Free exchange of ideas remains vital

Freedom New Mexico Freedom of speech and academic freedom prevailed last week when a deeply religious man — some call him a zealot — delivered a speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy after an intensive campaign to censor him by government force. Retired Marine Lt. Clebe McClary spoke at an Air Force Academy prayer […]

My turn: Performance brings on tears

Last weekend, I attended Eastern New Mexico University’s production of “Rabbit Hole,” a story about a young couple struggling to regain purpose in their lives after their 4-year-old son dies. Talk about a tear-inspiring story. There was humor splashed in throughout, so that the audience spent the two hours of the play switching back and […]

Feed prices on upswing

Sharna Johnson With steadily rising grain-based feed prices the future is hard to predict, but the one thing that is certain is costs are stretching budgets, especially for those who keep companion animals. Feed prices are driven by market values for agricultural products such as corn and grains. In the last 12 months, those commodity […]

Love takes time, effort to last

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always […]

ENMU Wednesday basketball capsules — Feb. 9

Freedom New Mexico Men Midwestern State (16-5, 4-3 Lone Star Conference South) at ENMU (9-10, 4-3) When: 8 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: MSU lost at division-leading Tarleton State 68-56 on Saturday, while the Greyhounds routed No. 11 Incarnate Word 84-62 at home. Last meeting: The Mustangs beat the […]

Snow day provides chance to catch up

Whereby it is now official: After last night, I have gone out and played around in the coldest temperatures I have ever been in. Not for very long, and don’t try this at home. Last night’s -30 with windchill beat a -19 (real temperature with no wind) that I had experienced in northeast Ohio one […]

United Way donations slightly up

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico raised $522,599 during its 2010-11 campaign, according to a release Monday from the organization. The amount raised is up about 1 percent from last year’s total of $514,694. But the total is about 10 percent below the 2008 total of $580,000 raised between Curry and Roosevelt counties. The […]

Feb. 1 — Dora news

Science fair The 2011 Dora School Science Fair was held last week and science teacher Leonard Velasquez announced the following winning projects: • Best of Show — Jordan Inge with Worm Works. • Best of Show Runner-Up — Anna Ramirez with Seven Layers of Density. • First Place — Emily Campolla, Fluffy Muffins; Koby Cone, […]

Press release: Gas prices in NM increase for fourth week in row

(Irving, Texas) —- After a month of steady increases in gasoline prices during 2011, consumers are seeing some moderation at the pump as oil prices dropped this past week. Oil on Thursday fell below the $86 a barrel range for the first time since mid-November. Just two weeks ago oil was above $92 a barrel […]

ENMU enrollment continues to increase

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Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University will almost certainly break last year’s spring enrollment record, the university president has said. President Steven Gamble said census day is in two weeks, so enrollment numbers aren’t official yet. “It looks very good, though,” he said. Compared to last spring, Gamble expects head counts to be up between […]

Their business probably none of my business

Say you were climbing Mt. Everest with your co-ed bowling team. You cover the last hundred yards to the summit. It takes five hours. After everyone has touched the flag pole they begin looking around and finally spot the official Tibetan Parks & Recreation A-One chemical toilet! “Whew!” says one of the climbers, “I never […]

Only you can judge what’s right

Last week’s column emphasized the need for each of us to do the right thing in order to improve society. Most commenters seemed to agree, but were not necessarily sure what “the right thing” is. Fair enough. Real right and wrong are pretty easy to grasp as long as you aren’t looking for excuses or […]

Building permits steady

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer aduncan@pntonline.com The City of Portales is on track to issue the same number of building permits this fiscal year as last year, according to the planning director. The city compiles building permits for fiscal years, which run July through June. Although the numbers for the first half […]

My turn: Fettuccine helps bonding with sister-in-law

Argen Duncan My sister-in-law, Ashley, and I seem to be developing a fettuccine tradition. Over the holidays the last two years, we’ve made chicken-vegetable fettuccine Alfredo together. It wasn’t planned either year. With Ashley and Eric being married less than a year and us living far apart and being busy, I’m still getting to know […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor dies

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Kevin Wilson Irvin “I.R.” Butler will be remembered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew him as Grandpa. Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor […]

Salvation Army reports donation increase

Liliana Castillo The Salvation Army wrapped up 2010 Christmas projects with its most successful campaign in the last five years. Between Red Kettles and the Empty Stocking Funds, $52,034 was raised this year. The second most successful year was in 2007 when the organization raised $46,501. Maj. Jim Gallop, who came to Clovis from Las […]

My turn: Mariachi band makes history

By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer I went to the Fiesta Navidad de Mariachi event in Clovis last weekend and was excited to know that I was getting to watch New Mexico’s first all-female Mariachi band. Although I had no clue who any of New Mexico’s Mariachi bands were until this event, I felt privileged […]

Once in a lifetime moments irreplaceable

There are timeless gifts, or ways to give gifts, that bear no duplication or repeating. Last week I devoted this column to the value of shopping locally, for non-mass-produced presents; this week I’d like to encourage you to look at some unique experiences — ones which cannot be duplicated, even if you were to present […]

My turn: Holiday events highlight birthday weekend

Alisa Boswell Last weekend was my birthday and it was by far, one of the best I’ve had in awhile. After 21 years of living in the area, I finally visited Elida for the first time Friday night to attend the Christmas on the Square event. The square was charming with its lit buildings and […]

My turn: Forget being practical

I went to see the new Harry Potter movie last weekend and for those of you Portales residents who haven’t gone yet, what are you waiting for? I mean, it’s Harry Potter! Okay, so the 9-year-old in me never completely faded away. Like many others, I am a Harry Potter groupie and devotedly go to […]