In search of ponies: Gadgets not limited to human

By Sharna Johnson: CMI columnist It was around the 14th century or so when some anonymous irreverent farmer took a highly prized religious implement and hung it from the neck of his best sheep — and thus the precious bell was transferred down from the upper echelons of the priesthood, literally to the herd. No […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The Portales City Council met Tuesday evening and took the following action: • Approved a proclamation declaring Feb. 14, 2012 as TRIO Day in Portales. • Heard a presentation about the historic Railroad Depot. The city of Portales hired Stanley Consultants to explore potential redevelopment options of the area related with the depot. Representatives recommended […]

WWII pilot revisits B-25

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Courtesy photo: Dale Harner Ernest Shuey sits in the cockpit of a restored B-25 Oct. 4 at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Shuey, who flew 59 missions in a similar plane during World War II, took a tour while the fighter was at the airport as a traveling exhibit. Kevin Wilson Ernest Shuey of Clovis got […]

My turn: High school reunion full of lessons

It took awhile, but I’ve finally figured out that most people are pretty tough. It’s easy to assume that we are stronger than others — or at least stronger than others give us credit for. It’s harder to accept that we are not especially unique. It’s also easy to underestimate the easy-going. Until someone crosses […]

RGH celebrates anniversary with health fair

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Argen Duncan Community members took advantage of free or low-cost health screenings, physician consultations and a chance to check out a medical helicopter during the Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair on Saturday. The fair celebrated RGH’s 10th anniversary. “I thought it was very informative,” said attendee Orlando Shelly. “I’m so glad they came out to […]

Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

My turn: In search of my “Silver”

I think I am going to name my shoes. Roy Rogers had Trigger. The Lone Ranger had Silver. Lonnie Berry should name his transportation, too. But I have to come up with the right name, or I completely lose the impact. It has to be something that inspires, something that has a catchy ring to […]

My turn: Day trips made summer vacations

We never went to Disney Land when I was a kid. My vacation thrill was watching the Brady Bunch go to Hawaii. We mostly took day trips. However, two trips qualify as real summer vacations, granted they weren’t Disneyland; the year we went to Las Vegas (New Mexico) and when we camped in the Sangre […]

My turn: Traveling scarf starts friendships

Alisa Boswell I have had a project going on Facebook called Friendship of the Traveling Scarf. A friend gave me a bright and colorful scarf in February and in a fit of spontaneity and boredom, I took about five self-portraits with the scarf and posted them on Facebook. After this, the friend who gave me […]

Cannon Kite Karnival

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Nashawn Hare, 9, works to detangle his kite’s tale from its string. Liliana Castillo Flying kites was a family affair for the Naddell family on Saturday at the eighth annual Cannon Air Force Base Kite Karnival. Armed with a dragon kite and a fairy kite, the family of five took turns […]

Easter egg scramble

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo From left, Kaitlaynd Murphy, Christian Godfrey and Alex Godfrey inspect each others’ haul after the hunt. Liliana Castillo It took 300 children seven minutes to collect 3,000 eggs at Saturday’s Easter egg hunt hosted by the Community Center at Unity Park. Community Center Manager Paul Hopkins said staff spread eggs around […]

Collision complicates rancher’s plans ‎

Ron said it was just one of those days. In fact, it was the day before the regular auction in Ft. Pierre, SD. He had sorted off a truckload of cows he needed to get rid of. They were in a rain-soaked pasture down by the road that had no corral. No sweat, he and […]

Obama wants to drill —

Freedom New Mexico Gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in California, twice what they were when Barack Obama took office. But sometimes overlooked is that prices previously declined partly because of worldwide recession depressing demand. As economies recover, demand increases, and so do prices. Moreover, Middle East instability now threatens supplies, adding more upward […]

Shoutouts — March 27

Visit to Foxy Drive In brings back memories I was raised in Clovis, married Jerry W. Butts who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. We got transferred to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., in 1965. We moved to Virginia in 2002. So now we go back in the winter where our family […]

PNT columnist wins press awards

PNT staff report Portales News-Tribune columnist Wendel Sloan won two first-place awards and one second-place award in the state New Mexico Press Women column competition. Sloan took first in “Humorous Columns” and “General Columns,” and second in “Opinion Columns.” The humorous columns were “Embellishing inherited family trait” and “Let’s give grads real advice.” The general […]

Toy drive community effort

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Alisa Boswell Baby dolls, Tonka trunks, Nerf guns and basketballs were just a few of the toys scattered around the a back room of the Portales Police Department Tuesday afternoon, as various department employees took shifts packing boxes of toys for families in need. The annual tradition is the Portales Police Department’s Operation Santa Cop, […]

Zias can’t overcome slow start

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Dave Wagner It took Eastern New Mexico University’s women more than five minutes to get on the board Monday night. It was nearly eight minutes before the Zias had their first field goal. In the end, the painfully slow start was too much to overcome and Central Oklahoma cruised to a 75-54 Lone Star Conference […]

Firefighters battle it out

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Matthew Roberts hoists a hose in the firefighter obstacle course. Liliana Castillo The 12th annual Cannon Air Force Base fire muster took place Oct. 8 at Unity Park. The event included only four teams this year. Organizer Bruce Ford, assistant chief of fire prevention on base, said […]

School board meets in closed session

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education held a closed session to discuss pending litigation during a special meeting Monday afternoon at the district Administration Building. Superintendent Randy Fowler said the board took no action and he couldn’t discuss the conversation. The meeting’s purpose was to provide board members with information, he […]

Honors — Oct. 3

Area quilters top show Area quilters took honors at the Roswell Quilt Show, which was presented by Pecos Valley Quilters Sept. 24 and 25. Linda Custer of Rogers won Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice and first place for her “Finally!!!” large appliqued and machine-quilted (one-person) quilt. Lou Sikes of Portales won first place for “The […]