Eurasion collared dove: New species on the block

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Not too many years ago, a different kind of bird began to show up in our yards. It was obviously some kind of dove, and many individuals wondered if it was a domestic pigeon or a large mourning dove. But, after a careful observation, even the most amateur bird watcher would recognize the bird as […]

My turn: Sloan’s slogans get point across

I have begun a line of inspirational T-shirts. You know the kind: “Please Be Patient: God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet” — “Until They Pry It from My Cold Dead Fingers” — “Mama Mia, That’s a Spicy Meatball!” My color-coded shirts let passersby know instantly whether they are blood-pressure friendly: Red for Republicans, blue for […]

Camouflage makes issue clear

From high school on, whenever somebody would pull out some kind of school or office supply decorated in camouflage, there would always be some kind of joke. “Wow, John … how is that pencil eraser just floating in the air? It’s magical. Oh, oh, sorry … I didn’t see the pencil because it was camouflage.” […]

My turn: Mother always knew

When I was in grade school, it seems everything I did, my mom found out about. At one point I thought Mom might have been some kind of spy or something. I had good reason to think that. Mom became pretty well known at her office for a particular kind of cake that she made. […]

My turn: Soundtrack sets pace

Life would be better with a soundtrack. You know what I mean, the kind that has fast peppy stuff when you are in action, and slow mellow tunes when you relax. Most people who run, take music with them. You have to remember to take the right type. You need the kind of music that […]

Portales past: Feb. 24, 1952

Feb. 24, 1952: The Portales Daily News: Portales Police have another kind of bootlegging on their minds now — bootleg milk. City sanitarian worker Jerry Hein said many Portales people were buying raw milk “over the fence” without stopping to think of the risk. He warned that the milk could be infected with Bang’s disease, […]

In search of ponies: Barn smells become comforting

Sharna Johnson It was a wafting, almost ambient kind of odor. Sniff sniff sniff… “Urine… stale urine,” I identified, looking around and dismissing it, figuring there was a dirty baby diaper somewhere in the restaurant. The next time we ate at that restaurant weeks later, we were seated in the same booth. It was faint […]

My turn: Always something new to learn

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How can you tell what kind of fish you caught? This is one of many questions amateur anglers, children and experienced fishermen had a chance to ask Saturday at Oasis State Park’s 20th annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic. The session included volunteers and park rangers answering those questions and many more questions. I also got the […]

In search of ponies: Sometimes dreams come true

Sharna Johnson I still remember the day I learned dreams can come true. I must have been 7 or 8 and my dad, little brother and I drove to a surprise destination on my birthday. We arrived at the stockyard and my new horse was led out. It was the best day of my life. […]

My turn: Kind of a snow news day

Jared Tucker Remember when we all woke up Jan. 29 and found a ton of snow on the ground? This week’s video selection brings me back to the frosty days of winter this year and from the looks of it, these students had a much better time then I did. Eastern New Mexico University public […]

Special needs children tour fair

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Argen Duncan During his field trip to the Roosevelt County Fair, Portales third-grader Nathan Rose said he was able to pet every kind of animal, except a chicken. He wasn’t allowed to pet chickens because they bite, he explained. Nathan also helped with County Commissioner Bill Cathey’s rope and whip trick performance for the group. […]

Any dad can be best kind of dad

By Grant McGee: Local columnist With Father’s Day upon us, I got to thinking about different kinds of dads. Their names come from their habits and what they do. For instance there’s Garage Dad, he spends a lot of his free time in his garage tinkering with vehicles. Garage Dad can sometimes be heard yelling […]

Your happiness depends on you

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Today is a gift from God. How you use this day is up to you. We all have the same amount of time, and we can have a good day or a bad one. You make the choice for the kind of day you have, and you can make it […]

Senior gets diploma after more than 60 years

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Howard Vaughn Luckett is different kind of senior than the ones he will graduate with Sunday. While it took most of Clovis High School’s graduating class of 338 about four years to earn their diplomas, it has taken Luckett more than 60 years. Luckett, 81, dropped out of high […]

Racism examples not always as they appear

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Complaints are kind of like fruitcake. Everybody seems to give them, but I’ve never met anybody who likes to receive them. I especially hated the complaint I saw from the NAACP online this morning, because I see no chance of it eliciting any change. Cue the “Barbie Bandits,” who […]

Zias absorb pair of losses at St. Mary’s

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANTONIO — It wasn’t the kind of start the Eastern New Mexico University softball team expected. After suffering through a 4-0 shutout loss to Southeastern Oklahoma in the season-opening St. Mary’s Classic, the Zias carried a 3-1 lead into the fifth inning against St. Edward’s before the Hilltoppers erupted against senior […]

Weight loss not the best resolution

Anita Doberman Most of us make resolutions in the New Year and probably have a hard time keeping them even for the month of January. On top of this list there usually is the timeless favorite “losing weight” resolution. It lasts for about one to two weeks and then goes out the window because truth […]

12-2 Letter to the Editor

I have been traveling on U.S. 70 through Portales since 1999. I continue to enjoy the welcoming sign, particularly the “12,000 friendly people, except for 3 or 4 old grouches.” I’ve had the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the staff at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. And more recently, I had the […]

U.S. Senate has right to review Iraq agreement

Editorial Almost beneath the radar, with Congress in recess, President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki have signed an agreement for a long-term U.S. occupation of Iraq that commits at least 50,000 U.S. troops to remain in Iraq indefinitely. And these troops will not simply be called on in rare emergencies, but are charged with, […]

Ram football begins district tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer It’s true, the Rams have won just one game out of their first seven, but their goal from Day 1 has been to repeat as District 4-3A champions, and that mission begins this evening as the Rams three-game district schedule begins tonight at Roswell’s New Mexico Military Institute (7 […]