No obligation to stick with job

Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Curry County employees really want a pay raise. Is there anyone who doesn’t? Even libertarian opinionizing isn’t as profitable as you might imagine (and yes, I’m being silly). There is no reason to feel an obligation to continue to work in a job that doesn’t pay what you think you are […]

My turn: Local entertainment tips sought

Alisa Boswell It suddenly hit me this morning as I sat down to write my fourth event article for the last week that my life has become a portal for local entertainment. But it also occurred to me that I really don’t mind. In fact, I enjoy it. I am a person who enjoys various […]

No. 13 Mustangs set to test Hounds

Dave Wagner Midwestern State got off to a flying start last weekend, pounding host New Mexico Highlands 52-6 in a game that really wasn’t that close. The rout moved the Mustangs from 17th to 13th in this week’s NCAA Division II rankings. Still, Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill said he isn’t sure what to make […]

Comfortable cows important to dairy owners

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Argen Duncan Cows have regular pedicures. Really. Dairy owners use pedicures — hoof trimming — along with a variety of other methods to keep their cows comfortable, and thus giving milk. Michelle Heavyside, co-owner of Greenfield Park Dairy on N.M. 202, said keeping the cows happy and healthy is in both the animals’ and dairy […]

Let peace rule in your heart

Life is full of wonderful treasures, and God blesses in so many ways. Things can be enjoyable, and we are grateful, but they really belong to God. We really don’t own anything when we are born into this life or when we leave it. Yet we can own a wealth of precious memories while here […]

Letter to the editor: Fair dedication great honor for family

Fair dedication great honor for family The grandkids and great-grandkids of Murry Jeffries would like to thank the Roosevelt County Fair Board and the Roosevelt County Fair family for honoring our beloved granddaddy by dedicating the 2009 county fair to his name. We feel so blessed that so many people loved our granddaddy as much […]

Missing my swamp…not really

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Some years in eastern New Mexico we can go all summer with just a handful of 100 degree-plus days. Apparently this isn’t going to be one of them. With a week nearly full of temperatures above the century mark what little rain we’ve received lately has been more than offset. […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

Control not always worth keeping

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist I am trying to learn one thing as I grow older. Yes, even I attempt to grasp higher truths, and these are not tips to be a better cook or crafty mom because they are impossible tasks for my incapable hands, but notions that I really have no control […]

Accepting lack of control a big challenge

Anita Doberman I am trying to learn one thing as I grow older. Yes, even I attempt to grasp higher truths, and these are not tips to be a better cook or crafty mom because they are impossible tasks for my incapable hands, but notions that I really have no control over most things that […]

L.J. Jenkins experiences brief homecoming

By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent Monetarily speaking, L.J. Jenkins really didn’t need to participate at the Pioneer Days rodeo on Thursday night, even if bull riding is his chosen vocation. The Texico youngster, ranked fifth on the Professional Bull Riders circuit, celebrated one of his sporadic homecomings by competing at the opening night of the […]

Tucumcari scores immortality in song

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I think a town really knows it has arrived when it’s been immortalized in song. Lots of cities never make the cut. My boss, who manages the Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari newsrooms for Freedom New Mexico, recently put out a plea on his blog for media references to the […]

Meeting neighbors takes effort, trust

By Anita Doberman I grew up in an apartment in a busy section of Rome, and aside from my cousins who lived on different floors of the same building, we never socialized with our neighbors. In fact, we were taught specifically not to trust anyone. There was a lot of crime in Rome and many […]

Big-city distrust slowly giving way

By Anita Doberman I grew up in an apartment in a busy section of Rome, and aside from my cousins who lived on different floors of the same building, we never socialized with our neighbors. In fact, we were taught specifically not to trust anyone. There was a lot of crime in Rome and many […]

Airmen, kids make valentines for deployed personnel

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mesa Elementary School third graders brought colored pencils, crayons, markers and glue to the gym. Construction paper was provided by the school and airmen from Cannon Air Force Base helped the students create Valentine’s cards. By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico The Cannon Air Force Base’s Company Grade Officers Club […]

'Valentines for Vets'

By Sarah Meyer: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base’s Company Grade Officers Club teamed up with Mesa Elementary School last week to produce hundreds of “Valentines for Vets.” The handmade Valentine cards will go to military members deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to Cannon and school officials. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders worked with Cannon […]

County spellers face off

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Several Roosevelt County youngsters were filled with angst as they competed against each other in the first Roosevelt County youth spelling bee in several years Saturday morning at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium. There is some irony in that the two winning words are contained in the […]

Sending love along

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By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Third-graders at Mesa Elementary School had their hands full of scissors, glue, pens and colored construction paper and their hearts full of caring Friday afternoon as they worked with Cannon Air Force Base airmen to create “Valentines for Vets.” The handmade Valentine cards will go to military members deployed […]

It’s their job: Steven Cain

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Name: Steven Cain Job: Firefighter and paramedic at Portales Fire Department Time on the job: Eight years Background: Cain grew up around Portales and graduated from Dora High School. By the time he graduated, he already had his Emergency Medical Services certification and went to work at PFD at age 19. Job description: Firefighting, ambulance […]

Elida sweeps Melrose, clinches state berth

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ELIDA — The Elida volleyball team was dormant for nearly two weeks before hosting Melrose Thursday night in the District 3-1A semifinals, but the Lady Tigers showed no signs of rust in sweeping the Lady Buffs 25-14, 27-25, 25-22 to clinch a spot in the 1A state tournament. “We […]