Coaching candidate says Hounds need to win right away

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Tom Izzo was never a collegiate head coach before he came to Michigan State, and he led the Spartans to a national championship. Andrew Helton doesn’t see why he couldn’t do the same thing at Eastern New Mexico University. “I’m never going to be in the position to have […]

Wheat in dire need of moisture

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer No rain and a lots of bugs have wheat farmers across the region wondering if they will have a crop this year. If the area doesn’t get moisture, Roosevelt County farmer Brent Corbin said, dryland wheat crops would produce nothing and much of the irrigated wheat would likely yield […]

Spanking doesn’t equate violence

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I grew up getting spanked. As strange as it sounds, I have fond memories of it. For us young Tedaldi’s, the ten cousins I grew up with, getting spanked was a shared experience. Whenever we got together, which was a daily occurrence because we lived in the same building, we […]

Isler back on local hardwood

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico To this day, former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler doesn’t know what caused him to collapse on March 27 while watching a Lady Wildcats softball game in Canyon, Texas. His heart stopped for a time and he was revived at the site with CPR. Isler, who earlier that day […]

Poor cotton harvest doesn’t deter couple

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Roosevelt County’s cotton scene has nearly disappeared, and this season’s crop fell below usual amounts, according to two farmers. Mary and Houston Lee, who live near Floyd, said their fields yielded about a bale and a half of cotton instead of the normal two or three bales. A bale is normally 485 pounds. The Lees […]

Real cowboy doesn’t mess around

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When I say Alvin was a cowboy, I mean in the most basic sense. With a horse and a rope, a box of matches and a cinch ring, a pocket knife and a piggin’ string, he could do the job. Dick ran cows on some pretty rough country in southern […]

Municipal League conference in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Peggy Tedford normally doesn’t have a problem filling her hotel, as she estimates all 69 rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites are booked four days per week. This week, she’ll have no problem — period — thanks to the New Mexico Municipal League. “We’ve actually been booked up […]

Government doesn’t belong in Pickens’ energy scheme

Editorial What we like most about T. Boone Pickens’ grand scheme for meeting America’s insatiable energy appetite and reducing the reliance on unfriendly foreign sources of oil is his willingness that all alternatives should compete. Whether it’s drilling for oil offshore, or processing natural gas shale from the heartland or capturing wind that blows from […]

President Schwarzenegger? Just doesn’t fit

By Kevin Wilson It’s a little overdue, but I’ve got to say it — I miss Tim Russert. He kept people honest, and he was the national voice for Buffalo Sabres fans like me. But I’m glad to know the late “Meet the Press” host wasn’t perfect, and in discovering that I found out I […]

Barbecue can be healthy

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By Liliana Castillo Justin Johnson said it doesn’t take much to change a backyard barbecue into a healthy meal. “Instead of using hamburger meat, use ground turkey,” Johnson suggested. “It’s a lot leaner and is high in protein. You can also get turkey hot dogs.” Johnson is a certified personal trainer in Portales and makes […]

Rodeoers have long careers in mind

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Illusions of invincibility are part of the realm of a young man. It doesn’t take very much falling off horses or getting rammed by steers to change a mind though. Ryan Gray and Josh Peek are two cowboys in their 20s who did very well on day two of the […]

Editorial: Voter ID not unconstitutional, but preposterous

It’s a little difficult to work up much excitement over the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to uphold Indiana’s voter identification law. It was installed, for mostly partisan reasons, to address a problem that nobody has documented as an actual occurrence, though some have raised concerns about what could happen. But the law doesn’t seem […]

Zias pick up win on Sunday

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico At 5-foot-4, Laura Thompson doesn’t exactly look like the home run type. She put a charge into one on Sunday, though, and all but clinched a Lone Star Conference South Division series victory for the Eastern New Mexico University softball team. With runners at first and second and one […]

Cooking school teaching diabetics new lifestyle

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Janelle Newberry of Portales doesn’t have diabetes, but her 3-year-old grandson does, and that’s one reason she’s attending the Kitchen Creations Cooking School for Diabetics and Their Families. More than two dozen diabetics, or family and friends of diabetics, are attending a free, four-part class at Eastern New Mexico […]

Positive light doesn’t shine, especially with in-laws

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Dramatic reading brings history to life

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Margaret Waters doesn’t just read history. She re-enacts it and brings it alive, as she did on Thursday at the Portales Public Library when she presented her one-woman impersonation of “Ma’am Jones of the Pecos.” Barbara Culp Jones, better known as Ma’am Jones, was a pioneer woman from the […]

World can’t be viewed in black and white

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if my […]

Sweating small stuff not worth the effort

My cousin Vani is an established physician, a radiologist who lives and works in Italy. She has a 13-month-old son, whom she adores and still breast-feeds. There shouldn’t be a problem with this picture, except for the fact that everyone has been telling her she is crazy. She hears from family and friends that this […]

Companies insult buyer’s intelligence

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I recently got a new computer, and I’ve lost a lot of sleep over the last week customizing it to my liking. The computer started up right out of the box and it was fast — and by fast, I mean the speed at which Time magazine ran away from […]

Caring companions

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Senior companions help their clients run errands. They alert doctors and relatives about health conditions. They act as caregivers when the need arises. Something else happens with senior companions — almost as an unwritten rule. They become friends. “I’ll (schedule some companions) from 8 a.m. to noon, but it doesn’t […]