Cancer remains surreal experience

By Clyde Davis: FNM columnist Welcome to the world of insecurity, and realizing that, no matter how safe you think you are, you have no guarantees. You can control your habits and actions, but you cannot control forces beyond your impact. This is the world of cancer; this is the world which has been walked […]

Oklahoma Lane holds many stories

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist If you don’t know where Oklahoma Lane is, then you’re a newcomer! Yes, that’s right, if you don’t know where Oklahoma Lane is, then you’re a newcomer. Located about six miles east of Farwell, this farming community has generated some “hard to believe, but true” tales. Here are a few […]

Police bust cockfighting operation in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police said the scene of an illegal cockfighting event in Clovis on Saturday night was littered with about 100 dead birds and many more injured and maimed. “It was pretty alarming and disturbing,” State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. Clovis Animal Control took custody of 53 birds, Glascock […]

Jamboree draws young and old

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Young and old came out for music and a special anniversary for the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Among many guests for the event’s 60th year was Rebecca Lawson. She started performing in the jamboree in 1973 but moved to Oregon for a job three years later “When I […]

Let’s get excited about life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I have discovered two ways to live: I can let life happen to me or I can happen to life. Allowing life to happen is not very exciting to me. In fact, it could be dull. The same routines and rituals do not require much enthusiasm or energy for me. […]

We all have teacher for life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist A student who recognizes and remembers me is one of the many blessings in my life. Thirty-one years of teaching little ones stay indelibly imprinted in my memory. The bond between teacher and student remains. I tried to figure out one time just how many students I had taught in […]

Letters to the editor: Voters have many issues to consider

Voters have many issues to consider With the city election March 2, there are serious issues voters might want to discuss with their candidates: • City revenues are running below last year’s by more than 10 percent. How would the candidate cover these losses? By cutting costs? If so, cutting what and how much? By […]

Tax hike only temporary solution

By Keith Gardner: Guest columnist The day many of us warned of is now here. New Mexico’s budget deficit has risen to somewhere around the $650 million mark. This problem was not just caused by the shrinking economy and the declining state revenue that followed — it was also caused by state government overspending. Between […]

Pride comes from being early riser

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full blast so […]

Fighting terrorism should be focus

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full […]

Families cope with separation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Families cope with separation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Shoppers hit stores after holiday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Business was brisk the day after Christmas for many local stores with shoppers making exchanges and taking advantage of special sales. Joe’s Boot Shop owner Joe Rhodes said business was busy Saturday from the time he opened the front door. “People have done a lot of exchanges,” Rhodes said. […]

Thankful I can count many blessings

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things large and small. For instance, on the world stage I am thankful that Saddam Hussein finally got what he had coming. But I’m also thankful for more personal things like the fact that there are still airports and convenience stores that have […]

Many resources offered to assist military families

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back […]

Many resources available to military families

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back home […]

Dentist says I’m on dental fast lane

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I lost a tooth the other day. It was the molar on the northwest side next to my only wisdom tooth that ever came in. Which explains why sometimes I go over the edge of common sense. I mean, how many wise men would pass a policeman on a double […]

City awards local volunteer citizenship award

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Frankye King of Portales has had her hand in many service projects over the years, from organizing turkey dinners to raising money for eyeglasses to dressing as a witch and giving children snacks out of her steaming caldron. Now, the City of Portales is honoring her with the Excellence […]

Airmen, families turn out for Commando Day

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather R. Redman Airmen and their families line up to take a tour of an AC-130H gunship during Commando Family Day on Sept. 19. The AC-130H gunship was part of a static display of four aircraft that airmen and families toured. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs With […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]