Wednesday morning briefing: A comedy, a talent search and jazz

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Comedy “The Queen of Bingo,” is a stage comedy in the style of the Carol Burnett Show. It’s at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Auditorium and part of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts series. Information: 769-4950. Talent search “Hooray for Hollywood” auditions are noon to 2 […]

In search of ponies: Humans determined to harness time

Oh, so you think you’re a zeitgeber, well who the heck gave you the right to control the universe? After all, you may not get it, but every pet knows full well the world orbits that bowl on the floor in the kitchen — the rising, and setting, of the sun determined by it being […]

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 […]

In search of ponies: Family faced tough decision to stomach

At one time or another, most of us have played those hypothetical question games, you know, the ones where you imagine what historical figures you would invite to dinner if you could, or what three things you would want to have with you if deserted on an island. Here’s one to toss around… If you […]

In search of ponies: Dogs divided on candidates

There’s unrest around my place. My girl can do it on her own and would rather take it upon herself to get what she needs than rely on the household. If she’s hungry, she’s one to sort it out it out herself rather than wait for the dish to be filled and she would rather […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Open mic, a celebration, and counting presidents

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Talent search Friday is open mic night starting at 6 p.m. in the Latte Lounge at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments. Information: 359-0857. Renovation celebration A Ribbon cutting 9 a.m. […]

In search of ponies: Rats capable of selflessness

Few in the animal world have obtained a reputation quite as bad as theirs. In fact, their name is so bad, it has become ingrained in clich

In search of ponies: Christmas gifts not for pets

Walking through the stores this holiday season, at first you may think,“that squeaky toy is so cute, Fido would love that!” But as you shop, you may start to get the feeling it’s not an accident the Christmas tree shaped dish full of frosted beef biscuits is at the end of the isle right where […]

My turn: Roosevelt County settlers’ legacy continues

Betty Williamson In 1908, a pioneer named John Gordon Greaves and his wife, Annie, arrived in south Roosevelt County in search of “health, land, hope and faith,” according to their son, Gordon Greaves, long-time editor of the Portales News-Tribune. Settling in a remote location six miles from the nearest windmill, they put down roots that […]

In search of ponies: Hummingbirds need some sugar

Every now and then a neighbor needs to borrow a little sugar — and sometimes it could be a matter of life and death. No, not because of that batch of cookies they started only to realize they didn’t have enough in their canister. It turns out that perhaps because of the extreme weather we’ve […]

ENMU narrows coaching search to three

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a football coach to three candidates. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the finalists are New Mexico Military coach Jeff Lynn, Copperas Cove (Texas) High School coach Jack Welch and Texas-El Paso assistant Jeff Woodruff. The new coach will replace Mark Ribaudo, […]

Press release: ENMU narrows football coach search to three

PORTALES, N.M. — After an extensive search, Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the three finalists for the position of Greyhound head football coach. Josh Lynn (NMMI), Jack Welsh (Copperas Cove) and Jeff Woodruff (UTEP) have been named as finalists, with all three bringing plenty of quality accomplishments to the […]

In search of ponies: Animals capable of humanistic traits

The mare’s struggle quickly turned to quiet relief the moment she nuzzled her newborn foal on the ground beside her. In that one instant, she changed and the change was as real as the fragile creature next to her, her focus switching from centered on self, to being centered on her offspring. As I watched […]

In search of ponies: Success understood across species

We just didn’t speak the same language. And it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if he didn’t have the ability to run over me like a Mac truck, a point which was driven home with every nervous or confused twitch he made. I can still see him standing there, nose to the fence, […]

In search of ponies: Rat had chip on her shoulder

While sitting in the dentist chair, my attention was suddenly drawn to an announcer on the softly playing radio. “Doritos inventor Arch West, dead at 97… to be buried in his beloved chips,” the voice said. It was apparently something the family wanted to do and they planned to toss handfuls of their loved one’s […]

In search of ponies: Schedules help avert cat-astrophe

Waking to teeth on my nose was not a pleasant feeling. In all honesty, it was downright disturbing. To add insult to injury, the little black furry face – I could only see in segments because of the macro view I had between my eye and the end of my nose – shifted and found […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, a spoon full of vinegar and rockets red glare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Each week our own Jenna Zamie takes time from her myriad duties as a copy editor and paginator to relentlessly search out the best games. Here’s her offering this week: Game: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Genre: Third-person shooter System: […]

In search of ponies: Picking up after hen egg-sasperating

Sharna Johnson Oh yeah, I’m sure the neighbors think I’m odd when they see me trudging around. Head down, eyes to the ground, I sweep my foot through the few patches of tall grass that have managed to grow — incidentally sprouted near spots on my multi-patched hose where the mends have given out. Some […]

In search of ponies: Growing up for the birds

So they just topple over the edge and then they’re gone, sailing into the sunset to go forth and do their thing, right? Wrong. Sure it happens that way sometimes. And then sometimes they wander too close to the edge and fall out before they’re ready or they jump out and then hang around. But […]

In search of ponies: Death part of owning animals

“What did you kill this week?” It’s the question I hear every week when I turn in my column for editing — asked in jest of course. In response I usually joke back that I’ve set a limit of one a month or some such thing. But it does highlight an often unspoken truth about […]