Russian Pelekh Box story always worth reliving

By Bob Huber So it’s another Christmas season, which means my daughter Tracy will corral friends and family to tell her favorite yuletide story — “The Russian Pelekh Box.” It’s a marathon narrative full of adventure, romance, and mystery, although its authenticity leaves something to be desired. So while a turkey roasts in the oven […]

Lunch becomes political learning session

By Jim Lee Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of spending a little time with our state senator, Stuart Ingle. We happened to see each other where we were both having lunch and decided to have coffee and dessert together. While we sat there chatting and munching, his cell phone interrupted him (a […]

It’s time for the annual Christmas letter

By Helena Rodriguez Hola dear family, friends and readers of this column. Whether you’re a devoted reader or you stumbled onto this page while hunting for the sports section, season’s greetings to all. It’s time for my annual Christmas letter. Wait. I’ve never written a Christmas letter. What the heck, there’s a first time for […]

Not all blue-light specials are good

By Bob Huber Here at Christmas Central where credit cards grow on trees, I’m recalling the time I draped yuletide lights on a pine shrub in our front yard. After the holidays I chopped down that bush in a fit of hay fever, so the next year I had to improvise a new display to […]

Let’s put an end to curses, internet chain letters

By Helena Rodriguez If you don’t download this column from our newspaper Web site immediately and forward it to 12 people, you will be struck by lightning. Then as you get up and try to walk away, a bulldozer will run over you. Wait, that’s not all. Before you take your last breath, your lover […]

Our commitment to our heritage and to our readers

By Cathy Taylor and Alan Bock Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Portales News-Tribune, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it. R.C. Hoiles had a […]

Planet Kevin makes its second orbit

By Kevin Wilson It’s not often I write two columns about something, but sometimes inspiration sends you an e-mail. During the summer, I did a column on “Planet Kevin,” a fictional planet with rules set to my values of common sense. It was loosely based on a standup comedy routine from Charlie Viracola called “Planet […]

Space: The final frontier for garbage

By Jim Lee Usually, when a problem seems so complex with barriers to just about any conceivable answer, the solution eventually comes in a flash of inspiration in a very basic form. This is because an uncomplicated, direct answer has been staring at everybody right in the face all along, but nobody notices until some […]

Turkey rodeo a precious Thanksgiving memory

By Bob Huber Now comes Thanksgiving Day with fond memories of family gatherings and succulent roast turkeys — you know, those buzzard-looking birds with Jurassic brains the size of peas and flapping wings strong enough to tear your head off. One particular event in my family’s history had to do with 200 of those nasty […]

When are you too young or old to have children?

By Helena Rodriguez The miniature rubber duckie on the soap dish in my shower always reminds me of Amanda. Dear, sweet Amanda. But here lately, I see the rubber duckie and all I can think is, “Amanda is pregnant! Amanda is pregnant!” Amanda was my daughter Laura’s best friend when we lived in Abilene, Texas. […]