Covert knowledge from my mother

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist When I was a kid, I stayed alert to the whims of the Axis power, namely my mother, and I found she had a vast array of covert knowledge hidden beneath her quaint farm-girl homilies. Her views on some of mankind’s most endearing areas of scholarship stick with me to […]

Feelings on reaching the century mark

By Jim Lee It really doesn’t seem possible, but this is my 100th column on this page. Next month will mark two years of doing this. It feels like I did the first one just a few weeks ago. Thank you for reading what I have to say. And thank you for your comments. Probably […]

We can learn much from our neighbors

By Jim Lee Well, Monday is St. Valentine’s Day, the anniversary of Capt. James Cook’s murder on his third visit (in 1779) to what is now Hawaii, and the 102nd anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor. Before we all pop the champagne corks and prepare for a seizure of […]

There’s not always a “bad guy” and “good guy”

By Jim Lee The recent outbreak of violence at sporting events nudged me into some reflection. Something really big usually has to happen to jumpstart my thought processes, so those nasty little episodes with the athletes and spectators must be something more than hype to get us to gawk at CNN. Getting my mind in […]

Everyone has unique, special gift

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist I am convinced that each person on earth has at least one special gift. Thirty-one years of teaching taught me that. Each child I taught had a unique gift and it became my job to discover his or her special talent and build on those strengths. You may not […]

No complaining about community service

By Jim Lee I’ve been thinking about it and have arrived at the conclusion that people are quicker to complain than they are to praise. Why is this? Oh, I certainly do my share of bellyaching, but running my mouth about something positive sure makes me feel better than going on and on about some […]

Dinner sometimes more than a meal

By Jim Lee Once in a while, my wife Saundra and I decide to go out to dinner, usually on a Friday evening. As far as the food itself is concerned, I’m happy with a cheeseburger (chicken fried steak if I’m in a mood for something extravagant). Going out on the town isn’t just a […]

Zipper usually the first fashion casualty

By Jim Lee How many of us have noticed the first thing to go haywire in a favorite coat is the zipper? Or is it just me? It happens with sweater zippers, too. Of course most of us don’t really concern ourselves with coats and sweaters this time of year — but I never claimed […]

Summer the perfect time for not-so-smart ideas

By Bob Huber Childhood friends tell me I once had tangled curly hair and a perpetual runny nose, and I ran around all summer in frayed overalls and Tenner shoes, the latter being the invention of that friend of all boys, Mr. Tenner. But in spite of my appearance, those were exotic times, like the […]

Reputation of 007 needs our help

By Kevin Wilson I read one of the most disturbing news items of my life on Friday. It had nothing to do with terror alerts, racial profiling, or corner turning — you learn to adjust to those types of things. This is much different. This involves something fictional, but there are real consequences. Pierce Brosnan […]

Kryden enjoys life of books

What do you think of Portales? “I love Portales. That’s why I came back, for family and also Portales has always been my hometown.” What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Getting up and sitting in the backyard. Being able to sit down and paint. Other than that, traveling. I love to travel.” What is […]

Towels part of life’s tapestry

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Something’s fishy about certain pets

By Jim Lee I doubt if there is anything on this planet that ranks remotely close to a fish in the hierarchy of general weirdity. Just watch one of those critters swimming around aimlessly in its tank or bowl for a while — unless there’s something better to do. They always look surprised. Why does […]

Portales byciclists ride to Muleshoe

By David Arkin For Robert Lepard, it all started with bad knees. The Muleshoe dentist of 19 years, who will take part in Saturday’s Tour of Muleshoe, simply couldn’t take the pain the constant pounding on the pavement was causing his knees. He had been running for years and lettered in track at Texas Tech […]

A column about nothing

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Here’s a column about Nothing. That’s when I do my best writing. When I write about Nothing. Sometimes I have so much to say about Nothing that I can’t stop writing. It’s when I try to write about Something that I’m at a loss for words. Jerry Seinfeld made millions […]

Oil man campaigns on water issues

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Water is one of those issues that always seems to be a talker around election season. It’s also the No. 1 reason why William V. Palmer wants to be a New Mexico Senator. Palmer, a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor, thinks he can do something about […]

Good surprises come from good conversation

TV Hagenah About three decades ago, I was living in Trinidad, Colo., and periodically I would go down to Raton to catch the horse races. I am not a big gambler, but I do enjoy watching a man and animal work in tandem and I enjoy watching a horse run well. On this particular Saturday […]

Electric car bill causes static

By David Arkin  A bill signed by the governor that will allow electric cars to be driven on city streets and highways is receiving mixed reviews.  The bill, which was crafted by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson last week, would allow “neighborhood electric cars,” which are four-wheeled electric […]

Celebrate safely this New Year’s Eve

Jim Lee Wednesday will be the last day of 2003. It seems like a couple of days ago we were talking about how all the computers would revolt when the year 2000 happened. We passed up that eagerly anticipated crisis without major mishap, so I suppose the start of 2004 won’t cause too many problems. […]

Human courtesy is — at the least — worth a try

Jim Lee Well, Monday is the winter solstice, and Thursday is Christmas Day. No problem in dreaming up something to write about this week. It seems a given that I say something about these two annual events like everybody else. But that’s just what everybody expects me to do. I’m far too clever to fall […]