In Search of Ponies: Dogs adept at catching birds

Oh yeah, they eat crow. And pigeon, dove and grackle too. In fact, their prowess has grown to the point that I am actually starting to think Sylvester was miscast and should have been played by a dog. You would think the fly-boys and girls would spread the word amongst themselves to avoid my yard, [...]

Faith even better with bit of a swing

A porch swing is a gift of relaxation. You can swing and read a book, bird watch or just watch the world go by. Sitting in the porch swing with my grandparents in the evening made happy childhood memories for me. Enjoying the night air and relaxing in the stillness of it brought peaceful moments. [...]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the [...]

Back porch catches fire

PNT Staff Reports No one was injured when a fire started early Wednesday morning on the back porch of a house undergoing remodeling. The Portales Fire Department responded to the fire at 1716 S. Main Ave., said Portales Fire Marshal Mike Inge. “The house has some minimal damage,” Inge said. “The fire got inside the [...]

Altrusa prepares for annual Home Tour

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Five homes have been selected for the annual Altrusa Home Tour that will take place 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Funds raised from the annual event go toward scholarships to attend Eastern New Mexico University and to buy 1,000 books for third-graders, according to Frankye King, tour chairwoman. [...]

Getting dirty is just part of farm wife’s job

By Baxter Black: Guest Columnist It was a case of naked dedication. Dick had been to the state meeting. His committee had run late and it was after midnight when he got back to the ranch. They were practicing fall calving in his part of the Umpqua Valley of western Oregon. Rains had been making [...]

No empty nest syndrome here

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Our children are nearly ready to leave the nest. It seems just like yesterday they were little eggs. OK, I don’t mean children literally. I’m referring our adopted family of swallows. If you’re a regular reader you may remember me telling about the swallows that began building a nest [...]

Feathered friends move onto porch

By Karl Terry The Terry household officially began taking in boarders this week as a pair of barn swallows have taken a shine to our front porch and are now building a nest. I first noticed them going out the door one evening. I first thought the winged creatures were bats. They circled the yard [...]

Swings bring back good times

By Joan Clayton A porch swing is a gift of relaxation. You can swing and read a book, bird watch, or just watch the world go by. Sitting in the porch swing with loved ones in the evening made happy childhood memories for me. Enjoying the night air and relaxing in the stillness of it brought [...]

June 16 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions There are no birthdays or anniversaries this week. That’s unlikely. Please call or email me if you would like to have these special dates in your family in the Floyd News. Upcoming Events • 4-H will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Community Building. Back Porch Pickers If anyone is [...]