My turn: Nature opens up my eyes to life

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Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

Live tweet of the Zias game

Follow the Eastern New Mexico Univeristy women’s basketball game against West Texas A&M. Staff writer Kevin Wilson will be live tweeting the game on the Portales News-Tribune twitter page. Follow the action at www.twitter.com/pntonline

I want my descendants to live free

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What kind of future do I want my kids and their kids to live in? A tightly controlled, safe future where they are watched out for and protected from anything that might harm them? Where human rights are thrown under the bus in the name of some nebulous common good? Or a liberated future where […]

Environmental lobby groups live outside reality

Baxter Black Three giant lobby groups from an alternative time-warp are engaged in a furious hissy fit whose purpose is raising money to pay lawyers. “Send Money so we can Litigate, Pay company Executives, and Solicit more Funds!” “Animals are overrunning government property,” they exclaimed, “… and endangering the environment! These are domestic animals that […]

Your hard work makes you a hero

Are there any real heroes today? Yes and yes! I submit there are many of Americans who are God-fearing people who strive to do right and live by “The Golden Rule.” I am prejudiced because I know more than I can count in Portales. These people are the ones who go to work every day, […]

My turn: Plenty to do this weekend

Heritage Days was fun last weekend with its live music, fresh food and lemonade and vintage cars. Call me simplistic but the lemonade was one of my favorite parts. I definitely don’t mind having to attend family events for work. For another family event, check out DairyFest Saturday in Clovis from 4 p.m. to 9 […]

Ticket feature: Eagle View Rally set for Memorial Day weekend

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Freedom New Mexico The third Eagle View Rally is set to kick off May 27 and is expected to bring motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country to Clovis for three days of entertainment, live music and fun. Started in 2010 by Glenn and Melba Eagle, the rally takes place near Curry Roads 17 and I, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hats off, breakfast and monsters in town

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Hats off Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will stream live audio of its spring commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Greyhound Arena on Eastern’s home page: www.enmu.edu Also, KENW-TV will broadcast the graduation live on digital channel 3-3 (standard definition). That signal […]

Mother of Confusion: Celebrate National Train Day with live events, shows, crafts and more

All aboard, it’s almost time to celebrate National Train Day on May 7. If you haven’t heard of it before, that’s because it’s fairly new. Amtrak started the holiday in 2008 to bring attention to the advantages of traveling by rail and the history of trains. The event is held each year on the Saturday […]

Royal wedding inescapable

Who would ever believe I would live in the time of two separate “weddings of the century.” I tried my best to ignore them both but it just wasn’t working on this last royal wedding. A couple of days before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton I awoke to the memory I had […]