Let’s put endangered species in kids’ hands

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Nation gives us much to be grateful for

Seldom do we hear about good things but on any given day. We have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, many great things can be said about this country. I can name so many that reams of paper would be required. I bet you could add your list to mine with many […]

Grads ready for next stage

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he was expecting big things from the 484 graduates who walked the stage at Greyhound Arena Saturday. “We’ve given them the educational preparation to compete with the graduates of any other school,” Gamble said. “I feel certain that this graduating class will produce doctors, civic […]

Civilization dependent on ecosystem

I occasionally, when preparing for class, find myself discovering things that I wish I had not found. I suppose that this is true for other educators, as well. Like the words from Don Henley’s song, “Dirty Laundry,” it’s a matter of “You don’t really want to know what’s goin’ on; you don’t really want to […]

My turn: Commentary wouldn’t be too kind

Sports and sporting events have resulted in catchy phrases. You can expect interesting comments from broadcasters, coaches, and even players. The color commentator spends time talking to players and coaches and throws things out to keep us interested. From the golf comment, “The uglier a man’s legs are, the better golfer he is.” To football, […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

Computer games addictive

I may have developed an addiction. I Boggle when I should be doing other things. I while back I downloaded a Boggle game app on my iPad and began to play endlessly in single player “Quick Play” mode. I do it while watching television. I do it before I go to bed at night and […]

Business as usual after bank shutdown

First Community Bank customers in Clovis and Portales should hardly notice things are changing after the FDIC closed the bank and ownership was transferred to U.S. Bank N.A., of Minneapolis, according to the FDIC. “It really is just business as usual under our new name,” FDIC Spokeswoman Roberta Valdez said Monday. Services will be uninterrupted […]

Grant McGee: Classroom punishments things of the past

There’s a news story out of Santa Fe about a shop teacher who allegedly locked up an unruly student in a storage area. Authorities say she could face child abuse and false imprisonment charges. The story brought back memories of my eighth grade math teacher, Mr. Rigdon. Mr. Rigdon had his ways to try to […]

Year in review: County projects under way

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Alisa Boswell Big things have happened for Roosevelt County in 2010, according to County Commission Chairman David Sanders and outgoing County Commissioner Gene Creighton, who will finish his second term with the county at the end of this month. “I have appreciated serving the city and the county for the last eight years,” said Creighton. […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

Gadgets easily collected

Karl Terry With Thanksgiv-ing on the horizon there are two things that stand between most folks and culinary perfection — finding the turkey baster and getting an accurate reading from your meat thermometer. Ahh, those kitchen gadgets. They’ve been making them for centuries and advertising them on late night television infomercials for decades. Even if […]

My turn: Siblings priceless

Helena Rodriguez How many of you would trade in your brothers and sisters for a lump of cash? Sounds tempting. Kinda like Cash for Gold. But seriously, would you trade in your siblings for a bigger inheritance from your parents? There are some things money can’t buy; the constant annoyance, catch-scratch fights and squabbling with […]

Recession may be over, but effects still linger

Freedom New Mexico Technically, the recession ended last year. So say experts who calculate such things. Most people probably didn’t notice. The national unemployment rate hovers at 9.6 percent. We imagine out-of-work Americans don’t feel a year removed from recession. Sales in many industries continue sluggish. In some industries, worse than sluggish. Those folks probably […]

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 […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

My turn: News broadcast crazy behind scenes

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when things go wrong during a live television newscast? Thanks to this week’s video, you’re about to find out. A cable news network was covering the destruction of a tornado in Windsor, Colo., in December 2008. The news anchor is talking about a daycare center full of children […]

Entrust your worries to God

Joan Clayton Of all the things you have ever worried about, tell me something good that came about as a result. What is worry? I define it as “rehearsing calamity” or meditating on the worse thing that can happen. It is to feel anxious and uneasy, to be disturbed, harassed or annoyed, to be troubled. […]

Pastor: Service reminder that God changes things in response to prayer

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales is celebrating the 59th annual National Day of Prayer with a communitywide worship service and prayer meeting. The service with worship, prayer and sermons is Wednesday night. Portales pastors Brad Morgan, Josh McVey and Kelly Fulfer are set to speak on the theme “Ask, seek, knock.” The focus […]

Playoff beard makes short return

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more […]