Media should focus on nice stories

By Baxter Black: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes I think I live in a different country than the ones I read about in the newspapers or hear on the radio and TV. For instance, I was in Sacramento, Calif., recently. It is not the same California you read about in the letters to the editor in the […]

New Mexico ranks in top ten for dairy product sales

From staff reports LAS CRUCES — New Mexico ranks seventh nationally in dairy product sales, with dairies adding more than $730 million to the state’s economy, according to a New Mexico State University agricultural economist. “Dollar for dollar, dairy is one of our big players,” said Ereney Hadjigeorgalis, an assistant professor in NMSU’s agricultural economics […]

Local entities prepare for opening of new dairies in area

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Bathed in sun rays almost year-round and encompassed by tall mountain peaks, the San Joaquin Valley is an agricultural bedrock. It is also awash in smog. California officials say the 2.5 million cows in the valley are a major culprit. The animals emit 24 tons of ozone-forming gas per day […]

Dairy calving business coming to Muleshoe

By Marlena Martz: PNT Correspondent Dairy farmers in the eastern New Mexico and West Texas currently rely on small calving operations, partnerships and personal efforts to keep their herds stocked. But that may soon change. Fullmer Cattle Co. of California plans to build a 75,000-head calving operation in Muleshoe that would have the company raising […]

Making my way on Guadalcanal

By Bob Huber A learned friend of mine spent the holidays in Los Angeles and later wondered if she shoulda stood in bed. Her sad tale began when she left the comforts of her prairie home in eastern New Mexico and drove to Albuquerque to catch a plane. Remember last month when a blizzard hit […]

Nov. 23 Obituaries

Earl Long, 80 Earl A. Long, 80, of Portales, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on Jan. 29, 1924, in Colgate, Okla., to Eva and Sanford Long. He served during World War II as a paratrooper in Europe. Following his military service, he married Clarice Cochran in […]

Obits Feb 20

James Leon Price, 82 Leon Price, 82, formerly of Clovis, a retired insurance agent, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born on Nov. 21, 1921, in La Junta, Colo., to Jim and Neva Price. He married Faye Crabtree on June 28, 1941, in Portales. He was a World War II veteran. […]

L.A. murder suspect arrested in Tucumcari

Ryan Lengerich A California man was arrested last month in Tucumcari after police said he shot and killed a man in North Hollywood, Calif., then disappeared from the scene. New Mexico State Police learned on Nov. 22 that Marchell Wilson, 27, of Lancaster, Calif., was wanted for firearms violations and homicide. Officials in California said […]