Ability to see lighter side part of Americans’ strength

Glenda Price We attended a Chautauqua program recently. The performers — a lady named Jane and a guy named Hoyle — presented a “Brief Historical Timeline of the Great Depression” covering the 10-year period from 1929 to 1939 in the United States. Jane sang and played guitar while Hoyle also sang and played piano, mandolin, […]

My turn: Headlines predicted to come

Here are some Portales News-Tribune headlines I expect to see: • Portales Builds Hydroelectric Plant Powered by City Gutters — Will Operate Four Days a Year • New Portales Restaurant Serves Vegetables; Sued by National Rifle Association • Portales First City in Nation to Have More Gas Stations Than Restaurants — But No KFC • […]

God inhabits your praise

All of us have more blessings than problems. Everyone can look back upon life and see the hand of God guiding a path through difficult circumstances. Being thankful for blessings evokes praise. The book of Psalms blesses me. One of my many favorites is the first verse of chapter 34: “I will bless the LORD […]

Windmills headed for history

When we see a windmill we think “ranch.” This iconic equipment, without doubt, has made ranching possible in the arid Southwest as well as other parts of our nation. I’m one of those ranch kids who tied my horse to the metal windmill frame and piled into the drinking tub’s water for a little fun. […]

Their view: Good to see Portales celebrate Christmas openly

David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this view on public displays of Christmas:

Educators disheartened by proposed retirement changes

Staff and wire reports Some local teachers and administrators are disheartened by a new retirement proposal that may soon be forwarded to the Legislature by the state Educational Retirement Board. Pension plans for public employees are likely to see dramatic changes after the New Mexico Legislature’s upcoming session, say lawmakers working to keep the retirement […]

My turn: Forget being practical

I went to see the new Harry Potter movie last weekend and for those of you Portales residents who haven’t gone yet, what are you waiting for? I mean, it’s Harry Potter! Okay, so the 9-year-old in me never completely faded away. Like many others, I am a Harry Potter groupie and devotedly go to […]

Landlines, phonebooks failproof

Kevin Wilson Of all of the messages I hate to see on my phone, the worst one comes from … the phone itself. The weekend was rough on me, even before we consider the Texas Rangers ballclub I’ve followed since the early 1990s. There were high points, but the low point had to be my […]

Hermine will have minimal effect on area

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Jared Tucker The path of tropical storm Hermine is projected to barely miss eastern New Mexico, but can the area expect to see any significant weather activity produced by the storm? Probably not, according to area weather forecasters. Ken Widelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Lubbock, said the best chance for eastern […]

Three Oklahoma schools prepare to leave LSC

Staff and wire reports Eastern New Mexico University is taking a wait-and-see attitude on the possibility of three Oklahoma schools — and perhaps all five — leaving the Lone Star Conference. Nine Division II schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday to apply to the NCAA for permission to create a new conference. Arkansas-Monticello, […]

Real heroes encountered every day

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Are there any real heroes today? Yes and yes. I submit there are many Americans who are God-fearing people who strive to do right and live by The Golden Rule. I am prejudiced because I know more than I can count in Portales. These people are the ones who go […]

Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop owner hosting ranch rodeo

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Freedom New Mexico This weekend, crowds will have an opportunity to see a rodeo done ranch-style. Joe Rhodes said ranch rodeos are unique from other rodeos in that they are done the way, “the old time ranch cowboys did.” “We got some awful good boys riding,” he said. It’s a lot different from a regular […]

Housing relief may be near

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The next two weeks could see the beginning of relief for what many see as a housing shortage in Portales.. Mel Ottley, president of Mock Homes of Albuquerque, said he plans to begin building three model homes in the Baca Subdivision on University Drive west of Eastern New Mexico […]

Open mouth ruins marriage bliss

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist I know better than to call them like I see them, especially when it involves a purchase my wife has just made. But I’m stupid and I did it anyway. As I inspected what appeared to be some type of new wardrobe accessory my wife had left on the counter, […]

Communities committed to prep football

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors … enthusiasm for football is easy to see in Portales and Clovis. This time of year, Friday night is high school football night for many across the region. People have different ideas about why the support exists, but a number […]

No tolerance for opponents of health reform

Freedom New Mexico The ongoing debate over the White House health-care plan has revealed the ugly dark side of this administration. We now see that behind President Barack Obama’s soothing words and talk about ameliorating differences is a man and his allies who disdain their opponents and have little tolerance for freewheeling public debate. We’re […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: Greatest entertainer of my lifetime

By Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico photographer My sister Jeannette and I would get on the bus to ride across town to see Michael Jackson and his brothers at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Every time they came to the city, we went to see them. Later when they became the Jacksons, they would […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]

God can offer us new management

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Does discouragement hang around your door? Are you tempted to throw in the towel? Whenever I see a sign “Under New Management,” I think of new life under spiritual “New Management.” To me, new management implies something new and different. I heard a friend tell a story about two men. […]