Businesses fighting pigeon problem

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Christina Calloway Since the great-tailed grackles took flight in January, businessmen and local residents still haven’t seen many signs of them returning. But the absence of those pests has made an avenue for another. Pigeons and doves have become more of an issue recently for local businesses and their customers, according to Portales Public Work […]

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ENMU reaching out to troops Eastern New Mexico University students and employees are reaching out to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with a care package campaign to let the troops know they haven’t been forgotten. Since the program began in 2008, ENMU delivered 37 packages to military memners. To include your loved one in […]

Food choices not an endorsement

People haven’t started making resolutions just yet… possibly because they’re too busy enjoying the things they’re going to resolve to not do in 2012. That’s certainly been the case if people are resolving not to get offended so easily. They’re doing plenty of it right now on some pretty trivial things. •

My turn: Still haven’s soaked up foresight

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Last weekend I went to the Buffalo Battle at Buffalo Springs Lake, Texas. It is a 5k race with different obstacles placed throughout. The last part of the race had a couple of water obstacles. After I finished running, I was sitting in the finish area with other team members from Portales. I saw some […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]

New mommy regrets: Readers talk about what they wish they’d done differently in those first sleep-deprived days

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Caitlin Brody Nobody likes regrets, but when you’re a new mom or dad and every day presents a new challenge, you’re bound to face a few fumbles. Here, users of TheBump.com sound off on the top things they wish they could change about their own parenting (cue Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”). And […]

Leave fireworks to professionals

I probably haven’t bought so much as a firecracker since I was 15. So it was a little unsettling at first to order more than $10,000 worth of fireworks in my new job as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. I love big public fireworks displays. I just never saw the sense in risking […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt counties

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

McGee: Missing Dad

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I haven’t written much about my father. It’s only recently that I’ve been able to find the words to give him the praise he deserves. You see Dad was a career man. What I remember most about Dad was he yelled a lot and didn’t talk much to my brother, […]

Military touts medical home care

Most military beneficiaries haven’t heard of PCMH or “patient-centered medical home,” a civilian-conceived strategy to improve managed care. Yet 655,000 military beneficiaries who use base clinics and hospitals have been enrolled with a PCMH team over the past 14 months and that number is projected to double this year and double again, to 2.5 million […]

My turn: Next bestseller could be in my head

I was hard put to come up with something to write for my column this week, because due to being ill last week, I haven’t done anything since New Year’s Eve. Not going to events definitely puts a damper on writing about them. Then as I thought, it occurred to me that I had experienced […]

Grant McGee: Small town holds wondrous discoveries

Grant McGee Haven’t you found things around your town and wondered how they got here? For instance The Lady of the House and I were watching a movie we picked up at a yard sale. “NOT FOR SALE OR RENTAL. FOR AWARD CONSIDERATION PURPOSES ONLY.” These words popped up occasionally along the bottom of the […]

Fishing unites ENMU staff

Jared Tucker Faculty and staff of Eastern New Mexico University have been fishing every day since last year and haven’t baited a single hook, or even left campus. That’s because fishing isn’t an activity. It’s a philosophy aimed at improving the workplace environment, according to Bonnie Sink, ENMU Information Technology Systems administrative assistant and Fish! […]

Farmers predicting good wheat harvest

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Area wheat farmers are expecting an above-average harvest this year, if they haven’t seen it already. Rick Ledbetter, who farms near Portales, said he and his neighbors have finished harvesting wheat to use the plant for silage and hay. Farmers growing wheat for grain expect to harvest in June. […]

Government habits hard to break

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Meg Whitman is running for governor of California and I haven’t a clue what her chances are. I know I don’t want someone like Arnold to get elected, but then I don’t want hardly anyone to be either re-elected or elected. And Meg Whitman offers a good example […]

Farmers cautious of future cold snaps

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Unusually cold temperatures haven’t yet affected winter crops in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. But area farmers are concerned it could cause a problem if the trend continues through spring During the month of December, the average high temperature in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties is anywhere from 52 […]

Happy to have reader feedback

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Writing has always come easy to me. Sometimes research and fact checking haven’t been as natural. A good example of that was last week’s column about animated movies. It was easy to write and came together quickly. Several people told me they enjoyed it and agreed with me. Several wrote […]

Altrusa readying for annual fundraiser

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Preparations for Holiday Happenings, the annual fundraising dinner and fashion show, are well under way, but organizers haven’t found sponsors for all of the tables. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales has put on Holiday Happenings for 12 years. Mandi Park, Altrusa treasurer, said usually all tables have sponsors by […]

Payments more of burden than help

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist In case you haven’t heard, there will be no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients next year. This has spurred outrage and consternation on Capitol Hill. After all, seniors vote in large numbers and are a politically powerful voting bloc, so efforts to placate senior citizens are usually […]

Rodeo still remains true to its roots

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist I got a chance to do something last week I haven’t been able to do in 35 or 40 years. I sat through a performance Thursday at the Pioneer Days Rodeo. I’ve been to lots of rodeos in three different states in that time,