Senators aim to protect GI benefits

What if the military gave every service member an expensive car as a reward for honorable service, but they could take delivery only at night and the headlights didn’t work? Many of those gift cars might end up damaged. Something similar is happening to thousands of veterans leaving service with Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility worth […]

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 […]

Hounds edge Buffaloes

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Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University didn’t wait nearly as long to make its comeback. This time, the comeback — and the second one — stuck. Stefan Mirabal and Reggie Nelson each scored 15 points and the Greyhounds used runs of 14-1 in the first half and 12-2 in the second half, holding off a […]

In search of ponies: Success understood across species

We just didn’t speak the same language. And it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if he didn’t have the ability to run over me like a Mac truck, a point which was driven home with every nervous or confused twitch he made. I can still see him standing there, nose to the fence, […]

My turn: There’s no place like home

While recently chauffeuring a friend on a trip to south Texas to interview for teaching jobs, I didn’t realize that it would be so dangerous. The first day in Killeen a would-be terrorist was arrested with bomb-making equipment for attacking Fort Hood soldiers in a local restaurant. We had just eaten at TGIF (Thank Goodness […]

Weekly update — Sept. 4

Officials: Missing thumb drive didn’t compromise data District court officials say no data has been compromised after they found a computer thumb drive reported stolen from an employee’s office earlier in the week. The thumb drive was reported stolen Monday, according to a report filed with Clovis Police Department. The drive was located Friday in […]

White House trip opportunity to celebrate diversity

By Airman 1st Class Bavandeep Singh: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron The White House hosted a diversity summit July 29-31 in Washington, D.C., in an effort to recognize the contributions of South Asian Americans and I was fortunate enough receive an invitation. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew what kind of […]

Still too early to pick leading GOP candidate

Freedom New Mexico The Republican presidential race is tightening. The Iowa straw poll Saturday didn’t pick any delegates, which will be done at the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 6, but the poll began culling the herd of GOP candidates. Finishing first with 4,823 votes was Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was born in the Hawkeye State […]

Horse’s tell in his ears

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

My turn: Picnic goers didn’t miss out on good time

On Thursday night, the Lions club gathered in the park for a picnic and games. We had a lot of fun eating and visiting. Then, Tommy got out the atlatl. Tommy has shown them to us before, but this was our first chance to give it a throw. The atlatl is a weapon used by […]

My turn: No sense, just real-life experience

One of my columns generated an e-mail from a gentleman who said that I didn’t have a lick of common sense. Apparently, I set him off by not toeing religious, political or fishing lines — or perhaps my tongue-in-cheek lines didn’t hook him. The blue-collar worker clearly wanted to wring my stereotyped collar. He probably […]

Food at the speed of life: Memories come from mistakes

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

My turn: Mistakes make memories

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

In search of ponies: Swallows keep pests away

Sharna Johnson I struggled with the thought of knocking it down, but they were working so hard I just didn’t have the heart. Instead, I sat in the front yard and photographed the swallows as they swooped in and out, fluttering under the eave with beaks full of mud. Over several days I watched as […]

Shoutouts — June 19

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Fatherhood worth effort This is for those men who are undecided about starting a family. I married later in life and never thought about having kids; wanted to wait until I was in better shape, had more money, traveled more: The typical wall men put up. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] My wife made it clear that […]

Dogs have place in kitchen

When I acquired a dog in March, I was pleased he didn’t beg. When I ate or cooked, Caesar slept or watched me. Then came the night of the Fateful Bread Bite. While snacking on bread in the kitchen — by which I mean “corner of the living room with appliances” — I threw a […]

My turn: Dog helps disposing scraps

Argen Duncan When I acquired a dog in March, I was pleased he didn’t beg. When I ate or cooked, Caesar slept or watched me. Then came the night of the Fateful Bread Bite. While snacking on bread in the kitchen — by which I mean “corner of the living room with appliances” — I […]

My turn: Hurdles just part of life

I ran the hurdles once. I was never on the track team, but I did give the hurdles a try. When I was in junior high, I was the manager for the track team. My job was making sure that all of the starting blocks were put out and then picked up. I also had […]

Never found a pie I didn’t like

Pie could very well be one of the best things in this life. Three layers in sweet harmony —crust, filling and topping. My mouth waters just writing about pie. I don’t know if I can name a favorite kind of pie because I can’t really remember a pie I didn’t like. It was encounters with […]

McGee: Casual conversations

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist When folks come in to the bicycle shop I get to talking to them about other stuff besides bicycles. I might ask if they grew up here on the High Plains. If they didn’t, I might ask where they’re from. It’s all part of being conversational but it also takes […]