Television, in moderation, OK for kids

By Anita Doberman My 20-month-old daughter clearly knows Sponge Bob Squarepants (“Bub-bob”) and can sing the song well enough that even non-family members recognize it. She is also more than familiar with Dora and Diego; I think she expects them to come over for a visit any minute now. A few years ago, in the [...]

Tucumcari scores immortality in song

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I think a town really knows it has arrived when it’s been immortalized in song. Lots of cities never make the cut. My boss, who manages the Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari newsrooms for Freedom New Mexico, recently put out a plea on his blog for media references to the [...]

Faith leads way to safety

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist A pilot in a small plane remembered his instructor had always told him that if he ever found himself in a thick fog to bear in mind this important concept: The pilot’s tendency in a fog is to fly downward, getting dangerously close to the ground. The instructor’s directions were [...]

Sept. 9 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Pants on Fire By Meg Cabot Katie Ellison is not a liar, but telling the truth is tricky. She knows she shouldn’t be cheating on her boyfriend. Since she is running for Quahog Princess she should probably admit that she doesn’t even like quahogs. And [...]

Cannon families await arrival

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers It could be today, tomorrow or even Saturday, but after more than five months, Jennie Halfmann knows her husband is coming home from deployment soon. Msgt. Robert Halfmann is one of approximately 300 Cannon Air Force Base airmen returning this week from Iraq, base spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Seals said Tuesday. [...]

Spring break busy time for Floyd, Dora baseball squads

By Kevin Wilson The Dora Coyotes have been to the state baseball tournament. The Floyd Broncos want to get there as well, and do a little bit more. Coming off of a 4-12 record, the Broncos are setting their sights higher than a .500 season or even a district championship. “I know it’s a goal [...]