Happy to have reader feedback

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Writing has always come easy to me. Sometimes research and fact checking haven’t been as natural. A good example of that was last week’s column about animated movies. It was easy to write and came together quickly. Several people told me they enjoyed it and agreed with me. Several wrote […]

Sometimes, it’s OK to fall apart

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I did something that’s fairly out of character for me while I was at a conference last week. This is the last time I write about this conference. Next week I’m moving on to why a girl needs to learn about her car anti-lock breaking system so that the mechanic […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Freedom New Mexico Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Cannon Connections staff Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

Sometimes less can be more

By Sharna Johnson: FNM Columnist Perhaps I have become a minimalist in my old age or some transformation has overtaken me that I have yet to identify. But I have claimed a new home. I was born and raised on the East Coast. My father was an explorer of sorts, with little concern for comfort […]

City manager has long-standing career in public service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Debi Lee has more than 25 years as a city manager, the last five in Portales. And despite long hours and sometimes heavy stress — she enjoys what she does. Lee originally wanted to be a physical education teacher. But she has built a career of public service and […]

Tough to have eight-track mindset

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Sometimes I wonder whatever became of my 8-track tapes. I’ve wondered, but not enough to go search the closets at my mother’s house to see if they’re still there. The collection, prized by me through high school, but not all that impressive compared to others, was safely nestled […]

When in doubt about present, pray

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Sometimes I ask myself, “Am I the only one who sees the impinging danger for this country? Am I the only one who cares, who sees America on the edge of the precipice? Will we care when our freedoms are gone? Will we care if our possessions are taken away […]

Clovis gets ready for plenty of bull

By Eric Butler Sometimes it’s not easy working your way to the top of the Professional Bull Riders circuit. Just ask cousins Sterling Bowers and Rusty Patrick, a pair of Texico residents, who recently met up with six other cowboys in Oklahoma and drove some 900 miles to a tiny town (Herreid, pop. 466) in […]

Sexes sometimes do battle

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By Eric Butler:CNJ Correspondent In adult rodeo competitions, men are in men’s events while women basically compete in barrel racing. But junior rodeos are different and, in this week’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals in Clovis, boys and girls often compete against each other — especially with the youngest contestants. Events such as goat […]

Sometimes it’s good to remain anonymous

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico The Internet helps me make friends, but it’s helped me keep so many more. People move for jobs, school, or family reasons, and I’m one mouse click away from keeping the friendship going. Likewise, the Internet helps my friends keep up with me. There is Friend Type A, who […]

Jesus lifts individuals

Joan Clayton We are not the only ones who are sometimes blind to reality. Some flying creatures do the same thing. I’ve heard if you put a buzzard in a pen 6-feet square with an open top, he will become a prisoner. Without space to run to begin a flight, he will not even attempt […]

PNT launches new Web site system

Today we launch new tools on our Web site. We call the system SiteLife. SiteLife allows readers to start their own blog and share photos. But the biggest change is tied to commenting on stories. We gave readers the ability to comment — anonymously — on stories, starting last year. Comments poured in. Sometimes they […]

Positive thinking key

Anita Doberman I am always amazed when I meet people who are extremely positive no matter what happens out there. It may pour rain or thunder but nothing can take their smile away. Whenever I asked these people what their secret is, they often say, that’s just the way I have always been. Unfortunately, I […]

Positive thinking important in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I am always amazed when I meet people who are extremely positive no matter what happens out there. It may pour rain or thunder but nothing can take their smile away. Whenever I asked these people what their secret is, they often say, that’s just the way I have always been. […]

Finding identity can be difficult process

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin M. was recently divorced. During a family gathering, she shared with my sister and me how difficult it was to start a new life as a single woman after having been married for many years. M. joked that her couch cushions permanently show her body imprint because, since getting […]

Summer days centered around TV

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Hispanic comedian George Lopez jokes about abuelitas who keep track of time by the order of their favorite TV programs. For example, abuelita says, “When Judge Judy is over, that’s when I take my medicine.” The summer days of my childhood also operated around TV time for many years. I […]

One person’s culinary disaster another’s treat

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve been thinking about burnt toast and tortillas lately, staples of my childhood. Before you label me weird, there’s a Web site advertising a Museum of Burnt Food which celebrates “The art of culinary disaster.” My childhood wasn’t exactly a culinary disaster. In fact, I thought I was a […]

Even cowboys can make mistakes sometimes

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Whereas the average cowboy is a person of good intentions, generous to a fault and kind to women, children and animals, and whereas said cowboy is often in the right place at the wrong time and driven by an over-developed sense of chivalry, bravado and/or tradition, and whereas you may […]

Ladies room mystery not that mysterious

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers It’s time we get to the bottom of that age-old question that has haunted men for centuries. Notice I didn’t say women. That’s because we women already have all of the answers. That age-old question is: What exactly do women do in the bathroom? Why do we go together in […]