Sweet Home New Mexico: Stop, listen to the music

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The 21st century is a fast-paced place. Our entire existence is geared toward getting things done as quickly as possible. High-speed Internet, fast food, drive-thru dry cleaning, and express lanes at the grocery store are a few ways businesses are trying to cater to and keep up with our hurried culture. Red lights, the DMV […]

Friday morning briefing: A march, music and getting more juice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Marching on The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative walk is 9 a.m. Monday and starts at Potter Park. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, 219 S. Main St., Portales. Hiway 84 will be performing. […]

McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

Friday morning briefing: Freezing fog warnings and getting the lead out

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Be careful if you’re driving early today — there may be freezing fog (see weather). Fair warning On Sunday, officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Saturation Patrol within the City of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and […]

Coercion no way to win support

When you decide your house needs a new roof, how do you go about getting it done? Do you either try to use your insurance policy or find a way to pay for it yourself? Or, do you go to your neighbors and demand, at gunpoint, that they pay for all or part of it […]

An unexpected attraction

I’ve got a mule deer hangin’ on my wall from northern New Mexico so I could relate to Rafael’s story. He had joined two of his cousins for a deer hunting trip near Cuba, where his uncle had a cabin. They arrived late and missed the first day because cousin Dee Dee was going through […]

Gov. Perry good enough in debate debut

Freedom New Mexico Getting to know Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his record was one of the consistent themes of the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. At times, the debate almost felt like an indictment of Lone Star state chief executive, given the questions and challenges directed his way. […]

Baby sleep tricks: Five strategies for getting baby to sleep

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Kaitlin Stanford These clever strategies from baby sleep experts will help baby — and you — get a good night’s sleep. Is baby keeping you up at night? We had Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, the owners of Manhattan-based sleep consultancy Dream Team Baby, share how to maximize baby’s sleep time so that you can […]

Business owners expect brisk sales during tax-free weekend

Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department website, the tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and […]

Students discuss their next steps

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Alisa Boswell Graduations are looming this weekend and next and the days are getting shorter as seniors from Floyd, Elida and Dora high schools wind down the school. “I don’t really have anything to do today,” said Jalayna Roberts, 17, of Dora High School, on Thursday. “I just came to be able to experience my […]

My turn: Time change springs me back to life

I love Daylight Saving Time. After getting used to brushing my teeth in rhythm with roosters DJ-ing “Good Morning Portales!” I take full advantage of the after-work sun. My house, fence and yard always need work. And I will get around to them. But, first, there are sports to catch up on. Every Tuesday and […]

My turn: This year already off to better start

In 2010 I was much luckier than last in driving on Christmas Eve from Portales to Dallas. In 2009 I joined thousands in getting stranded at night on snow-packed I-20. After an eternity of sucking up 18-wheeler fumes, I forced my way on the shoulder around frustrated drivers to a distant exit, backtracked to Abilene, […]

My turn: Long-time hunter offers advice

Clarence Plank Rod McDermid, 61, of Portales, has been hunting most of his life. He offers people who want to become hunters a little advice when it comes to getting their first kill. • Head to class: McDermid said the most important thing is attending and passing a certified hunter’s education class because this will […]

Getting into the spirit

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Clarence Plank It’s an annual must-attend for Charlene Foster of Portales, who was among the many people cramming into the Campus Union Building Ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University Saturday for the 13th annual Holiday Happenings. The event is a fundraiser for Altrusa International and, as Foster noted, sets the mood for the holidays. Foster […]

Holiday time for charity

Clyde Davis Before really getting into this column, I need to make a disclaimer. Either by typographical or some other error, I left readers of this column last week with the impression that my Facebook Veterans’ Day posting was not favorably received. The line should have read “many comments were positive.” Okay. Wonderful things to […]

Awareness important tool in fighting cancer

Clyde Davis Before getting into this column, I need to make a correction and apology. To my Lutheran colleagues: It seems probable the Martin Luther incident never occurred — the punch in the nose over Holy Communion. The church history professor from whom I heard the story is very likely no longer alive; he was […]

My turn: Cooler weather makes hiking more appealing

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer With the days getting cooler around New Mexico, going hiking might not be such a bad idea. It’s a chance to explore nature and see the changing of the seasons. There are a couple of Web sites that list places of interest where hikers can enjoy the beauty of […]

Getting to know …

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior defensive end Matthew Kalisch. • Hometown: Killeen, Texas • High school: Harker Heights • Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys • Favorite NFL player: Brian Urlacher • What do you hope to be doing in five years? Serving my country as an army officer. • Biggest off-field accomplishment […]

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Health office near completion Carol Morgan of the Public Health Office in Portales said construction of the office’s new building next to La Casa Family Health Center on Fir Street is ahead of schedule and she expects it to open March 1. Morgan said a crew of seven or eight people has been working on […]

Getting to know … Jessie Poku

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Eastern New Mexico University senior wide receiver Jessie Poku • Hometown: Dallas • High school: Richardson • Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys • What do you hope to be doing in five years? Playing in the NFL • Biggest accomplishment off the field since you started college: Making the dean’s list • Best advise you’ve […]