My turn: Never trust a mud puddle

Never trust a mud puddle, no matter how innocent it looks. James Wooten and my uncle Terry Smith grew up together in Ider, Ala. Like most country boys, they enjoyed four-wheeling. One day James, Terry and myself were just hanging and we decided to go see Terry’s dad Butler “Smitty” Smith. Well we cut through […]

Science captures students’ minds

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Project Green House, volcano research, painting the globe, and paper transformer are four programs taking on special significance for science students at Elida Schools. The green house project helps students learn to plant and care of plants. Vigo Torske, a science teacher at Elida, said they started the green […]

Freedom executive retiring

IRVINE, Calif. — Jon Segal, president of Freedom Communications’ newspaper division, is retiring on June 30, according to a company newsletter. Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Segal’s career began more than 40 years ago as a high school student in the circulation department of […]

Monday morning briefing: A King’s Facebook and testing, testing, testing

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Web site of the day http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?v=wall&ref=ts&id=100000701614724 Portales Mayor Sharon King’s Facebook. Testing advice It’s testing week in Clovis schools. Educators suggest students get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy breakfast each morning, and try not to rush to school. Being relaxed and alert are key […]

Their view: Udall doesn’t know what’s best for me

William L. Smith of Portales has an opinion regarding U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s opinion that appeared in Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune. Udall wrote, “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited for generations for health care reform.” Smith writes: “Has Sen. Udall visited with every New Mexican for generations […]

GOP carrying substantial fight into November

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. The attorneys general of at least 14 states have filed challenges to various provisions of the massive health care bill passed by Congress and signed by the president. It is unclear yet […]

Superintendent named citizen of year

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Paul Benoit couldn’t figure out why everybody was keeping the Floyd Citizen of the Year award a secret. He found out Saturday night. The Floyd superintendent and Floyd Lions Club president received the honor during the performance of the 60th Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. “Wow,” Benoit said about […]

Zias have tough day at LSC crossover

Freedom New Mexico DURANT, Okla. — Suffice it to say, Saturday was a tough day for Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team. The Zias ran out to a 12-2 lead against Northeastern State in the Lone Star Conference crossover tournament, but the RiverHawks rallied for 13 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to claim […]

Taxpayers target of confusing system

By Don McAlavy: Freedom Columnist The Revised Gettsbury Address (Author Unknown) (Yes, I said Gettsbury, not Gettsburg.) Three score and five years ago our fathers brought forth upon this nation a new tax, conceived in desperation and dedicated to the proposition that all men are fair game. Now we are engaged in a great mass […]

Grapefruit, oranges featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on museum collections, using grapefruit and oranges, and making centerpieces will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon. Pamela Kelly works with the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe. She will explain how licensees use the historic collections of museums for product […]