McGee: Just miss me when I’m gone

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was vacation time. South of Brownwood, Texas, we zipped by a cemetery. Apparently there was going to be a funeral that day. A green canopy had been set up, under it were burgundy velvet covered chairs probably there for the family. And there was the mound of dirt covered […]

Laws don’t put end to problems

It seems a certain violent Arizona resident would have done well to have read my column last week. The message that right and wrong are universal rather than subjective is something he apparently needed. Of course, he may not have understood. If he is simply willing to commit evil acts without regard to right or […]

Missing my swamp…not really

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Some years in eastern New Mexico we can go all summer with just a handful of 100 degree-plus days. Apparently this isn’t going to be one of them. With a week nearly full of temperatures above the century mark what little rain we’ve received lately has been more than offset. […]

Nobody hurt in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A fire of unknown cause destroyed an abandoned house on Roosevelt Road 6 on Tuesday evening, but no one was injured. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols said there is nothing to suggest the fire was tied to previous fires. This is the second abandoned house to burn […]

Star athletes don’t belong on pedestal

Freedom New Mexico Just a few months after everybody was celebrating swimmer Michael Phelps for his Olympic feats, the world is abuzz over a photo of Phelps apparently inhaling from a water pipe that’s commonly used for marijuana. Among the many debates are how this incident affects his status as a role model, and what […]

Police: Grenade’s danger uncertain

PNT Staff Report Whether a grenade found Saturday in a Portales yard was live or not couldn’t be determined, according to Portales Police Department spokesperson Lonnie Berry. According to Berry, the condition of the grenade that had apparently been buried in the yard at Eighth and Chicago streets prevented personnel from Cannon Air Force Base’s […]

Raccoons don’t wash their food

Tony Gennaro The word “lotor” is part of the Latin scientific name for the raccoon; it means “the washer.” Apparently, the person who named the raccoon assumed the animal washed its food before eating it. That is what captive raccoons appear to do. They put their food in water and manipulate it with their hands. […]