Retail all about respect

It was a little bit of a shock to see his obituary since I didn’t know what had become of Mr. Nick or for that matter that he was even still living. Luke Nichols, Mr. Nick, as my grandmother referred to him, was the J.C. Penny store manager in Portales when I was growing up […]

In search of ponies: Spoiled horse gets schooled in manners

Sharna Johnson When Sancha first came into my life she was the only horse and like an only child often does, she became a bit of a diva pretty quickly. A number of the defiant or spoiled little stunts she would pull were enough to concern me about her future disposition and attitude. The general […]

My turn: Making exercise fun easier said than done

Make exercise fun. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I think I know what people mean when they say that, but I am always a little bit suspicious of it. I remember my brother had that same philosophy when we were kids. He would come tell me, “Let’s play like we are in the Navy.” That sounded […]

Food at the speed of life: Little bit of spread adds a lot of taste

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry mustard • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard […]

Military mama: ‘Mommy TDY’ just what I needed

When it comes to being a military wife I will admit I am a bit of a pansy. When my husband deployed the first time the prospect of living in Sin City with a grumpy toddler didn’t sound very appealing. Since my family was within a day’s drive it made sense to do the “Deployment […]

High heat setting records

A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer than normal. […]

Custom Classic gets upgrade, but legacy remains

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico he and staff would do Custom Classic brackets by hand, cutting and pasting typed-out team names on each bracket to give the brackets a little bit of class. Now, technology has cut the clutter to Jackson’s laptop and a couple of tournament binders. But the mission remains to uphold […]

Being tightwad proves to be expensive

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]

ENMU pool renovation near completion

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer To say the swimming pool at Eastern New Mexico University is a well-kept secret may be a bit of an understatement — especially since being closed for well over a year has added to its awareness camouflage. “Yeah, it’s an inside pool, isn’t it? I don’t know where it’s […]

Some officials bit more frugal with tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico A story in Sunday’s newspaper detailed expense reports for six key government leaders in eastern New Mexico. The report covered 11 months and raised questions about how and why our appointed representatives spend our tax money. Why, for example, did Curry County Manager Lance Pyle spend more than $1,700 on food from […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting school vacation celebration

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Freedom New Mexico The Lighthouse Mission is making sure children get at least a little bit of vacation this summer. The mission is hosting Fun in the Park beginning at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park Saturday. Richard and Geri Gomez of the mission said as children, their families didn’t have the money for summer vacations. […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]

Business feature: Rubber stamp kit spurs business

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clyde Powell and Doug Lynch operate Sport Lab. They make a variety of items for people to wear, treasure or display. A bit of history: Powell got started in 1968 processing black and white film of football and basketball at Farwell High School when the athletic director asked him […]

Perspective needed on economy

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist As one who tasted a bit of Nazism and communism, today’s economic fiasco strikes me as relatively mild as human disasters go. For starters, many in America remember the Great Depression and World War II, both of which devastated millions of lives, destroying the bulk and arresting even more. The […]

ENMU band plays in Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico University band recently got first-hand look at a bit of the green with a trip to Dublin, Ireland and a chance to play in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The ENMU band played for the president of Ireland. For many band members, it […]

It’s Their Job: Longtime resident says helping others satisfying

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Name: Marty Gonzales Job: Sales associate at True Value Background: I was born and raised here in Portales. Time on job: I have been working here at True Value for five years. What does your job entail? I give construction-related advice. I also assist customers with their construction material and tool purchases. What is a […]

No fluff behind belly button article

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist With the economic news a bit on the gloomy side these days, I’ve been inspecting my navel a lot more as I’m sure you all have. Therefore I wasn’t surprised to see a story on belly button lint or fuzz on the newspaper Web page I was reading […]

No fluff behind belly button article

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist With the economic news a bit on the gloomy side these days, I’ve been inspecting my navel a lot more as I’m sure you all have. Therefore I wasn’t surprised to see a story on belly button lint or fuzz on the newspaper Web page I was reading earlier this […]

Weather and darkness contribute to Hound soccer draw

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Darkness was setting in, and both teams were trying to sneak in a goal. Neither did, so Eastern New Mexico University and Missouri Southern settled for a scoreless tie in a weather-shortened Southwest Soccer Conference match at the ENMU pitch. For the Lions (0-6-1, 0-1-1 SSC), the tie provided […]

Ram football begins district tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer It’s true, the Rams have won just one game out of their first seven, but their goal from Day 1 has been to repeat as District 4-3A champions, and that mission begins this evening as the Rams three-game district schedule begins tonight at Roswell’s New Mexico Military Institute (7 […]