Constantopoulos: Carbon capture may be closer than we think

The question that keeps surfacing in discussions of global warming is: What if it became economically feasible to burn coal, oil and natural gas for electricity production without loading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide emissions? Wouldn’t that be great for New Mexico and other energy-producing states? That kind of inquiry can begin by recognizing that […]

Philpott: ‘BAH reform’ would end windfalls of rent sharing

The Senate Armed Services Committee, as part of a more aggressive campaign to hold down military compensation costs, is calling for “substantial reform” of the $21 billion Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) program. One of its proposals would end what the committee perceives as windfall BAH payments made to service members who opt to reside […]

Hansen: Great hope turned stalemate

I was born about four years after the bombing of Hiroshima marked the start of the nuclear age. The bombing was a ghastly horror, shocking even the flight crew that dropped the weapon, but it shortened the war. Like most people, I have spent my life in its shadow as we commemorate its 70th anniversary. […]

McDonald: Technology takeover a struggle

Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages. But when it comes to the modern world, the young’ns have a leg up on us. That occurred to me not so long ago when I had some questions about my cell phone account, and I didn’t want to sit […]

Sloan: Two days in a life — trials, blessings

I am writing this from a motel room in Fort Worth, waiting for a consultation tomorrow (last Wednesday) with a surgeon who performed my fourth deviated septum surgery in 2012. He grafted part of a rib to rebuild my septum. It was the only one of my procedures that actually improved my breathing and lessened […]

Memories: Magic and flying

They met in 1968, singing in a church choir in Big Spring, Texas. Portales native Gail Cantrell was teaching school there. Air Force Capt. Alan Trent was stationed at the city’s Webb Air Force Base. They dated, they planned to marry, and he went to Vietnam in December 1969. He never came home. Military officials […]

Wilson: Exposure doesn’t pay bills

Some time ago, I and a fellow photographer were at an event where a gentleman presented a business card and said he had a solid Internet presence, and it would be great exposure for me if I sent photos of the event to him. I made some banter but held my tongue and promised nothing. […]

Boswell: Stress a real killer

Stress — it’s a killer. No, seriously. In reference to job stress, I have heard people joke about “having to talk you off the ledge.” I recently joked with a friend by saying, “But what if life shoved you off the ledge and now you’re hanging by your hands, but you don’t know how much […]

Sloan: Two days in a life — trials, blessings

I am writing this from a motel room in Fort Worth, waiting for a consultation tomorrow (last Wednesday) with a surgeon who performed my fourth deviated septum surgery in 2012. He grafted part of a rib to rebuild my septum. It was the only one of my procedures that actually improved my breathing and lessened […]

Berry: Portable pool needs work

I drove by the high school on the last day of school and I was really surprised at how calm things were. I remember when I ended my school year, we celebrated with water. It usually involved water balloons, buckets and anything we could find to hold and then throw water. One year a friend […]

Johnson: Pets can serve, too

Great sniffers, sharp eyesight, acute hearing, the strength and stamina to carry heavy loads, the ability to easily go places mankind cannot and the companionship they offer — animals have attributes that make them quite an asset when it comes to certain challenges. In an era of technology and motorized vehicles, it’s easy to forget […]

Brown: It’s just like riding a horse

I don’t remember exactly the first time I was put on a horse, but it was before I started learning to drive, so let’s say four years old. The first challenge is getting on board. When the stirrup is about level with your face, and you can’t reach the saddle-horn from the ground, traditional mounting […]

Rodriguez: Storytelling part of what made me who I am

This is a continuation of last week’s column on how, rather than my parents reading my sisters and I books as children, we listened to children’s records. However, in writing the column, I realized two things. While I grew up under a rich oral tradition of our Hispanic culture, an oral tradition which shaped my […]

Gossip is a deadly, poisonous thing

Several years ago my sister Susie and I stopped at the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, as we were on our way back from Dallas. We had to go through Sweetwater anyway, so we decided to take some time and experience something we had always heard about. We parked our car and headed down to […]

So what’s your ‘contentment number?’

One to ten scale. One, terrible; ten, incredibly good. Here’s the question: In general, in your whole life, how content are you? This is not a trick question. The first number that pops into your head is almost certainly the “right” one. Stop to think about this too long and you’ll mess it up. So […]

Boswell: Putting in personal request for duet at 2017 Jamboree

For the first time, I put in a personal request for next year’s Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree with the jamboree band. Chek Rippee has always been a personal favorite for me, because I love the fiddle, and he plays a mean fiddle. But as I watched the show Thursday night, I realized someone else […]

Wilson: Can I eat like a celebrity?

The news of another eatery coming to eastern New Mexico was met with a range of emotions, from, “Best day ever,” to indifferent shrugs. The spectrum was inspired when we found out the Chipotle Mexican Grill franchise is looking at opening a Clovis location in the third quarter of 2016. For those who haven’t been […]

Sloan: Lessons of health in March reading

My book-summary-of-the-month for March is “How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter” (Knopf, 1994) by Dr. Sherwin Nuland (1930-2014). Excerpts: • Deterioration of the coronary arteries leads to half of the deaths in the United States. • Each cigarette, pat of butter, slice of meat, and increment of hypertension contributes to the deterioration. • Cancer […]

Williamson: Local heroes are Valentine sweethearts every day

While lots of folks were nibbling on chocolates and counting the roses in their Valentine bouquets on Sunday, firefighters from nine area fire departments — most of them volunteers — spent almost six hours that day bouncing across fields and through rough sand hills getting a handle on a series of fires that gobbled up […]

Williams: Students need to be on same level as peers

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ran headlong into the leftist meat grinder by questioning whether college admission of blacks with academic achievement levels significantly lower than the rest of the student body is beneficial to blacks. His question came up during oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, wherein the court will rule whether […]