Nation gives us much to be grateful for

Seldom do we hear about good things but on any given day. We have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, many great things can be said about this country. I can name so many that reams of paper would be required. I bet you could add your list to mine with many […]

Military mama: Fight will still continue

The recent news that the U.S. had accomplished a mission nearly a decade in the making brought on an outpouring of support. There were levels of excitement that varied from a calm sense of relief all the way to pure jubilation and parades. I found myself feeling satisfied that a long-time terrorist was officially out […]

Detention officers on look out for improvised weapons

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Alisa Boswell Prison shank may be a term recognized by many area residents, but the materials which make up these roughly constructed weapons are every day household items which many would never think of as a weapon. “They’ve been doing it since the detention center opened,” Chief of Security Clay Layher said Tuesday of prisoner […]

In search of ponies: Lamb lesson

Sharna Johnson It was Easter time a couple of decades ago and my father had a surprise up his sleeve. My brother and I thought it was just another of many exploratory trips when we pulled up to the farm and saw the sheep milling about in the field — until Dad told us to […]

Senate candidate prioritizes national debt

Republican U.S. senatorial candidate Heather Wilson, a former U.S. Representative, spoke with Freedom New Mexico in Tucumcari Wednesday about some of the issues she will address if elected to the position Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman will vacate in 2012. What made you decide to run for the U.S. Senate in 2012? I am concerned about […]

Military mama: Paying my parental dues

There are some things about parenthood that no matter how many people warn you it won’t make sense until you’re there in the moment living it for yourself. My oldest son is very quick on his feet. He has an answer for everything, an excuse ready at all times. I am a firm believer that […]

Reader-submitted content: Big plans for Fort Sumner airfield

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Along with the many extraterrestrial mysteries and legends of New Mexico is the towering white building rising above concrete at Fort Sumner municipal airport. With NASA painted on its sides and a crown of antennae and communication dishes, this mysterious building is closed to all but a select few. More mysterious but open to all […]

We are all part of God’s family portrait

Do you like to look at old family photos? It seems I have had to do a lot of that lately. Sorting through family photos is hard for me. I go through many emotions with joy, laughter and tears. I also have a profound realization of the brevity of time. It seems only a few […]

Reader submitted article: Mammograms offered

Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service will once again will be offering a Breast Cancer Screening Clinic. Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center will do the screenings. The screening will be held in Portales, at the Roosevelt County Extension Office, 705 E. Lime from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on March 8. You should call 1-800-377-4673, […]

My turn: Concert to feature local talent

Alisa Boswell I hope the rest of the local residents had as successful a Christmas as I did and were surrounded by many family and friends. It made my year to be able to have my immediate family all together in one place for the first time in a while. We had a wonderful time […]

Year in Review: Portales consolidates schools

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PNT staff report Consolidating Lindsey Elementary and Steiner Elementary into one school was one of many changes in education in 2010. The Lindsey and Steiner buildings were in the top 10 of the state education department’s list of schools in need of renovations. Superintendent Randy Fowler said refurbishing both buildings would cost $26 million, but […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

Shop owners say holiday profits mixed

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Alisa Bowell According to many local Clovis and Portales business owners, their holiday sales for 2010 have been good, despite the economic downturn. Randy Petty of Ace Hardware in Clovis said the store’s sales numbers are always at their highest in the summer due to the amount of outdoor products sold in the store. He […]

Cattle operation comes with catch

As many of you regular readers might guess, people tell me their stories — stories about horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, any kind of wreck you can think of. I met JW in Tennessee. He’s a regular reader of my column and thought his story would fit. It seems he […]

My turn: Leftover turkey has many uses

It’s the traditional post-Thanksgiving question: What do I do with all that leftover turkey? In an effort to help answer that, I’ve collected a few ideas from other people: • Green chile turkey enchiladas • Turkey and dumplings • Turkey casserole • Turkey gumbo • White chili (with white beans and turkey) • Turkey salad […]

Matchbox collection memorable

Karl Terry At one time I had a long list of fabulous vehicles in my collection. Ferrari, Camaro, Mustang, GTO, Willys Jeep, and a Ford roadster or two were just a few of the many items in the Matchbox collection that belonged to my brother and me. A recent question that popped up on my […]

Military mama: Children’s personalities need time to develop

I wonder if there are too many influences on our kids to emulate stereotypes, there’s just too much out there to hide your kiddos in a bubble for their whole lives. My oldest is such a “boy’s boy.” He loves sports, cars, farts and action heroes. Quite frankly, he is a junior version of his […]

Shoutouts —

Missing dog returned We thank God for answering our prayers and we thank the newspaper, dog catcher, police department, university police, students and many residents who helped look for our Chihuahua and our dad, Alga D. Hahn. Thanks to all the many people who called in response to our ad about our black and white […]

Young voters divided on casting ballots

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Alisa Boswell To vote or not? When the question was put to Eastern New Mexico University students recently, the answers revealed a deep divide. Just as many previous generations, this group of young voters is split when it comes to voting and politics. Freedom New Mexico conducted an unscientific poll, interviewing students in classes at […]

Hounds nose guard delivers despite distractions

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Not many Eastern New Mexico University football players had good games in last week’s 21-10 Lone Star Conference North loss at Southwestern Oklahoma. Certainly, sophomore Ian Ogando wasn’t in that category. With his fianc