My turn: Dad makes broccoli taste good

For Father’s Day, let my tell you about the person who makes the best chicken-fried steak and grilled T-bones I’ve tasted: Dad. His fruit breads are great, too, and Dad’s long-held domain of Sunday dinner is always something special. When Mom made most meals, Dad told her supper was good every night. He has now […]

My turn: Color makes the cowboy

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist I learned a lot about natty attire by watching my cousin, Wendel “The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy,” model at a recent Hispanic fashion show in Portales. He wore green half-boots from Payless and bargain-bin, bright-purple JC Penney jeans from Clovis’ North Plains Mall. The pink-rose motif cowboy shirt came from Joe’s […]

Food for thought: Chef Juandel one smooth(ie) operator

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Chef Juandel makes wild smoothies that make a nice, light, nutritious breakfast or snack. The chef, the culinary side of ENMU director of media relations Wendel Sloan, provided a smoothie recipe but said you can use whatever you have. Following Wendel’s recipe, almost, I blended a banana, orange, pear […]

My turn: Pain makes us all the same

It’s been said that death is the great democracy. The up-and-coming philosopher Wendel The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy says that at 6-feet under we are separated only by the height of the granite above us. Unremitting physical pain also creates a democracy above ground. Looks, job status, house size, horsepower and political views become irrelevant. Religious […]

Teen program makes way to eastern New Mexico

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Dallas Jessup knew she would be helping her classmates at her Portland Ore., high school when she made a film about self defense. What she didn’t know is that the film would grow into a world-wide non-profit organization now credited for starting a revolution. The film teaches self-defense techniques. Jessup, 18, said when she was […]

God’s greatness is evident all around us

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Snow makes me happy, and I guess it’s because we don’t see it often. It brings a winter wonderland for me. Gentle snowflakes softly fall and cover the boughs of my evergreen trees. The “picture perfect” postcard is filed in my photo album of many blessings. Underneath this glorious sight, […]

Sheriff’s office makes drug bust

Freedom New Mexico Three people face drug charges from an Oct. 30 search warrant served by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies in the 600 block of South Roosevelt County Road S. Arrested were Jeffrey Gutierrez, 21, Andrea Gutierrez, 24, and Joshua Ortiz, 23. Jeffrey Gutierrez, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and […]

Autumn: God’s creation of beauty

I love this time of year. The crispness of the early morning and the chill at dusk invigorate me. The smell of wood burning in a fireplace, a good book and an apple makes me happy. Beautiful cottonwood leaves wear golden crowns looking up to heaven. Ornamental pear trees grace the landscape with deep scarlet […]

Clovis teen makes mark in weightlifting

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Zack Williams, 15, has been lifting weights since he was 12 years old. The Clovis native was going through some Web sites looking for competitions in weightlifting. He came across Natural Athlete Strength Association, and entered. “I won my division in junior,” Williams said. “I was a little nervous.” […]

Baskett makes Eagles’ 53-man roster

Freedom New Mexico It looks like Clovis’ Hank Baskett will play for the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth straight season. Baskett, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, was listed on the Eagles’ 53-man roster announced Saturday on the team’s Web site. NFL rules required teams to submit a 53-man roster by 6 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. Baskett […]

Simple thinking makes life bliss

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Simple thinking makes life bliss There are globally astute, politically tuned, conscientiously correct people who watch C-Span and write letters to the editor. When the letter “A” is flashed before their eyes they immediately think Ahmadinejad (president of Iran), ambassador or Al Gore. Whereas when I see the letter “A,” […]

Clovis’ Baskett makes first cut

Freedom New Mexico PHILADELPHIA — Clovis native Hank Baskett III made the first cut of the season for the Philadelphia Eagles, as the team reduced its roster to 75 players Tuesday. The Eagles released safety Brandon Harrison, waived linebacker Charleston Hughes and placed linebacker Stewart Bradley and tight end Cornelius Ingram on injured reserve for […]

Wal-Mart makes donation of food

Freedom New Mexico Wal-Mart stores in Portales and Clovis have been participating in a program that supplies fresh food to Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. The food donated from the stores is distributed by Roadrunner to food banks around the state, said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Jina Michael. In its five months of operating, the program […]

Rabbit show keeps fair hopping

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer A bunch of bunnies gave it their all and kept judges hopping Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fair Rabbit Show. The special interest rabbit competition makes it possible for children to show animals when they might not be able to raise cattle, pigs, or other large animals. “I’ve been […]

Clovis school labor board makes nominations

Freedom New Mexico The newly created Clovis Municipal Schools’ Local Labor Management Board met Friday to focus on naming a third member to the board. The first meeting, May 25, served as an orientation for the board’s two members, G.C. Ross and Larry Cocker. Ross and Cocker each had two nominations for the third board […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]

God makes love possible

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist “Will you marry me?” I asked. This tall, lanky, handsome man turned a little pale. He looked like he was thinking, “How do I get out of this?” I guess he felt sorry for me, and he finally said, “I thought you would never ask.” I didn’t have many girl […]

Business feature: Couple in business of raising alpacas

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Sharon Harris said her retirement plan has four legs, hums and makes great clothes. Harris is talking about the herd of alpacas she and her husband Wayne Harris raise on their farm in House called Las Rosas Alpacas. She said they have been raising alpacas for eight years. Alpacas […]

Local company makes most of New Mexico manufacturers’ program

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Efficiency and productivity — every business strives to improve both, and Portales’ Sunland Peanuts believe they have done just that after taking advantage of a unique state program. New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership consults existing small and medium sized manufacturing businesses on how they can work more productively through […]

Sanchez makes cut in Texas

PNT Staff Report WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Portales High School golfer Donavin Sanchez is tied for 10th place in the Texas Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament going into the final round today. According to his father, Martin Sanchez, Donavin made the 40-player cut to be included in the final round of the three-day tournament which features […]