Be cautious, but do not fear rattlesnakes

Jim Lee Well, spring has sprung. The time has come to bask in the sunshine of warmer days, smell all those nice green things coming to life after their winter slumber, enjoy the tulips and daffodils peeking up through the soil, look at the buds coming out on the trees, and think about rattlesnakes. I […]

It’s time we bridge the generation gap

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Scholarly Stuff we’re looking into the vast chasm that exists today between kids and grownups. I mean why can’t kids understand that certain things are more pressing than ankle tattoos and body piercing? On the front line of this confrontation are teachers who every day must wage uphill […]

CIA publicized event, then later cried wolf

Our newspaper was in an unusual position last week when national media spotlighted our run-in with the Central Intelligence Agency. In reporting the news, we became the news by refusing a CIA request to withhold an officer’s name. He had planned to speak Wednesday and Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on “the […]

Mom’s days of being the tax lady are finally over

Helena Rodriguez Just when I had come to think the only things definite in life are death, taxes, long lines at Wal-Mart, Dick Clark, American Idol, the Dallas Cowboys making the Super Bowl at least once a decade and Mom being firmly planted on the couch doing taxes for other people up until Midnight on […]

A lesson in trust during winds of adversity

Joan Clayton The March winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband had gone to Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a […]

Portales community full of characters

MIke Linn For the past year I have lived and worked in Portales, a community of characters galore, funny folk and, as the sign reads, a few old grouches. But because of my transfer to the Clovis office of Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico I will no longer work in Portales. Needless to say, I’ll […]

No state deserves its own interstate

Jim Lee As anyone who knows me is very much aware, from time to time I have difficulty in dealing with practical matters, especially when these matters involve machines or common sense. My confusion inevitably leads to amused disbelief of my friends. Sometimes things that seem inherently simple or obvious totally escape my understanding. Occasionally […]

Heres a hint: It rhymes with ‘Yiminy’

Bob Huber Today’s travelogue takes us to “Frozen Dead Guy Days,” held each spring in the Colorado town of Nederland, a high mountain village west of Boulder, about two miles up where the breathin’ ain’t easy. But let’s go back to the beginning, to Christmas, 1993. That’s when a Nederland guy named Trygve Bauge — […]

Resurrection brings new life

Joan Clayton New life is bursting all around. Daffodils sway and tulips put on their best array. It is “new life” time. Growth begins to peek at the sun, enjoying the warmth of a spring day. I relish the melodious choir of my feathered friends as they greet the dawn of a dew-kissed morning. My […]

The cross is a timeless and meaningful symbol

Helena Rodriguez From the staked plains of the Llano Estacado to the rugged hills of Mount Calvary, and all places in between, there is only one symbol that has withstood the test of time. Once a symbol of despair and shame; now a worldwide symbol of hope to those who continue to believe some 2,000 […]