Work hard to leave behind

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I don’t get a real vacation this summer because I don’t have a real job … yet. But when I did have one, I remember how hard it was to get away from work completely. I always remember what it was like going back to work on Monday morning, in […]

News-Tribune claims numerous awards

PNT Staff Report The Portales News-Tribune picked up six awards on Saturday, including two for first place, at the Panhandle Press Association’s annual contest. Managing Editor Karl Terry earned first place for news writing, while PNT staff took top honors for front-page layout. Terry also earned honors for column writing, sports writing and photos, all […]

Motherhood is full-time position

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone has a strong opinion on whether a mother should work or stay at home with her children. Working moms say that it’s not the amount of time spent with their children that matters but the quality of time they have together. Stay-at-home moms say that the only way to raise […]

Downtown Portales buildings vandalized

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Police are investigating a graffiti spree that marked up approximately a dozen downtown buildings Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police had received 10 reports of graffiti vandalism, most of them coming in on Wednesday. He said police noticed other buildings that had […]

Writer’s works, ideas will never die

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales and Eastern New Mexico University lost a favorite son, true pioneer and a genuinely nice person with the passing of Jack Williamson on Friday. I was humbled by the responsibility of writing about the death of such a prolific writer and great mind in the Portales News-Tribune. The […]

Jack Williamson honored at 30th annual lectureship

By Tony Parra They came to discuss science-fiction and they also came to honor one of the genre’s most enduring masters, Jack Williamson, at the 30th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship at Eastern New Mexico University Thursday. Williamson, a Portales resident, who has been writing for 77 years, turns 98 in April. Friends and family said […]

30th Williamson lectureship comes to ENMU campus

By Tony Parra Portales will be the center of those who view the world in a different way on Thursday when experts in the field of science-fiction join local science-fiction writing legend Jack Williamson of Portales for the 30th annual Williamson Lectureship. “I enjoy the variety of people who have different points of views,” Rick […]

Author visits area elementary

By Marlena Hartz Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the author of 11 of them. Lively and animated, the Fort Worth, Texas, author shared the secrets of her trade Friday with 20 James Bickley Elementary students who were selected by teachers to attend […]

God looked out for Bettie Miller

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former school librarian has self-published a book of memories and poetry that captures the area’s history through her life story, from her days climbing trees and learning to drive, to a painful divorce and crippling stroke. At age 79, Bettie Gerber Miller – once considered the “poetry laureate” at […]

Area hopeful letters help stop closure

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Kenneth Realty Inc. agent Maureen Burns said she hunched over mounds of letters for three consecutive days last week. She wrote the names of the nine Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in blue ink over countless envelopes, addressing letters written by fellow community members to the Virginia-based Commission that will […]

City promotes letter campaign to keep Cannon

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer In these days of fast e-mails which are only a click away, Kim Huffman said that nobody ever throws away hand-written letters. According to Huffman, the community development director and executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, a letter-writing campaign that is being launched by the City […]

Four N.M. newspapers win ‘best of show’

The Associated Press The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Tribune, Hobbs News-Sun, The Durango Herald and Clovis News Journal won top honors Saturday in the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest. Awards for excellence in news coverage for 2004 were given in three circulation divisions for newspapers in New Mexico, as well […]

Hectic lifestyle can have bitter consequences

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I saw a scary commercial on TV the other day, a Wal-Mart spot showing a woman with a hectic lifestyle who looks into the camera and says: “I like being busy all the time.” Don’t we all? We just love driving around like maniacs, our cell phones glued to our […]

Sci-fi lectureship set for Thursday

By Tony Parra Jack Williamson, who turns 97 in March, still works to pique sci-fi readers’ interests. While he usually does this through his writing, Williamson also is part of a lectureship series in its 29th year at Eastern New Mexico University. “I enjoy the lectureship,” Williamson said. “It gives me a chance to visit […]

It’s time to embrace my calling

By Helena Rodriguez I’ve felt like Jonah fleeing from Ninevah the better part of my newspaper career. In the process, I’ve made more than a few waves and, in my ignorance, I’ve allowed that Great Whale of Stubbornness to swallow me. But no more. This week marks my two-year anniversary of quitting my last “real” […]

Everyone has unique, special gift

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist I am convinced that each person on earth has at least one special gift. Thirty-one years of teaching taught me that. Each child I taught had a unique gift and it became my job to discover his or her special talent and build on those strengths. You may not […]

Williamson collection released

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By Kevin Wilson With a career spanning nearly 77 years as a writer, it’s no surprise that it would take a few years just to summarize the work of Jack Williamson. That process has been completed after nearly four years, with the help of more than a few fans and friends. “Seventy-Five: The Diamond Anniversary […]

Former ENMU student publishes book

By Laurie Stone Former Eastern New Mexico University student Gloria Hightower put her sleepless nights to use, and now has a book to show for it. Hightower, who attended ENMU from 1955-56 has a murder mystery out called The Cotton Rope Strangler. She chose to self-publish her book with the encouragement of her writing group […]

A column about nothing

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Here’s a column about Nothing. That’s when I do my best writing. When I write about Nothing. Sometimes I have so much to say about Nothing that I can’t stop writing. It’s when I try to write about Something that I’m at a loss for words. Jerry Seinfeld made millions […]

Sci-fi fans to gather for lecture

Tony Parra Space, the final frontier: An everyday cliche for Star Trek fans, a creative compartment in the mind of Jack Williamson. Space exploration will be in the minds of those participating in the Jack Williamson Lectureship luncheon, titled “Space Opera — Then and Now,” which will take place on Thursday in the ballroom of […]