My turn: Nicknames make all difference

My grandfather could give some really cool nicknames. I don’t know what it was, but he could give you a moniker that you could be kind of proud to have yelled at you in a large crowd. I think it was from his days playing baseball, when many players had colorful and creative nicknames. I […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

I can’t help but ‘fall’ in love

The days may still be hot, but have you noticed the nights are beginning to cool down? I love to feel the crisp early mornings. My yard seems to say, “Come look at me. I am putting on my best show.” Leaves have begun to drop, and flowers are blooming with enormous beauty. Even my […]

McGee: Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

Tejano music will always be cool

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Ever hear the Barbara Mandrell song, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool?” Well, I was Tejano … when Tejano WAS cool … and still am; even now that Tejano music is not the coolest thing in Spanish music anymore. My Uncle Manny and I are die-hard Tejano music fans. […]

Cooler temperatures hinder planting

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cool spring has slowed planting, but the moisture means an optimistic outlook for the harvest, Roosevelt County farmers have said. “The cold temperatures affected it (planting) terribly,” said Kevin Breshears, who farms and has a custom harvesting business. Joanna Baker, whose family grows organic peanuts in the Floyd […]

U.S. realizing pitfalls of big government

Freedom New Mexico Quitting must be a cool new trend among leading Democrats. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter became the latest, announcing Jan. 5 he won’t seek re-election next fall. He cited family concerns, but maybe he considered a re-election bid futile. It should be a great time to be a Democrat. One of the left’s […]

Children need to find own path

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT Columnist My oldest daughter, age eight, is beginning to show concerns about what other people think of her. She asks me if a skirt looks nice or if her hair resembles the other girls’ in her swimming class. I see her eyes furtively checking out her friends’ attires and shoes before […]

Park fees threaten general access to public lands

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor As we sprawled on the cool sands, the last bit of pink faded in the western sky and lightning flashed in the distance over the Sacramento Mountains. It was a special Saturday evening but not a whole lot of people had joined us at White Sands National Monument for […]

Mountain ski visit about getting back to nature

By Helena Rodriguez I had an altitude adjustment last weekend. Altitude Adjustment was the name of the ski retreat that my daughter Laura and I went with her church youth group on last weekend. It was high up in the snow-covered rocky mountains of Denver. Many people think of going off to the mountains as […]

Putting my geekdom to the test

By Kevin Wilson There are many problems in the world that I could talk to you about today. A scan of recent headlines could tell you: • A few White House staff members are being accused of leaking the identity of an undercover agent, and each party insists it’s nothing more than a smear campaign […]

Portales heat continues to climb

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer It may not be hot enough outside to fry an egg on a sidewalk, but to many in Portales it has felt that way lately. According to the National Weather Service, Portales has only hit the three-digit temperatures a few times this summer and came up short of an […]

March 30 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael This has been a beautiful Easter season. A little of warm than cool, a little rain and a few snow showers, then Sunday was a clear, cool and a little breezy. I hear there were quite a few youngsters hunting Easter eggs over the weekend also. Now everyone will settle down in […]

Company keeping cows cool

Mike Linn Cool cows produce more milk — and more calves. Dairymen seeking increased production visited a New Mexico Ag Expo vendor promoting a cooling system that protects cows from excessive heat. Michael Klaseen of the Mesa, Ariz.-based Korral Kool company said excessive heat not only thwarts milk production among cows but is also a […]

ENMU Student Profile, Greg Qualls

Name: Greg Qualls Classification: Senior Major: Religion with a double minor in Telecommunications and Computer Information Systems. Age (and birth date): 22 (November 18, 1981) Hometown: Texico What’s your idea of a perfect day? March 20 (my upcoming wedding day). Tell us about your pet(s): “I don’t have any, but I want to have a […]

Solving life’s problems one invention at a time

Jim Lee A friend and I were discussing Thomas Edison a few days ago. The conversation brought up the inventor’s reliance on tenacity and trial-and-error. He simply kept at something until he got the desired results. As admirable as that was and as well as it worked out for him, I think there had to […]