My turn: Carp can be hostile to humans

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When I have a chance I usually watch a show called, “River Monsters,” which airs on Animal Planet. The show follows biologist Jeremy Wade across the world as he does extreme fishing for unique fish. During a recent show about Snakehead fish, he talked about the Asian carp. The species of fish is invasive and […]

Roosevelt County junior livestock sale numbers up

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Argen Duncan The community clapped as the auctioneer called, and 54 young people saw their hard work pay off at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale on Friday night. The sale brought in $162,500, not including add-ons, said sale secretary Joy Levacy. “Add-ons” are set amounts of money donors give to add on to […]

Retired airman finds hobby in storm spotting

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Ham radio operator and storm chaser/spotter Jeff Hardy watches for incoming weather from his specially-equipped storm chasing vehicle. Hardy recently retired from the Air Force. Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club in Curry County will contact other radio operators around the area in a mock […]

Predictable irritations hard to avoid

Wendel Sloan I may pen a book called “Predictably Irritated.” I get irritated at cars and trains at railroad crossings when I’m rushing to important engagements — like noon-time hoops. Why does the train have to pass through Portales at noon, and cars wait until the guard-rails lift? Although I’m ultra-conservative, I would support a […]

Military feature: Publication details tween, teen activities

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By Liliana Castillo A project started by a spouse at Cannon Air Force base bloomed into an annual publication called the Youth Activities Guide. The publication includes three months of activities happening at Cannon for tweens and teens. “This really is a homegrown program,” Maj. Mae-Li Allison of Public Affairs said. “A spouse recognized the […]

Youth can beat summer slump

USAF courtesy photo By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections A project started by a spouse at Cannon Air Force base bloomed into an annual publication called the Youth Activities Guide. The publication includes three months of activities happening at Cannon for tweens and teens. “This really is a homegrown program,” Maj. Mae-Li Allison of Public Affairs […]

Local veterans recall Korean War

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.

Veterans reflect on meaning of Memorial Day

David Ash By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.

Reform advocates score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Virtual visit to old home stirs memories

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist THE OLD HOME PLACE My brother called recently… “The old home place is for sale,” he said. The old home place. Now wouldn’t that be something to have? But it’s back east and I’m here in New Mexico. Do you feel that way about the place where you grew up? […]

Portales Past: April 15, 1955

April 15, 1955: Barry Stone, a basketball and track star, had been selected president of the Portales High School student body. He defeated Kent Greathouse and Wynn Martin in what The Portales Valley News called “a lively campaign.”

My turn: This sandwich has meat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer When I promised a sandwich idea in my column, Freedom New Mexico photographer Tony Bullocks called for a sneak preview. He didn’t want to wait for the next column because he’s a fan of sandwiches. However, he likes sandwiches with meat, so my cherry-banana sandwich didn’t quite fit him. […]

The stone has been rolled away

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Jesus knew the suffering he would have to endure, but he chose the cross anyway. He could have called “10,000 angels” to come to his aid, but then, where would we be? Jesus took the sins of mankind once and for all so we could escape the Old Testament judgment. […]

Fire damages mobile home

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PNT Staff Reports A fire has inflicted heavy damage on a double-wide mobile home on Roosevelt Road 6. One occupant received minor injuries. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said the home, in the Portales Industrial Park area, was a total loss and Red Cross was being called to assist the family. Nuckols said he had […]

Bovine STD topic of meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNt senior writer New state livestock rules prompted by a spreading reproductive disease in cattle will be outlined Monday at a special informational meeting. Called Trichomoniasis, the disease is becoming a problem for New Mexico beef producers. The meeting will cover the state of the disease in the area, management options and […]

Curry County begins jail study

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Architect Don May called Friday the “kick-off” for a study to determine if Curry County needs a judicial complex. During a special commission meeting held at the courthouse, May and other members of his firm were on hand to hear a list of objectives for the study from county […]

Hungry bears no laughing matter

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist One summer my husband and I ran what was called a “guest ranch” in the mountains. It was a group of cabins built so they enclosed a middle open space where children could play and grownups could visit. Wood for the fireplaces was stacked in there as well. Besides handling […]

Debates can leave public well informed

Freedom New Mexico They called it a retreat. Fortunately, neither side seemed inclined to fall back. Observers say Friday’s exchanges between President Obama and Republican lawmakers were something they hadn’t seen in a long time, if ever. Obama and his political opponents engaged in lengthy debates over policies and politics at a GOP get-together in […]

It’s their job: Couple felt called to foster parenting

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Brian and Jennifer Zangara have worked as house parents at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home for 4 1/2 years, including time training. They moved to the area from Michigan.The two are raising their four children and another five in the custody of the children’s home. The children range in age from 2 to 14.What […]