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 […]

ENMU freshmen prep for CNFR

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By Kevion Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Just five months ago, Michael Trujillo and Chance Kiehne were just another pair of freshmen trying to learn the ropes of college rodeo, and having each other as partners. Now, they’re confident they’re five weeks away for a national championship. “I think we have a really good chance,” said […]

My turn: The one that got away

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Charley Johns and his son Peter, from Lubbock, went hunting in Texas a few years ago. Peter was looking to get his first kill. After a lot of waiting and changing locations, they finally saw a huge buck coming their way. Charley wasn’t close enough to get a clean […]

County counts consistent

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Nearly a month after Census questionnaires were mailed to residents, return rates are approaching the numbers seen 10 years ago. As of Monday, Clovis has had a 54 percent mail-in return rate and Portales has had a 52 percent return, according to www.census2010.gov. Officials have said in the 2000 […]

Their view: NM-FOG keeping up fight against secrecy

Twenty years ago this month, Bob Johnson hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. It’s still around, fighting for individuals’ rights to know what government is doing. Sarah Welsh is the non-profit group’s executive director these days. Here’s a snippet she wrote last week on the NM-FOG Web site at […]

Shock jock ought to be muzzled

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist S everal years ago, when radio shock jock Don Imus took a cheap racial shot at C. Vivian Stringer’s Rutgers women’s basketball team, Coach Stringer responded like the lady that she is: Nothing at first, then gracious forgiveness a few days later. As Coach Stringer reminded her girls, they had […]

Laws, taxes siphoning people’s money

America Saves Week passed a couple of weeks ago. It was intended to raise awareness of the importance of putting a little money away for emergencies. The week went by with little notice, and it’s not surprising. Few people are saving money, and most say they aren’t able to. January’s personal savings rate was 3.3 […]

Milk prices fall

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

It’s their job: Manicurist says customers make job enjoyable

Name: Viet Nguyen Job: Manicurist Time on the job: 12 years Background: I come from Vietnam and became an American citizen. I went to college in California and learned how to do nails. After that, I went to Dallas and started this job. Two years ago, I went to Clovis and went into this business. […]

Who am I to question man’s story?

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Many of us took a meats course in college or have dressed wild game and have a basic understanding of how it gets from the pasture to the plate. Harry is not one of us, in that regard. Thirty years ago he and two fellow “city-boy” college students embarked on […]

Dobbs looking to create controversy

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I had a free night a few weeks ago, and I was planning on hanging out with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. Until I got a text out of nowhere. “Sorry, something with a friend came up. I’m going to have to cancel on tonight.” I wrote […]

Tourism dead at hands of cartels

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Forty-five years ago it was perfectly fine for young people to cross the border into Mexico in search of fun. In those days the drug cartels’ bloody fights were not a factor. In Juarez we could have our feet measured and order Western riding boots much cheaper than at home. […]

Detention center administrator resigns

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator has left to take another job. County Manager Charlene Hardin said former administrator Don Burdine’s last day was Saturday. Assistant Administrator Charles Perez is filling in until the county hires a permanent replacement for Burdine. “I just got an opportunity to join with […]

PRMC learns of computer breach

Freedom New Mexico Although a server containing information for about 7,600 Plains Regional Medical Center mammography patients was hacked two years ago in North Carolina, the hospital administrator expects no ill consequences. Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said the hospital was notified Sept. 24 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which developed the software PRMC […]

Clothing store moving to the square

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Hot Threads is moving to the square over the weekend and will be setting up shop next to Crafty Creations and Jackson Hewitt tax service. The retail store is planning to open its doors Tuesday. Owner Debbie Christiansen moved back to Portales two years ago so her children could be closer to their grandparents. She […]

Business feature: Duo teams up to offer horse training

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A farmer and horse trainer are teaming up to offer a nearby option to have horses trained. Neighbors Rocky Garcia and Butch Russell, who met years ago, have started Midway Training Stable on Garcia’s farm. “It’s harder training cut horses than anything else, but I like to train them,” […]

Child’s health more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through tears […]

Lunar landing gets mixed opinions

Karl Terry: Local columnist Forty years ago I was 10 and man was landing on the moon but I can’t remember if the historic nature of the event sunk in immediately. We still lived on a farm and were a busy young family and to tell the truth I don’t remember actually staying up and […]

After lunar mission, Earth next frontier

Freedom New Mexico Forty years ago this weekend, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins were the most famous men on the planet. And they were some 240,000 miles from it. They were circling the lunar surface preparing to set down for what would become one of humanity’s greatest achievements. On Monday, we will […]

It’s their job: Area native turns hobby into career

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Donita Privett has worked as a professional photographer for 10 years, and bought Times Remembered Photography Studio nine years ago. Privett is from Portales and attended elementary and high school in Dora. She earned a degree in agriculture economics with a minor in journalism from New Mexico State University. Every quarter, Privett takes professional photography […]