Child Sense: Plan your child’s summer around their sensibilities

Summer holidays are looming, and it’s hard to know what to do with our little ones. It’s a hard balance to get right. Enough time to rest, enough time to spend with family and enough activities to keep them busy and interested. By being aware of your child’s dominant sense you will be able to […]

McGee: Pondering mortality

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist One of the cool things about the Internet is you can find out whatever happened to old pals. Sometimes you get an answer, sometimes you wish you’d never asked. So one day I got to wondering whatever happened to my date for my senior prom. The answer left me stunned. […]

In search of ponies: Joining the rat race

Sharna Johnson I had a rat roaming around in my house. Before you get alarmed or too disgusted, he wasn’t the kind found in New York subways or unsavory restaurants, not that that minor detail entirely mitigates the situation, but it helps a little. To the contrary, he was a nutritionally well-balanced, plump, not-so-little morsel […]

Ticket feature: Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo kicking off

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Freedom New Mexico The “biggest and richest ranch rodeo in the world” begins today at the Curry County Events Center. Starting with Joe’s Boot Shop double mugging at 1 p.m., the 2011 Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo is kicking off a weekend packed with activities and events. Traditionally held in Waco, Texas, the rodeo will include […]

McGee: landlordin’ not for me

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist All this talk around here about affordable housing got me to thinking about landlordin’. I thought maybe I could pick up some real estate real cheap, slap on a coat of paint, then sit back and watch the big coin roll in every month. But, I don’t know if landlordin’ […]

Government shutdown avoided, for now

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When Friday morning rolled around, Tannie Scheutte was preparing to check the pay stub online in advance of the April 15 payday for her Army husband, Clovis native Devin Scheutte. Then, She started getting calls from friends at other bases. They told her base pay was cut off and […]

Their view: Small schools need legislative help

Adele E. Zimmermann is a concerned citizen who lives in Dixon. She sent this letter to the editor to newspapers around the state:

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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Clovis resident Don Reid is a self-declared house husband. In his retirement, he spends his time working around the house, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, spending time with his grandchildren, teaching a men’s non-denominational Bible class and going to school to receive his minister’s license. “I’m busier now than before I retired,” the 60-year-old said. […]

Fishing derby reels in local residents

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Kevin Wilson The phrase got bandied around plenty at Oasis State Park, in one form or another — a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at almost anything else. At least in terms of weather, Saturday was a great day for fishing, as sun and a light breeze did just enough […]

Produce prices jump after freeze

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Alisa Boswell This winter marked a harsh season for the tropical areas in and around the U.S., such as California, Florida and Mexico, causing a shortage in certain produce and a sharp spike in prices. Mackenzie Kennedy, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, said she had to switch to buying canned and frozen produce […]

Earth Hour does little to benefit our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to […]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the […]

Portales past: Feb. 7, 1952

Feb. 7, 1952: The Portales Daily News: From the “All Around Arch” column: The Youth Rally met at the Baptist Church Saturday evening with 143 in attendance. Rev. Charles Clair brought the message.

Youth focus of MLK day events

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Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo Freedom New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Clovis and Portales are centered around teaching King’s philosophies to youth. Both cities have events planned to honor the civil rights leader for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17. “It’s important for the youth to know about Dr. King […]

Portales past: Jan. 27, 1947

Jan. 27, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Parking meter receipts since Jan. 20 totaled $166.51, records showed in City Hall today. Within the week, 84 additional meters were placed in operation around the courthouse square.

Non-profits still seeking donations

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Liliana Castillo Need rises around Christmas, but it doesn’t go away after the twinkle lights are taken down and the presents are opened. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said the non-profit doesn’t directly provide for the needy around the holidays. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico funds as many local programs as it […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas on way

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PNT staff report The Little Miss Merry Christmas contest is returning for another holiday season, with a few changes this year. The annual contest raises money for white lights displayed on the Roosevelt County Courthouse and other places around town during the Christmas season. This year, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County […]

Portales past: Nov. 27, 1961

Nov. 27, 1961: Portales News-Tribune: Three pistols and an old coin collection worth around $200 were taken from The Trading Post, 1222 West Fir, sometime Saturday night, according to E.H. Bulls, owner.

My turn: Better to be prepared

Hunting season is around the corner so here are some more tips: • If you are using a hunting dog this season make sure they have their tags and their shots up to date. A dog can get lost or come in contact with animals that carry rabies. • Always carry your permits, license and […]

Portales past: Aug. 30, 1955

Aug. 30, 1955: Around 500 hands were at work harvesting Roosevelt County’s largest broomcorn crop in recent years, the employment office reported.