My turn: Dedicated to leave mark on world

I recently started looking for a catchy title for my column. I thought maybe it would be similar to the title of the blog that I also write. When I first started thinking about it, I remembered the words to one of my favorite poems. Poet Dylan Thomas wrote what has no official title but […]

Floyd school library recognized

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Alisa Boswell Floyd Municipal Schools librarian Judy Chandler was perhaps more surprised than anyone when she was recently told the school was the winner of the New Mexico Outstanding Elementary School Library of the Year Award. The award is given by the Advocacy for School Libraries Special Interest Group, part of the New Mexico Library […]

Ask the chief

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Airmen from Cannon Air Force Base recently received the opportunity to ask base’s newest Command Chief questions with the ability to remain anonymous if they wished. The questions were sent to each unit’s first sergeant, and then forwarded to Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, 27th Special Operations Wing […]

Food at the speed of life: Chicken dish easy, tasty

I recently discovered an Italian-style chicken dish that’s both a little different and a little familiar. Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers provided the recipe in the book from her Christmas program this year. She gave me permission to reprint it. The dish is easy to make and tasty, with some ingredients being familiar […]

My Turn: Chicken dish tasty, easy

Argen Duncan I recently discovered an Italian-style chicken dish that’s both a little different and a little familiar. Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers provided the recipe in the book from her Christmas program this year. She gave me permission to reprint it. The dish is easy to make and tasty, with some ingredients […]

Force Support Squadron responds to customer comments

27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron The 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron recently conducted a survey to determine customer satisfaction with its hours of operation. More than 400 responded, and we appreciate those who took the time to complete the survey. In addition to information about our hours, we also received a few Comments […]

U.S. set to expand base in Korea

Tom Philpott Two deadly incidents instigated by North Korea in 2010, most recently the shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island Nov. 23, have raised military tension on the peninsula to its highest level in many years. But the provocations, said the commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, haven’t weaken a commitment by the United States […]

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 […]

Military mama: Hard getting used to idea of growing old

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I recently celebrated my birthday, and am soon attending a high school reunion. I though nothing else could remind me more that my teens have long since slipped away. Apparently I was wrong. I realize that I’m nowhere near “old” in relation to a traditional lifespan, however there are subtle reminders that make me inwardly […]

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? […]