned when Downhill Updyke stopped inventing elaborate practical jokes. When we asked him about it, he said he was just getting too old to play games. Pranks in those days were common in the city room, […]

Making life a little more bearable

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools for helping children deal with traumatic events. Called “Hugga-Bears,” the soft, pillowy animals are often successful in drying up tears and helping a child smile in the midst of an otherwise bad situation, according […]

Holiday Inn Express opens in Portales

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By Tony Parra Travelers will be able to “Stay Smart” in Portales now that the new Holiday Inn Express is open. Chelsey Banister, Holiday Inn Express general manager, said it has been a slow start but feels business will pick up once the word gets around that the hotel is open. “Stay Smart” is the […]

Area Democrats hold luncheon

All Democrats are invited to have lunch with Roosevelt County Democratic Women at noon on Monday in the Conference Room at Roosevelt General Hospital. The topic of the meeting will be New Mexico legislative priorities. Officers for 2006 will be elected at this meeting. Those who attend can serve themselves in the hospital cafeteria and […]

Delays halt construction completion

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A look ahead the middle of January will bring about the completion of one long-awaited construction project and the delay of another construction project in Portales. Tushar Patel, Albuquerque developer of the Holiday Inn Express, said the goal is to open the hotel by the end of the month. “We’ve […]

It’s the size of your heart not your house at Christmas time

By Joann Clayton I love it when all my children and families come home for Christmas. In the wee hours of the night our house becomes strangely quiet and I begin to reminisce. Three little boys who grew up so quickly are back in their beds. The same clock chimes its soothing sounds; blessing me […]

Nov. 4 Local Briefs

Personal safety workshops set The Eastern New Mexico Student Affairs Office has announced a series of personal safety workshops for students, in a news release Thursday. The workshops will be conducted by members of the counseling center and local law enforcement personnel. The workshops will held at noon Friday in the Pecos room in the […]