Rural charm wears off on city folk

We rural folks, especially in the American Southwest, are uncomfortably aware of an interesting phenomenon. City people, looking for escape from the busy, noisy urban life, come to the rural areas. They observe the pastoral, rustic lifestyle and want it for their own. So they purchase or build a home in their chosen promised land. […]

My turn: Old shoes didn’t make the cut

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist As promised last week, here’s the story of how I unexpectedly got a new pair of shoes in second grade, and it wasn’t back-to-school, Christmas or Easter, the only times when we did get new clothes and new shoes. One evening, mom took my sister Becky to the Gibson’s store […]

Airport scanners digital Peeping Toms

Freedom New Mexico This is creepy. When the government started using full-body scanners over the past few years to screen passengers at airports and people visiting federal buildings, it promised the electronic images would not be stored. That’s because the scanners basically see through clothing, revealing a nude image. (Magnetic scanners, in use for decades, […]

My turn: This sandwich has meat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer When I promised a sandwich idea in my column, Freedom New Mexico photographer Tony Bullocks called for a sneak preview. He didn’t want to wait for the next column because he’s a fan of sandwiches. However, he likes sandwiches with meat, so my cherry-banana sandwich didn’t quite fit him. […]

Sandwich best paired with dairy

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer As promised, let me introduce a sandwich I recently put together. I’ve kept the fat and processed sugar lower than they could be, but it’s still nice and sweet. Cherry-banana sandwich • two slices of bread (I like white for this, but whole wheat is healthier.) • one banana, […]

Village of Floyd awaits stimulus funds for water plant

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Village of Floyd is waiting for promised federal stimulus money to find a contractor and start its water treatment plant. The plant is designed to remove fluoride and arsenic from the water. “We’re ready to go for bid as soon as the (stimulus) funds are secured,” said Village […]

6/22 Letters to the Editor

Thank Bush for BRAC situation On behalf of the hundreds of businesses and the thousands of residents whose economic future are now at risk due to the Base Realignment and Closure process, I want to thank those Curry and Roosevelt county citizens who voted for George W. Bush. It’s really working out well for our […]