Pet peeves reveal personal side

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Mostly I write on topics I suspect concern a wide enough audience. Columnists don’t just write on anything that pops into their minds but need to do a bit of service to reader-clients. But I think it’s OK, now and then, to indulge myself with a topic or […]

U.S. shouldn’t support either side in Mideast

Freedom New Mexico As is so often the case with Middle Eastern conflicts, there are wheels within wheels in the current Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza strip, and a distinct shortage of reasons to cheer either side. The primary blame for the current conflict must lie with Hamas, a militant organization heavily subsidized by […]

Museum includes “note-worthy” equipment

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Norman Petty is known around the world for helping launch the careers of some famous musicians. But did you know Petty graduated from Clovis High School in 1945? It says so right in the yearbook. Violet Ann Brady, his future bride, graduated a year later. Both yearbooks are side-by-side in […]

Brooks wins national music competition

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico When B.J. Brooks was a little boy in Portales, he often spent weekends side by side with his grandmother Lucille, who loved to play the piano. “He wanted to learn ‘Home on the Range,’ so I used masking tape on the keys and numbered them on two octaves,” recalled […]

City experiences another water main break

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Air guitar filled with purple haze

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I realized lying awake one morning about 4:30 that I played the air guitar left-handed. Or maybe not. Since I couldn’t sleep I was thinking about column ideas and I recalled a story on handedness and how science was trying to figure out what makes you right- or left-handed. […]

Oct. 23, 1970

• Seven members of the Elida Chapter 25 Order of Eastern Star attended the Pathway of Beauty session of the Grand Chapter. The event was held in the new Masonic Temple in Albuquerque. • “My Side of the Mountain” starring Teddy Eccles and Theodore Bickel was showing at the Varsity Drive In Theater. Adult tickets sold […]

Elida centennial celebration set

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers After months of preparation, the town of Elida is set to mark its 100th anniversary this weekend with a variety of events. “You can’t believe how many people have worked on this,” committee member Red Halliday said of the volunteers who prepared for the celebration. The all-school reunion will begin […]

Destructive fires historic problem for Elida

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Elida has had more than its share of trouble with disastrous fires during its century of existence. But in the early days residents kept rebuilding. Within a little over a year of the town’s incorporation on July 3, 1907 fires had pretty much destroyed the simple plank buildings on […]

Politicians must let scientists handle scientific research

Editorial The recent finding that stem cells drawn from amniotic fluid rather than from human embryos might have induced a “timeout” from the ongoing politicization of the emerging field of stem-cell research. After all, the potential of stem cells to provide cures or treatments for a variety of diseases is still very much in the […]

Sleep positions show personality

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CNJ Staff The position a person sleeps in can reveal aspects of personality, according to one study. Six common sleeping positions were analyzed in a 2003 study by Chris Idzikowski, the director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service. The Clovis News Journal took his theory to the streets, asking people to describe their personalities […]

Border Town Days Information

Freedom Newspapers What: 40th Border Town Days Where: Farwell and Texico When: 10 a.m. (CDT) today Background: Originally a rodeo event, Border Town Days is now a yearly gathering of members of two strikingly similar towns on each side of the Texico-New Mexico border to chat and eat. To do: There will be an arts […]

U.S. should stay on sidelines in current Israeli/Palestinian tiff

Editorial A few weeks ago, 19-year-old Gilad Shalit, a corporal in the Israeli Defense Forces, was an individual like the rest of us, with strengths, weaknesses and foibles. Now he has become a symbol. And whatever faint hopes might have existed for a relatively peaceful end to the armed standoff between Israelis and Palestinians have […]

Sitcom material continues to accumulate

By Kevin Wilson TUCUMCARI — Have you ever wanted to speak out, but stopped yourself because you knew reality couldn’t quite stand up to what you imagine saying? Yeah, I do that a lot. I was eating at a restaurant, on recommendation from a friend, and felt rather slighted. Since this column goes into newspapers […]

Side effects might not be worth the cure

By Bob Huber I’ve been out of focus the last few days — a flu bug bit me — but I’ve kept busy wallowing in self pity and researching the bad side effects of medicines I saw advertised on television. When you have the flu, you do silly stuff like that. What I really wanted […]

In an election, all participants win

By Jim Lee Although last week’s column followed the general election by only five days and would have been a timely topic, I decided against commenting about it then. At first, I thought I should write about it, but after a bit of reflection, I changed my mind. The event culminated a period of particularly […]

Freshman-sophomore battle one for the ages

By Bob Huber A tradition persisted in my hometown involving freshman hazing at our local college, the Colorado School of Mines. It culminated in a public showing of manly strength in the center of town as sophomores faced freshmen in a mighty tug of war across Clear Creek. You have to understand that few of […]

The chicken has new reasons to cross now

By Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Nitty-Gritty we raised our scholarly sights recently to delve into that age old conundrum, “Why does a chicken cross the road?” From a variety of sources we found answers from celebrities, some of them dead and rightfully so. Simply precede each quote with the question. • Ernest […]

Windbreaks on Llano get creative

By Baxter Black Dear Dr. Black, I have a question. I live in an area prone to guerrilla grazing. It’s private land but New Mexico is a fence-out state, so it is legal for people to put cattle on other people’s land. This is unregulated, so unfenced land gets overgrazed. Then cows resort to busting […]

Duct tape clearly a part of American history

By Kevin Wilson On Saturday, life changed for nearly 350 people who graduated from Eastern New Mexico University. It took somebody else’s graduation gift to make me realize the impending change one company is unleashing on our world. While attending a post-graduation celebration for some acquaintances, I noticed that one graduation gift was wrapped differently […]