In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their [...]

Church, state will never separate

Much is made of the separation of Church and state, but the truth is that while Church and state sometimes temporarily separate, on the insistence of those who get caught in the middle, they will never divorce. They were made for each another. Church is possibly a little older than her partner, but she hides [...]

Letters to the editor — Dec. 29

Agencies performing admirably Born and raised in Clovis, I have never witnessed what has gone down this year. Local law enforcement has spent more time literally in the field than the farmers due to the increase in theft of copper and other materials. I also have never seen such activity in grass fires as this [...]

My turn: Liquor sales issue never put to rest

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Portales heads to the polls today for another round in its century-old debate over firewater. Today’s chapter is focused on Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. The story began in 1898, when Portales consisted of one house, one general store … and two saloons. Railroad workers and cowboys frequented the saloons in those days, searching for [...]

My turn: Home repair never easy

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist I am not really afraid of home repair projects, but I do respect them. Everything from a small plumbing job, to trying to fix the car. It seems that every time I realize there is something to be repaired, it is a weekend or in the evening. The first part [...]

Scars mark life of working with animals

I never claimed to be a cowman and I’ve got the scars to prove it! Frostbit fingers, baler twine blisters, and an odd scrape in the side of my head where the hair won’t grow back from when my good ol’ horse slipped down on an ice slick on the calving lot. I went out [...]

Grandmother’s angel visited one more time

Grandparents Day is Sunday and it reminds me of my dear grandmother. Of all the memories one stands out I will never forget. Granny lived along the highway during the depression. I cannot count the many lonely travelers she fed. A lonely, hungry soul walking down the highway moved Granny’s heart of compassion. Maybe the [...]

Nothing fair about Fairness Doctrine

Freedom New Mexico The fairness doctrine in broadcasting sounds like it would be so, well, fair. Why is it we believe that the end of the dormant policy, killed Aug. 22 by the Federal Communications Commission, is a good development? The truth is, there never was anything “fair” about it. The fairness doctrine was imposed [...]

My turn: Never question misery

Some Facebook friends frequently post such reassurances as, “God is good all the time;” “God works in mysterious ways;” “He has a reason for everything;” “It is not for us to question, only to trust him.” • Mean Irene’s recent visit to the East Coast was a wrist-slap compared to other acts of God’s goodness. [...]

My turn: In search of my “Silver”

I think I am going to name my shoes. Roy Rogers had Trigger. The Lone Ranger had Silver. Lonnie Berry should name his transportation, too. But I have to come up with the right name, or I completely lose the impact. It has to be something that inspires, something that has a catchy ring to [...]