Local bands dream big

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Alisa Boswell Musical talent is not a scarce thing in the Clovis and Portales areas. Many local musicians have the ambition to go all the way to stardom with their musical talents and considering the recent accomplishments of some, they might do just that. One local country music talent with such a passion is Will […]

My turn: Living my life through you

Recently, I shut off all distractions —TV, Internet, reading — to see what condition my condition was in. Quickly, I realized that my life revolves around others’ Raison d’

‘Secretariat’ shows strength of women

Glenda Price I recently saw the movie “Secretariat” about the horse many people believe to be the best Thoroughbred race horse ever. Secretariat, born in Virginia in 1970, grew to 16.2 hands (one hand is approximately four inches) and weighed 1200 pounds at maturity. His official color was chestnut, but he was called Big Red […]

My turn: Pumpkin bread light and tasty

Argen Duncan Lonnie Berry of Portales recently brought something new to my attention: pumpkin cornbread. He said he got the recipe from a woman at church. I tried it. Pumpkin cornbread is easy to make, healthy and tasty. It’s low fat, and by using Splenda and making half the flour whole wheat, you get a […]

Grant McGee: Medical marijuana not worth risks

Grant McGee If you could use medical marijuana would you? This was something that crossed my mind recently after the eye doctor told me I have glaucoma. “Hey, if you have glaucoma that means you qualify for medical marijuana in New Mexico.” It was my friend The Holy Man offering up his first thoughts upon […]

Young voters divided on casting ballots

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Alisa Boswell To vote or not? When the question was put to Eastern New Mexico University students recently, the answers revealed a deep divide. Just as many previous generations, this group of young voters is split when it comes to voting and politics. Freedom New Mexico conducted an unscientific poll, interviewing students in classes at […]

My turn: Ladies’ confessions shocking

When a visitor recently brought by a baby so new he hadn’t even been spanked, my female co-workers overwhelmed me with their warmth and sensitivity. Fawning over the miniscule bundle of joy, the women cooed enough “oohs” and “ahs” to sing back-up for Marvin Gaye. Obligingly, I followed suit. After the baby left, my co-workers […]

My turn: Compassion is real issue at hand

My basketball/golf/war-history buddy John Kirby recently asked whether I’d considered writing about the Florida preacher threatening to burn Korans. I told the Connecticut Yankee on the Court — who insists that I shoot three-pointers even when I’m not feeling it and thinks it unusual that I carry four fairway putters — that simple condemnation of […]

New subdivision developers tout affordability

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Jared Tucker Developers say reasonable rent and affordable homes are their goals for a recently approved 104-lot subdivision across from the Portales Police Department. The preliminary plat for the new neighborhood was approved by the city council Aug. 17, and according to the developer, the Boston Home Spot sub-division will be a good answer to […]

My Turn: Uncle Nacho testament to biculturalism

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My uncle Ignacio passed away recently. Like many Hispanics with the same name, Ignacio was nicknamed “Nacho.” After moving to San Angelo, Texas, though, he suddenly became “Nash.” That was the name embroidered on his shirt. I laughed, but Uncle Nacho was serious. His co-workers called him Nash, and so […]

Lieutenant governor candidates respond with essays

Primary elections are June 1 in New Mexico. The state has three Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor. Five Democrats are seeking the post. We recently invited all to write a 300-word response to the question: How will you make New Mexicans’ lives better as lieutenant governor? Democrats Brian Colon, Lawrence Rael and Gerald Ortiz […]

Virtual visit to old home stirs memories

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist THE OLD HOME PLACE My brother called recently… “The old home place is for sale,” he said. The old home place. Now wouldn’t that be something to have? But it’s back east and I’m here in New Mexico. Do you feel that way about the place where you grew up? […]

Portales Junior High news — May 4

Choir news The Portales Junior High School choir, under the direction of Franklin Smith, traveled to Hobbs recently for Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators of America Choral — Large Group Festival. There were two ensembles, a treble choir and a mixed choir, competing at the event. The mixed choir received excellent marks from the judges […]

Widows being compensated

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

My turn: Take time to savor life

I recently came across this most appropriate quote by Henry David Thoreau, and in the comics of all places. The timing was right. Lately, I don’t know whether I’m coming or going; sometimes it’s both, at the same time. The quote reads, “The truly efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with […]

Portales Past: March 23, 1955

March 23, 1955: State highway crews arrived to haul caliche for the surface of the Portales road to the Clovis Air Force Base. County commissioners said they had driven the road recently and “had to be pulled through the deep sand by a road grader,” The Portales Daily News reported.

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, […]

Elida students raise money for teacher

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Elida students brought together baked goodies and good will to help a well-loved teacher recently. Elida High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes held a baked goods auction at the Jan. 22 Dora/Elida basketball game and raised $6,400 for agriculture teacher Rod Savage. Savage was diagnosed with kidney problems about […]

Right to private property recognized

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist There was a bit of good news recently from New York state, that bastion of modern liberalism and American statism! As The New York Times reported Dec. 4, “In a 3-to-2 decision, a panel of the Appellate Division of (NY) State Supreme Court in Manhattan annulled the state’s […]

Rediscovering the joys of reading

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Recently I’ve discovered that the power and charm of my children’s books works on them as well as on me. I never thought that I’d actually hope my daughter wouldn’t fall asleep too quickly so that I could keep reading her books, but it’s happened the last few years as […]