Running can be soothing to body, soul

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I have always played sports, but never particularly enjoyed running. In college, I tried to join the track and field team, and gave up after the first day of practice. I thought it was too hard. Perhaps motherhood has increased my pain tolerance, or military life has made it imperative that […]

Coffee, sunglasses help in trying times

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist This week my husband left for a long deployment. Perhaps it was the fact that we have a newborn and I may still be under the post-partum blues, or the reality of caring for five children at a time when my baby sitter amicably fired me — a real tragedy […]

Patience: Virtue well worth learning

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers How long does it take to learn a lesson? Sometimes it takes quite a few years. The lesson for me this past week was in patience — something I’ve handled well at times and not so well at other times. I’ve trained college interns all summer long at the newspaper and […]

Market offers fresh products

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Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Corn, watermelon and tomatoes are just a few of the many fresh fruits and vegetables sought out by Portales residents who gathered at the farmers market on Monday. According to Margie Plummer, manager for the Portales Farmers Market, the market is an age old tradition which has come alive the last […]

Animal talk not just for Dr. Doolittle

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I was having a conversation with my dog Flint the other night in which we were both excitedly discussing the events of the day. We have lots of special moments like that, just a boy and his dog. But animals and the people who love them are often misunderstood. […]

Resolutions accomplished through faith in God

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Many people don’t make New Year’s resolutions because they’ll break them. But my resolutions, which I’ve been slow in revealing, are based on years of hard work, prayers and recent dreams I’ve had to reaffirm them. Life is not a gamble, and so I’ve made a big decision to completely stop […]

Former ENMU standout Howard signs with AF2 Dusters

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer Come next semester, Jeff Howard is still going to be a student at Eastern New Mexico University, but May’s graduation ceremony may be the only time you’ll see him on campus. While Howard works toward his degree from ENMU, he’ll be continuing a football career in arenafootball2 with the […]

Commander’s Corner

Col. John Posner In 1789, our first president, General George Washington, issued a proclamation designating Thursday, 26 November, as a day of “Public Thanksgiving and Prayer” – thereby officially establishing Thanksgiving as a federal holiday. It is not by coincidence that today – some 216 years later – we, as citizens, can still be thankful […]

Thank a veteran for your freedom, he will appreciated it

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If you haven’t had the chance to personally thank a veteran this week for your freedom — find one after church and do it. The thought of walking up to a war veteran, shaking their hand and thanking them for their service either doesn’t occur to most of us, or […]

It was a dark and stormy night for moving

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Their are a few careers where relocation from time to time is almost a given. Military people, clergy, school teachers and journalists are among those. Much to my wife’s chagrin I have qualified in the last category for most of our married life. Because of that, we’ve made quite a […]

Learning to do nothing takes effort

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do! I miss my friends! When does school start again?” No these are not the words of my teenage daughter less than 24 hours after schools in Portales let out for the summer. These are words I have been biting my tongue over, trying to […]

There’s music coming from The Hole

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers It was just another weekend in Clovis for many music lovers who gathered Friday at The Hole to rock out to the sound of heavy metal with a twist of punk. Bands such as Clovis’ Deer Tic, Albuquerque’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, Semi-Automatic Bunny and The Oktober People play at […]

May 11 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael On this Monday it is sure a sign warm weather is here, not that isn’t to say there won’t be a cooler spell or so yet. If it stays this warm there will surely be some garden seed and tomato plants out before many days. Sympathy Opal Terry passed away at her […]

Snakes scare me more than Social Security

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Is Social Security safe? We’re told that unless meaningful reform is implemented, the system will be bankrupt by the year 2050, which will plunge us into chaos, despair, and extreme whining. I don’t care, because I plan to be dead by then. So let’s forget about THAT problem. Instead, on […]

April 13 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The Milnesand prairie chicken festival weekend was a success. The ladies had a good weekend preparing and serving food to all who attended. Milnesand Baptist Rick Wilcher gave the sermon at the church Sunday in the absence of Bro. Bert Morgan. Accident Nell King called me to tell me about her husband, […]

March 30 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael This has been a beautiful Easter season. A little of warm than cool, a little rain and a few snow showers, then Sunday was a clear, cool and a little breezy. I hear there were quite a few youngsters hunting Easter eggs over the weekend also. Now everyone will settle down in […]

For better or worse, it is time for U.S. troops to keave Iraq

Freedom Newspapers A poignant indicator of how the American occupation is going two years after the initial invasion of Iraq came Wednesday. Iraq’s National Assembly met, a sign that the new transitional government chosen in the inspiring elections of Jan. 30 is beginning to govern. But the meeting was shaken by a volley of mortar […]

March 2 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Some of the irrigation farmers are really getting things in order for corn to be planted then the other crops will fall in line as their turn comes. I see quite a few young calves in the pastures and saw a new colt yesterday. There were a few geese in the air […]

March 2 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Sure does seem like spring has sprung, but I imagine it is just a short “Indian Summer” spell. However, the farmers are as busy as can be. The wheat is looking good. The height of the wheat is pretty relative to whether or not cattle graze in each area. Shower There have […]

Jan. 12 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The crops in this area are all out so far as I know and the wheat is looking good, and some are grazing cattle on a few fields. Good news Layton Belcher is home now from the hospital. There are good reports on almost everyone who has been on our prayer list […]