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 […]