Wilson Rule would net improvement

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist The mantra is that rules are made to be broken. I disagree. Rules are made to be replaced by better rules. I was reminded of this while at a not-so-close volleyball match at the state tournament last weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center (rejected slogan: “We’re not the casino, […]

Children source of inspiration

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist My kids inspire me to be a better person. They test my patience, they make me laugh, they make me cry, they humble me. I can always do better for them. My daughter Anna has a special place in my heart. One that includes uneven bars, a beam, a bouncy […]

CCC, ENMU partner to improve nursing programs

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are joining hands to deliver more and better trained nurses. Officials at both institutions and Plains Regional Medical Center say that’s important because Clovis and Portales — like much of the country — are always in need of nurses. All of […]

Open mouth ruins marriage bliss

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist I know better than to call them like I see them, especially when it involves a purchase my wife has just made. But I’m stupid and I did it anyway. As I inspected what appeared to be some type of new wardrobe accessory my wife had left on the counter, […]

Being tightwad proves to be expensive

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]

Getting to know: Pink lady has 5,000 hours of service

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Madeen Casey, 87, has volunteered with the Hospital Auxiliary, perhaps better know as “pink ladies,” for the past 24 years. Casey and her husband, Verlin, who has since passed on, raised three daughters. Two, Doniece Morgan and Phyllis Dever, live in Clovis while another, Patricia Tivis, resides in Roswell. Casey, who is a member of […]

Squeeze chute was better laid to rest

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist This is another squeeze chute story. In my world it is the equivalent of a shark attack or a middle-of-the night calving call … a story that sends shivers down my spine. Monty said he was just along for the ride, helping his neighbor Whitey gather his cows and calves […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]

Military deserves better in return

By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members today deserve a better “return on investment” for their frequent deployments and long family separations. And that should include improved health benefits and two ways to retire earlier than age 60, said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of Army Reserve. In an interview in his Pentagon […]

Officials: Better retirement deserved

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years. That’s what Reserve leaders have told Congress. Reservists might deserve extended health care coverage too, also in recognition of their […]