In search of ponies: A lot to chirp about

Sharna Johnson While I was waiting for my turn at the feed store counter, I couldn’t help but notice three large bins with heat lamps over top and the rabble of dozens of tweeting babies. Of course (as if there were any doubt) I stooped down to check the little fellows out and was amused […]

Residents feel pressure at pump

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Alisa Boswell Rising gas prices are tough on everyone. There is Norma Vallejo of Portales, who drives a lot for her job in home health care. She recently found herself borrowing gas money from a friend just to get by. “I think it’s getting worse,” Vallejo said. “Every day, I look at the gas prices […]

My turn: Wait, I can explain

There are a couple of disadvantages to being on a diet and watching what you eat. Other people watch for you. I always watch carefully what I eat, and have pretty much given up all fast food … almost. I did find something that I like, and it is really pretty good for you. It […]

My turn: Hunter outsmarts self

Clarence Plank A lot of things are very important when it comes to hunting, such as transportation and stealth. The trick is to fool the game, not the hunter. Danny Dictson, a ranch owner in Picacho who also sells permits to hunters, gives this example of stealth gone perhaps a bit too far: Dictson said […]

My turn: This year already off to better start

In 2010 I was much luckier than last in driving on Christmas Eve from Portales to Dallas. In 2009 I joined thousands in getting stranded at night on snow-packed I-20. After an eternity of sucking up 18-wheeler fumes, I forced my way on the shoulder around frustrated drivers to a distant exit, backtracked to Abilene, […]

Peace during holiday chaos possible

Karl Terry Peace at Christmas can mean a lot of different things to each of us. A Facebook posting from a high school classmate this week asked the question of her friends, What was at the top of our prayer list these days? I noticed that more than half the answers that came back mentioned […]

Thursday morning briefing: Teens, T-shirts and a whole lot of tea

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Gifts for teens Lighthouse Mission is looking for donations to make Christmas bright for local underprivileged teens. Items needed: Regulation size footballs, basketballs, perfume and bath sets and jewelry sets.

My turn: Friendly text message can make a difference

A lot of people tease me for sending what I call “mass inspirational” text messages. At least once a week, I send a text to everyone in my phone, saying things like “Don’t forget to smile today, because you’re amazing” or “Have a great day knowing someone thinks you’re special.” As cheesy as these messages […]

Frontyard game made me tough

Karl Terry As the days get shorter and the nights a lot cooler it’s time to put our ball gloves aside and pick up our pigskin preoccupation. I’ve been fortunate to spend a good number of seasons on the sidelines at a high school football game even though the last time I played was in […]

My turn: A couple of words say a lot

More obituary snippets from the Dallas Morning News: • An 84-year-old couple and an 86-year-old couple each died one day apart. The latter married in their native Mexico in 1950 and had “a life filled of true love” • A 73-year-old man, one of 11 children, worked “repairing barges and musseling.” • A 91-year-old woman, […]