Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

My turn: No price tag for sentimental value

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How do you put a price tag on memories? That’s what I wondered this past weekend as I sorted through years of treasured clutter that I thought I couldn’t separate with only later to see dollar signs flashing as I prepared for my garage sale. For the third time in my life, my home became […]

Commissary boss: Value overlooked

Military grocery stores operate so efficiently that the discounts provided to shoppers are worth double the value of tax dollars being spent to deliver this prized benefit worldwide to U.S. service members and families. Joseph H. Jeu, director of the Defense Commissary Agency, made that point and more in an interview last week amid rising […]

Most laws in U.S. unnecessary

The system is broken. Almost every law, particularly every new law passed in the past several decades, is not based upon right or wrong, but upon opinion or value judgments. The U.S. imprisons, or traps in its “justice system,” more people, percentage-wise, than did Stalin in the USSR, and more than China ever has. You, […]

My turn: Art hard to define, value

Continuing with my topic of French Impressionism from last week, there’s something about standing in front of an original Picasso – not a reproduction – that makes you say, as a former co-worker of mine did, “I can’t believe I’m standing in front of a real Picasso.” For me, my new–found expertise in French art […]

In search of ponies: Shock value

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: Sharna Johnson is taking time off. The following is a a column she wrote in November 2007.

Body type doesn’t reflect person’s value

Somatotypes — body types — there are three and most of us are a mixture of two of the types. Ectomorphs are slender and angular, endomorphs are round in shape, and mesomorphs are muscular. You can see why most of us are a mixture of two of the above, though I am not sure how […]

Objects’ value lies in the heart

Clyde Davis Where do you draw the line between what is truly an antique, and what is valuable simply because it has value to you? Maybe this line is easy, on some occasions, but there are times when it becomes truly difficult. The older one gets, the more some of the objects that surround one […]

Female veterans face unique issues

By Anna Crook: Guest columnist The recent tragedy at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas reminds us just how much we value and appreciate the men and women who bravely serve our nation. This Army post houses soldiers who have returned from deployment in the Middle East and others who will travel to combat […]

It’s Their Job: Longtime resident says helping others satisfying

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Name: Marty Gonzales Job: Sales associate at True Value Background: I was born and raised here in Portales. Time on job: I have been working here at True Value for five years. What does your job entail? I give construction-related advice. I also assist customers with their construction material and tool purchases. What is a […]

Oct. 21 ENMU faculty briefs

PNT staff Music professor recognized Mark Dal Porto, professor of music, received a 2008-2009 ASCAPlus Award in recognition of performances of his music that have taken place this past year. The award is given annually to composers whose works are judged by an independent panel and based upon the value of each writer’s catalog of […]

Sept. 24, 1942

Mrs. Walker Hubbard, matron of a local children’s home, was the guest speaker at the Women’s Missionary Society of the First Baptist Church meeting, stressing the value a “women has in preparing her children to meet the problems of the world in the future.”

Fire destroys abandoned Portales mobile home

PNT Staff Report Portales fire crews responded to a fire alarm Sunday afternoon at an abandoned mobile home on North Globe in Portales. According to Portales firefighters, the alarm sounded at approximately 4:30 and crews were on scene at 4:35. There was no report on the value of damages.

Udall stumps in Clovis

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he would make sure Cannon Air Force Base keeps its new mission if he is elected to the Senate. He said the Special Operations mission will help fight new conflicts and would make sure Cannon has all the facilities needed to support it. […]

November 28, 1989

• A crew with the State Highway Department was busy repairing concrete located at Main and First streets. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the concrete had started to crack, according to officials with the department. • During the month of October, 15 building permits were issued. The estimated value for the construction work […]

November 7, 1993

• Portales mayor D.K. Shafer proclaimed the day to be “Nurse Appreciation Day” in Portales. • Members of the Elida Future Farmers of America chapter attended the Chapter Officer Leadership Training that was held at the Curry County Fairgrounds. • McDonalds offered six value meals for the price of $2.99 each, a Green Chili Cheeseburger […]

Deadline set for full payment of claims

By Tom Philpott : Military Update Service members who have household goods damaged or lost during government-directed moves will be reimbursed under a more robust “full replacement value” standard starting by at least March of 2008. Congress set the deadline in the 2007 defense authorization act signed into law Oct. 17. The National Military Family […]

Freedom of Information Act marks 40 years

Minneapolis Star-Tribune When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) nearly 40 years ago, he wasn’t exactly whooping for joy. In fact, former press secretary Bill Moyers has recalled, “LBJ had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the signing ceremony.” Why the reluctance? “He hated the thought of journalists rummaging in […]

First impressions are lasting impressions

Master Sgt. Gary McCarty First impressions make a lasting impact on us and more importantly, they only happen once. It is part of our human nature. We are programmed to immediately make assessments on an individual’s appearance, speech and personality, and how we treat and are treated by those we meet the first time. We […]

Rash of robberies hits county

By Tony Parra A rash of robberies in Roosevelt County involving televisions, VCRs and, in one robbery, guns, have tainted the summer for county residents. Richard Short of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department said the related robberies happen within the span of June and July. He said there have been nine related robberies similar to […]