Octuplet mom hard to defend

By Anita Tedaldi: FNNM columnist We finally found something that conservatives and liberals alike can agree on — the disapproval, to put it mildly, over Nadya Suleman’s parenting choices. Forget the debate surrounding the stimulus plan and the economic downfall. Leave it to Suleman to unite the nation in criticizing her. In the last week, […]

God is in control

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Is there any good news anymore? You betcha! I have lots of it. Once in a while you will hear or read about something good on Planet Earth but I have “good news ” every day. For starters, Jesus loves you. The Bible gives a wonderful blueprint for your […]

Weekend full of local activities

Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo For Tucumcari’s Centennial Celebration Max Gardner and Rex Rideout will perform songs from Jack Thorp’s 1908 cowboy song collection. Freedom New Mexico Take your pick. There is something for everyone’s taste from bucking broncos to cowboy poetry to contemporary music beginning Thursday at the Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering. The long-weekend’s […]

Adequate medical program needed

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections I wish that I had something good to say about my experience with Tricare and military medicine, but today I don’t. While I am fully aware that there are plenty of excellent physicians and medical professionals who do a great job taking care of their patients, I feel disappointed and […]

Military medical coverage frustrating lately

By Anita Doberman I wish that I had something good to say about my experience with Tricare and military medicine, but today I don’t. While I am fully aware that there are plenty of excellent physicians and medical professionals who do a great job taking care of their patients, I feel disappointed and frustrated with […]

Flirting not always so innocent

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections You would think flirting would be something I gave more thought to in my single days, than my married ones. Not so. While I’ve never been one to bat my eyelashes to get my way, I am now more aware of flirting than ever precisely because I’m married. Now, I’m […]

Flirting not always so innocent

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist You would think flirting would be something I gave more thought to in my single days, than my married ones. Not so. While I’ve never been one to bat my eyelashes to get my way, I am now more aware of flirting than ever precisely because I’m married. Now, I’m […]

Blogging allows personal freedom of expression

By Anita Doberman I used to think that blogging was something for young people, or those who had a specific interest in some obscure topic. In other words, not something for a mom busy with children. I looked askance when people talked about a blogging “community” that brought them closer to others. It seemed anonymous […]

Blogging allows communication without restraint

By Anita Doberman I used to think that blogging was something for young people or those who had a specific interest in some obscure topic. In other words, not something for a mom busy with children. I looked askance when people talked about a blogging “community” that brought them closer to others. It seemed anonymous […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” … you […]

Positive light doesn’t shine, especially with in-laws

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Jurors view interrogation video

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Midway through Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors have heard three hours of a video where Novak said he repressed memories of the night his wife died but saw no way he could have possibly caused her harm. In the […]

Burglary growing concern

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Sheila Hays doesn’t want other Portales business owners to go through what she has been dealing with the last two weeks. About a week-and-a-half ago, Sheila’s Classy to Whimsy specialty store in Portales was broken into and over $10,000 worth of merchandise was pilfered. “(I) feel very violated. It’s […]

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 […]

Stocking stuffers

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Stocking stuffers can be anything from holiday candy to money, but in the end, as long as the stuffers bring a smile to the recipient’s face, it’ll be a success. Though some Web sites give detailed directions on how to stuff a stocking properly, the contents just need to […]

Enrichment weekly task at zoo

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Once a week they get something new, something exciting, something tasty or maybe even frightening. The goal is to get their blood pumping, their brains working and sparked their instincts and creativity. Enrichment activities, which stimulate one of four areas — tactile, environmental, scent or food — are a […]

Secret passwords no fun anymore

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Am I the only person on the planet who was sincerely shocked to hear this week that the most common password for secret passwords is “password?” Duh! If your “becoming-more-complex-by-the-minute life” is anything like mine, then you’ve started to notice you need a filing cabinet to keep track of all […]

City councilors officially adopt transportation committee’s study

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council officially adopted the year-long study that has produced the Portales Transportation Plan along with its recommendations. Work on the plan, done by a citizen and stakeholder group called the Portales Transportation Planning Committee, was directed by G.C. Engineering. It is wide-ranging, from a recommended northwest alignment […]

Holiday festival features food, fun, friends

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer For the first time in several years, the people of Portales had a place to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with food, fun and friends — all in a family atmosphere at the Smokin’ 4th of July Bash at Greyhound Arena Wednesday afternoon. The first-of-its-kind festival featured live […]

People exhibit wish to be fooled

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I write this column against better judgment, because it may find its way into my performance review. It’s proof I goof around on company time and damage coworker egos. It’s better that I don’t start this story, but instead leave it to Michael Caine and his opening quote from the […]