United Way hosts Blessing Tree

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer United Way members are striving for one final push during the holiday season to raise money for programs and they want to do it through a “Blessing Tree” at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico helps fund programs which help youth, domestic violence victims and […]

Rotary club to host holiday home tour

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Homeowners’ love for Christmas will be on display as part of the First Annual Homes for the Holidays Tour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 in Portales. The Portales Rotary Club is sponsoring the home tours. There will be six homes on the tour people can view […]

Local News Brief (Dec. 2)

Names left on Mayor’s Christmas Tree There are still 121 names left on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Portales City Hall as of Thursday afternoon, according to Veda Urioste, an organizer of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. She said there were 244 names of children in Roosevelt County on the tree originally. People can take names […]

Decorations are memories as well

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist This is the time of year when my living room starts to look like the Island of Misfit Toys. Please don’t hate me because I’m organized, but I’ve already got my Christmas tree up and ready to plug in tonight as the Christmas season officially gets into full swing. However, I’ve […]

Salvation Army looking to help local families

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The 12-foot artificial Christmas tree in Clovis’ Wal-Mart isn’t decorated with fancy lights or ornaments. It is instead filled with paper cutouts, bearing children’s names and their Christmas wishes. Nearby, sits a box filled with various items: a new novel — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;” a plastic-wrapped […]

Art Club decorates City Hall

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Christmas tree is up and ready for people to select children’s names and bring a smile to their faces for the Christmas holiday. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree is up at Portales City Hall with approximately 200 names of children in Roosevelt County. People can begin taking names off of […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree events set for this week

PNT Staff Report The Portales High School Art Club will be decorating the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at 2 p.m. on Monday at Portales City Hall. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree provides residents an opportunity to purchase Christmas presents for children who can’t afford gifts. People can pick a name from the Christmas tree and purchase a […]

Nation’s Christmas tree will have a New Mexico flair

By Marlena Hartz Harvested from the Santa Fe National Forest, an 80-foot spruce is going on a long road trip east to the nation’s capitol. It is the latest in a long line of trees chosen for holiday display near the Washington Monument. And to adorn its branches are more than 3,000 ornaments handcrafted by […]

Oct. 23 School News

Portales Junior High Parent/Teacher Conferences Students have the opportunity to sleep-in Monday while their parents visit with teachers during parent/teacher conferences. Teachers will be in their classrooms from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. then from 3-6 p.m. To help eliminate long waits, Assistant Principal Glenda Meeks asks parents to schedule their visits according to the following […]

Cannon honored as Tree City USA for seventh consecutive year

2nd Lt. James Nichols, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Cannon Air Force Base recently celebrated Earth Day/Arbor Day April 21 at Doc Stewart Park. During the celebration, Cannon was honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for the seventh consecutive year. “Winning Tree City USA for the seventh year in […]

Encouragement … A gift to give away

Joan Clayton: Religion columnist I planted a little seedling tree several years ago. In time other trees surrounded it, crowding it and shading it from sunshine. So much for the tree, I thought. You can see that I love trees, so I planted another one in a wide open space. I watered this tree, fertilized […]

Pests become profit for local business owner

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series of profiles on local business owners who have been with their business for five years or more. For the past 14 years, the owners of Redlands Pest control and Tree Trimming, Ken and Teresa Carlson, have provided a service that […]

Dec. 12 Elida School News

Mid-year exams are right around the corner, specifically, Tuesday through Thursday. Christmas parties for students, staff and faculty will be held on Thursday, which is the last day of school before the holiday break. Classes will resume on Jan. 3. Elementary progra The annual elementary candlelight program will be held tonight at 7. The sixth […]

Do you have your gift from God?

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist A special memory of my first Christmas as a newly wed still warms my heart today. We lived in Eastern University’s “Vetville.” Vetville (rows of army barracks converted to apartments) housed married veterans for $25.00 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school on […]

Trees can be festive, but beware of fire

By David Irvin The Christmas tree is a venerated and respected symbol of Christianity and the holiday season. Not to mention a beacon of joy for children come Christmas day. But it can also be a fire hazard, officials say. Local fire departments are spending time and energy to inform those decorating for the holidays […]

Community pays tribute to late educator

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By Tony Parra Members from the community watched as city and county officials dedicated an aristocrat pear tree in memory of Russell Knudson on Tuesday morning in the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn. The crowd gathered around the south part of the Roosevelt County Courthouse for the dedication of a tree, which is a cousin of […]

Trees can use protection, too

By Jim Lee While having coffee recently with my friend Don Criss, he casually mentioned the sad plight of the pernambuco tree. I instantly became alert, no small feat for a fellow with my attention span. Don always gets my attention because I learn so much from him — and it’s an opportunity to rip […]

Rain expected to be constant for next few days

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Linda Martinez came to New Mexico from California’s San Bernardino Valley in search of a safer environment for her family. So far, the weather has not cooperated. A tree fell on her car Sunday night in Clovis as a storm whipped through the region with lightning and winds at speeds […]

Group hopes for tree-mendous impact

By Tony Parra Officials with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Resources Department will be on hand at the 12th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo to try to persuade Texans and New New Mexicans to plant more trees. “We don’t suggest buying trees unless you know what you are looking for,” Dan Ware, a public […]

Family traditions are remembered at Christmas

Bob Huber I always take our Christmas tree down early, because it’s just too nostalgic for me. That’s because when I was a kid, our family had the most unusual assortment of decorations, and I kept every one. I still get tears in my eyes when I see a smashed beer can. Granddaughter: “Grandpa, why […]