U.S. history should be learned by all

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Don’t expect policy changes from Obama

Freedom New Mexico When President Barack Obama promised this week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green constituency. Welcome to election-year rhetoric. The green lobby is learning what other […]

My turn: Adventures wait at home

Alisa Boswell I’ve enjoyed an 80-degree Christmas with my adventures in Florida over the last week. I’ve had the enjoyment of playing on beaches, seeing sea turtles, manatees and dolphins and trying Mediterranean cuisine for the first time. I think my favorite part was building a sandman instead of a snowman. Here are some things […]

ENMU student starts anti-bullying campaign

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Jarret Lovelace stumbled upon the fact that October is Bullying Prevention Month. Shocked at what he learned — 30,000 young adults and teenagers attempt suicide each year due to cyber bullying, according to one website — Lovelace has started an anti-bully campaign, asking students and faculty members to have their […]

Little learned in last 10 years

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Last weekend America observed the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Apparently few Americans have learned anything in the past 10 years. At least, that is the lesson I take away from what I saw of the commemorations. If the terrorists hate us for our freedom, they […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

Adventure fever strikes again

It is indeed nothing unusual. It happens to me about this time every year, sometimes sooner by a week or two, sometimes later by a week or two, and I have learned to adjust. It will go away, and it is by no means a malady unique to me. If there is such a condition […]

Much to be learned from animals

I am always amazed at the many blessings and gifts God has bestowed upon mankind. I am also fascinated with Adam’s intelligence in being able to name every animal. “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to […]

Governor recounts lessons learned to Clovis crowd

Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler surveyed the audience of about 350 at the Clovis Civic Center Tuesday morning. “This is our biggest crowd,” Chandler said of the seventh annual area breakfast to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, “and I’m glad everybody came to hear me speak.”Chandler and the audience laughed, knowing full well […]

ENMU hosts Junior Preview Day

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Alisa Boswell High school juniors swarmed the Eastern New Mexico University campus Saturday for a preview of college life. Students talked to teachers and faculty and learned what makes ENMU tick during the annual Junior Review Day. ENMU faculty and staff involved in the event said the group of high school students in attendance were […]

Volunteers teach tips at fishing clinic

Clarence Plank Children and adults learned from volunteers and state park rangers about water safety, how to make fishing lures and tying knots Saturday at Oasis State Park. The 20th annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic aimed to help children learn or build on their angling skills. Shawn Rejino of Muleshoe said he likes the classes because […]

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. […]

Congress should consider downsizing their pensions

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I learned to swim a few weeks ago, but I still stay in the shallow end of the pool. I think I’ll stay in the shallow end of these arguments as well: • It looks like the new victim of attacks from Congress is the public employee, and the unions that help them acquire pensions […]

For whom the (hand)bell tolls

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Argen Duncan A Portales man has been honored for his contributions during more than 30 years of handbell ringing and handbell choir directing. Bill Wood has received the 2010 Ring of Fame award from Area 11 of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. He said he was honored in June but learned of the […]

Portales Past: May 3, 1945

May 3, 1945: Area residents learned of the death of Capt. Laverne Nicklas of Dora. He was serving with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army when he was killed in action in Germany on April 16, The Portales Daily News reported.

My turn: Lessons learned by watching

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I recently found out how much you can learn by watching other people cook. My friend Nisha, her husband Victor, and their friends David and Martha fixed quite a dinner when I visited. Nisha told me to relax when I offered to help. When Nisha moved to America from […]

Steiner teacher wins Golden Apple Award

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer Portales has another Golden Apple Teacher. Marea Smith, a first-grade teacher at Steiner Elementary School, has won the 2010 Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. She learned of her selection March 3, and is scheduled to receive the award April 16 in Albuquerque. “It’s pretty exciting. I do […]

It’s their job: Manicurist says customers make job enjoyable

Name: Viet Nguyen Job: Manicurist Time on the job: 12 years Background: I come from Vietnam and became an American citizen. I went to college in California and learned how to do nails. After that, I went to Dallas and started this job. Two years ago, I went to Clovis and went into this business. […]

Current TRICARE contracts extended

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Six million military health care beneficiaries learned last July that their TRICARE support contractor would be changing on April 1, 2010, because those companies that run TRICARE’s North and South Regions had lost in competing for the next generation of contracts. But what a difference six months makes. Government auditors […]

My version of ‘When Harry Met Sally’

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist There was an important lesson to be learned from a recent movie night. If not learned, history will repeat itself … even if that history is complete fiction. Last week, I wrote about a movie experience and changed friends’ names to protect the innocent because I didn’t seek their permission […]