‘Straight Talk Express’ ready for boarding

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor I’ve been taking great pleasure in the way the presidential race is going. My enjoyment is partly because my guy John McCain has the nomination sewn up, but also because those around me aren’t happy with the way things are going. I have a wife, brother and coworker who […]

Difficulty of multitasking depends on tasks

By Helena Rodriguez My former editor, Scot Stinnett, shook his head one evening when he walked in and saw me simultaneously developing film, eating dinner and proofreading a story. I thought I had this multitasking thing down perfect: Once every minute, jiggle the stainless steel container with the film developing solution and the roll of […]

Other mother provides inspiration to persevere

By Anita Doberman In the last few weeks, I missed my husband’s call from overseas too many times. If it’s just once or twice I don’t mind, but if it happens on numerous occasions, I feel frustrated and disappointed. I wanted to share our excitement about an upcoming trip to Atlanta to attend my oldest […]

Some things in life reliable, some not so much

By Baxter Black As I weave my way through life there are things that I count on. They are stepping stones in my path that I don’t worry about, including: 1) Where I am going to spend eternity. 2) That my wife will always love me. 3) That the airplane pilots know what they are […]

New AFSOC commander visits Cannon

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Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor This week Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, recently appointed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., paid his first official visit to Cannon Air Force Base since taking command in November. He talked with Freedom New Mexico Wednesday in his first press interview since assuming that […]

Faith one of most valuable things person can possess

By Joan Clayton Have you ever realized that history repeats itself? It’s a concept as old as time. It can be traced as far back as can be pursued. An undeniable result of transgression is that it never happens in isolation. The fact that, “one does as he or she pleases, as long as it […]

1-15-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: John Kropp Job: Firefighter/EMS paramedic Time on the Job: Since July 1997 Background: He began as a volunteer firefighter at Floyd in 1996. Q: Describe what your job entails? A: It begins with 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty. “Monday is clean the station day.” Training and more training, Q: What is […]

First person: Hank Baskett

Clovis native Hank Baskett recently finished his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles: On being back in Clovis: There’s no place like home. It’s always great to see friends and family. You can never get enough of friends and family. On being named special teams player of the year by the Eagles: It did help. […]

Couple returns adopted daughter after seven years

By Anita Doberman Hard to believe, but a Dutch couple returned their adopted Korean daughter after seven years. The parents had adopted the little girl from South Korea when she was four months old. Reports of how the situation unfolded were contradictory, but it appears that the girl was given over to the care of […]

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 […]

Positive thinking important in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I am always amazed when I meet people who are extremely positive no matter what happens out there. It may pour rain or thunder but nothing can take their smile away. Whenever I asked these people what their secret is, they often say, that’s just the way I have always been. […]

Some things best left unchanged

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I set the flash up like normal. I stood in the same spots. I said hi to the same Greyhound Arena staff. For all intents and purposes, this was a normal basketball game for me. Except it wasn’t. It was the Harlem Globetrotters. It was the third time I’d […]

Air guitar filled with purple haze

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I realized lying awake one morning about 4:30 that I played the air guitar left-handed. Or maybe not. Since I couldn’t sleep I was thinking about column ideas and I recalled a story on handedness and how science was trying to figure out what makes you right- or left-handed. […]

Hounds seek win at Kingsville

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University football team knew things would get pretty tough once Lone Star Conference South Division play began. It’s been all of that for the Greyhounds, and probably more. ENMU (4-4, 0-4 South) will try to break its four-game division slide tonight at Texas A&M-Kingsville, a […]

It’s their job: Cindi Onstott

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Cindi Onstott Job: Consignment and furniture sales Time on the job: Three years for consignment, eight months with the furniture Background: In the past, Onstott worked at College Cleaners during the time that her family owned it, she has owned and operated both the Great Plains Car Wash […]

Annual program focuses on fall

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Amid a collage of pumpkins, candles and fall colors, the aroma of cooking food filled the air during the annual extension program presented by Roosevelt County Home Economist Connie Moyers. Happy Fall-i-days was the theme that featured ideas for foods made from harvest vegetables, decorations to adorn your home […]

Friends, family remember former mayor

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor The first word out of anyone’s mouth when they remember former Portales mayor and businessman James “Jimmy” Kiker is honest. Kiker died earlier this month at the age of 96. “I think most folks will remember him as an honest man,” said Kiker’s daughter, Phyllis Davidson of Clovis. “I […]

Minister’s miniatures

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Jeff and Eloise Symonds say Portales and the First United Methodist Church, where he recently became the minister, are an ideal size. He calls both small enough to be really friendly, but large enough to provide conveniences and help do the work of the church and make life enjoyable. […]

Prayer changes things, people

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist In a recent study, half of a group of cardiac patients were prayed for and half were not. Those who were prayed for improved remarkably in many ways. I read a story of Saint Peregrine, a young priest in the 14th century, who was scheduled for a leg amputation because […]

Police: Clovis senior traps alleged intruder

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An 85-year-old city resident took law enforcement into his own hands, capturing a teen at gunpoint Tuesday during an attempted robbery. When police arrived at the home just before 7 a.m., they found Alton Tillman pointing a handgun at a 16-year-old boy who was standing against a wall, a police […]