MLK a day to reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Evelyn Rising is a feisty girl. She’s a classy dresser. She’s intelligent and headstrong and yet sensitive to people’s needs. Evelyn is a counselor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Evelyn, by the way, is black. Some of you may know her. She spoke the past two years during Juneteenth […]

Movie watching has peaks, and plenty of valleys

By Kevin Wilson One of my friends and I have a long-standing agreement that we do holiday gifts after the holidays have passed, so we don’t repeat gifts and we have time to find the best deals. A request I put in to her was for a movie poster of Citizen Kane, The Usual Suspects […]

Celebrate God’s blessings in the new year

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist I resolve to celebrate God’s many blessings in the New Year. It is easy to rationalize the blessings or to let them go by as mere “coincidences.” I believe both great and small miracles happen every day and we let them go unnoticed, never expressing our gratitude. With this […]

New Year’s: A time to not only set new goals, but work on old ones

By Helena Rodriguez Only 359 shopping days left until Christmas. I don’t want to stress you out now. By the way, there’s only 45 shopping days until Valentine’s Day. Enough of that though. The only thing on most of our minds right now is counting down to 2005, which is now less than 24 hours […]

Teacher/student bonds always last

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist One of the many blessings in my life comes from former students. Teaching for 31 years left me with happy memories. A special bond between teacher and student lasts forever. Such was the case the other day when a Lt. Colonel walked up to me in a restaurant. “Aren’t […]

Residents thankful for various things

PNT Staff Thursday’s free Thanksgiving meal at the Memorial Building brought young and old, workers and students, and many other different people. A few people at the meal were asked what they were thankful for on the holiday, and their responses were varied as well. Anton Iliuk, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, didn’t […]

Nov. 17 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Thanksgiving supper The Milnesand community and many friends gathered in the community center Monday night for a pre-Thanksgiving feast and fellowship. Sympathy To Fern and George Hay in the death of her brother, Joe Anderson of Fort Sumner. Harvest Farmers are anxiously awaiting the sunshine and a few days without moisture so […]

Rams will always mean Los Angeles

By Jim Lee We’re halfway through another NFL season already. It seems like only a week or so since the first of the preseason games, wondering which team would win a Super Bowl appearance or claim first place in felony convictions. Time sure goes by quickly when we’re having fun. My wife and I enjoy […]

Tamales hard to keep; easy to make memories with

By Helena Rodriguez Trivia: What’s the most popular gift unwrapped during the holidays in New Mexico? Answer: Tamales. Don’t you just love tamales? Who doesn’t? There’s even a popular children’s book by Gary Soto called “Too Many Tamales.” But as my daughter, Laura, and I found out last week, you can never have too many […]

Paying tribute to our pastors

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist October is Clergy Appreciation Month and I join with many others in honoring our spiritual leaders. First, let me say there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for the many, many selfless acts you do for others. You are vital to my spiritual being. I realize you are […]

Walker known as scholar, hero

Forrest A. Walker was a scholar that believed in honesty and giving back to the community. He lived a life filled with many accomplishments. He impacted the lives of many people whether it was in deed, education or example, but is thought of by many as a remarkable hero. Walker was born on Oct. 8, […]

Latinas try to shatter stereotypes

By Helena Rodriguez Somebody said something the other day that ticked me off. I was apologetically five minutes late for an interview. I even called my boss to tell this person I was going to be five minutes late. When I got there, this guy said, “Latinas are always late!” He happened to be a […]

Dawg Days starts long road for freshmen

By Tony Parra Another school year and another batch of new faces on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University were on hand to celebrate the beginning of Dawg Days and a leap into college life. The incoming freshman spent Thursday registering for classes, which begin on Monday, and used the rest of the afternoon […]

Good memories are blessings

By Joan Clayton: PNT Relgion Columnist I see old barns and tumble down houses as we travel along the way and I wonder what stories they could tell of days gone by. How did they live their lives? Did they leave their home with regrets or did they just walk off and leave it? Did […]

Sometimes going forward is all you can do

By Helena Rodriguez When you enter that dark, cavernous passageway of uncertainty that life so often brings us to, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it’s just a flicker, just a spark, just a shadow up ahead, if that. Sometimes there’s nothing but darkness. By continuing to move […]

Annoyances are part of God’s plan

By Joan Clayton It’s been hard for me to find something good about grackle birds. Those huge black birds annoy me. During the early dusk of the winter season a black sea of birds descend on neighborhood trees, including ours. They leave the lawns white with residue, not to mention vehicles. My husband’s great day […]

Television has just gotten too commercial

By Jim Lee How many of us remember “pay TV?” Probably the closest ancestor to cable service, the concept of pay TV was simple: Subscribe for a small monthly fee to improve reception and get rid of commercials, maybe even get an uninterrupted movie now and then. The best part of it was getting rid […]

Caregiving … A Sacrifice of Love

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist The physical and emotional stress of meeting needs of loved ones can be debilitating. Even if that loved one is in a rest home, many needs still have to be met. The responsibilities can be overwhelming. Uncle Steve, the last of many relatives we have helped, is now 92. […]

A true hero makes life better

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist America’s heroes are innumerable. Countless numbers have given their lives that you and I might enjoy the freedoms we have.  From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the present war in Iraq and all the sacrifices in between, those who gave their lives are too many to count. We […]

Students choose logging on in lieu of library research

By Mike Linn The story goes something like this: A graduate student logs onto the Internet to research a major paper, finds a site, quotes its content only to find out later the site’s information was gathered by a sixth-grader. The tale is an example of the dangers associated with students using Internet search engines […]