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 […]

Heart health to take center stage Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Promoting the health benefits of cardiovascular exercise is the focus an event called Heart Walk that will be held on Saturday. Be True to Your Heart: Motivating Others To Take Responsibility for Their Health, is the motto and platform that has inspired Miss Central New Mexico Ashley Sego to […]

Messenger bags not synonymous with man purses

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I saw my friend Shannon, who’s a girl. It’s a bad song, but it’s a true story. We went out to bowl, we went out for walks, we went out to see her friends. All throughout, we took photos and wrote […]

Portales prom couple arrived by helicopter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A unique twist was added to the 2007 Portales High School prom as students witnessed the arrival of a helicopter bearing senior Jessica Adkins and her date. Wishing to do something memorable for her prom, Adkins decided arriving by helicopter would be pretty neat. It would also be something […]