Swimming safely

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By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico With warmer temperatures and summer on the way, more and more children and adults will be seeking refuge from the heat and fun in the sun at pools and lakes throughout the region. Potter Park Pool has been cleaned and inspected and is opening at 1 p.m. today. The […]

Downtown master plan presented

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales wants to see more people downtown: Shopping, congregating, walking, bicycling, eating and even living downtown. It’s all part of a master plan to make the downtown area more walkable, shopable and livable. The master plan and downtown zoning code was presented to a crowd of […]

Only a little starry-eyed

Everybody wants to be a celebrity these days. I’m sure there must be some fancy schmancy psychological term for this inordinate hunger for fame, but I just call it “star dumb.” In the old days thespians and so-called entertainers were pretty much the dregs of society. They were the ones curious country people viewed about […]

Daughter has become commodity

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers No one has come right out and said it, but I know my daughter is a commodity right now. An economic good. A product. Something of value. Maybe even a commission to someone. My daughter Laura is a high school senior this year and Uncle Sam is just one of […]

Parents who miss teacher conferences are not criminals

Editorial It had to happen. Now there’s a politician who wants to get the law-making process involved in the delicate business of teacher-parent relations. Rep. Wayne Smith, a Republican from Baytown, Texas, has filed a bill that would allow a $500 fine to be levied on parents who miss a meeting with their child’s teacher. […]

Laws that hurt the needy are wrong

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Are we separating ourselves from the social reality of our country? Are we ignoring the facts that we are a nation with an aging population and that some cannot make a decent living? I was shocked last week to read that the city of Las Vegas, Nev., has passed an […]

New instructor wants students, parents involved in class’ direction

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers A hands-on learning environment is what Gwyn Del Toro hopes to create in her fourth-grade classroom. A first-time teacher, Del Toro is beginning her career at James Bickley Elementary. “I’m excited but nervous,” she said. The new teacher is hoping for a school year full of learning and fun. “It’s […]

U.S and China talks may produce more than staged theatrics

Editorial Highly public meetings between heads of state, like the meeting in the White House on Thursday between President Bush and Chinese president Hu Jintao, are “90 percent political theater and about 10 percent substance,” says Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. But symbolic or theatrical […]

Priorities become simpler with age

Bob Huber: Local Columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

Expansion complete for local plant

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Pete Domenici will be guest speakers at Tuesday’s open house celebrating of Abengoa Corp.’s expansion project. The expansion will double the plant’s ethanol production from 15 to 30 million gallons a year, according to officials. Richardson and Domenici, R-N.M., who have expressed concerns over the […]

White wants to give back to community

By Bob Fabian Logan White was raised learning to love the game of baseball, but he’s had to make many changes in his path to the major leagues. He wants to make another change — one to give Portales youth a better chance to duplicate his success. “I want kids to think, ‘This guy used […]

Roberts believes she has another term in her

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent One of the state’s longest-serving lawmakers believes she still has a little more in the tank. For Earlene Roberts, it’s just not time to call it quits. The Lovington Republican has decided to run again for a seat in the House because she says she’s not completely comfortable with the […]