NBC and Amy Grant want to grant wishes in Clovis

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers NBC and recording artist Amy Grant are looking to grant wishes in the Clovis area as part of “Three Wishes,” a new prime-time television series that will spotlight people or communities with inspiring stories. Senior Casting Producer Traci Green said Grant specifically asked NBC to do a casting call in […]

Month celebrates Hispanics, history does not

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Someone asked me the other day what has been the most exciting story I’ve written during my 15-year journalism career. Without a second thought, I knew it was the story about a forgotten Mexican folk hero in an unmarked grave in Anson, Texas, which I wrote in 2001 for the […]

State home to unexplained phenomena

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist It’s spring again — daffodils are blooming, pollen dust is up your nostrils, and folks all over New Mexico are getting stiff necks from gazing at Unidentified Flying Objects. That’s because this state holds the record for the most melodramatic assaults from outer space. In fact, New Mexicans have won […]

Protection through paranoia catching on

By Kevin Wilson Leave it to our state to provide a safer environment, social comedy and a view on human behavior all at the same time. This is the story of Officer Timmy, who’s been helping keep the drivers of Albuquerque at a slower pace with only his presence. You see, presence is all Timmy […]

Departure sign of changing world of journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist One could sum up Dan Rather’s sad departure from CBS news on Wednesday night in his own words: “It’s way past the witching hour at this point in the game.” Since his controversial story on President Bush’s military service, Rather’s own career began to, as Rather said of Gore during […]

Russian Pelekh Box story always worth reliving

By Bob Huber So it’s another Christmas season, which means my daughter Tracy will corral friends and family to tell her favorite yuletide story — “The Russian Pelekh Box.” It’s a marathon narrative full of adventure, romance, and mystery, although its authenticity leaves something to be desired. So while a turkey roasts in the oven […]

Rather to step down from CBS anchor post

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports NEW YORK — Dan Rather, the hard-charging embodiment of CBS News who saw his reputation damaged by an ill-fated report on President Bush’s National Guard service, said Tuesday he will step down as “CBS Evening News” anchor in March after nearly a quarter-century in the job. Rather, […]

Bad day stories can prevent others

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw in […]

Library presentation enlightens audience with women’s history

Mike Linn She spoke of adobe homes and branding cattle. Crooked sheriffs and the Lincoln County War. Billy the Kid and his regulators. Nisha Hoffman, sporting a long dress and black-laced gloves, told about 40 Portales residents on Thursday the story of Susan McSween Barber, also known as the former cattle queen of New Mexico. […]

Girl says reunion an act of God

Mike Linn When Tracy Chavez saw her father three years ago she gave him a chilly reception. She didn’t give him a hug. She wouldn’t let him carry her bags. It had been almost 16 years since Ronnie Simmons disappeared from her life, and Chavez felt no need to embrace a man who for so […]

News gathering will always have its detractors

Mike Linn Sunday’s story on an Eastern New Mexico University group that calls itself pagans has spurred a few interesting e-mails and one phone call. I’d like to reinforce that the group has chosen to use “pagans” as an acronym meaning “people achieving goodness and nurturing spirituality.” The dictionary’s definition of pagan is one who […]

Unexpected mishaps overshadow the big city scene

Mike Linn I grew up in a city that harbors more than 1 million people, requires an hour to get from the southern end to the northern tip and has more scenes than a Star Wars trilogy. There’s the punk scene, the surfer “howly” scene, the hillbilly “darn wind too strong for squirrel huntin’ ” […]

County old timer a top-notch tale teller

Mike Linn Anybody who knows Charlie Carmichael knows she is full of tales. She’ll tell you stories about rattlesnakes, dusty old towns in Roosevelt County and days when students rode horses to school. The 84-year-old Carmichael, a volunteer lunch lady at Dora schools and South County reporter for the Portales News-Tribune, serves Roosevelt County in […]

Personalities Plus — Segundo Pena

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What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Being alive.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “I was shocked.” What is your theme song? “‘If I Make It Through December’ by Merle Hagard.” Who’s invited to your ideal dinner party, and why? “Loretta Lynn (cause she’s a woman).” What do you think about Portales? […]

Personalities Plus — Floren Thompson

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What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Relaxing and activities with wife and family.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “At first I was in total shock. Then my heart broke and I started crying for all those directly affected. I then began praying for them and our country.” Tell us about your […]

A true American story is hard to come by

Jim Lee Well, here we are in the second half of 2003. It just doesn’t seem possible. It feels like New Year’s Day happened around last week, and now we’re closer to 2004 than 2002. It makes me stop and realize that, other than just one day, birthdays are always less than a year away. […]

It’s all part of the job, and then some

Mike Linn Last Wednesday, following a trek through rain-drenched city streets seeking photos of what a wicked storm left behind, I earned a new nickname. I am “Noah.” A few of my editors thought it was funny that I accidentally locked my keys in my car — while it was still running mind you — […]