Getting to know …

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior defensive end Matthew Kalisch. • Hometown: Killeen, Texas • High school: Harker Heights • Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys • Favorite NFL player: Brian Urlacher • What do you hope to be doing in five years? Serving my country as an army officer. • Biggest off-field accomplishment […]

Grant McGee: Friend more like brother than pal

I got an e-mail a few days ago from my good friend Kent, the Bard of the Pecos, now a part-time judge, duly elected by the folks of Elida. Kent was going in for hip surgery and, you know, there’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll emerge on the other side hale, hearty and alive. Kent […]

Getting to know … Jessie Poku

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Eastern New Mexico University senior wide receiver Jessie Poku • Hometown: Dallas • High school: Richardson • Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys • What do you hope to be doing in five years? Playing in the NFL • Biggest accomplishment off the field since you started college: Making the dean’s list • Best advise you’ve […]

My turn: Exercise with caution

You know, a healthy lifestyle and eating right is certainly okay…staying active and keeping fit is great, for those who do it. Oh yeah, don’t forget to stretch before any physical activity… just don’t do it like this guy. This week’s video is a clip that is obviously of a new fad-exercise technique, using a […]

McGee: Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

Angels watch over us

Did you know God has angels watching over you? I love to read in Psalm 91:11 that: “He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” (NKJV) I shall never forget an experience […]

Websites offer fishing tips

Clarence Plank Those who fish need to know what they’re doing. Wendel Sloan, director of communications at Eastern New Mexico University, told me about a website — www.takemefishing.org — that covers many different details about fishing and boating. It has a list of places by state where you can go fishing and get a fishing […]

My turn: The best fisher is educated

By Clarence Plank: PNT stafff writer Those who fish need to know what they’re doing. Wendel Sloan, director of communications at Eastern New Mexico University, told me about a website — www.takemefishing.org — that covers many different details about fishing and boating. It has a list of places by state where you can go fishing […]

My turn: Not all fishing rules written

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Clarence Plank Does anyone know the unwritten rules of fishing? Here are a few: • Never cast out over someone else’s line in the water because your line could become entangled or snagged by your hook. • Fighting over a fish isn’t worth it. There are plenty of fish in the ponds, lakes, streams, rivers […]

Elida flea market set for Saturday

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The township of Elida is having a flea market Saturday with arts and crafts, homemade barbecue and ice cream, and a chance to get to know a place that was once the same size as Portales. “The idea was to sort of promote the town,” organizer Judy Dukes said. “It’s an older, dying community with […]

Friend’s spirit still lingers

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Dear Norm, I just wanted you to know we’re still punchin’ cows here on the S X. Not much has changed. The Beacon well is working again. It’s opened up the west side for us. We’re trying to get the stragglers all into the Kline pasture to finish branding. This […]

Their view: Udall doesn’t know what’s best for me

William L. Smith of Portales has an opinion regarding U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s opinion that appeared in Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune. Udall wrote, “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited for generations for health care reform.” Smith writes: “Has Sen. Udall visited with every New Mexican for generations […]

Rotary Club donates 2,000 pencils to schools

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Now, Portales elementary school students know all they have to do is ask. In this case, it’s 2,000 pencils, courtesy of the Portales Rotary Club. It all started with a letter from a Lindsey School student as part of a school writing project. Portales Rotary Club member Chris Wood […]

When in doubt, sing a song of faith

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Another school year will soon be gone before we know it. I still miss the little people, and the memories still linger in my mental files. When I began my teaching career, the school where I taught had no kindergarten. My class of first graders experienced “new separation anxiety” in […]

Free spirits should be embraced

Have you ever known an actual, live, free spirit? I know a few in the human realm, and several in the animal world. My favorite human free spirit is a female, who has followed her own drum since childhood. She didn’t buy into many of the protocols most people take for granted. For example, her […]

PETA’s death threats go too far

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist You know the inmates have taken over the asylum when you’re turning to PETA as the voice of reason. These are the animal rights extremists who compared eating chicken to the Holocaust, compared the murdering cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer to butchering hogs and once proclaimed it would be great if Foot […]

Measure would make information accessible online

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Residents who want to know more about state government’s pocketbook, its power players and public meetings would have an easier time accessing information online under a series of measures introduced so far this session. Ideas advancing their way through the process include expanding webcasting in the House […]

Know what’s scary? Senselessness

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Here are some stories that are either funny because they’re scary, or they would be funny if they weren’t scary. I’m not really sure. • I saw the greatest, and worst, headline in the history of the New York Knicks about two weeks ago after a loss to the Oklahoma […]

Getting to know: Minister follows family’s lead

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Isaiah Vance is following in his dad’s footsteps in being a campus minister at Eastern New Mexico University. Vance’s parents work in campus ministries in various places, and he said he saw how much they enjoyed it. He was born in Louisville, Ky., and still has family there. The ENMU instructor of religion moved to […]

Getting to know: Volunteering keeps widow’s schedule full

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Mickey Zachry a volunteer at the Portales Senior Center has been busy helping the people she has come to know as her family. Zachry came to Portales when she moved with her husband from Denton, Texas, in 1969. “My husband was teaching in Denton,” Zachry said. “He got a job up here with Eastern New […]