Couple sure to learn their lesson

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For starters, the first question is why was this beautiful young couple wandering around a pumpkin patch on their romantic interlude? How about a fun game of miniature golf and some spooning? (Psssst. Mr. Columnist. You’re dating yourself again. Miniature golf is no longer a young girl’s dream date and they don’t call it “spooning” […]

Their view: Make sure to pass on blessings

We all get consumed by everyday life. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important. We try to make up for it here and there, never thinking to look at those around us in need. I for one am guilty of this. This year my husband and I were plagued by bad luck. We are […]

My turn: Getting paid to have fun

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One of the highlights of being a journalist is when you get paid to be entertained. Sure, you have to take pictures and write notes while you’re at the event, but in my opinion, that just makes it more fun. Last weekend, I covered the 4Troops concert in Clovis and I enjoyed being able to […]

My turn: Hurdles just part of life

I ran the hurdles once. I was never on the track team, but I did give the hurdles a try. When I was in junior high, I was the manager for the track team. My job was making sure that all of the starting blocks were put out and then picked up. I also had […]

Berry: Words of encouragement nice to hear

I think every sport or activity should have a cheerleader. My granddaughter is a cheerleader and she helps to keep her teams motivated. She claps in cadence and chants words of encouragement, when the team needs it most. I am not really sure what a cheerleader would say to a distance runner. “Pick up the […]

My turn: Soundtrack sets pace

Life would be better with a soundtrack. You know what I mean, the kind that has fast peppy stuff when you are in action, and slow mellow tunes when you relax. Most people who run, take music with them. You have to remember to take the right type. You need the kind of music that […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

Refugee adoption follows mower incident

Sharna Johnson Sure, I’ve killed before. One memory that stands out was stepping on my brother’s hamster when I was 5. I was chasing him while he was dragging the hamster in a gunny sack across the floor — best described in two words — Oops and yuck… And there was the bird who got […]

Hounds look for help from running game

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Dave Wagner With a senior-dominated offensive line and a handful of capable backs, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to put together a solid running game this season. For sure, the Greyhounds won’t turn into a run-first team after passing about 75 percent of the time in 2009. It’s just that if […]

Ceramics workshop includes displays, demonstrations

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Sure, it was easy to admire the artists’ works on display during the past week at Eastern New Mexico University’s Runnels Gallery. Still, for most observers, the people who made the ceramics pieces were little more than names on placards. For many, those names came to life through workshops […]

4-Hers prep for fair

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Daizia Looney, 10, learned how to shear her first goat Tuesday. She and other county residents are preparing for the Roosevelt County Fair, which opens noon Tuesday. Roosevelt County Extension 4-H Agent Melanie Gutierrez said youth with livestock projects are cleaning show boxes, making sure they have necessary supplies, […]

Officials say low census count not accurate

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Local officials are pretty sure when it comes to the U.S. Census estimates, they’re not being fully counted. Estimates released July 1 from the U.S. Census show a 2.5 percent decrease in the population of Clovis from an estimate of July 1, 2007 (33,177) to July 1, 2008 (32,352). […]

It’s Their Job: Gary Partin

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Gary Partin Job: Director of Home Health, a department of Roosevelt General Hospital Background: Partin graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in criminal justice and psychology. He worked at the Home Health department of Plains Regional Medical Center for seven years before coming to Portales to start […]

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 […]

Woman finds happiness in cooking

PNT Staff Editor’s Note: It’s Their Job is a new feature of the Portales News-Tribune that will run every Tuesday and Friday. It will feature a local person and the job they do. To suggest a person or job for this feature call Casey Peacock at 356-4481, ext 35 or e-mail casey_peacock@link.freedom.com. Name: Pam Bernier […]

Everything’s easier with Mom around

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If somebody accused me of returning to Portales after nearly 30 years away because I was a momma’s boy, I’d probably have to agree with them. I could tell you coming back made good sense financially or that the opportunity to pursue journalism in my home town was just […]

Some resolutions worth keeping

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher This is a personal tale about the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever made that has stuck. The decision saved me from myself. I write about it not for praise, but in case someone reading it wonders if they should quit drinking like I did 21 years ago. I […]

Mondragon tapped by governor for N.M. Partnership

Freedom Newspapers Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development at ENMR – Plateau, has been named by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the Economic Development Corp. known as the New Mexico Partnership. A former Clovis police chief and city manager, Mondragon represents Region 4 —Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, Harding and Union counties — for […]

Excuses for playing hooky listed

By Helena Rodriquez When it comes to playing hooky from work or school, the names of pros come to mind: Laverne & Shirley and Farris Bueller. Granted these are fictional characters who went through more trouble than it was worth to treat themselves to a day off. I think we can all get away with […]

McCulloch banks on background in Senate run

Compiled by Andy Jackson The following is the first of a series of profiles on political candidates campaigning in the area for the November general election. Candidate: Dr. Allen McCulloch Party: Republican Office: U.S. Senate Incumbent: Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Background: McCulloch is urologist from Farmington. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical […]