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 […]

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 […]