Summertime rodeos fun, unpredictable

Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, high class amateur shows, punkin rollins, ranch rodeos and, of course, professional productions. In the old days we had several especially fun amateur rodeos — the kind where you can pay your entry fee and get your number half […]

My turn: Summer tales still haunt me

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Growing up, summer was a time of fun in the sun, during a time in which we didn’t worry about getting over-tanned or catching too much UV rays. But it was also a chilly time of evenings spent hovering under the covers, afraid of the electrifying thunderstorms that shook those summer nights. And during the […]

In Tribute: Portales officer described as fun-loving, loyal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Capt. Richard “Rick” N. Short was a jokester and an avid golfer with a big heart, the people who knew him say. A Portales native, Short, 49, died Tuesday of a heart attack while off duty. “He was a very loving, caring, honest man; a great […]

My turn: Fishermen are not all alike

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It is always a lot of fun watching people fish. I’ve noticed four different types of fishers: • Pretenders: A pretender walks around looking for the best spot to fish, usually carrying three tackle boxes around. This person is usually alone. He/she always talks about the one that got […]

Valencia School fifth-grader wins Spanish spelling bee

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valencia School fifth-grader Yacaranday De la Torre enjoyed participating in the Spanish Spelling Bee. Winning it Wednesday and advancing to state finals was even more fun. “I enjoy studying and spelling the words,” De la Torre said. This was Torre’s second time participating in the bee. It was sponsored […]

Survey ‘Mad Libs’ immature fun

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It might sound funny coming from somebody whose work shows up on paper several times a week. But man, do I hate using paper. If I’m an accountholder anywhere, I always request they go “paperless” — notifying me of balances owed by e-mail or phone. I always try to […]

Tourism dead at hands of cartels

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Forty-five years ago it was perfectly fine for young people to cross the border into Mexico in search of fun. In those days the drug cartels’ bloody fights were not a factor. In Juarez we could have our feet measured and order Western riding boots much cheaper than at home. […]

Halloween festivities fun for everyone

Freedom New Mexico ParentDish.com advises that one of the “cool” candies to hand out this Halloween is white chocolate skulls filled with gummy worms. Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll take the Fun Size Snickers bar and be content. Halloween as we know it today was derived from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting school vacation celebration

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Freedom New Mexico The Lighthouse Mission is making sure children get at least a little bit of vacation this summer. The mission is hosting Fun in the Park beginning at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park Saturday. Richard and Geri Gomez of the mission said as children, their families didn’t have the money for summer vacations. […]

Portales robotics team tops state competition

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales High School robotics team took first place Wednesday at the Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement competition in Albuquerque. Portales has been competing in robotics for three years, with some success. Last month the team finished in second place in robotics in the MESA regional. Robotics teacher Jack […]