My turn: Book full of poignant quotes

Alisa Boswell “The Universe, as has been observed before, is an unsettlingly big place, a fact which for the sake of a quiet life most people tend to ignore.” This is one of my favorite quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I have had reading time the last week because I have [...]

Ticket feature: Home and Garden Show begins Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico The annual Home and Garden Show begins Saturday, running through Sunday and promises a full house of vendors, products and ideas. With something for the whole family, organizer Todd Farrell said this year about 50 percent of the 78 vendors who have signed on to show products are new and the show [...]

Reader-submitted content: High school seniors awarded scholarships

Nancy Gentry Roosevelt County Rural Telephone Cooperative recently selected scholarship winners. Fourteen high school seniors will receive a $500 Education Foundation Scholarship. These scholarships are for one year, subject to confirmation that the requirements of grade point average and enrollment as a full-time student have been met. They are available to members living within RCRTC [...]

In search of ponies: Bin full of not-so-useful pet gadgets

Sharna Johnson There’s a plastic bin on the shelf over my washer and dryer that mocks me like some kind of impulse cemetery. Inside the bin is a mess of “What was I thinking?” pet accessories. A couple weeks ago I was hunting for the shock collar for a dog vs. horse issue and was [...]

Breakfast with Santa registration full

Registration is no longer being accepted for the Portales Public Library Breakfast with Santa because the program is full. Participation is limited due to space.

Modesty small price to pay

Karl Terry Bet you can hardly wait for your next chance to fly the unfriendly skies on a commercial airline. The full naked body scan or the frisky pat-down search. Which will you opt for? I guess it depends on whether you want rather unconventional vacation photos or you’re looking for cheap thrills. I’ve been [...]

Cowboy experiences full day’s work

“… and the old man gave his orders: Boys, go at them from the jump, no use to go for fancy riding now.” That great line from “The Man from Snowy River” by Banjo Paterson crossed my mind as I started into the thorny brush and wicked mesquite thicket on a steep slide of rocks [...]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners that detail [...]

Summer school in full swing

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Clarence Plank Summer school has already started and continues until June 17 at schools around Portales. Teacher Connie Hernandez said she has been teaching summer school for 19 years and she loves seeing a child’s reaction when they get something they have worked hard at learning. “The most important thing we look at are the [...]

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long [...]