Cinco de Mayo needs no justification

By Helena Rodriguez According to late night TV show host Jay Leno, “St. Patrick’s Day is the Cinco de Mayo for white people.” That had me laughing, but also nodding in agreement when Leno said this on TV in March. I just have to mention it now as we prepare for a big Cinco de […]

Snipe hunting only needs to be enjoyed once

By Bob Huber If you’re thinking about a final spring adventure before the advent of summer reruns, zealots of the great outdoors will be happy to introduce you to snipe hunting. You probably deserve it. Snipe hunting is a traditional American exploit, ranked high on the all-time list of Things You Do Only Once in […]

It’s time to get into the swing of spring

By Jim Lee This month is about ready to bite the dust after some much-needed April showers, and winter has probably gone to sleep for a few months. All things considered, this is a great time of year. I have always enjoyed spring. Once we get into the swing of the season, we should really […]

Make a happy day for others

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist When our youngest son graduated from high school, he walked across the stage, stopped and gave his dad, the high school principal, a giant bear hug. The crowd cheered and I cried. Our son made a happy and memorable day for us. My husband says I have Christmas every day, […]

A column about nothing

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Here’s a column about Nothing. That’s when I do my best writing. When I write about Nothing. Sometimes I have so much to say about Nothing that I can’t stop writing. It’s when I try to write about Something that I’m at a loss for words. Jerry Seinfeld made millions […]

Portales baseball team splits with Lovington

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By Rick White T.C. Nusser took the business approach to pitching. Location. Location. Location. Moving his fastball around the strike zone, Nusser pitched Portales to a 3-2 win over Lovington, helping the Rams salvage the second game of Tuesday’s District 4-3A doubleheader at Ram Field. Lovington won the opener 6-5, rallying for four runs in […]

Be cautious, but do not fear rattlesnakes

Jim Lee Well, spring has sprung. The time has come to bask in the sunshine of warmer days, smell all those nice green things coming to life after their winter slumber, enjoy the tulips and daffodils peeking up through the soil, look at the buds coming out on the trees, and think about rattlesnakes. I […]

It’s time we bridge the generation gap

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Scholarly Stuff we’re looking into the vast chasm that exists today between kids and grownups. I mean why can’t kids understand that certain things are more pressing than ankle tattoos and body piercing? On the front line of this confrontation are teachers who every day must wage uphill […]

CIA publicized event, then later cried wolf

Our newspaper was in an unusual position last week when national media spotlighted our run-in with the Central Intelligence Agency. In reporting the news, we became the news by refusing a CIA request to withhold an officer’s name. He had planned to speak Wednesday and Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on “the […]

Mom’s days of being the tax lady are finally over

Helena Rodriguez Just when I had come to think the only things definite in life are death, taxes, long lines at Wal-Mart, Dick Clark, American Idol, the Dallas Cowboys making the Super Bowl at least once a decade and Mom being firmly planted on the couch doing taxes for other people up until Midnight on […]