Some folks naturals behind wheel

By Baxter Black: Syndicated columnist Most farm kids learn to drive early. It’s part of the responsibility given along with daily chores.

Area stores find shoplifting at normal rate

kckdkb-1227shopliftingweb.jpg

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The recession may have shoplifting on the rise nationally, but this holiday season Clovis and Portales appear to be bucking the trend. Local merchants and Clovis Police said they are nabbing fewer folks with sticky fingers these days. The Clovis Police Department reported 32 shoplifting cases from Black Friday […]

Homesteaders were a sturdy bunch

By Karl Terry, Local Columnist It amazes me what folks who homesteaded this part of the country were willing to endure just to get title to 160 acres of sand and rattlesnakes. For a long time now I’ve intended to read the book “Six Miles to the Windmill” by J.G. Greaves, former editor of the […]

Hi-tech gadgets can make owners target of crime

Freedom New Mexico Folks who use iPods and higher-end mobile phones in public places may believe the devices enable them to be well connected to the world around them. But such technology seems to be giving off a different signal: Look at me, I’m a future crime victim. As reported in the current issue of […]

Anvil tossing could be new sports craze

By Jim Lee: PNT Columnist Some people have apparently become terminally bored with organized sports, at least the mainstream events like baseball, football, and kitten stomping. This was brought to my attention when Shannon Hearn casually mentioned the sport of anvil tossing. I thought he was putting me on until I did a little research. […]

Huber guide to horoscopes and socks

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Recently I spent an hour in the company of lofty mathematics as part of mind-boggling research into the whims of the zodiac. I was seeking the ultimate horoscope. Don’t take me wrong. I’ve never been convinced that success and romance can be had by reading the stars. It’s just that […]

Time for your horoscope … and socks

By Bob Huber Recently I spent an hour in the company of lofty mathematics as part of mind-boggling research into the whims of the zodiac. I was seeking the ultimate horoscope. Don’t take me wrong. I’ve never been convinced that success and romance can be had by reading the stars. It’s just that part of […]

State home to unexplained phenomena

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist It’s spring again — daffodils are blooming, pollen dust is up your nostrils, and folks all over New Mexico are getting stiff necks from gazing at Unidentified Flying Objects. That’s because this state holds the record for the most melodramatic assaults from outer space. In fact, New Mexicans have won […]

Covert knowledge from my mother

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist When I was a kid, I stayed alert to the whims of the Axis power, namely my mother, and I found she had a vast array of covert knowledge hidden beneath her quaint farm-girl homilies. Her views on some of mankind’s most endearing areas of scholarship stick with me to […]

It’s time to revisit May traditions

By Bob Huber I don’t go a-Maying anymore, nor do I bring home the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort. But now that I’m officially seniored, I’ve thought about returning to that celebration, because there’s bound to be some good in it. But what I really like to do nowadays is celebrate birthdays that […]