Homemade devices best left at home

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Those of you who watch television appreciate the increasing presence of “hard-sell, direct-buy” commercials on the cable and satellite networks. The pitch involves an inventive but cheaply produced product like squeegees, stick-on light bulbs, sunglasses, vegetable choppers, political promises and collision chasing lawyers. “Only $19.95! It will peel grapes, oranges, […]

Best comedy usually rooted in truth

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I complain a lot. But recently, I’ve felt blessed. It’s blissful that the worst thing that’s happened to me on recent shifts is getting home just in time to miss “The Daily Show,” and having to wait for reruns on the latest tit-for-tat. In one corner is “Daily Show” […]

The day the music (almost) died

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I wanted to shuffle. My music player wanted to click and whir. These things never end well. And so, I prepare to deal with the death of what has been one of my best friends over the last three or so years. Yes, a music player may not actually […]

Shenandoah to play at Curry County Events Center

51afdde13d9ec.jpg

Freedom New Mexico Grammy award winning country band Shenandoah is playing the Curry County Events Center 7 p.m. Saturday. The band began with drummer Mike McGuire and guitarist Jim Seales in a house in Muscle Shoals, Ala. in 1984. The band grew to five members over the next year. Shenandoah is best known for it’s […]

Honors

Best Ryan Best of Elida High School has received a $2,000 scholarship from the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association’s Foundation for Rural Service 2009 College Scholarship Program. Roosevelt Rural Telephone promised to contribute an additional $500. Ellis Shelby Ellis of Portales High School has received a $2,000 scholarship from the Sparx and Lorenzo Antonio Foundation based […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

Singer remembered as friend, inspiration

kedgk1-kaceesingingcrossearings.jpg

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Those who knew Kacee Lovato best say she was an inspiration to family and friends, a spirit who could take away another person’s pain with just a smile. To Kevin Gardells, Lovato could light up a room when she walked in the door. When she sang, he said, “Angels […]

Chamber honors best of 2008

keboq8-131chamberbanquet.jpg

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce transformed the Clovis Civic Center ballroom into a scene from a Western movie Friday, complete with hay bales by the main entrance for their annual banquet. About 380 people joined the Chamber in celebrating the accomplishments of 2008. Chamber President Jim […]

It’s their job: Victoria Payen

kdjxk9-116itjpayenweb.jpg

Name: Victoria Payen Job: Customer service associate at the Movie Gallery Background: Payen was raised in the Portales area, where she attended a private school. She is currently a junior at Eastern New Mexico University, studying digital cinema arts. Time on job: One year What does your job entail? I check in movies and suggest […]

Always best to think for yourself

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I wanted static, but got the word of God. The radio in my car broke, though no fault of mine (in case the warranty people are reading this). I made a call to get it replaced. No problem, they said, and it would be great if I could come […]

Playoff chances look slim in Baskett’s best season

kcgyue-sportscardinalseagles4p.jpg

By Jon Marks: FNM Correspondent Helplessly, Hank Baskett watched the Philadelphia Eagles season likely unravel this past Sunday. Unable to do a thing to prevent it, he witnessed the potential thrill of victory and a

Best gifts given aren’t bought at Black Friday

Freedom New Mexico It’s Black Friday; do you know where your Christmas shoppers are at? Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is when the holiday shopping season moves into high gear. Today has become known as Black Friday because it’s when many American retailers start to tip over from “red” deficit spending to keep their doors […]

Newman’s best role was in charity

Freedom New Mexico America, and the world, lost an exemplary man last week. Paul Newman, who died of cancer at 83, was one of the true legends of cinema. He leaves memorable performances in “The Hustler,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “The Verdict” and more than 60 other films over a five-decade career. Many people in the […]

Aug. 26, 2008 ENMU Faculty/Staff Briefs

Kayla Paulk reports that Broadway/film composer and conductor David Friedman auditioned about 10 of the best singers from VOICExperience in Orlando, Fla. Kayla, who is serving as a coach and accompanist on the faculty of Metropolitan Opera baritone Sherrill Milnes’ opera workshop, was chosen to play the auditions. Tracy Carr, associate professor of music, will […]

Breastfeeding best left to mother’s judgement

By Anita Doberman I am not a show-your-boob-while-you-breastfeed type of mom. But I respect anyone’s personal style, full view, partial view or no view at all. The way a mom decides to breastfeed her child is her own business and not mine to judge. This said, I was extremely surprised when, while discretely breastfeeding my […]

Easing government regulation is best medicine for trade

Editorial With national election campaigns shifting into high gear, one subject voters aren’t hearing much about is trade. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the domestic economy on the front burners, international trade is shunted aside, to be trotted out when a candidate needs to score points by pointing out how he or […]

Fishing provided memories and supper

By Glenda Price Some of my best memories revolve around fishing. Deep-sea fishing is fun. Trolling in a boat on a big lake is, too. Still, my favorite kind of fishing is sneaking up on trout in a mountain stream or casting a fly or lure in a small lake among pine trees and oak […]

Armstrong gives ENMU grads tough advice

k0ognv-511enmugradcover2web.jpg

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer By Helena RodriguezPNT Staff Writerhelena_rodriguez@link.freedom.comEastern New Mexico University graduated 355 students on Saturday, and among these new college graduates are five Elida students who make up almost half of the Elida High School Class of 2004.Also on Saturday, an honorary posthumous degree was presented to Kent and Sherri Best, […]

Hounds give 17th-ranked Texans a scare

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Shawn Scanlan doesn’t much believe in moral victories, but the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach felt he had something special on the court for most of Wednesday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. The Greyhounds suited only six players against 17th-ranked Tarleton State, which […]

Parenting holds challenges even for experts

By Helena Rodriguez By virtue of the official title I’ve held since the day my daughter Laura was born, I hereby declare myself an expert in parenting. Anyone who has a child can arguably be an expert in parenting. Even Britney Spears’ mom. Yes, even Lynne Spears. By virtue of our titles, we’re all experts; […]