Be nice this holiday; skip the shopping

Jim Lee Well, Monday starts the last month of this year. It seems like the year just got started. In a couple of weeks or so I’ll be so tired of the constant repetition of holiday songs I’ll be tempted to sneak bark beetles into Christmas tree lots. I’m not really a scrooge, but enough […]

Ex-Texico star not returning to Zias hoop team

Eric Butler By Eric Butler PNT Correspondent Jennifer Strebeck, who helped lead Texico to three straight state girls basketball championships, has decided to leave the Eastern New Mexico University program. A psychology major, the 5-foot-8 Strebeck was a backup guard for the Zias last year as a freshman. Eastern coach Dan Buzard said that Strebeck, […]

Solving life’s problems one invention at a time

Jim Lee A friend and I were discussing Thomas Edison a few days ago. The conversation brought up the inventor’s reliance on tenacity and trial-and-error. He simply kept at something until he got the desired results. As admirable as that was and as well as it worked out for him, I think there had to […]

French fries and engines have something in common

Jim Lee Have you considered the possibility of an 18-wheeler roaring past you on the interstate belching the aroma of French fries and tater tots? It could happen one of these days. No, I didn’t check out of the Hotel Reality. It isn’t all that far fetched to think of juice from the deep fryer […]

Determination hallmark of Portales woman

By Angela Peacock Janis Bundy was a patient woman, but when she made up her mind to do something, family members said there wasn’t anything that could stop her. “Janis hadn’t been in good health for a while but no matter what, when we wanted to do something we did it; sometimes it just took […]

Life is more fun when it’s not so serious

Jim Lee On one of the many occasions I did something quite stupid, someone remarked about it, and I replied, “I don’t have to be smart because I went to college.” I don’t know why I suddenly thought of that moment this long afterward. Maybe it just shows how my mind works (or doesn’t work). […]

Bible forms mother’s view of life

By Angela Peacock Teaching her children examples of right from wrong by following God’s Word is how family members said Toynette Stockard lived her life. “The Bible was the strongest factor in mother’s life. She always lived her life by his Word. She loved the stars, moon and nature but never forgot to accredit him […]

Tumbleweeds trouble for Portales

By Jim Lee Just about every time I peek in my yard, especially after particularly energetic breezes like we experienced on Thursday, I see every chunk of tumbleweed that ever took up residence in these southwestern United States. This leaves two choices: Avoid looking at the yard, or do something about the pesky plants. If […]

Photographer dreams of owning a gallery

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By Angela Peacock Freezing a moment in time so it may be remembered forever is what DA Black does for a living. The Melrose native was invited to Thursday’s Friends of Library Meeting at the Portales Public Library where he has had 11 pieces of his work on display since the library open its doors […]