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 […]