Western shows full of cliches

I think one of the reasons I love Westerns of both the big screen and television variety is that they’re so predictable and loaded with clich

In search of ponies: Humans determined to harness time

Oh, so you think you’re a zeitgeber, well who the heck gave you the right to control the universe? After all, you may not get it, but every pet knows full well the world orbits that bowl on the floor in the kitchen — the rising, and setting, of the sun determined by it being […]

My turn: Nice to pretend

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I think it’s a natural part of human nature to like temporarily stepping out of your own shoes and pretending to be someone or something else. When I was younger, I was always interested in acting and thought it would be fun. I envisioned myself being somewhat good at comedy/slapstick acting (hold the gasps of […]

Pizzeria offering reward for stolen mascot

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Alisa Boswell Portales residents are mistaken if they think a reward sign for a giant piece of pizza is a practical joke, according to Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza co-owner Oma Jones. Jones said the restaurant’s $1,000 mascot, Pepe, was stolen Thursday night from Greyhound Arena during an Eastern New Mexico University basketball game. […]

Religion column: God gave us arms for hugging

I think we should have a “Hug Day.” I would be lost if I didn’t have hugs from friends and loved ones. Hugs make me happy. Hugs tell me someone likes me and that fills me with delight. I feel it takes hugs for one’s well-being. I read somewhere that husbands who hug their wives […]

In search of ponies: Horses offer good fuel mileage

If you really think about it, even with the blowing dirt, tumbleweeds and drive time to bigger cities, eastern New Mexico and the surrounding region have some pretty good advantages. Particularly in light of predictions gas prices could increase to a point where many people would have no choice but to park it — naysayer […]

Only one resolution needed

I think I’ll just forego the whole New Year’s resolution thing this year. What’s the point? With the Mayan calendar running out in December I’ll never get the chance to enjoy the benefits and might spend all year trying to accomplish them only to be swept away in cataclysm. Granted, losing about 120 pounds and […]

In search of ponies: Christmas gifts not for pets

Walking through the stores this holiday season, at first you may think,“that squeaky toy is so cute, Fido would love that!” But as you shop, you may start to get the feeling it’s not an accident the Christmas tree shaped dish full of frosted beef biscuits is at the end of the isle right where […]

My turn: Saturday set aside for TV

I think I may have come full circle on Saturday mornings. When I was a kid, I was up earlier on Saturday than I was any other day of the week. If you wanted to watch Roy Rogers, you had to get up early. There was no DVR or TIVO. There was no recording the […]

My turn: Some pets just like family

I saw an online web poll on the Portales News-Tribune website, www.pntonline.com, and it really made me think. The survey question was, “Do you consider your dogs or cats as members of the family?” After thinking about it, I don’t think that I do. I do not expect my dog to carry out the trash, […]

In Search of Ponies: Dogs adept at catching birds

Oh yeah, they eat crow. And pigeon, dove and grackle too. In fact, their prowess has grown to the point that I am actually starting to think Sylvester was miscast and should have been played by a dog. You would think the fly-boys and girls would spread the word amongst themselves to avoid my yard, […]

Hounds think they’ve made improvement

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University senior Reggie Nelson is happy to be back in Portales and playing basketball. The 6-foot-1 senior guard was the Greyhounds’ co-leader in scoring in 2009-10, but took a year off for what he called family reasons. He’s expected to start at point guard today when the Greyhounds take on […]

ENMU fall sports squads think big

Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team hopes to end Abilene Christian’s long domination of the Lone Star Conference this weekend. ACU has won the last 20 LSC championships, but the Greyhounds are positioned to make a strong run at the Wildcats in Saturday’s league event at San Angelo, Texas. “There’s […]

McGee: A case of deja vu all over again

Do you ever get the idea that you need to be listening to people better? I think I do. This realization came to me after reading an article in The Atlantic magazine in which the writer detailed a personal hacking experience. “Wow,” I said as I came down the hall, “These hackers are getting REALLY […]

Demographics drive economic growth

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama, preparing to announce his big new economic fix, appointed labor specialist Alan Krueger on Monday as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers. Need more jobs? Hire a labor expert, of course. Obama and Krueger will not think beyond the paradigm of government stimulus. It worked for Obama’s predecessors, […]

My turn: Pioneer Day highlight of county fair

Alisa Boswell I got to enjoy the Roosevelt County Fair for the first time this week both personally and professionally. It was fun being able to ride the ferris wheel, tease the Portales firefighters at their display trailer and eat a good burger. But I think the biggest highlight for me was covering the Pioneer […]

N.M. still capitalizing on the Kid

Oh, Susana, I think you are onto a hot one. This “Catch the Kid” business, the contest to track down Billy the Kid and win 10,000 bucks? Good move, Gov. Martinez. Last Sunday I saw the full page ad featuring the contest poster: WANTED, BILLY THE KID. $10,000 REWARD. Here’s why that is a timely […]

Social Security won’t be funded by today’s youth

Freedom New Mexico While suffering through this federal debt-limit battle, think about something much more scary. Consider another story this week that relates to the financial crisis. Any tie-in may seem ludicrous, but bear with us. The owner of McDain’s Restaurant in Monroeville, Penn., has banned children under age 6 to protect grumpy adults from […]

Seven things not to say to your picky eater

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Jeremy Olson Do any of these sound familiar? Clean your plate or no dessert! Why do you have to be so picky? There are starving people in China! If so, then you’re likely a parent who has gone to battle at the dinner table with kids who refuse to eat the meals prepared for them. […]

My turn: Making exercise fun easier said than done

Make exercise fun. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I think I know what people mean when they say that, but I am always a little bit suspicious of it. I remember my brother had that same philosophy when we were kids. He would come tell me, “Let’s play like we are in the Navy.” That sounded […]