In search of ponies: Animals have own ways of dealing with wind

Since the dawn of man, spring has been celebrated, often because it’s a pleasant exit from winter and also because it is the season that represents life’s potential. In between the intermittent cold and warm spells, green shoots sprout from little dried up bits of plants that nature seemed to have discarded in the cold […]

Coach’s cemetery exercise misses point

Occasionally, though not very often, the inspiration from this column comes from some other piece of information which slides across the Internet. Such is the case in today’s piece. Upstate New York, where a junior varsity football coach and English teacher forced members of the team, after a losing game, to detour into the local […]

How to run a great youth sports practice

Jack Perconte Parents often have unrealistic expectations of youth sport coaches. After all, most youth sport coaches are volunteer coaches who are only coaching because their sons or daughters are playing the sport. However, this should not provide an excuse for volunteer coaches to lack, enthusiasm, preparation and at least some measure of expertise. An […]

Child Sense: Tips for making a trip to the beach enjoyable for your child

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer is often associated with going to the beach, and having fun with your children in the sun, surf and sand. Understanding your child’s sensory needs will make the experience even more enjoyable. The tactile child will take great delight in playing in the openness of the beach. As soon as their […]

Clovis cowboy passes on rodeo legacy to community’s youth

Our search for a person who can inspire us to greater achievement in our chosen endeavors often ends close by or just down the road. Meet such a person — B. J. Pierce. He won’t tell his age, but some quick calculations say he’s past the 70s. He doesn’t look it, and he surely doesn’t […]

My turn: Former ENMU housing director leaves legacy of colorful memories

When I walk across the Eastern New Mexico University plaza, I often think of Dallan Sanders, whom it’s named after. The former housing director was Mr. ENMU, cruising around in his green convertible, and when he became the Chamber of Commerce director, me and my newsroom buddies called him Mr. Portales as he came into […]

My turn: Life’s surprises hold blessings

Often, when we don’t face fear, we’re forced to face regret. Often, when we face fear, we’re met with unforeseen strength and abundant blessings. I’m one of those annoying people who plan ahead. However, I’ve been thankful at times that things didn’t go as planned. And there have been times when things went as planned, […]

My turn: Student art impressive

Alisa Boswell I viewed a variety of artwork in a library this week. Most of the artwork there was professional rather than amateur, so it struck me as funny when I stumbled across a work of art that seemed nothing more than a splash of paint on canvas. Now, I am a fan of abstract […]

McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

Residents express concern over wind turbines

Jared Tucker Talk early, talk often. That was the message during Tuesday’s public meeting in Melrose to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint land use study. The $140,000 federally funded study is geared at preventing incompatible land uses between entities, such as Curry County and Cannon Air Force Base, according to Rudy Bauer, […]

Coach Roanhaus wins 300th

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Kevin Wilson Cannon blasts filled the air, as they have so often on Clovis Friday nights, and the fireworks lighted the night sky, signifying a milestone win for Eric Roanhaus. But the longtime Clovis coach simply did what he had done 299 times before Friday’s 40-0 pounding of Alamogordo — put one in the Wildcat […]

Cowboys could often do it better

There’s an old saying: “A mule is as good as a horse, till you need a horse.” Or, of course, the revorse. I saw a photo in the newspaper of a man standing in the surf trying to throw a rope around the tail of a beached baby humpback whale. My first thought was, “A […]

Cattleman outwits automated urinal

Back pain is the bane of many farmers and ranchers. A life of lifting, riding, shifting and physical exertion often leads them to a long-term relationship with osteopathic surgeons. Last spring, Colorado rancher Evan suffered through the spring branding and the state cattlemen’s meeting before making his doctor appointment. As his wife was checking him […]

HPJRA: Physical trait often determine horses’ names

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By Clarence Plank CLOVIS — What’s in a name? For the participants in the 36th annual High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals in Clovis on Friday, they often named their horse after a physical trait. Keylee Crowder, 9, of Hobbs competes on her horse named Keebler. “When he was born he was as small as […]

Porous border fears ripe fodder for alarmists

Freedom newspapers Politics often involves a tug-of-war between perception and fact. One of the most obvious cases involves the insinuation that “illegals” are swarming across our southern border and putting the entire nation at risk. Of course, “illegals” could be harmless immigrants just looking for a way to feed their families, or sophisticated gangsters armed […]

Art program will give at-risk youth chance to paint

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A local non-profit group has plans to help prevent gangs in Clovis and Portales through art. Artists of America of New Mexico is working to launch a new afterschool and weekend program called Windows on the World, which will target middle school and high school age youth who are […]

Portales Smokin’ Third bash kicks off Independence Day festivities

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Every holiday seems to be a time for family to get together. The Fourth of July, however, is often a wider community celebration. And that’s a major reason Clovis and Portales citizens are soaking up as much of the Independence Day festivities available. The holiday was kicked off by […]

Cows should be on T.V. more often

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist It’s curious why more cows aren’t featured on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Maybe it’s because we cow guardians always have our hands full of hay forks, reins, twine cutters, squeeze chute handles, syringes or up the back of a cow! And, if the truth were known, you could stand in […]

Programs gives offenders second chance

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Alternative Sentencing Programs and Educational Networks of New Mexico (ASPEN) has been giving people convicted of crimes the chance to turn around their lives for the last seven years. District, magistrate and municipal judges in Roosevelt County often sentence offenders to attend the program in conjunction with paying […]

State, local police at odds on juvenile detention

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico Local police and the state agency that oversees troubled youths are at odds on how to handle juvenile criminal suspects. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center is too small and state criteria governing detention of youth is too stringent. He said local police […]