No sense in badgering prey

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

My turn: Won’t give in to temptations

I told a Catholic friend that I was giving up Lent for dark chocolate. She looked puzzled, then smiled, felt guilty, then admonished that I was on the highway to hell. Since I’m barreling down that pot-holed path in Portales anyway, I might as well give up Lent for a few other pleasures: Sunday morning […]

Hounds battle Incarnate Word to tie

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico In a match where it looked like one goal might win it, Eastern New Mexico University’s men rallied twice in the late going. Freshman forward Andy Wilkinson headed in a crossing pass by senior midfielder Edgar Bear on a free kick from about 40 yards out with just over […]

Your double might be out there somewhere

Grant McGee: Local columnist Last weekend while yard sale-ing I made the acquaintance of a woman who told me I look just like a relative of hers who lives in Plainview. While she was telling me how much I looked like her nephew, I was thinking about how much she looked like my Aunt Marguerite […]

Car trouble leaves cowboy trapped

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist It happened to Brett, a country boy in college on a rodeo scholarship. His folks sent him off to college in a well-used 3/4 ton pickup with mud and snows and a grill that looked like the gate on a Russian prison, a 16-foot stock trailer the color of camouflage, […]

No shortcuts to love

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My husband looked forward to Sunday lunch at Mother’s house. He longed to eat her light, crusty, piping-hot rolls. Try as I might, I could never duplicate Mother’s homemade rolls. I used the same recipe, but they never turned out right.

Clovis produces one champion

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After the opening bell for the third round, but before a punch could be thrown, Elijio Sena of Clovis pointedly looked in the direction of his opponent’s corner and laughed. In Mark Martinez’ corner, his trainer had just told his fighter that he “had been here before.” Sena heard something […]

There’s always room at inn somewhere

By Baxter Black: Columnist “Well, that’s the last room, Rachael. We’re full up.” “We always are at tax collection time, Jake,” Rachael said. “I’m glad we moved here. I know you were worried about makin’ a livin’ in a little po dunk town, as some would say, but it’s gonna work; we’ve just got to […]

Duct tape holds universe in place

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The man looked into my eyes and asked me, “Are you an American citizen?” It wasn’t a deep philosophical question — it was a border patrol agent, and I’d just left El Paso. However, I’ll treat it like one. Yes, I’m an American citizen, and I’m well versed in the […]

Parenting includes need to have fun

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist When was the last time you really laughed out loud? If you have to think for a while before you answer, it was too long ago. I am not talking about smiling or a polite chuckle. I am talking about a real heartfelt laugh with teary eyes. I happened to […]