Food at the speed of life: Kitchen crises can’t always be avoided

My Jeff Davis pie escapade proves cooking isn’t an exact science. Joe Blair of Portales wanted me to make the pie, named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis. I chose a recipe from allrecipes.com. The pie is mainly sugar, butter, milk and eggs flavored with vanilla, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. It has a definite egg […]

My turn: Pie baking not exact science

My Jeff Davis pie escapade proves cooking isn’t an exact science. Joe Blair of Portales wanted me to make the pie, named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis. I chose a recipe from allrecipes.com. The pie is mainly sugar, butter, milk and eggs flavored with vanilla, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. It has a definite egg […]

Commissaries agency closes ‘brand name’ loophole

By Tom Philpott: Military Update One great strength of military commissaries is that patrons can buy brand name items at deep discounts, comfortable in the knowledge they are quality products, food safety isn’t an issue, and most goods are identical to those sold commercially off base and back home. The “brand name” system brings another […]

Sometimes, best choice is to let it go

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist In an effort to manage the 20-section ranch more efficiently, the boss bought Jake a Ranger, a four-wheel drive muscle car ATV. The cowboys on this west Texas ranch were equipped with cell phones, of course. What modern cowboy isn’t. They have replaced Copenhagen as the habit-forming addiction for the […]

Lyons to run for new office

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Patrick Lyons isn’t ready for his career in public service to end next year. Lyons, a 1972 graduate of Clovis High School, is hoping he can parlay his final year as state land commissioner into a successful run to the Public Regulation Commission. As he is term-limited, Lyons will spend […]

McDonalds to offer free Wi-Fi

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Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common as french fries and golden arches. Beginning Jan. 1, all McDonald’s locations will offer free Internet access for customers. Internet service isn’t new at restaurants and coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. […]

PMS satisfied with projected grad rates

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Department of Education over the release of tentative graduate rates. With rates exceeding the national average, Portales doesn’t have much of a reason. But other schools in eastern New Mexico have lower marks […]

Retailers expect big crowds for tax-free holiday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico San Skinner and his family have gotten used to the routine of business in the 85 years since his grandfather opened the doors of Skinner’s Western Wear in Portales. The New Mexico tax-free holiday, which will be held statewide Friday through Sunday, has become one more routine. The tax-free […]

Individualism root of revolution

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist The idea that sound revolutions rest on the past may appear to be an oxymoron, but it isn’t. The seeds of a sound revolution do not come out of a vacuum. Although the American Founders did upend the previous practice of entrusting countries into the hands of monarchs, czars and […]

Portales veteran to be honored

Courtesy photo Lloyd Smith, 22, in uniform at Christmas a few months before heading overseas to fight in Vietnam. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just […]

Fallen Clovis Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just might. One incentive for making the voyage to Georgia is she’ll get a chance to see her son’s […]

Organizer: Border Town Days ‘hometown thing’

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Freedom New Mexico The annual Border Town Days isn’t a huge event, organizers say. It’s more like a family barbecue — with two really big families. The communities of Texico and Farwell, which share the Texas-New Mexico border, will celebrate the last weekend of July as they have for the last 43 years — with […]

Missing my swamp…not really

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Some years in eastern New Mexico we can go all summer with just a handful of 100 degree-plus days. Apparently this isn’t going to be one of them. With a week nearly full of temperatures above the century mark what little rain we’ve received lately has been more than offset. […]

Activities abound for July 4 holiday

File photo The Smoke on the Water fireworks display will light up the sky over Greene Acres Park around 8:45 p.m. Saturday. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer Even though the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce isn’t quite to their $25,000 goal for the Smoke on the Water fireworks display on Saturday, […]

Politicians feed ancient sqaubbles

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist If it isn’t the Croats versus the Serbs, the Irish versus the British, the Hungarians versus the Russians, the Indians versus the Pakistanis, and so on and so forth endlessly, ethnic, national or other groups carping about each other based on ancient misconduct, ill feelings, and awful memories that have […]

Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

Lawmakers discuss legislative session

Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session […]

Unpaid lunch bills mounting

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

Mayor mulls terminating contract

By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. isn’t ready to pull the city out of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments because of an embezzlement scandal at the regional planning agency. But the mayor says he does have some serious questions about what’s been going on at EPCOG and whether Portales […]

Non-American tracking system isn’t feasible

Freedom New Mexico In what we hope is its last great act of lunacy, Michael Chertoff’s Department of Homeland Security has announced it will subject all non-Americans, including those who have been permanent legal residents for decades, to biometric tracking. The tracking is part of the US-VISIT program that began in 2003. Various elements of […]