Pope John Paul II: 1920-2005 History’s most-traveled pope dies Saturday at his Vatican apartment.

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By Victor L. Simpson: The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II set an example of how to live life, a dynamic preacher who traveled the world, battled communism and proclaimed his moral code opposing abortion, casual sex and consumerism. In his final days, crushed by sickness that slowed his vigorous gait and […]

Pope John Paul II dies at age 84; world in mourning

By Victor L. Simpson: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II, who helped topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp on the church that he led for 26 years, died Saturday night in his Vatican apartment, ending a long public struggle against debilitating illness. He was 84. “We all […]

Forgiveness and love turn suffering and anxiety into joy and hope

Freedom Newspapers T oday is Easter, the day Christians honor the “author and perfecter” of their faith, Jesus Christ, who “for the joy set before him endured the cross.” For Christians, the cross endured signifies the cost of sin, suffering and death upon humanity and God. Yet, on Easter morning grief turns to joy as […]

Reflections on Easter

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Many thoughts come to mind when I think of Easter. I prefer to call it “Resurrection Day.” I think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for you and me. I think of the pain, the shame and the agony he endured. He came to give us “life and to […]

Departure sign of changing world of journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist One could sum up Dan Rather’s sad departure from CBS news on Wednesday night in his own words: “It’s way past the witching hour at this point in the game.” Since his controversial story on President Bush’s military service, Rather’s own career began to, as Rather said of Gore during […]

Non-testers work on world problems

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By Kevin Wilson While most of their classmates were spending their school days taking a national test, the sophomores of Portales High School got an opportunity for a global test. Tuesday and Wednesday found the PHS 10th-graders in the Campus Union Ballroom of Eastern New Mexico University, where they were organized as part of a […]

Rotary clubs celebrate 100th birthday

By Kevin Wilson When Chicago attorney Paul Harris put together a meeting with three of his friends on the night of Jan. 23, 1905, he probably didn’t imagine what would transpire 100 years later in Portales or the rest of the world. Now, a century later, Harris’ club has branched into more than 30,000 clubs […]

Church members answer call for God

By Tova Fruchtman Don McCasland carries a world atlas with all of his important paperwork. He said he is always thinking about spreading the Gospel worldwide. McCasland, an elder at the Church of Christ at 16th and Pile streets in Clovis, has been helping run a program that broadcasts a 25-minute sermon on television and […]

We should celebrate essence of Christmas today and everyday

On Christmas Day, like no other on the calendar, compassion and generosity resonate. Children are the center of our universe. Our bonds are celebrated. Hope lives. It is Christmas. This is the day the birth of Jesus is observed in Christian communities from Tucumcari to Portales and across the world. As told in the gospel […]

Personality Plus: Richard Bradfute

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Your name: Richard Bradfute Your job: Assistant VP/ Chief Information Officer Your age (date of birth): 33 years-old, November 4, 1971 Your hometown: Born in Lamar, Colo. but Portales is my home. Occupation: I direct the IT and proof operations for the Portales National Bank Your family: I married Christy seven years ago. I have […]

Oct. 31 Letters to the Editor

Council supports Bond B Education Bond Issue B is one of those opportunities that come before us supporting our efforts to continue to improve our community. Eastern New Mexico University is a tremendous economic and quality-of-life asset to Portales and Roosevelt County. ENMU employs 700 citizens and offers educational opportunities for almost 4,000 students yearly […]

Choose your own adventure in rhetoric

By Kevin Wilson Trying hard to invalidate the flip-flop arguments? Or are you trying to prove that Bush is really turning the corner? Like John Edwards said, help is on the way. What follows is the only speech you’ll need this election season. When you come to the items in parentheses, cross out the first […]

More questions than answers surround Sept. 11

By Helena Rodriguez More questions than answers following Sept. 11 Three years, more than 1,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars since Sept. 11, 2001, I ask, “Have we made a dent in fighting world terrorism or have we unleashed a bigger monster?” Have we become part of the problem or the solution? Saturday […]

Make sure to honor heroes, whoever they are

By Kevin Robbins: Guest Columnist There is a common bond among all people in society: We all have our heroes. We incorporate a seemingly illogical bond on those we hold dear, and our expectations are always going to be higher than what can possibly be accomplished. Perhaps we expect too much, receive too little, and/or […]

Ex-ENMU athlete recalls Olympic dream

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — When most people turn on their televisions this week to tune into to the 2004 Olympics from Athens, they see little more than a gathering of athletes competing for awards and recognition. For oneformer ENMU student, however, watching the Olympics is different. It is different because he represented his country […]

Personalities Plus: Ernesto Gomez

Name: Ernesto Gomez. Job: Community Services Center volunteer. Age: 62 Hometown: Portales. Family: Sisters: Linda Short, Ramona Gomez. Brothers: Alfonso Gomez and Antonio Gomez. Ernesto Gomez brings his smile to Community Services Center when he shows up to work. He enjoys living in Portales and meeting people at the CSC. Gomez also enjoys participating in […]

Tae kwon do students to compete in Korea

By Dave Wagner Qualifying for the tae kwon do world championships was quite an accomplishment for three students of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do in Portales. Instructor Steve Blakeley, who has taught tae kwon do for 32 years, said it’s the first time he’s had anybody make it to that level. But he knows the competition […]

Athletes get ready for world stage

By Kevin Wilson Taekwon-do is generally an individual sport, but members of a local martial arts chapter are making a team effort to ensure representation on the world’s highest stage. Three members of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do are spending the next few months getting ready physically, mentally and financially for the International Taekwon-Do Federation World […]

Kryden enjoys life of books

What do you think of Portales? “I love Portales. That’s why I came back, for family and also Portales has always been my hometown.” What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Getting up and sitting in the backyard. Being able to sit down and paint. Other than that, traveling. I love to travel.” What is […]

Project: Reader Reaction, July 7

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “So the transfer of power is complete in Iraq. When will the violence in that country end?” Some responses: “IT IS HARD TO even imagine that the violence will come to an end. True what America did for Iraq was much needed, however the extreme members of the […]