In Search of Ponies: Animal language simple

Sharna Johnson I think many of us find within different social settings we adopt alternate vernaculars to our own. For instance, when I visit my grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains, I develop a twang and blend words like “Ain’t” and “Y’all” into my vocabulary. If I spend time with British friends, I inexplicably develop a […]

My turn: There’s more than one way to fish

Clarence Plank In my search for the unique and strange things when it comes to outdoor adventures, I happened to stumble on something that sounds like an interesting idea: R/C boat fishing. Yep, you heard me right. Remote control boat fishing. There are a couple of articles on the web about it and videos on […]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the […]

In search of ponies: Primal instincts should not shock us

Sharna Johnson Poor JoJo. It wasn’t his fault. “I feel bad about it, but I can’t help that I’m just upset with him,” my mother told me. My mother and step-father had chased and hunted the bird, until finally, thinking they had flushed it out of the house, settled in to relax — until JoJo […]

Friday morning briefing: Tax free weekend, weed search and sign of the times

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Tax free reminder Parents take note: Today is the first day of tax free weekend. No taxes on school supplies and assorted other delightful items. Here’s a link: http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/Individuals/Pages/Tax-Holiday.aspx Weed patrol Seems like the weeds are taking over Clovis. Where are the tallest weeds […]

In search of ponies: Frog dilemma

Sharna Johnson It would appear my garage door has become the gateway to hell. Frog hell that is. They hop in, but they don’t hop out. Problem is, I don’t want their little souls. Yet daily, I must kick three or four back to the driveway from which they came. Their eyes stare at me […]

In search of joy and companionship

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: Sharna Johnson has been writing about critters in a weblog for three years. Now she’s taking her dog and pony show to the printed product. Her weekly column begins today, with the introduction she offered her blog readers on Nov. 2, 2007.

TRICARE implements formulary search tool

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Beneficiaries and providers can use the new TRICARE formulary search tool to find the most up-to-date information about prescription medications. Located at http://pec.ha.osd.mil/formulary_search.php, the new formulary search tool allows beneficiaries to easily find which medicines are in the uniform formulary. These are available at all full-service military […]

Portales past: June 24, 1955

June 24, 1955: Two Oklahoma City men, bicycling their way to California in search of work, passed through eastern New Mexico. One of the men said they’d been averaging 120 miles per day, riding from dawn to dusk.

Contrasts prevalent in scenery

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist On a recent daytrip I went in search of photos and was struck by the multitude of contrasts in our eastern New Mexico landscape. We hadn’t done it in a long time so last Sunday my wife and I packed a picnic lunch and two cabin fever fraught dogs for […]

My turn: In search of pedantic fame

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist If ignorance is bliss, I’m in unawareness heaven about common knowledge. After snoozing through my church alarm, I recently spent pajama-time reading the King James Bible. When I mentioned to Portales theologian friend Isaiah Vance that I’d noticed apparent ambiguities, he dashed my hopes of being a scholarly Magellan, saying […]

Portales Past: March 21, 1945

March 21, 1945: Portales school teachers knocked on doors across town in search of school census information. “Every unmarried person between the age of 5 and 18 needs to be counted,” The Portales Daily News reported.

Two jailed on drug charges

PNT staff reports Two Roosevelt County residents are jailed on charges stemming from a recent search warrant. Virginia Jones, 29, was arrested Friday at a residence in the 100 block of South Avenue G on charges of distribution of marijuana and possession of a schedule II narcotic, both fourth-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, […]

Cities seek housing solution

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Frankie Lopez, of Double I Construction, plumbs a post Thursday for a picket fence at a home under construction on Ralph Boone Drive in northeast Clovis near the Cannon Air Force Base 801 housing. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Even with their daughters in college, Richard and Louise Weber search […]

Tourism dead at hands of cartels

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Forty-five years ago it was perfectly fine for young people to cross the border into Mexico in search of fun. In those days the drug cartels’ bloody fights were not a factor. In Juarez we could have our feet measured and order Western riding boots much cheaper than at home. […]

Sheriff’s office makes drug bust

Freedom New Mexico Three people face drug charges from an Oct. 30 search warrant served by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies in the 600 block of South Roosevelt County Road S. Arrested were Jeffrey Gutierrez, 21, Andrea Gutierrez, 24, and Joshua Ortiz, 23. Jeffrey Gutierrez, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and […]

War on drugs has humiliating ramifications

Freedom New Mexico It is encouraging that the U.S. Supreme Court so strongly condemned Thursday the decision by officials in an Arizona school district to strip-search a 13-year-old girl because they suspected she might have some Ibuprofen pain reliever in her undergarments. The amazing thing is that even one justice (Clarence Thomas) dissented, and that […]

Two local residents jailed on drug charges

PNT staff Two Portales residents are jailed on felony drug charges after officers from several local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant Friday and found suspected methamphetamines, crack cocaine and related drug paraphernalia, according to a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. Police said the search took place at 101 E. Nogal St., […]

ENMU athletic director search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its athletic director search to four finalists, according to a university press release. Mike Maguire, who served as ENMU’s athletic director for seven years, will be reassigned to a teaching and fundraising position after seven years at the AD post. University president Steven Gamble said the […]

April 12 District Court Dispositions

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit: http://www.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, activity […]