Scholar misses column’s point

Editor’s note: The error referenced in this column was corrected prior to publication in the Portales News-Tribune. Many readers are probably sitting around right this moment wondering what it is like to be a newspaper columnist. Oh, wait a minute. You are not sitting around right this moment wondering what it’s like to be a […]

Searching for a cure for life’s screwups

While sitting next to a 20-something young woman on the airplane, I shook a handful of peanut butter M&M’s into my palm. She said, “I wish I’d bought some of those, too.” I offered her one but she declined, “Oh, no.” she sighed, “I’ve got these.” She indicated a plastic baggie with enough pills and […]

Turning around Lobos tough job

It was a toss and turn night. Dawn was distant. Nightmares gripped a restless slumber. The editors had assigned me, once again in my dreams as they did in real life back in the 1960s, to the police blotter. What a way to start the day, sitting in a dreary station house sifting through reports […]

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 […]

Modern hero names: Monroe is just the beginning

I was sitting here last week, making a list of what I was thinking of as Modern Hero Names – you know, like Palin and Winslet – when the news came in about the names Mariah Carey had chosen for her newborn twins. She’d given her daughter the Old Man Name of Monroe, she said, […]

Faith even better with bit of a swing

A porch swing is a gift of relaxation. You can swing and read a book, bird watch or just watch the world go by. Sitting in the porch swing with my grandparents in the evening made happy childhood memories for me. Enjoying the night air and relaxing in the stillness of it brought peaceful moments. […]

Monday morning briefing: Cannon sitting down with community

Good morning and welcome. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Video of the day U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Rene Mendoza talks about his job in this week’s installment of At Your Service. Big doings Today is the joint city and county luncheon for Clovis and Curry County. Assorted elected and appointed folks will […]

Day Trip: Sitting Bull Falls

Sitting Bull Falls offers adventure and exploration. With its 150-foot waterfall, a cave to explore and pools of water, it’s a cool place for visitors looking to beat this summer’s heat. With the recent re-opening of Lincoln National Forest, Sitting Bull Falls, located in the Guadalupe Mountains, is now open to the public. About the […]

Swings bring back good times

By Joan Clayton A porch swing is a gift of relaxation. You can swing and read a book, bird watch, or just watch the world go by. Sitting in the porch swing with loved ones in the evening made happy childhood memories for me. Enjoying the night air and relaxing in the stillness of it brought […]