In search of ponies: Good to be in the middle of the penguin pack

Sharna Johnson “Did you know penguins push one of their own into the water to see if it’s safe?” I asked a teen. We were discussing social angst among teenagers and the evolutions he has been through in recent years. “No,” he answered, a smile forming on his face as if he knew where I […]

Local experts offer tips on holiday shipping

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Alisa Boswell The time is fast-approaching to mail out those Christmas packages to kids, grandkids and more. According to Chris Shepherd, who manages the United Parcel Service (UPS) office store in Clovis, it is best to mail packages from Dec. 13-15 if they want packages to arrive to their destinations in time for Christmas at […]

Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

October 25, 1970

• St. Helens Church hosted their annual Spanish Dinner. The dinner featured Spanish style food, home cooked by members of the church. Prices were $1.50 for adults and $1.00 for children. • Tom Bolack, former governor of New Mexico, was in Roosevelt County visiting towns and party stalwarts, in support of the state GOP slate. • A […]

Area fire departments seeing red

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor State requirements calling for higher levels of firefighter certification for reimbursement on wildland fires have area fire departments poised to jump from the frying pan into the fire. Local fire departments recently learned that their agreements with New Mexico State Forestry will be canceled in the next 90 days […]

Boring tax untapped revenue source

By Kevin Wilson I’m not what you’d call a 9-to-5 worker — maybe more like 4-to-1. It means a lot of late nights, whether I’m working or not. It also means near-midnight snack runs — like a few nights ago at the Wendy’s pick-up window, and the drive-through cashier apologized because the printer was broken […]

Adventures with rattlesnakes will never be forgotten

By Bob Huber My first encounter with a bona fide rattlesnake left me with a lethal dose of ophidiophobia (Greek for fear of ophidios) complicated by lingering runny nose. It took place while I was on a pack-in fishing trip in the Colorado Rockies. I was there because in those days a group of young […]

Lamb plus bridge game equals trouble

By Bob Huber Before they come after me with that final funny jacket, I have to tell you that the night the lamb broke up our bridge party ranks as a high-water mark in my otherwise serene life. Of course, it doesn’t live up to the time our neighbor lady shut down her husband’s drunken […]

Melrose upsets Floyd in Region B

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — The last time Casey Pack won two games in a row at Floyd, it gave his team a regional championship. History repeated itself over the weekend, but this time Pack was coaching the Melrose Buffaloes, who beat his former Floyd Broncos 65-51 Saturday for the Class 1A Region B championship. […]

Floyd banks on home-court edge

By Kevin Wilson It’s not too hard to understand why homecourt advantage is important for regional basketball tournaments. “Homecourt advantage is huge,” Floyd boys coach Jeff Gillespie said. “Would you rather play in a gym you’ve been to three time a year, or a gym you practice in?” The Broncos get the latter of the […]