My turn: Nature opens up my eyes to life

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Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

Retail all about respect

It was a little bit of a shock to see his obituary since I didn’t know what had become of Mr. Nick or for that matter that he was even still living. Luke Nichols, Mr. Nick, as my grandmother referred to him, was the J.C. Penny store manager in Portales when I was growing up […]

Spring signals start of tornado season

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a little more than a week away. So is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and […]

Christmas proposal memorable

Christmas 1981 was easily the best one ever for me. It was the Christmas that I proposed to my bride. I wanted to ask her that Christmas but every time I thought about it I got the shakes and cold feet. Then one day in early December, while I was back in Portales for the […]

In search of ponies: Hummingbirds need some sugar

Every now and then a neighbor needs to borrow a little sugar — and sometimes it could be a matter of life and death. No, not because of that batch of cookies they started only to realize they didn’t have enough in their canister. It turns out that perhaps because of the extreme weather we’ve […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

My turn: Let’s keep Christmas simple

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I remember driving through Christmas-lit neighborhoods when my daughter Laura was little. She’d excitedly exclaim, “Yayas” and “activities.” That’s what she called luminarias and nativities, my favorite holiday symbols. When I think of a traditional New Mexico Christmas, I think of luminarias and nativity scenes. I prefer these simplistic displays that capture the essence of […]

Clayton: Miracles happen in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Have you ever considered the fact that you are a miracle? That tiny microscopic cell contains your physical characteristics, talents, abilities and personality. I find that amazing. What about the little coincidences in our lives? Had you been just a little bit earlier or later a car wreck might […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Reader-submitted: Little Miss Merry Christmas contestants sought

Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce announces the upcoming deadline for girls 5 to 10 years old to enter the 2011 Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest. The chamber is also calling for entries from businesses, individuals and organizations for the Lighted Christmas Parade. As part of Portales’ yearly holiday tradition, the Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest […]

Reader-submitted content: Application for Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest open

The deadline for girls 5 to 10 years old to enter the 2011 Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest is Nov. 15. Contestants must attend an information meeting at the Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. that day. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is also calling for entries from businesses, individuals and organizations for the […]

My turn: A little prayer always helps

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You’ve heard the saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” But what if you buy a lemon?” I’ve been shopping for a good used car. This experience reminds me of when a car of mine was totaled by a drunken driver who rear-ended me in 1999. My insurance company only reimbursed me for the […]

In search of ponies: Schedules help avert cat-astrophe

Waking to teeth on my nose was not a pleasant feeling. In all honesty, it was downright disturbing. To add insult to injury, the little black furry face – I could only see in segments because of the macro view I had between my eye and the end of my nose – shifted and found […]

Hounds keep unbeaten with tie

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University men stayed unbeaten Monday with a 1-1 double overtime tie with visiting Wayland Baptist. Sophomore midfielder Luiz Buosi scored his second goal for ENMU (4-0-2) and senior goalkeeper Peter Horak made four saves in his first appearance of the season. The Pioneers (3-3-2) struck first when Jevaughn […]

My turn: Entertainment of sorts

Alisa Boswell My new regular daily pastime now consists of learning a little bit more every day about how to run a newsroom. I’m sure for anyone else watching or for veteran journalists, it would probably be entertaining and somewhat amusing to watch, and as for me, it would definitely fall into the category of […]

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 […]

Hounds know little about Highlands

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Neither Eastern New Mexico University’s Mark Ribaudo nor New Mexico Highlands’ Eric Young wants to give away a whole lot entering Saturday’s 7 p.m. season opener at Greyhound Stadium. Young, in his first season at Highlands, has pretty much cleaned house with the Cowboys, who were 1-10 last fall. […]

Little League state meets ready to start

Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Four area teams are ready to represent District 3 in state Little League competition this weekend. Clovis will host the 11-12-year-old Majors state tournament at Dickenson Field and Beachum Field. Clovis Zia won the district tournament and opens play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dickenson against either Roswell Noon Optimist or […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan The last week’s rain did little to help most area farmers and ranchers in the midst of the extreme drought. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service reported precipitation ranging from 0.14 inches in Portales and at the Clovis airport to 1.22 inches in Clovis. “It’s as dry as I’ve ever seen it,” Broadview […]

My turn: Making exercise fun easier said than done

Make exercise fun. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I think I know what people mean when they say that, but I am always a little bit suspicious of it. I remember my brother had that same philosophy when we were kids. He would come tell me, “Let’s play like we are in the Navy.” That sounded […]