McGee: What about my cat?

Grant McGee It was a lazy Sunday. The Lady of the House and I both in our recliners reading different sections of the Sunday newspaper. “Oh this is a guy with a sense of humor,” I said, talking about a story on the front page. “He died last August and now all of his friends […]

In search of ponies: Schedules help avert cat-astrophe

Waking to teeth on my nose was not a pleasant feeling. In all honesty, it was downright disturbing. To add insult to injury, the little black furry face – I could only see in segments because of the macro view I had between my eye and the end of my nose – shifted and found […]

Spring season full of surprises

Winter may slip up on us quietly but spring has a way of surprising even the most prepared. Carl Sandburg described the fog as coming in on little cat feet, sitting on silent haunches, then moving on. I think spring is like that same cat blasting off from its haunches to pounce on a mouse. […]

My turn: Grilled cheese gamble pays off

Grilled cheese and grape jelly sandwiches are a favorite of ENMU Assistant Professor of Communication Patti Dobson. When she told me about the sandwich via Facebook, it sounded so wacky I had to try it. (Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s yet to damage this cook.) “I’m not sure where the idea came […]

In Search of Ponies: Java the gender-bending cat

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico In hindsight, there were clues. But that’s hindsight. I pondered them as it sunk in, as I listened to my wide-eyed friend relay what the vet was saying on the other end of the call. “She said the procedure is done,” my friend said, “and asked if you want […]

God’s mercy is everlasting

My husband has really contributed to the health of cats. One time he had 23 cats in his barn. He fussed about so many cats, but I noticed he kept buying cat food. A car hit one mother cat. Emmitt tried desperately to feed her baby kittens with a doll bottle, but they were too […]

Don’t judge a frozen cat owner

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Cat helpers needed and a TEA party

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day At your service, our local video, spends a day with Clovis’ planning and zoning

Clay named to LSC South second team

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University junior guard Cat Clay was named to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division’s second team for the second-straight year. Junior guard and Clovis native Tori Northcutt was an honorable mention for the Zias. Clay led the Zias with 14.2 points per game and was tops in the Lone […]

Zias win on late 3-pointer

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The basketball gods don’t give many breaks to a 5-foot-4 player. So Vanessa O’Neal’s got to make her own. The Zias senior did just that Monday, making small plays throughout and the biggest play at the end — an assist to Cat Clay for a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds […]

Sept. 13, 1973

Portales News Tribune reported that if there was a grand champion of the Kiwanis pet show at the fair the night before, it had to be a cat that ran up a steel pole at the urging of a police dog as big as a polo pony. The cat was retrieved from its slippery perch, […]

Balanced Zia squad holds off Southwestern Oklahoma State

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When Cat Clay wasn’t knocking down big shots, her teammates were more than willing to give her another chance. Clay scored 13 points, including three points on a key possession late, to help Eastern New Mexico University post a 59-53 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State Monday night at Greyhound […]

Clovis animal shelter closes black cat adoptions

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Black cats in Clovis get a holiday, too. Animal Control Supervisor Louisa Maestas said black cats are not available for adoption until Monday, after Halloween has passed. The intention is to protect them from abuse in connection with Halloween, Maestas said. Interest in black cats perks up around Halloween, […]

Bailing out on duty never acceptable

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist This past week, I took a short vacation with my children and some relatives visiting from Italy. We headed to Disney World for one of the hottest and fun-filled weeks of our lives, and greeted Mickey, Pluto, Shrek and the many characters circulating the amusement parks. While I was gone, […]

Sharing superstitions

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Made famous by movies, dreaded by the superstitious, passing unnoticed by others, Friday the 13th only comes around a few times a year. The Portales News-Tribune asked residents if they had any stories or superstitions to share. Destini Trujillo, a pre-med student who works at Roosevelt General Hospital, had […]

Felines find friends, sanctuary in Clovis shelter

Janet Taylor-Birkey When an unfortunate accident took the life of his cat, Sundance, Doug Johnson promised he was not going to watch another cat needlessly die. That was four years and more than 8,156 cats ago. Since then, Mr. Johnson has turned his attention to making better lives for homeless cats by building a home […]

Valencia to appeal probationary status

Officials at Valencia Grade School are appealing the probationary status the school received from the New Mexico State Department of Education this summer. The 2002/2003 California Achievement Test scores for Valencia students were incorrectly tallied by the NMSDE, which affected the school’s overall grade, school officials say. Valencia received a below-standard score from the NMSDE, […]