My turn: Mistakes make memories

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the [...]

My Turn: Dish with chicken, wine, mushrooms savory

Argen Duncan I recently tried an easy Taste of Home chicken dish. Chicken Merlot with mushrooms (reprinted with permission) • 3/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms • 1 large onion, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste • 3/4 cup chicken broth • [...]

My turn: Serious anglers find ways to fish

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Clarence Plank Avid anglers go through some serious effort when it comes to catching that prize-winning fish for their next meal. Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder is one serious angler. When Kryder went to Oasis State Park in February, she found the pond covered with more than an inch of ice except for a [...]

Portales past: June 15, 1950

June 15, 1950: A suspected hog thief exchanged gunfire with Portales police as they tried to arrest him. No one was injured in the battle, but Burrus Jasper escaped capture. The Portales Daily News reported he’d had a series of run-ins with the law, including convictions for stealing jewelry and chickens.

My Turn: Surprisingly sweet treat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I tried strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar after Ronnie Birdsong, a vice president at Eastern New Mexico University, recommended the treat. Dip a fresh, whole strawberry into sour cream and then into brown sugar. The sour cream chips in richness, and the brown sugar, of course, sweetness. [...]

My turn: Tuna patties easy to fix

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Editor David Stevens says he could eat tuna patties at every meal. He wanted to know when I was going write a column about them, so I tried some. The tuna patties taste nice and aren’t too fishy. They’re also quick to make and not too easy to screw [...]

Small acts of kindness better than slogans

Freedom New Mexico My 6-year-old daughter Anna rolled on the ground screaming and clutching her stomach as my other children pulled on my arm, covered their eyes and cried. She screamed that the pain in her tummy was too much to take. I tried to touch her, she rolled away, threw up and passed out. [...]

Old dogs, outdoorsmen never quit

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor I tried to get out the door without him, but he’d seen me reach for my hat and he wasn’t having any of it. My old dog was demanding to go on the walk with me. We hadn’t walked since his seizures in the fall. He just hadn’t been [...]

Weather tough on seedlings, crops

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring. “We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it [...]

Shooting trial jury seated

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A jury was seated at the close of the day Tuesday in the first-degree murder case of two Clovis men accused in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. “It’s been a long two days, ladies and gentlemen, but we finally got there,” 9th Judicial District Judge [...]