In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their […]

Outdoor guide: Bottomless Lake State Park

Clarence Plank: Portales News-Tribune Photo from an observation point on top of Lea Lake at Bottomless Lake State Park. Lea Lake is 90 feet deep and offers boating and swimming. Bottomless Lake State Park The lakes are water-filled sinkholes. Geology and water chemistry create a unique environment for plants and animals. The lakes are a […]

Commissaries agency closes ‘brand name’ loophole

By Tom Philpott: Military Update One great strength of military commissaries is that patrons can buy brand name items at deep discounts, comfortable in the knowledge they are quality products, food safety isn’t an issue, and most goods are identical to those sold commercially off base and back home. The “brand name” system brings another […]

Autumn: God’s creation of beauty

I love this time of year. The crispness of the early morning and the chill at dusk invigorate me. The smell of wood burning in a fireplace, a good book and an apple makes me happy. Beautiful cottonwood leaves wear golden crowns looking up to heaven. Ornamental pear trees grace the landscape with deep scarlet […]

Deep ocean bird spotted in Tucumcari

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed booby. That’s an ocean bird, for the uninitiated. First spotted Aug. 15, bird enthusiasts speculate the juvenile bird got caught up in a storm and landed in New Mexico, though park […]

Fair season

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico With the temperatures into the mid-90s on Friday, it was a typical summer day. Except, inside the Home Arts Building at the Curry County Fairgrounds, where display booths were decorated in traditional fall colors yellow, orange, deep red and brown. The colors of autumn will soon be omnipresent and […]

Much to be gained from prayer

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist In the midst of national trauma comes an outpouring of prayer. From Omaha Beach in World War II to Columbine, the Oklahoma City bombing and the horrendous 9/11, we need prayer more than ever. On May 7 we will pray in deep hunger for spiritual renewal. Throughout history, Americans of […]

Convicted killer shares deep remorse over death

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico “That day was just crazy.” And it is one that Tommy Willis replays in his head over and over again. He was at Elizabeth Kelton’s house and they were arguing over money from a drug transaction the day before. He remembers her throwing a beer bottle at him, and […]

Measure on deep water wells gains momentum

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican Rep. Mimi Stewart’s bill to give the state engineer authority over brackish water in deep wells sailed through its second committee hearing Monday, winning unanimous approval. The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee saw fit to add a clause calling the need for the legislation an “emergency” after six […]

While law debated, drillers seek deep water

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican

Editorial: Inflation 101 — Take control of expenses

Be an inflation warrior, not a price victim. Free yourself by taking control and living smart. Be a strong American, not an easy mark. Here are a few tips: Buy lots of shelf-stable and non-perishable foods to stock up the shelves, pantries and deep freezes. Not because the world’s ending, but to make the best […]

Democrats reaction shows deep hostility toward world trade

Editorial It’s sad, really. For most of the last century, the Democratic Party, as the most significant advocate of an internationalist perspective in American politics, understood that promoting international trade was a key aspect of being an internationally oriented world power that valued multilateral relations. With its latest action on a proposed trade agreement with […]