Mexico: Not just a border; a whole world away

By Helena Rodriguez As I was walking through the streets of Merida, Yucatan, in Mexico recently, my feet blistered, my stomach churning wildly and aching for the tastes and comforts of home, I recalled the now not-so-funny words of comedian George Lopez. “Chicanos belong in the United States!” Those words rang in my ears as […]

July 13 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael There has been more rain from showers in this area and on to the Texas line than farther north. The most I’ve heard about was in the Richland and Garrison area, one inch and up to one-and-a-half inches. Causey concerns All of this area, but especially the Causey residents are really concerned […]

Increasing aid could send wrong message to corrupt officials

Freedom Newspapers The agreement among the world’s economically developed countries, called the G-8 countries, to forgive more than $40 billion in debt owed by some of the world’s poorest countries to international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could be the beginning of a fresh start for those poor countries. But […]

Perhaps America has had too much civilizing

Freedom Newspapers In mid-April of each year, anyone with more than a modest income must make a reckoning with the federal and state governments. Most of us groan about it, but how often do we contemplate why we must pay such high taxes — which for most people range from 40 percent to 50 percent […]

Horses deserve anesthetic before shooting

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is nothing pretty about killing a horse. Nobody knows that more than those of us who have done it. There are people actively attempting to get a federal bill passed that will “prevent the slaughter of horses in and from the U.S. for human consumption and other purposes.” Those […]

Spend Valentine’s with the one who loves you the most

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Remember that first love, that excitement, that tingling, that burst of fireworks that made every day July 4th? Just being in your sweetheart’s presence made your heart go “pity-pat.” When apart, remember the anticipation of being together again? I married my first love and I still see skyrockets. He […]

Raising a family takes lots of work

By Helena Rodriguez Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare, according to actor Ed Asner. As the parent of a teenager, I couldn’t agree more. Now here’s my take on raising children: Raising a kid is yourself at that age coming back to haunt you — it’s a mix of what you lacked […]

Heartland takes care of minor issues

By Mike Linn and Tony Parra A government Web site that compares the quality of area nursing homes has been criticized for being too vague, poorly updated and sometimes displaying incorrect information. Officials say information on nursing homes displayed on the federal Medicare.gov Web site can be a useful starting tool for people researching nursing […]

Stuart Ingle guest column

Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A move is afoot in Santa Fe to change the way in which millions of your tax dollars are spent on badly needed […]

Commissioners agree: Roads top priority for area

By Tony Parra Deteriorating road conditions in the county caused commissioners to dispute which is the best way to distribute funding for roads throughout the county during Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. District 2 Chad Davis is of the opinion more money should go to the roads which have the most traffic. District 3 commissioner […]

Commission makes roads top priority

By Tony Parra Deteriorating road conditions in the county caused commissioners to dispute what is the best way to distribute funding for roads throughout the county during Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. District 2 Commissioner Chad Davis is of the opinion more money should go to the roads which have the most traffic. District 3 […]

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 […]

Residents unchanged by first debate

By Laurie Stone Local residents were asked before Thursday’s debate between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry to answer basic questions afterwards: Lela Jo Halliday, rancher, Democrat Overall thoughts of debate: The debate as a whole was good. Bush would be better as President because Kerry is not strong enough or knowledgeable enough […]

Chase the blues away

By Joan Clayton Do you ever feel defeated, depressed or just plain hopeless?  I think we all do at times. That’s when to rise up on the offensive. If I had my life to live over again, one thing I surely would do.. find the good in every circumstance. Believe it or not, there are […]

May 16 Floyd School News

Upcoming Events • Senior trip to San Antonio will be Monday through Thursday. • The Preschool Tea will be Wednesday afternoon. • Kindergarten Graduation is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. • High School Graduation is Saturday at 2 p.m. • Last day of school is May 26th. Classes will let out at noon. Sports The faculty […]

Great mystery is just good business

By Kevin Wilson Two. Six. That’s me on Saturday, 26 years old. This might not be the time to spout off about a midlife crisis, but it’s pretty daunting to realize that a full quarter-century is about to take place, and I have yet to A) write the Great American Novel, B) cure cancer or […]

May 11 ENMU student profile

Your name: Marc Schoder Your classification: Freshman Your major: Communications Your age (and birthdate): 25 (January 18, 1979) Your hometown: Albuquerque What’s your idea of a perfect day? When the Boston Red Sox win a game. What did you think about on Sept. 11? Words cannot describe the feelings I have for it. What do […]

ENMU Student Profile, April 27

Your name: Sarah Lyn Boone Your classification: Senior Your major: General Agriculture Your age (and birthdate): 24 (October 24, 1979) Your hometown: Elida What’s your idea of a perfect day? My idea of a perfect day would be hanging out with my friends and family and not having to worry about going to class or […]

‘The Passion of the Christ’ a true success

Chris Horton In my 25 years of living, I cannot remember a film more controversial than Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” The media attention is phenomenal, the religious conversation is ceaseless, Mel Gibson is constantly attacked, and after all is said and done I am not sure most of us will truly understand […]

Valentine’s Day is about sacrifice, acts of love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. […]