Celebrity Baby Scoop: Padma Lakshmi says ‘Motherhood is a very humbling experience’

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It’s been one year since celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi welcomed her first child, daughter Krishna. Known for her ability to create flavorful dishes, the Top Chef judge is partnering with Frito-Lay and their campaign to create all-natural snack foods. The gorgeous single mom opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood, her […]

My turn: Catchphrases catching on

I realized this week that most people have a catchphrase, something they say regularly which endears them to their friends even more. My roommate says “Hello, friend,” and my friend says “epic.” These phrases always make me laugh or smile, brightening my day in a simple way. A friend made me aware recently that I […]

Clovis native says NYC upbeat

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Sharna Johnson New York is smiling, according to Clovis native Cyndi Phelps. Waiting in Phoenix to catch a late flight back to New York Sunday night, Phelps said everyone became glued to the TVs in the terminal when the president came on to announce Osama bin Laden was dead. A few minutes later on the […]

Obama wants to drill —

Freedom New Mexico Gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in California, twice what they were when Barack Obama took office. But sometimes overlooked is that prices previously declined partly because of worldwide recession depressing demand. As economies recover, demand increases, and so do prices. Moreover, Middle East instability now threatens supplies, adding more upward […]

Press release: Bingaman says FAA bill invests in aviation infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said he is pleased a bill that clears the Senate today will invest in New Mexico’s airport infrastructure and in the state’s economy. The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act continues funding for a number of programs that are important to New Mexico and the nation. Among […]

My turn: Hunger pangs lead to unique sayings

Helena Rodriguez When my sister Julie gets really hungry she says, “My big tripas are eating my little tripas.” This translates into, “My big gut is eating my little gut” or as my Uncle Paul’s wife, Roxanne, of Arkansas, says, “My belly button is about to munch on my spine.” Most of us know the […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Their view: Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M.

Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M. In a press release, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., says he is concerned about the financial impact of House Republicans’ plan to repeal the new health insurance reform act.

Jesus’ birth quite a story

Have you given any thought to whether there were any cows in the barn on Christmas Eve that night two thousand and ten years ago? All Luke says is there was a manger. It doesn’t take much Bible reading to inform us that cows have been domesticated for centuries. Why, Adam even named ‘em. They’re […]

Councilor says children priority

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Argen Duncan Portales’ newest city councilor, Keith Thomas, makes children a priority and says he wants to be accessible. Monday, he spoke with the Portales News-Tribune about his history, goals on city council and philosophies in life. On his priorities for the city: Thomas said the city needs water, and he plans to support any […]

Federal judge says heath care overhaul unconstitutional

By Mark Sherman and Erica Werner President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul hit its first major legal roadblock Monday, thrown into doubt by a federal judge’s declaration that the heart of the sweeping legislation is unconstitutional. The decision handed Republican foes ammunition for their repeal effort next year as the law heads for almost […]

Valencia student wins RGH card contest

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer aduncan@pntonline.com A boy who says he doesn’t create a lot of artwork has won the third annual Roosevelt General Hospital Christmas card contest. Valencia Elementary School fourth-grader Cristian Martinez Delgado won $50 for himself and 50 envelopes and cards sporting his design for his parents. “I feel […]

Former councilor reflects on public service

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As Michael Miller steps down from the Portales City Council after more than eight years, he says he’s most proud of the city’s good financial standing. “I enjoyed the council,” Miller, 54, said. When Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected mayor in the middle of his council term in 2002, he appointed Miller to finish that […]

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

My turn: Tex-Mex best of both worlds

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In a recent political advertisement, Brian Colon, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, says of Republican gubernatorial candidate, Susana Martinez, “Susana es una Tejana!” There’s that dirty “T” word I’ve heard many times. Translation: Susana is a Texan. Might as well say, “Heaven forbid we allow a Texan in our Roundhouse!” “Why,” I thought, “has there […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Father says daughter was dedicated, loved life

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Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student was shot three times, police said. Police have arrested a 13-year-old […]

Weekly news update

Wholesale milk prices rising That milk mustache is topping off a smile these days among local dairy owners. Wholesale milk prices are finally moving up. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson says wholesale milk prices were $12.86 per 100 pounds for last month’s milk. That’s in the general break-even range of $12-$14 per hundred weight, […]

Their view: Martinez says she’s focused on crime

Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez says she will be tough on crime if she’s elected. From her website (www.susanamartinez2010.com):

Fire chief urges cautionary measures to prevent grass fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols says dangerous conditions for fire exist in Roosevelt County. According to Nuckols, a lot of dry vegetation left over from last year still poses a big fire threat. Even though there is some new green growth coming up in areas, “it won’t last long […]