Trees provide more than just shade

By Joan Clayton: Columnist I learned an amazing concept about trees in a conservation workshop. We were told when a tree is in distress, from drought or disease, it sends out signals (vibrations) to the nearest tree. The nearest tree sends back support signals to the distressed tree. I don’t know what kinds of signals [...]

Seniors deserve love, attention

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist One of our greatest resources is our older population. Despite years of experience to contribute to society, I think we sometimes take them for granted. I salute the many agencies that contribute opportunities for senior citizens. However, there may be many who have felt isolated. As people get older there [...]

Ornaments have sentiment

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers This Christmas season, eastern New Mexico residents shared their favorite ornaments with Freedom Newspapers. The history of Christmas tree ornaments Modern Christmas trees emerged in 15th- and 16th-century Germany, according to a Hallmark press release. Evergreens were used originally in church plays at Christmas and were hung with apples to symbolize [...]

Bird debacle resolved peacefully

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There is no doubt the feisty little Italian many of us knew from the old Mr. Hank Show on KENW has aged. It shows in his flowing gray mane. What we may not have known until this week was the deviousness age has bestowed on Tony Gennaro. Earlier this [...]

Grackles wreaking havoc at Roosevelt County Courthouse

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as dusk settles in each evening. According to Charlene Hardin, Roosevelt County administrator, the birds have gradually taken over the trees at the courthouse. They’ve been there since the summer and have [...]

City getting ready to request bids on downtown work

By William P. Thompson City of Portales officials now have nearly half a million dollars in funding for renovations to the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Portales’ Director of Community Development Jeremy Sturm said the state legislature recently gave out $125,000 in capital outlay for the project and the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation was able [...]

Local Briefs (Dec. 20)

Salvation Army needs more help Eastern New Mexico’s branch of the Salvation Army is “only halfway” to meeting the needs of area families, Capt. Tammy Ray said on Monday. The Christian-based organization has angel trees set up at local stores to give residents the opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific child. “We have 520 [...]

Church members reach out

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A contingent of Portales church members went to the hurricane-ravaged areas in south Texas and Louisiana intent on giving the victims food, shelter and above all, hope. Members from various Baptist churches in Portales and Clovis were in Louisiana and south Texas to help out victims who were seeking shelter, [...]

Recycle for environment, save some money

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Every day we are buried in an avalanche of paper. We live with computer printed “hard copy,” receipts from gasoline pumps and ATMs, unwanted special offers courtesy of the United States Postal Service, paper towels, paper plates, paper coffee filters, and enough other paper whatevers to fill the Grand Canyon and [...]

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 [...]