Families take part

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, the would-be cowgirl grimaced and let out a wail as the bull inched downward. An event designed to initiate children into the world of rodeo, Thursday’s second […]

Garman’s history lessons extend from classroom to home garden

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Alex Garman has been living and working in Portales since he and his wife moved here in the fall of 2004. Garman moved here to teach European history at Eastern New Mexico University, where he is now the assistant history professor. Garman has a great love not only of […]

White House needs changes in policies, not faces

Editorial We’ll abstain from clichés about rearranging deck chairs, but the personnel changes at the White House in recent weeks, while they may matter greatly to inside-the-Beltway pundits and the immediate families of those involved, don’t suggest that significant policy changes are in the offing. That’s unfortunate, because changing policy in significant ways would do […]

Profit is a dirty word these days

By Tibor Machan As I was channel surfing the other night, I went past one broadcast channel on which I saw and heard the following sentence uttered by a young woman: “He was a businessman so he would do anything to turn a profit.” I caught a glimpse of the name and it was “Law […]

ENMU teams ready to enjoy home schedule

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Road warriors to this point in the season, Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams will get a chance to try to put something together at home over the next few weeks. ENMU’s men play six of their next eight at Greyhound Arena — one of the road outings is a […]

Boys will be boys regardless of holidays

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, warnings that I’d better-be-good around Christmas wore me out. At the time I was in the clutches of mid-youth crisis, often waking in the middle of the night thinking, “Being good just doesn’t feel right! I gotta do something … ROTTEN! That’s when I turned to […]

Santa Claus getup suits Manny just fine

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A childhood fascination and a $10 investment at Wal-Mart has led to a seasonal Santa Claus who doesn’t mind being a rent-a-Santa, or a jolly old St. Nick waving at passersby just because it’s Christmas time. Manny Gallegos is the smiling man in the red and white fur suit who […]

Value the present before it’s nostalgia

By Jim Lee: PNT Columnist I haven’t gone to the movies for the better part of 10 years. They cost too much. The screens are too small. The magic has faded. So I just rent something for home. But going to see a movie is supposed to be an event, not just a film on […]

What’s in a name?

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com When people create a business, it’s not much of a stretch to say it’s like having a new child, with months of planning leading up to uncounted extra responsibilities. Just like coping with a new family member, a business owner must give the new addition a name, and […]

Aliens visited Goober Gulch over 30 years ago

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Not many will remember the Halloween the UFOs were sighted over Portales. But it happened. It’s even possible that I was abducted by the aliens flying them, according to my wife. Maybe some of you do recall the headline: “Strange Lights Sighted Over Streets of Portales.” It happened when I […]

Author visits area elementary

By Marlena Hartz Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the author of 11 of them. Lively and animated, the Fort Worth, Texas, author shared the secrets of her trade Friday with 20 James Bickley Elementary students who were selected by teachers to attend […]

Group helps victims

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Kevin Wilson:PNT Staff Writer Unbreakable, a local music group, and other artists who perform with the group spent Sunday afternoon using soap, hoses, water and brushes to do their part for Hurricane Katrina survivors. It started last week when Tony Montoya (performing name T-Loked) called up other group members and brainstormed ways to do their […]

Citizens visit the Pentagon to commemorate 9/11 attacks, honor victims

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Rebecca Carroll: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — To Carol Anne Giza, the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, violated everyone in America. “We all felt their pain and still feel their pain,” said Giza, 67, of Lancaster, N.Y., who was among 1,500 people to participate Saturday in the first walk-in tours of the site where a […]

What if traffic fines were based on a sliding scale like income tax?

Jim Lee: Local Columnist One of the best ways for a storyteller to get something started is with a simple question beginning with the words “what if?” Of course I don’t mean to pass myself off as a storyteller. Everybody who has read this column for a while knows I never exaggerate, resort to silliness, […]

Memories outlast exhibits

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Dovie Marie Littlejohn has been to the Roosevelt County Fair for at least 20 years, making a point to enter something every time. “One of the reasons I do it is to help,” she said. “If no one entered, it wouldn’t be much of a fair.” Littlejohn’s gardening skills have also […]

Texas language has own tweaks

By Bob Huber Today’s lecture will cover the methods employed by airport security officers to recognize dangerous persons and then delay them until their plane has been retired, scrapped, and turned into a fleet of riding lawn mowers. It’s called “profiling,” the evil scourge of the 21st Century. No one is safe from profiling, and […]

I’m just a guy, nobody special, looking around

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist This column has appeared on this page for well over two years now. Sometimes it’s serious, and sometimes it’s downright silly. It’s not news reporting or presenting myself as an authority. I ask questions rather than claiming to have incontrovertible answers. I try to be observational, not professorial. In short, […]

Non-existent words can be confusing

By Kevin Wilson The question was pretty simple: What’s your favorite word that isn’t in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster recently posed that question, and was pretty surprised to receive more than 3,000 answers. I’d be surprised too, since they were really asking for something that isn’t supposed to exist. Apparently, the responses indicated there were a […]

Jamboree hosts a variety of performers from eight to 70 something.

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer There will be fiddlers, a trick-rope expert, country music, gospel music, an enchilada dinner, cowboy poets and comedians as more than 30 performers will participate in 55th annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. The Grand Old Opry-style show started tonight in Floyd and runs through Sunday afternoon. Eight-year-old Amy […]

The truth behind ‘Murphy’s Law’

by Jim Lee: PNT columnist When I bought my computer about two years ago, it came with all the latest whatever-it-was stuff and was supposed to do everything this side of a landing on Neptune. Since then I have spent far more time trying to get it to work than I have in actually doing […]