Funerals not always sad occasion

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I told my sister Maria recently, “You missed a good funeral,” and she looked at me like I was nuts. “No, I mean it,” I explained. “It was a good funeral, getting to meet and visit with Dad’s side of the family.” It’s something we rarely got to do while […]

Stocking stuffers

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Stocking stuffers can be anything from holiday candy to money, but in the end, as long as the stuffers bring a smile to the recipient’s face, it’ll be a success. Though some Web sites give detailed directions on how to stuff a stocking properly, the contents just need to […]

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 […]

Secret passwords no fun anymore

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Am I the only person on the planet who was sincerely shocked to hear this week that the most common password for secret passwords is “password?” Duh! If your “becoming-more-complex-by-the-minute life” is anything like mine, then you’ve started to notice you need a filing cabinet to keep track of all […]

City councilors officially adopt transportation committee’s study

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council officially adopted the year-long study that has produced the Portales Transportation Plan along with its recommendations. Work on the plan, done by a citizen and stakeholder group called the Portales Transportation Planning Committee, was directed by G.C. Engineering. It is wide-ranging, from a recommended northwest alignment […]

Holiday festival features food, fun, friends

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer For the first time in several years, the people of Portales had a place to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with food, fun and friends — all in a family atmosphere at the Smokin’ 4th of July Bash at Greyhound Arena Wednesday afternoon. The first-of-its-kind festival featured live […]

People exhibit wish to be fooled

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I write this column against better judgment, because it may find its way into my performance review. It’s proof I goof around on company time and damage coworker egos. It’s better that I don’t start this story, but instead leave it to Michael Caine and his opening quote from the […]

Heart health to take center stage Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Promoting the health benefits of cardiovascular exercise is the focus an event called Heart Walk that will be held on Saturday. Be True to Your Heart: Motivating Others To Take Responsibility for Their Health, is the motto and platform that has inspired Miss Central New Mexico Ashley Sego to […]

Messenger bags not synonymous with man purses

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I saw my friend Shannon, who’s a girl. It’s a bad song, but it’s a true story. We went out to bowl, we went out for walks, we went out to see her friends. All throughout, we took photos and wrote […]

Portales prom couple arrived by helicopter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A unique twist was added to the 2007 Portales High School prom as students witnessed the arrival of a helicopter bearing senior Jessica Adkins and her date. Wishing to do something memorable for her prom, Adkins decided arriving by helicopter would be pretty neat. It would also be something […]

With God you are never alone

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Last week, I had surgery on my ankle in Lubbock. An antibiotic was prescribed as a precautionary measure to avoid infection. Within 30 minutes of taking the first pill, I began to sneeze. I must have sneezed 20 times. I noticed my hands had turned red and my face […]

Government poses danger to free market

Editorial You’re ‘free’ to do what the state tells you to do. As Alice, of Wonderland fame, might have put it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is revealing a curiouser and curiouser understanding of the free market. The one-time follower of free-market champion Milton Friedman is sounding less and less like the man he claimed to […]

Residents react to report of attempted abduction

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Grady Schools Superintendent Joel Shipley believes Monday’s report of an attempted abduction of a teenage girl in Grady was an isolated incident. Still, he said it shows small towns aren’t immune to potentially serious crimes. “Grady is a safe, quiet little community, but bad things can happen anywhere. The chances […]

Pursuit of happiness worthwhile quest

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving […]

Color red connotes many things

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve been seeing a lot of red lately, and I’m not referring to my bank account. Yes, it has something to do with the red bows, lights and candy canes of Christmas, but there’s more. Have you ever noticed there is something about the color red that puts people on […]

Game show appeal baffles viewer

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom newspapers One joy of living in the Mountain time zone is the two-hour difference with Eastern time, upon which most of the world runs. Monday night football games that start too late for the average New Yorker end here right before the evening news. And then there’s morning baseball. There’s also […]

Joke provides no shortage of punch lines

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I’ll rarely say or write something amusing to friends that won’t result in some type of laughter, even if it’s out of pity. Sometimes, I’ll get something I didn’t expect — an endorsement. I wrote something mildly amusing to a friend and she told me, “You should be a standup […]

Small talk more than minor irritant

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I never […]

Beliefs based on individual choice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers Another way of titling this column could be “hazards of determinism.” But my specific focus is ethnicity, following a monthlong visit to Europe and many discussions about just how much one’s ethnic or national origins matter. One favorite way of attempting to understand people is by reference to their ethnicity: […]

Snake stories hard to pass up

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now that hot weather is blasting the High Plains — as if hot weather isn’t usually blasting the Plains — it’s high time for one of the coolest creatures to come lurking from its hole. Welcome the season of the rattlesnake. Perhaps the most regrettable aspect of my leaving New […]