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 […]

Airmen provide cyclists home on the range

USAF photo: Greg Allen University of Texas at Austin students travel near Clovis where they spent the evening June 10 with Cannon Air Force Base airmen in town. The students are members of Texas 4000, an organization that raises money to fight cancer. Each student pledged $4,500 in a trek that will take them to […]

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 […]

Airman steps up in child’s rescue

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base’s Technical Sergeant Charles Derflinger, left, and Clovis police officer Mike Reeves vie for 10-month-old Eva Saiz’s attention. Derflinger and Reeves helped saved the toddler when she started choking on a hair clip. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections As Tech. Sgt. Charles Derflinger walked through the door, little […]

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 […]

Bond not based on looks alone

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections My daughter doesn’t look like me. Although I had hoped and prayed for a little mini-me, my husband’s DNA won out. Even in her first pictures (which were black and white ultrasound shots), people would comment on how much she already looked like my husband. However, my husband said the […]

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 […]

March 20, 1980

The long looked forward to time has arrived. It’s Jamboree time! Starting at 7:00 o’clock Thursday evening there will be three performances and all who have attended in former years know that country and music fans will really get their money’s worth! It’s a great show don’t miss it! Chairs on the floor are $2.50 […]

Getting dirty is just part of farm wife’s job

By Baxter Black: Guest Columnist It was a case of naked dedication. Dick had been to the state meeting. His committee had run late and it was after midnight when he got back to the ranch. They were practicing fall calving in his part of the Umpqua Valley of western Oregon. Rains had been making […]

Car purchase an adventure in itself

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Two people with one car can drive a person nuts. What about those times my wife has to use the car? Yes, she can drop me off at work and pick me up when it’s time to go home, but what if she can’t be there? Then I’m forced into […]

I lost my funny bone in surgery

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist If you’re a dinner party hostess who wants to save money on hors d’oeuvres so you can donate to the Martha Stewart Relief Fund, allow me to offer some help. I know a sure-fire way to curb appetites. I’m talking about steering the dinner conversation into a detailed discussion of […]

Don’t fear airplanes, fear airports

By Jim Lee A couple of weeks ago, I flew for the first time (on an airplane) since 9/11. I expected to enjoy myself about as much as a giraffe with strepthroat, but I looked forward to finding something to complain about. It all started with my deciding to attend a Kiwanis district conference. As […]

June 30 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael There has been more moisture in all this area. Milnesand Reunion The event is this Sunday. Registration is at 9 a.m. with the program at 10 a.m. and the feast at 11 a.m. Elton Parkinson and Jim Williamson are the speakers for the day, reminiscing on the past and all great memories […]

Clovis man shot to death

Michelle Seeber A Clovis man was shot to death early Sunday morning as he apparently raced through Clovis in his Sport Utility Vehicle in an attempt to flee his assailants. Carlos Murillo, 27, died about 3:40 a.m., police said, after he was shot at the intersection of Concord Street and Marvin Hass Boulevard in north […]