Sept. 23, 2007 Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Portales police dispatchers during the past week. According to reports: Saturday • At 8:29 a.m., a caller reported items missing from a shed in the backyard of a residence in the 2000 block of West Beech. • At 8:10 p.m., a caller reported that someone was […]

Children source of wisdom

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I feel a tug at my heart. By this time, I would have all my bulletin boards up, all my students’ names on the desks, all my lessons planned and would have prayed for a successful year. Why do I miss teaching school so much? I miss those little shiny […]

Happiness matter of attitude

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist There’s a saying, “It’s not what happens to you in life, but how you react to what happens to you that makes the difference.” I’ve also heard this story often, “Two prisoners looked out the window through bars. One saw mud, the other saw stars.” Attitude determines success in life. […]

Aug. 19, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Portales Police Dispatchers during the past week. According to the reports: Saturday • At 3:26 p.m., a caller reported that her home had been broken into in the 1100 block of Leo Drive. • At 11:06 p.m., a caller reported that someone was knocking on her […]

Friendship not based on rank

Anita Doberman I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the friendly yet misinformed […]

Friendship shouldn’t be founded on rank

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the friendly […]

God in control of all things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist In the first chapter of Genesis we read about the beginning, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. These commandments have been the basis of civilizations. Nebuchadnezzar did not believe in God until he saw the fourth man in […]

Happiness can’t be found in material things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Go to any bookstore and you will find dozens of “how to” books on being happy. Enticements are everywhere. TV commercials are filled with “things” guaranteed to satisfy. You only need their products to make your life perfect. For some, happiness is attained only when “this or that happens.” Yet, the […]

May 13, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Portales Police Dispatchers during the past week. According to reports: Friday • At 3:44 a.m., a caller reported a truck had been broken into in the 900 block of East Canadian. Saturday • At 8:47 a.m., a caller reported his vehicle had been broken into […]

March 18, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Portales police dispatchers during the past week. According to the reports: Saturday: • At 9:56 a.m., a caller reported a broken window on a vehicle in the 300 block of South Avenue D. • At 7:59 p.m., a caller requested a deputy as a male subject […]

Middle man stunts health care reform

By Freedom Newspapers The 65-year history of how modern health care payment and delivery developed in America has at its center one key fact: Almost no individual pays his or her own way. From this condition, we find: that health care costs rise faster than other consumer prices; that the first question at a hospital […]

Lady Buffs outmatch Zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Linden Weese knew his Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team would have matchup problems against West Texas A&M Wednesday night. Trying to minimize that, and stay out of foul trouble as well, the Zias went to a 2-3 zone for much of the game. But the Lady Buffs had […]

Another lesson from Miss Manners

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I may not exactly be Miss Manners, but when it comes to social etiquette, I’ve got a few things to say. I’ll call these Helena’s mannerisms. When someone sneezes, any proper, caring individual should say “Bless you!” If the person sneezes again, it is only proper to sigh and say […]

ENMU searching for new Zia coach

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University has begun the process of finding a women’s basketball coach after announcing last week that Dan Buzard’s contract would not be renewed for next season. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Wednesday that a selection committee is being put together. He said several applications have already been received, and […]

Cannon tax center keeps filers in the loop with returns

Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey When it comes to doing annual income taxes, some people may feel overwhelmed by the numbers, forms and IRS regulations. Knowing that every situation is different, the legal services tax office at Cannon helps Airmen, Department of Defense employees and retirees make the best of what can often be confusing tax preparation. […]

A teary goodbye here is a joyous hello in heaven

Joan Clayton “Someone is waiting for someone to leave or someone to arrive,” I thought. We were in an airport terminal. I looked around at the teary faces of people waiting to say the last goodbye. I also watched those happy expectant people waiting to hug with a “hello” for a loved one. “How much […]

Rodriguez loved unconditionally

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Adriana Rodriguez was born with Spine Bifida. She gave a strong witness that every life has a meaningful purpose. According to family and friends, she had a gift that reached into the heart of people revealing their own self worth. Adriana Rodriguez died at the age of 20 due to a […]

Motorcycle safety instructor shares tips

Master Sgt. Glen Pugh “There are two kinds of motorcycle riders; those that have been involved in an accident and those that will.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? I know I have. As a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor for the past four years, I personally believe that statement is not totally accurate. That’s […]

Meth law permissive, not restrictive

Letters to the Editor I believe the article in Friday’s paper (”City approves meth law/Commission votes 6-2 in favor of law restricting sale of some medicines”) missed the mark. New Mexico state law limits purchases of meth precursors to two packages, not to exceed six grams in any seven-day period. That’s restrictive. The new Clovis […]

Vigilance, reporting key to terrorism awareness

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Terrorists use their weapons to strike fear and panic into the hearts of their targets. All terrorists have one common goal; they want to make everyone see things the way that they see them, said Tony Boyce, 27th Fighter Wing anti-terrorism officer. Terrorists can be anyone and anywhere. According to […]