Thursday morning briefing: Star gazing, music acts and defending a pardon

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Star gazing Star gazer Sheila Behr of Portales tells us that this week anyone can look up in the sky and see the closest supernova to earth in the last 25 years. All you need are a pair of at least 20×80 binoculars. Supernovas […]

PETA losing relevance

I was pondering on the seemingly frivolous tendency of humans to disregard some of the basic accomplishments that brought mankind to our esteemed place on the planet Earth in the 21st Century. For example, in order to move beyond the gathering roots and berries phase, they discovered the life-giving dense protein, meat. In the progression […]

Police: Gun report at Walmart unsubstantiated

PNT staff After searching Walmart on Monday, police discovered a report of a man with a gun in the store to be false. About 12:15 p.m., someone called dispatchers and made the report. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said officers secured the store’s occupants, stopped people from entering and searched the store. They found […]

My Turn: Chicken dish tasty, easy

Argen Duncan I recently discovered an Italian-style chicken dish that’s both a little different and a little familiar. Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers provided the recipe in the book from her Christmas program this year. She gave me permission to reprint it. The dish is easy to make and tasty, with some ingredients […]

ENMU professor identifies newly-discovered beetle species

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Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University scientist has classified an amber-encased prehistoric French beetle that has modern-day relatives in Portales. A group of scientists in France recently asked Associate Professor of Biology Darren Pollock to look at pictures of a beetle they’d found encased in amber, which is fossilized tree sap. When he did, […]

Americans always ready to lend a hand

Last spring many criticized Florida strawberry growers for plowing under their crop when it was obvious that spending more money to pick and distribute it would only add to their financial loss. They were called stingy and greedy by their detractors and told they should harvest the crop and give it to the needy. When […]

Portales Past: May 1, 1955

May 1, 1955: Portales Valley Mills workers discovered the company safe had been cracked the night before while three employees worked in an adjoining warehouse. Employees noticed a strange car in the parking lot, but hadn’t noticed anything out of place. The thieves took $70.

Let’s get excited about life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I have discovered two ways to live: I can let life happen to me or I can happen to life. Allowing life to happen is not very exciting to me. In fact, it could be dull. The same routines and rituals do not require much enthusiasm or energy for me. […]

Infectious waste from Clovis hospital found at landfill

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico For the fourth time in three years, infectious waste from Plains Regional Medical Center has been discovered at the Clovis landfill, officials confirmed Tuesday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said city employees found the infectious waste Saturday during routine procedures at the landfill. Howalt said the area containing the waste […]

I’ve discovered a gem in TV land

By Thomas Garcia: Guest columnist With everything on TV these days — from reality TV to game shows, special interests, food programs and sports and news — it’s hard not to find something to watch. While I enjoy episodes of “NCIS” and “24” and “Man vs. Food” along with “Adult Swim” programs, I often find […]