Local dairy class offers hands-on experience

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The students look intently as professor Mike Hutjens sifts through the corn silage cupped in his hands, pointing out crucial components of the dairy feed, such as alfalfa and cotton seed. A University of Illinois professor, Hutjens talks about the importance each ingredient plays in dairy herd nutrition during […]

Squeeze chute can involve toying with fate

By Baxter Black Early in my veterinary career I developed a respect for the machinery used to restrain large beasts. No, I’m not thinking of ropes, twitches or even classic music in the dairy barn, although at one time or another I have used them all. In particular I am thinking of the devil’s playtoy […]

Pastors worthy of honor

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Our pastors are vital to our spiritual well being. Pastors are the first ones called in a time of crisis. They sacrifice their time, often at the expense of their family, in order to minister to others. Just the pastor’s presence brings comfort and relief. They are on call 24/7 […]

Hands-on work fits many locally

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Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: The following is a series of profiles of people in the Portales and Clovis area who work with their hands. High schooler considers hat-creasing a form of art Luis Saenz views creasing cowboy hats as an extension of his passion for art. The high school senior said he learned his craft […]

God watches over those he loves

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember the day you enclosed your tiny baby’s hand into yours? Remember holding that toddler’s hand when he or she took their first steps? Remember the first day of school when you had to let go? Remember that teenager driving for the first time? I well remember that. Remember the day […]

Paying tribute to our pastors

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist October is Clergy Appreciation Month and I join with many others in honoring our spiritual leaders. First, let me say there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for the many, many selfless acts you do for others. You are vital to my spiritual being. I realize you are […]

Dinosaur museum educational, fascinating

Angela Peacock Exploring a lost world that existed over millions of years ago is possible at Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari. An educational activity for the entire family is how museum director Craig Currell described the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. The museum is unique because of its hands-on approach, Currell said. “We operate a […]

Hold hands with Jesus

By Joan Clayton I have been holding hands with my husband for 55 years. Those same hands that carried my books at school and 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 […]

To the graduate, with love

By Joan Clayton Dear graduate, We have watched you grow up with great pride. You have become a great generation. You have seen the frailties of our culture, yet you remain strong in your resolve. You have been bombarded by visual ugliness in all kinds of media, but you still stand up for the good. […]

Science makes stop in Portales

By Mike Linn The electrostatic energy at Lindsey Middle School was a “shocking” treat of hair-raising proportions, consuming a giggling, riled-up bunch of sixth graders on Thursday afternoon. Patsy Neely’s science class was one of many taking part in the exploration show courtesy of the Up ’N’ Atom Mobile’s traveling display of chemical, electrical and […]