In search of ponies: Losing pets eventual

It was a normal, insignificant day, the kind of day where the sight of grown man covering his face with his hands, shoulders heaving, was not what I expected as I rounded the corner. It was a scene especially surprising because I was accustomed to his smiling face and cheerful greetings as I passed his […]

Religion column: Put your life into hands of Jesus

I have been holding hands with my husband for many years. Those same hands that carried my books at school took my hands in his and pledged all his love to me on our wedding day. Those same hands held mine at the birth of each son. Those same hands built our first home; a […]

Time for change when it comes to pocket change

Freedom New Mexico A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin’s life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. […]

Feast for all

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds of people grabbed a meal Thursday with no money changing hands — just the occasional, “Please,” and, “Thank you,” offered instead. Some were families, some were friends, and some were just becoming friends at the 20 tables set up with construction-paper hand turkeys and other festive decor. Whether eating or serving, many […]

Midwestern State hands Hounds only LSC loss

Freedom New Mexico WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II men’s soccer, denied Eastern New Mexico University’s bid for an unbeaten Lone Star Conference season. The Greyhounds, who clinched their first LSC title on Sunday, were kept off the board until late and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Mustangs […]

WT hands Zias 2-1 setback

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M scored a pair of goals in a span of less than two minutes late in the first half Friday night and the Lady Buffs held on for a 2-1 Lone Star Conference women’s soccer victory over Eastern New Mexico University. With the loss, the Zias (8-6-3, […]

Elida news — Oct. 4

Yearbook students attending training The yearbook class will be attending a Walsworth Yearbook training in Roswell at ENMU-R today. The workshop will improve students’ skills with hands-on learning and will allow them to work with an artist to design their cover and related graphic elements.

Military mama: We all have something to learn from 9/11

Show of hands, who had a good cry this week? I know that I had tears rolling despite my attempts to avoid the 9/11 tributes. It’s not that I don’t care, I am not heartless. Rather I didn’t want to expose my kids to the kind of brutality and reality of that tragic day. My […]

Horse’s tell in his ears

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

Let’s put endangered species in kids’ hands

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

ENMU springing into action

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Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University is offering many pairs of helping hands to the community with its Eastern in Action program again this year. With Eastern in Action, university students and employees do free yard work, painting, cleaning and other jobs for members of the Portales community not affiliated with ENMU. The work day […]

A few things you should know about this year’s Ag Expo

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The 19th annual New Mexico Ag Expo is coming, and with it, well over $100,000 in economic impact. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said if 50 out-of-town vendors come, a conservative estimate, they would spend a total of $22,000 to $25,000 in town. Figuring that money will change hands six times […]

Public officials here to serve us

Would you feel comfortable if you had a few hired hands — and maybe a maid, a butler and a gardener — who insisted you had no right to know what they were doing while they worked for you, maybe even locked the doors behind them while around your valuables? Me neither. Then why do […]

Fort Lewis rallies late, hands Hounds first loss

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico DURANGO, Colo. — Fort Lewis scored the game’s final 10 points over the last 2 1/2 minutes Friday night to turn back Eastern New Mexico University’s men 88-82 on the first night of the Skyhawks’ George B. Boedecker Classic. Senior forward Kyle Behrens and junior center Matt Morris scored […]

My turn: Creativity has no boundaries

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What do you get when you combine a Volkswagen Golf, a pipe-bender, a welder, and several people with too much time on their hands? This week’s video. I’ve never seen anyone go through such great lengths to modify a vehicle the way these people did. They took a VW Golf and strategically installed two large […]

Portales past: Aug. 30, 1955

Aug. 30, 1955: Around 500 hands were at work harvesting Roosevelt County’s largest broomcorn crop in recent years, the employment office reported.

Firearm disposal waste of money

Why would government destroy firearms when it could have circulated them into the hands of law-abiding citizens? That’s the question asked by Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, and Dave Workman, senior editor of Gun Week, in a recent opinion column. Here’s a snippet from their report:

Portales past: Aug. 4, 1950

Aug. 4, 1950: Final plans for the new Portales Hotel were in the hands of the Lambie Construction Co. Orders were being rushed for all materials needed to complete the structure, the Portales Daily News reported.

My Turn: Noodling adds hands-on approach to fishing

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Noodling was started in Oklahoma and is basically fishing with your bare hands. It can be fun, but there is an element of danger. A noodler can be bitten by a snake or even drown. Here’s how it works: Noodlers wade into a river, stream or pond and locate […]

My hands ain’t soft anymore

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist So how are your hands after this past hard winter? A little rough? Do they have some cracks? I was pondering my hands as I was working some lotion into them. That ole’ dry skin was drinking that stuff up. I looked at the fingers with the impacted bicycle grease […]