My turn: Coffee shop seeking local artwork

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I got to be in my very first flashmob Monday for Halloween and as nervous as I was before hand, I was surprised at how well it went. My group got compliments on our performance, which was one and a half minutes of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and we had a good time doing it. Another […]

In search of ponies: Egg-citing discovery

Sharna Johnson I have to admit and even I am surprised, but I am actually enjoying having chickens. Racquel and Molly — they came with names — are perfect ladies and are actually kind of neat to have around. They don’t like to be touched, but by the same token they like to shadow me […]

Letter to the Editor: PETA surprised at allegations

PETA surprised at allegations Regarding Baxter Black’s column in Friday’s Portales News-Tribune: “PETA’s death threats went too far.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was just as surprised as figure skater Johnny Weir when we learned he allegedly received death threats for using white fox fur in one of his costumes. PETA, like most […]

First person: Food bank director awarded for volunteer service

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Nancy Taylor, executive director of the Food Band of Eastern New Mexico, was recently presented the 2009 public service award by the New Mexico Aging and Long-term Services Department during the New Mexico Conference of Aging. And the award goes to…: When I found out I was to receive the award, I was humbled and […]

Thieves nab flowers, stuffed bears from shop

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Rose Riley was surprised when burglars struck her shop Thursday night and took only flowers and teddy bears. “They left a glass trail where they shopped,” Riley said Friday morning. “They knew the difference between the quality of the bears… (And) they were after flowers and I don’t know, […]

Anxiety can be managed with proper treatment

By Anita Doberman I am always surprised, although I shouldn’t be, when I receive a visit from a most familiar and unwelcome visitor: anxiety. Everyone gets worried from time to time, but for some people this feeling can be overwhelming. I always struggled with anxiety, but after each birth — and even with my adopted […]

Multi-pronged approach applied to anxiety

Anita Doberman I am always surprised, although I shouldn’t be, when I receive a visit from a most familiar and unwelcome visitor: anxiety. Everyone gets worried from time to time, but for some people this feeling can be overwhelming. I always struggled with anxiety, but after each birth — and even with my adopted son, […]

Husband's family video meets mixed reactions

By Anita Doberman I fully expected my children to be ecstatic when we put on a recording my husband sent from Iraq. But I was surprised by my 4-year-old daughter’s reaction.

Roosevelt backs Bush

By Mike Linn In a nip-and-tuck race for the presidency, Democrats and Republicans in Portales were still waiting late into the evening for a victor — even though Roosevelt County resoundingly favored President Bush. Nationwide, CNN reported 246 electoral votes for Bush and 188 for John Kerry at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. It takes 270 […]

Weather expert expected injuries

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By Mike Linn: Freedom Newspapers A meteorologist said he’s surprised lightning did not cause more injuries on Tuesday night, as the National Weather Service recorded 6,000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 60-mile radius south of Portales. New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell were injured by lightning near New Mexico […]

Something’s fishy about certain pets

By Jim Lee I doubt if there is anything on this planet that ranks remotely close to a fish in the hierarchy of general weirdity. Just watch one of those critters swimming around aimlessly in its tank or bowl for a while — unless there’s something better to do. They always look surprised. Why does […]