Texas language has own tweaks

By Bob Huber Today’s lecture will cover the methods employed by airport security officers to recognize dangerous persons and then delay them until their plane has been retired, scrapped, and turned into a fleet of riding lawn mowers. It’s called “profiling,” the evil scourge of the 21st Century. No one is safe from profiling, and […]

I’m just a guy, nobody special, looking around

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist This column has appeared on this page for well over two years now. Sometimes it’s serious, and sometimes it’s downright silly. It’s not news reporting or presenting myself as an authority. I ask questions rather than claiming to have incontrovertible answers. I try to be observational, not professorial. In short, […]

Rules change as one gets older

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist It’s May again, time to gather ye the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort and go a-Maying. But if you’re into less strenuous activities, just give thanks you got through another winter. By and large, that can be a heady sensation. That said, let’s today delve into the human […]

Seminar explores online sex crimes

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Sexual predators eyeing young children no longer need a crowbar and a window to get into a child’s room. All they need is a computer. Organizers of the Ensuring Children’s Online Protection held a seminar for Portales residents in the Pecos Room on the Eastern New Mexico University campus […]

April 20 Letter to the Editor

I participated in the Day of Silence at Eastern New Mexico University on April 13. To those who feel threatened by the gay lifestyle, or think it is morally wrong, I can only say that my participation in this day is not about supporting (or not supporting) any particular lifestyle. For me, the Day of […]

Wit and wisdom from the Black side

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist “These are javalina,” pointed out the zoo tour guide. “Tayassu tajacu, the collared peccary.” “Pig family,” I commented, in an effort to dazzle the sixth-graders on the tour. “No,” stated the guide. “A common mistake made by the ill-informed unknowledgeable ranger groupies who cover up their ignorance of the species […]

Residents required for movie scene

By Mike Linn With locks stretching like cotton candy over their beady heads, a group of female customers at a local salon joke they resemble their mothers. Their hair sticks to the tops of cars, is held to together with a lacquer-like hair spray and can’t be washed. Not until filming is over, at least. […]

Unlucky holiday can be survived

By Bob Huber In case you didn’t notice, we had a Friday the 13th this month. To put it in a more scholarly manner, it behooves us to utilize the Freedom of Information Act in the examination of perils existing in all Fridays the 13th and offer up some time-honored, laboratory-tested solutions to make our […]

Something’s fishy about certain pets

By Jim Lee I doubt if there is anything on this planet that ranks remotely close to a fish in the hierarchy of general weirdity. Just watch one of those critters swimming around aimlessly in its tank or bowl for a while — unless there’s something better to do. They always look surprised. Why does […]

Hospital board does expansion planning

By Kevin Wilson The Roosevelt County hospital board talked about the medical center’s expansion for right now and in the years ahead during Thursday’s regular meeting. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino told the board members that work was on schedule for the medical office building, which will be located in the northeast area of […]

Clutter can be a new look

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Mary Reyes of Abilene, Texas, does not have a messy house. I repeat: Her house is not messy. I call it “tastefully cluttered.” Maybe you know someone like Mary. I believe there’s a little charm to this term, “tastefully cluttered,” which I coined myself. You are not likely to hear […]

Writing speaks about people, says local woman

Michelle Seeber Handwriting analysis can be an in-depth, life-long study or entertainment. That’s how Carol Durepos, 67, of Clovis views it. She has studied the art since 1983, she said. “Handwriting can convey health, drunkenness, drug abuse, or whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert,” Durepos said Sunday at the Main ARTeri, an […]

No locals apply for city manager position

By Mike Linn As of Monday afternoon 19 applicants have applied for the Portales city manager position, not one of whom live in Roosevelt County. City clerk and co-interim city manager Joan Martinez-Terry said a majority of the applications are from New Mexican candidates, a few from Oklahoma and one from as far as New […]

Depo reflects on manager term cut short

Mike Linn After 31 years in the field, Gerald Depo says he’s done working in local government. Depo, stripped of his city manager stripes Tuesday by unanimous vote from Portales’ city council, said the field is extremely demanding: The issues are more complex, city council members are more involved and the atmosphere of the profession […]

Art professor brings life to coffee shop

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By Mike Linn A local art professor has brought new meaning to the term “grande” cappuccino. If this seems a bit confusing, take a look at the mural she recently finished in the courtyard of the Do Drop In coffee shop. Micki Muhlbauer, an art professor at Eastern New Mexico University, painted a trio of […]

Things seem strange on The Weather Channel

Jim Lee Well, here it is the first of June already. Time sure goes by quickly when you’ve been 39 for 19 years. It seems like only yesterday it was still May. As you may have guessed at this point, my hero is Jack Benny. But since Mr. Benny no longer makes those great television […]

PHS grads look forward to the future

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Mike Linn After years of education, Portales High School seniors finally were able to toss their graduation caps in the air, the age-old symbol that high school now can be viewed through life’s rear-view mirror. Before they know it, the graduates will be looking ahead: attending college, finding a job, meeting new friends, shaking the […]

Photographer dreams of owning a gallery

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By Angela Peacock Freezing a moment in time so it may be remembered forever is what DA Black does for a living. The Melrose native was invited to Thursday’s Friends of Library Meeting at the Portales Public Library where he has had 11 pieces of his work on display since the library open its doors […]