In search of ponies: Swallows keep pests away

Sharna Johnson I struggled with the thought of knocking it down, but they were working so hard I just didn’t have the heart. Instead, I sat in the front yard and photographed the swallows as they swooped in and out, fluttering under the eave with beaks full of mud. Over several days I watched as […]

Their view: U.S. military force in Libya not needed

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall says the U.S. is headed down a “slippery path” towards escalation of military force.

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Mom vs. kid – Who will win droopy drawers war?

Marla Jo Fisher Late at night, I like to gather my children around me and tell them stories from the old days, back when guys wore belts to hold up their pants. I have to explain the concept of belts, of course, and that pants also used to fit around the waist, which prevented them […]

ENMU narrows field for baseball position

Freedom New Mexico From a field of nearly 100 candidates for its open baseball head coaching position, Eastern New Mexico University has pared it down to nine. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said Monday that he will try to interview all of them by phone beginning on Wednesday, with three to five to be invited for […]

Clovis cowboy passes on rodeo legacy to community’s youth

Our search for a person who can inspire us to greater achievement in our chosen endeavors often ends close by or just down the road. Meet such a person — B. J. Pierce. He won’t tell his age, but some quick calculations say he’s past the 70s. He doesn’t look it, and he surely doesn’t […]

Stepping down: Assistant superintendent set to retire

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Travel, grandchildren … maybe consulting work will soon dominate Priscilla Hernandez’s life. Hernandez, Portales Municipal Schools assistant superintendent, is retiring after 11 years with Portales and 35 years working in Texas and New Mexico public school systems. “I think I’ve loved my job everywhere I’ve worked,” Hernandez said. “I think it’s a calling. It’s not […]

Remember Mary on Mother’s Day

None of us can ever imagine the pain, shame and agony that Jesus endured upon the cross. Jesus demonstrated his great love for all by voluntarily laying down his life. Being a mother of sons, I can only identify to a small degree with the agony Mary must have had for her son. Seeing my […]

ENMU’s Clabaugh steps down

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball will have quite a different look next season. Veteran coach Phil Clabaugh tendered his resignation on Tuesday. He has been ENMU’s only coach since the program was revived at the school in 1992. His 20-year record was 456-579-2. Counting four years prior to that as […]

Press release: Longtime Greyhound skipper to step down after 20 years

PORTALES, N.M.— For the last 20 years and 455 wins, Phil Clabaugh has been the only man to step on the field as the head coach of the Eastern New Mexico University baseball program. Two seasons ago, he guided the squad to its first appearance in the Lone Star Conference championship. With 551 overall wins […]

Peanut prices remain high despite lower acreage

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PNT staff report Peanut acreage in the Portales valley is down, but prices are high, a local grower has said. Portales valley stretches from Floyd to Arch. Roosevelt County peanut farmer Wayne Baker said contracts for peanuts are offering $950 per ton for conventional peanuts and $1,400 per ton for organic peanuts, although farmers don’t […]