Real spirit of Christmas easy to catch

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist During this time of year, it’s so easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. It’s also not that hard to rediscover it. I remember one Christmas, when I lived in Abilene, Texas, and my daughter Laura wanted a Barber Shop Cash Register. I called Wal-Mart Supercenter. They […]

My turn: Catchphrases catching on

I realized this week that most people have a catchphrase, something they say regularly which endears them to their friends even more. My roommate says “Hello, friend,” and my friend says “epic.” These phrases always make me laugh or smile, brightening my day in a simple way. A friend made me aware recently that I […]

Poku hoping to catch on as NFL free agent

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jessie Poku finished his career at Eastern New Mexico University holding nearly every pass receiving record. Now he’s looking to catch on with an NFL team as a free agent. A four-year starter from Murphy, Texas, Poku worked out for NFL scouts last week on the ENMU campus. “The fact […]

Friday morning briefing: The big catch, a road closing and rain on the horizon

Good morning. Start your day off right with the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hooked on fishing Oasis State Park is holding its Second Annual Spring Trout Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues throughout the event. Anyone can enter, but ages 12 and older need […]

Snow day provides chance to catch up

Whereby it is now official: After last night, I have gone out and played around in the coldest temperatures I have ever been in. Not for very long, and don’t try this at home. Last night’s -30 with windchill beat a -19 (real temperature with no wind) that I had experienced in northeast Ohio one […]

Cattle operation comes with catch

As many of you regular readers might guess, people tell me their stories — stories about horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, any kind of wreck you can think of. I met JW in Tennessee. He’s a regular reader of my column and thought his story would fit. It seems he […]

No ‘whining about wine’ for me

Kevin Wilson He can catch a pass, but he can’t catch a break. Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant seems to be a target for negative press. The rookie refused to carry teammate Roy Williams’ pads during training camp, later claiming he wasn’t aware it was playful rookie hazing. Bryant was quickly chastised throughout sports media […]

My turn: Decoys help catch poachers

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The Department of Game and Fish in different states have enlisted the help of taxidermist to come up with something to lure unsuspecting poachers. The irony of it all is that most hunters use this to catch their game. It is a decoy or I should say a mechanical decoy which acts like a living […]

My turn: Puddle fishing reels in surprise

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Have you ever been puddle fishing? Ever catch anything? I did. There were a few holes in the yard at my grandmother’s house back home. So when it rained — instant puddles. Imagine me with my fishing pole with a worm on a hook, waiting patiently for a bite. Close to the house there was […]

Portales Past: July 28, 1960

July 28, 1960: Portales police used a stopwatch to catch nine speeders on north Main Street. The area had been the scene of a collision involving two pickups earlier in the week.

Career matters more than the moment

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By Kevin Wilson Armando Galaragga will not be perfect in the record book. And Jim Joyce was proven imperfect by video. And their fates crossing paths showed a lot of us are far from perfect ourselves. Last Wednesday was an afternoon off for me, which meant e-mailing friends and using Netflix to catch up on […]

Catch and release

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Fluttering wings, exclamations of delight and one third-grade girl’s remark of, “They grow up too fast,” accompanied a release of butterflies by one James Elementary School class Friday. All of the school’s 26 second- and third-grade classes participate in the Earth’s Birthday Project, which allows students to watch live […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cramming and catch a buzz

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Video of the day The librarian recommends….you catch our local video feature, “Librarian recommends.” http://www.cnjonline.com/video/?videoId=71216997001&lineupId=1155254655 Web site of the day Ralphie the ENMU Greyhound has posted a video of students preparing for their midterms: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=508712809782&ref=nf Live music For the non-alcohol crowd, catch a buzz with […]

Portales, Clovis high school reunions bring grads back

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Fall is traditionally the homecoming season for schools and their alumni, but summer has more than its fair share of happy returns as well. Reunions are in full swing for Clovis and Portales as former classmates get together to catch up and reminisce about the old days. This weekend, […]

Wonder why? Consult almanac

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist You can catch a bird by salting its tail but if you salt your wife’s hairdo you’re liable to catch a backhand across the chops. I know, I tried it this week but managed to avoid her right hook. We’ve both become a bit near-sighted in our middle years and […]

Dec. 22, 1938

The annual turkey scramble took place. Twenty turkeys were caught after a number had been let loose among 1,500 people hoping to catch a Christmas dinner dish. Twelve guineas were also let loose, and all were captured. A shortage of turkeys had left the scramble scant compared to

Losing documents results in ‘Catch 22’

By Karl Terry, Local Columnist Identity theft is a terrible thing but simply misplacing your identity isn’t a lot of fun either. My wife recently lost her purse containing her credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security card and approximately $5,000 in makeup. She said the loss of all of her personal information made her feel […]

March 29, 1982

Five Senior Citizens were honored for birthdays in March, Friday at the Senior Center, with their combined ages adding up to 398. Mrs. Maude Carrell was the senior of the group, at 90 years of age. They, with others, attending the party were served birthday cake and punch or coffee. Three teenagers from the drama […]

Former ENMU standout makes record fish catch

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Two years after the end of his college football career at Eastern New Mexico University, Cale Sanders made one of his most famous catches. Sanders, now a teacher and coach at Roswell’s Goddard High School, landed a state-record smallmouth bass on Friday evening at Ute Lake. “No one […]

Sanders hoping to catch on with NFL team

By Rick White NFL scouts starting calling about Cale Sanders after a junior season at Eastern New Mexico University in which he blossomed into one of the top wide receivers and punt returners in the Lone Star Conference. That was two years and two major surgeries ago. Undaunted by his run of tough luck and […]