First Amendment still plays vital role

Freedom New Mexico What sprang to life from a quill pen but helps ensure that people can explore cyberspace? What thoroughly secular instrument nevertheless ranks as one of organized religion’s greatest allies? What’s old and wrinkled yet still relevant well into its third century? It’s the First Amendment, contradictions and all, and today it celebrates […]

Portales Past: July 24, 1910

July 24, 1910: A classified ad in the Roosevelt County Herald offered an unspecified reward for the return of a lost fountain pen.

Predictable irritations hard to avoid

Wendel Sloan I may pen a book called “Predictably Irritated.” I get irritated at cars and trains at railroad crossings when I’m rushing to important engagements — like noon-time hoops. Why does the train have to pass through Portales at noon, and cars wait until the guard-rails lift? Although I’m ultra-conservative, I would support a […]

Dec. 13 On the Shelves

The following books are available at the Portales-Public Library A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Brett Helquist: The watercolor/pen and ink drawings of the illustrator of The Series of Unfortunate Events and other children’s books bring this timeless classic to life just in time for the holidays. Helquist’s dramatic sense of scale captures […]

Sept. 11, 1968

The Portales News Tribune reported that the Roosevelt County Chapter of the American Red Cross was sponsoring a project to provide 50 ditty bags for servicemen in Vietnam that Christmas. Items needed for the bags included the following: ball-point pens, pen-sized flashlights with batteries, small pen knives, windproof cigarette lighters and flints, plastic soap cases, […]

Authors to visit ENMU

PNT Staff Report Two authors originally from eastern New Mexico will be at the Eastern New Mexico University bookstore on Saturday. Sterling Dean, the pen name of Dean Hardage, is author of “PHasT Times,” a science fiction novel. While on a routing trading mission to an asteroid mining colony, the protagonist, Capt. Galrang Elbercroft, becomes […]

Politicians aren’t miracle makers

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Any time I run across some piece of writing that contains the assertions that the world, especially the United States, has been in the grips of market fundamentalism or the doctrine of laissez-faire capitalism, I tend to drop everything and pen a firm response. It’s a lie, nothing […]

Zoo officials ensure tiger attack couldn’t happen

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to Blondie, a 450-pound Siberian tiger rescued from an Oklahoma exotic animal operation two years ago. The tiger involved in the […]

Enrichment weekly task at zoo

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Once a week they get something new, something exciting, something tasty or maybe even frightening. The goal is to get their blood pumping, their brains working and sparked their instincts and creativity. Enrichment activities, which stimulate one of four areas — tactile, environmental, scent or food — are a […]

Airports, sale barns are not that different

By Baxter Black: Guest Columnist We were sitting in the Los Angeles airport waiting for a flight, just watching the local fauna when Will observed the striking similarities between airports and feedlots. We were in a seating area, confined in a controllable number; penned, one might say. Once our area was full, another group was […]