Portales past: Feb. 26, 1952

Feb. 26, 1952: The Portales Daily News: Pecan trees are practical for Portales lawns, said Mrs. Sidney Stone, who watched a tree set out by her father 25 years ago bear fruit each year. The tree was at the W.A. Heisen home at 515 Amazon St.

Thursday morning briefing: Bingaman video, back to school and The Golden Bear

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Video of the day Check out our own political reporter Kevin Wilson in a one-on-one with Sen. Jeff Bingaman on the Ute water project and other important local issues. Opening day Just in case you forgot…it’s opening day for Clovis Municipal and Clovis Christian schools. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Bear facts and summer flicks

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing.Caution please The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is asking anglers, campers and hikers to be aware of fire restrictions and bears. Check fire restrictions before travel. Also note: Fireworks are banned in all 105 wildlife areas the department owns or leases. Avoid unpleasant encounters with […]

Teddy bears take their place in class

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Teddy bears on parade mark the end of a week-long learning experience for students at L.L. Brown Early Childhood Center on Friday. Students have brought their furry little friends to class for the annual fall Teddy Bear Week celebration. Cole Rowland, 5, brought his teddy bear Zack, which is […]

Researcher studies ways to help cows bear more calves

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An animal scientist’s research is exploring ways to save dairy farmers thousands of dollars a year by helping prevent miscarriages in cows. Eastern New Mexico University Assistant Professor Darron L. Smith said research suggests a “significant number” of dairy cattle pregnancies — 17 percent to 20 percent — are […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

Official: Little evidence to support bear rumor

Freedom New Mexico Five horses found dead southwest of Ranchvale have generated rumors of bears and mountain lions in the area. But a New Mexico Game and Fish official said there’s little evidence to support those rumors. Bruising around one dead horse’s neck could be consistent with a bear attack, but there is no indication […]

ENMU men get win on home pitch

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo was sure he wanted his team going with the wind in the first half on Sunday against Missouri Southern. The move paid off with three goals, two by freshman forward Edgar Bear, and the Greyhounds cruised to a 4-0 Southwest Soccer Conference win […]

Library Books

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen. Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the soil — human, female, and according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner, Maura Isle, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. But whoever this nameless […]

Standing your ground worth the fight

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist She came out of nowhere, this little game hen, and bravely took up residence in our back yard. She knew that “Bear,” my husband’s big Rottweiler, was there. Despite the dog’s menacing bark and vicious demeanor, the little hen took her chances. Several times we came to the rescue by […]

Bear captured at Ute Lake State Park

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers UTE LAKE — His name is not Yogi, and he was not stealing picnic baskets. Nevertheless, a 2 1/2-year-old black bear gave park rangers and a game warden a little trouble Friday before he was caught at the Ute Lake State Park. After being spotted in the park for the […]

Fascinations can invade dreams

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I’m terrorized by bears in my dreams and I think “Gentle Ben” is the reason why. At the same time I am fascinated by the creatures, especially grizzly bears, yet most of my experience with bears has been through books, TV documentaries and movies. If I were reclining on […]

Power of suggestion can can cause optical illusions

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Sammi is one of those children for which parents have great expectations but a healthy dose of apprehension. In other words, her self-confidence was bound to get her into trouble now and then. As a 13-year-old ranch kid, she could rope and ride, do the chores, cook, read, shoot, and […]

Making life a little more bearable

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools for helping children deal with traumatic events. Called “Hugga-Bears,” the soft, pillowy animals are often successful in drying up tears and helping a child smile in the midst of an otherwise bad situation, according […]

They’re cowards, not master thieves

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Dirty little coward. That’s the best description I can come up with for someone who would steal from the elderly. If you missed it in the paper this week, I’m talking about the recent bear caper that occurred at The Bee Hive assisted living home on South Main. Someone stole […]

Bear statue stolen from Portales assisted living center

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer He never said a thing and he never had a name, but his absence has left a mark on the employees and the residents of the Bee Hive assisted living center in Portales. Nearly two weeks ago, a 5-foot-tall wooden bear was stolen from the porch of the house. The […]

Dog survives amazing ordeal

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By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Managing Editor Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com Honey Bear is a pretty unassuming dog at first sight. After the tan-brown Chinese Shar-pei has taken a sniff of a guest in Mike Davidson’s home, she’ll retreat to her dog bed. A second look reveals a red underside, where she had surgery to remove […]

Life is precious where there’s love

Joan Clayton Several years ago, Emmitt was given a dog. This time I put my foot down — “This dog is not going to be a house dog,” I said. Chalk up one for me for the only case I won. Winter came and although it brought mild temperatures Emmitt thought Bear might be cold, […]