God has given us gift of time

The world seems impatient with time. The young can’t wait to grow up. The young adult can’t wait to get married. The grown-ups wished time had not passed so quickly. The older ones wish for “the good old days.” No one seems to have enjoyed the stage they were in. Yet God means for every […]

Portales past: March 6, 1944

March 6, 1944: The Portales Daily News: The base commandant of Clovis Army Air Base presented to Rayford Young, 15, and Charles K. Young, 12, of White Star Route of Portales the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to their father, Staff Sgt. Frank Young, a tail gunner for a B-24, reported missing in action.

Tractors bring back memories

It was a sound I heard when I was young but rarely hear today. Listening to the old two-cylinder tractors at the N.M. Ag Expo this week it was easy to remember the sight of an old farmer on a Poppin’ Johnny tractor, plowing two to four rows and remembering the smell of fresh turned […]

Coverage extension comes at price

This spring, though an exact date is not yet set, TRICARE coverage will be made available to young adult military dependents out to the age 26, and that extra coverage will be available retroactively to Jan. 1 this year. But for this expansion in TRICARE coverage, by as much as three to five years, these […]

Young voters divided on casting ballots

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Alisa Boswell To vote or not? When the question was put to Eastern New Mexico University students recently, the answers revealed a deep divide. Just as many previous generations, this group of young voters is split when it comes to voting and politics. Freedom New Mexico conducted an unscientific poll, interviewing students in classes at […]

Pajama fashion statement not for me

Grant McGee The Lady of the House and I were getting out of the car at the supermarket the other day when a young woman caught my eye. Her attire grabbed my attention: Pink pajama bottoms with white bunnies on them, pink fuzzy slippers and a t-shirt that read “GREAT PLACES TO SAY %$&*.” When […]

My turn: Words can be excessive

Sometimes I get the joy of editing young adults’ (18-36 year old) writing. Some struggle with “they’re,” “there” and “their,” others with “to” and “too.” Some are mystified by “affect” (verb) versus “effect” (noun). “A lot” and “alot” (incorrect) give the texting quick-draws a lot of problems. The distinction between “compliments” (praise) and “complements” (goes […]

ENMU offering youth choirs through outreach program

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Argen Duncan Young voices will have an outlet at Eastern New Mexico University this fall. Heather Vest, an experienced choir director and a Portales resident, is starting two children’s choirs, the junior choir for third- to fifth-graders and the senior choir for sixth- through eighth-graders. The choirs are part of the university’s Distance Education and […]

Portales past: Aug. 16, 1945

Aug. 16, 1945: The victory over Japan as announced by President Truman was celebrated by a group of 15 young people who met at Portales’ West Side Baptist Church. The program consisted of prayers, songs and a testimony.

Portales Past: July 14, 1941

July 14, 1941: Two cases of typhoid had been reported in Roosevelt County. Victims were a young man working on a farm and a 4-year-old girl. Cause of the outbreak was unclear but officials suspected recent flooding may have resulted in pollution of open water wells.

‘No female’ rule on ranch not fair

By Glenda Price: State columnist My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we […]

City ways hard to comprehend

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Three or four years ago a couple I know purchased a home in a nice subdivision in town. The guy has a special talent regarding plants, and their backyard definitely shows it. He planted a young weeping willow in the back corner of their yard, and it has become […]

Dora student wins gold in national writing contest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer An intelligent young heroine, a mysterious redheaded girl and straw turning to gold star in the story that won a national award for a Roosevelt County eighth-grader. Katie Bickley, a Pep resident and Dora Consolidated Schools student, won a gold medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards […]

Jamboree draws young and old

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Young and old came out for music and a special anniversary for the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Among many guests for the event’s 60th year was Rebecca Lawson. She started performing in the jamboree in 1973 but moved to Oregon for a job three years later “When I […]

Young actress lands lead role in ‘Robin Hood’

Courtesy photo: Cheryl Casey Patricia Romero, back, far right, daughter of Cannon Forces Support Squadron Marketing Director Yolanda Romero, played the title role in the play “Robin Hood” at the Joint Air Force and Navy Youth Conference in Dallas last week. The part with the Missoula Children’s Theatre was her first lead role. By Argen […]

Rec center offering activities for adults

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Recreation centers have a funny way of being associated quite strongly with young people — and with good reason. It’s the youth who often seem starving for some kind of activity, or recreation, during the hours of the day when school isn’t in session and the parents aren’t at […]

Student heads to Italy for arm wrestling championship

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico tho When Ashley Romero was young, her father told her never to date a guy she could beat at arm wrestling. That didn’t leave many prospects for dating, so she had to break the rule. She’s 18 now, attending Tucumcari’s Mesalands Community College, and preparing for a trip to […]

Young cattlemen’s scholarship available

Freedom New Mexico Aplications are being accepted through Nov. 1 for three scholarships offered by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee. A $1,000 scholarship is available from Purina Mills and the YCLC. Applicants must be members of the New Mexico Junior Cattle Growers Association or the child of a NMCGA member. […]

Letter to the editor: Fair dedication great honor for family

Fair dedication great honor for family The grandkids and great-grandkids of Murry Jeffries would like to thank the Roosevelt County Fair Board and the Roosevelt County Fair family for honoring our beloved granddaddy by dedicating the 2009 county fair to his name. We feel so blessed that so many people loved our granddaddy as much […]

Business Feature: Taco Box owner says retirement not in sight

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Taco Box owner Tom Martin says he got into the restaurant business for one big reason: He flunked out of engineering school. A bright young man despite his failure, he sought out his father’s advice. “When I grew up, I was raised living in hotels,” Martin said. “I went […]