In search of ponies: Horses offer good fuel mileage

If you really think about it, even with the blowing dirt, tumbleweeds and drive time to bigger cities, eastern New Mexico and the surrounding region have some pretty good advantages. Particularly in light of predictions gas prices could increase to a point where many people would have no choice but to park it — naysayer […]

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around […]

Animal behavior not unlike ours

In drought times the water in dirt tanks evaporates, soaks into the ground or otherwise disappears — except for a little puddle in the deepest part, usually the middle. Cracks form in the ground around the edges, making a design much like a jigsaw puzzle. Animals smell the water and plod through the fractured earth […]

Women have come long way

In our little country school we had basketball goals on a dirt lot, and girls and boys played together, choosing up teams. In fact, I don’t remember any discussions at all about boys and girls competing together in sports. We all learned not to dribble the basketball in the goatheads and other sticker weeds if […]

Let the dirt fly

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By Clarence Plank Engines rev and hum as drivers pump accelerators anxiously wait for the light to snap green. Dirt flies when the light changes, racers tearing off in their cars toward the finish line at the other side of the track. It is dirt track racing time in eastern New Mexico. Ray Reeser of […]

Area students take FFA honors

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By Helena Rodriguez: FNM correspondent Dora High School students have uncovered a lot of dirt at their school, and that helped them take first place in the homesite evaluation competition at the New Mexico State FFA Career Development competition. The DHS homesite evaluation team — consisting of Jake Tayler, Chase Varnell and Calvin Tayler — […]

Business feature: Western Bank to offer new services, facility

By Celena Cordova: PNT staff writer The dirt plot with dried grass that lies between Prudential Master Properties and Ray’s Lube Center on North Chicago is not just another piece of land. It is the future home of the Portales branch of the Western Bank. The Portales branch has been open 12 years, and it’s […]

Clovis couple bringing crucifix back to life

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Gene Lovato was flooded with a mix of emotions when he saw the crucifix lying inside the barn. Lovato came across the decaying life-sized statue of Jesus Christ nailed to a cross while looking at property in north Clovis. Fingers on the left hand of the dirt-caked statue were […]