Drivers need to put down phones

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Dear Gov. Susana Martinez, May I call you Susana? Or maybe even “Suzy?” I know we have not formally met. By “met,” I mean we have not been in the same town at the same time, ever. No problem. That’s the way I started out with your predecessor. By the end I was stalking him […]

In search of ponies: Pet rentals great for commitment phobic

Commitment-phobe? Just not ready to take the plunge? Or maybe just looking for a temporary good time… Well, there’s a solution. Rental pets is a new rage sweeping through metropolitan communities and apparently it’s an idea that is really taking off and gaining popularity, particularly in the concrete jungles. I stumbled onto the concept while […]

My turn: Honesty maybe not best policy

They say that honesty is the best policy, but I’m not sure. Obviously, none of us want or need to be brutally honest about others’ physical appearance, grammar mistakes, station in life or other insecurities. When others ask how I’m doing, I doubt that they really want to hear a monologue about whether I’m satisfied […]

Rodeo spectators in for wild ride

Rodeo as a spectator sport has been growing in attendance. Maybe it is because it is live-action, close to home, reasonably priced and rated PG. NASCAR has a similar appeal. As rodeo moves into the ranks of other professional sports, you notice a consistency in the show. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association runs a tight […]

My turn: Picnic goers didn’t miss out on good time

On Thursday night, the Lions club gathered in the park for a picnic and games. We had a lot of fun eating and visiting. Then, Tommy got out the atlatl. Tommy has shown them to us before, but this was our first chance to give it a throw. The atlatl is a weapon used by […]

My turn: Money to be made in running

I decided to go for a run, not for any particular reason, but just to keep in running shape. Just after taking off, I was just getting into a pace, when I saw something on the ground. I did a quick turn around and went back. There it was, just what I thought it was. […]

Family time best present for Father’s Day

Freedom New Mexico Not that long ago, fathers led more simple, focused lives. They got up, had some coffee while reading the morning paper, went to work and came home when the job was done. Then it was dinner, maybe a question about whether all the homework was done, the 10 p.m. news on TV […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Stepping down: Assistant superintendent set to retire

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Travel, grandchildren … maybe consulting work will soon dominate Priscilla Hernandez’s life. Hernandez, Portales Municipal Schools assistant superintendent, is retiring after 11 years with Portales and 35 years working in Texas and New Mexico public school systems. “I think I’ve loved my job everywhere I’ve worked,” Hernandez said. “I think it’s a calling. It’s not […]

Animals contain surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

My turn: Dedicated to leave mark on world

I recently started looking for a catchy title for my column. I thought maybe it would be similar to the title of the blog that I also write. When I first started thinking about it, I remembered the words to one of my favorite poems. Poet Dylan Thomas wrote what has no official title but […]

Horse recycling makes more sense

As we horse owners and lovers struggle to find some middle ground in the tragic abandoned horse issue, maybe we need to look “outside the box.” Most horse owners, horse associations, equine veterinarians, and those of us forced to take the responsibility for dealing with the mess, are still optimistic that the new Centers for […]

Facebook fad time waster

Karl Terry Maybe I’m a little late to the party but this week I finally dipped my toes in this Facebook fad that’s ongoing. I called a lot of other communication technologies fads too. There was the cell phone, CB radios, land line phones, telegraph, smoke signals and cave wall pictographs. None of them lasted […]

Wednesday morning briefing: The “Thriller,” the World Series and maybe some snow

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Movie time: Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” movie opened with a late show Tuesday, but area residents have a variety of viewing options starting tonight. Clovis’ North Plains 7 offers showtimes at 2 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:10 p.m., and 9:50 p.m. Adult tickets are $6 […]

Poultry on display

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Why did the chicken cross the road? Maybe it was to get to the Roosevelt County Bantam Show. Organizer Steven Beaty said he’s expecting about 300 bantam, or miniature, chickens, and ducks from four states, even as far away as Kentucky. The show, which is occurring independently of the […]

Family describes victim as loner

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when he was 11, or it might have been something else.

Maybe duct tape will get point across

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I may have a new use for duct tape. That hardly seems like a discovery worthy of mentioning at all, let alone in a record that will stand forever in print — one also assumes the standard exists for online records, but I just saw “Terminator: Rise of the Machines” […]

Shame on those jealous of success

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist Most top executives draw pretty reasonable salaries, maybe up from $250K to several million per year. This isn’t unlike how professional baseball and football players are hired and compensated, especially the stars among them. Some people are sought out eagerly and promised exorbitant pay, including bonuses above the regular salary, […]

PHS students choose McCain in mock election

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Maybe there is hope for John McCain yet. Based on the results of a vote by students in Mark Gallegos’ government classes at Portales High School, the Arizona Republican won by a slight margin. Citing Barack Obama’s nationwide popularity among young voters, Gallegos was surprised by the result based […]

Working for AARP could have its perks

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor OK, maybe I’m not officially an old geezer yet but recent events have got me a little concerned about the inevitable. In the last week or so my younger brother (the one with a lot less hair than me), called me to let me know how old I was […]