Former prisoner tells story

PNT staff Memories of war often haunt a person who was a part of it. For Clemens Kathman, the memories of the Bataan death march, prison camps and his trip home will remain with him for the rest of his life. Kathman wrestled his demons in the cathartic process of writing his memoirs — a […]

Grant-writing workshops set

PNT staff The Help-NM Project is sponsoring a grant-writing workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 at Eastern New Mexico University, Education Building, Room 125. The workshop is free, and RSVPs can be made as late as Jan. 21. The workshop has a seating limit of 25, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Rev. […]

Obama’s modern ways overlooked

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist The curse of writing a column for Nov. 5 when Nov. 4 isn’t over means I have no election day results. In their place, I offer two final election thoughts: • Not nearly enough attention was given this season to the Barack Obama campaign and its use of […]

Politicians aren’t miracle makers

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Any time I run across some piece of writing that contains the assertions that the world, especially the United States, has been in the grips of market fundamentalism or the doctrine of laissez-faire capitalism, I tend to drop everything and pen a firm response. It’s a lie, nothing […]

1-13-08 Library News

Portales Public Library this week. Tuesday — Writing Workshop for Teens, sixth through 12th grades. Carol Erwin from Eastern New Mexico University will lead the workshop. Participants should bring a writing sample. Information: Heather Christensen, 356-3940. Wednesday, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime. This week’s stories are about Woolly Coats and Mittens and about […]

Grandmother’s faith makes her life shine

By Traci Clayton: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The following was written by PNT religion columnist Joan Clayton’s granddaughter Traci Clayton who is an advertising and public relations major at Texas Christian University. Traci’s dad, Tony (Lane) Clayton, sent the PNT a copy, and we’re running an excerpted version in place of Joan’s column this week. […]

1/9/08 Local Briefs

STAR sponsoring writing contest The teen group at the Portales Public Library, Some Teens Are Reading, is organizing a teen writing contest. Students in sixth through 12th grades are eligible and may submit original work in the following categories: Essay, Poetry, Short Fiction, and One-Act-Plays. Interested writers should contact Heather Christensen at the library for […]

Writers possess real talent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I’m going on strike. Didn’t think the Writer’s Guild of America strike in Hollywood would affect you? Well, in support of my fellow writers, who I’m sure are likewise grossly underpaid and underappreciated for their sarcasm and — occasionally intellectually profound words of wisdom — this local columnist is […]

Bad writers provide source of entertainment

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Like many aspiring writers, I turn to the works of some of the most brilliant writers of our time for inspiration. I also turn to some of the worst writers of our time for inspiration — or at least for consolation, knowing that my writing couldn’t be any worse. Every […]

It’s their job: Nicole Wilkening

PNT staff Name: Nicole Wilkening Job: Community Affairs Coordinator for the City of Portales Time on the job: Since May 2007 Q. Describe what your job entails/ A. I’m administrative support for the mayor and city manager, also do grant writing, set-up for events, PR, press releases. Anything that basically has to do with community […]