Buddy Holly musical coming to Clovis

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The story of Buddy Holly’s rise to fame presented in musical form will kick off this year’s Clovis Music Festival. A group of Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce employees went to watch “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” a rock ‘n’ roll musical last year in Lubbock […]

Setting it straight: No new cell phone laws

A story in Wednesday’s paper reported incorrect information regarding new laws. There are no new laws related to cell phone use while driving in New Mexico. Lawmakers proposed a law but it was not approved.

Buzzwords cloud accountability

Clyde Davis So there it was, in a story in a local newspaper, coincidentally on the same day that we had mentioned it, or discussed it, or related it back to real life. The catchphrase — like any catchphrase — that makes one stop and ask how authentic it really is In this case, it […]

Their view: Attending local colleges provide investment in future

Marv Yates of Tucumcari had the following to say about a recent story published in the Quay County Sun: “The QC Sun headline read, ‘ENMU raises tuition.’ It could have read, ‘ENMU has third lowest tuition of 79 Southwest universities.’ It all depends whether we see the glass as half empty or half full, doesn’t […]

Portales Past: May 15, 1950

May 15, 1950: Portales police had arrested a man who claimed he molested a 7-year-old girl in a city park. But officials had been unable to locate a victim. Sheriff J.N. McCall said the transient likely fabricated the story.

Who am I to question man’s story?

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Many of us took a meats course in college or have dressed wild game and have a basic understanding of how it gets from the pasture to the plate. Harry is not one of us, in that regard. Thirty years ago he and two fellow “city-boy” college students embarked on […]

Suspicious story anything but untrue

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist If ever there was a suspicious story, thought the insurance adjuster… Walter (an alias) loved his new truck. It was a bright red, half-ton rig. When he drove it down to the Sikeston rodeo grounds, he made a point to park it at the far end of the arena away […]

Imagine experience through cow’s eyes

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is a frequently told story by cowmen and veterinarians since herdsmen discovered fire. As I listened to a Georgia farmer recount his own personal version, I found myself imagining how the cow would feel. “I was grazing down by the creek. Something I do every day, I think? My […]

Police: Homicide witness changes story

Freedom New Mexico Investigators say a woman who reported finding the body of Clovis’ latest homicide victim staged the discovery hours later and was actually in the apartment when he was shot. Sometime around midnight Monday or early Tuesday, Jeraldine McCoy told police she heard a gunshot in a back bedroom of her apartment at […]

Even farm goats can have shot at fame

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is a parable of the International Goat Sensation: a story about a boy and his goat. Tim was a kind-hearted graduate student who raised longhorn cattle. On his daily trips from ranch to school and back, he passed a plowed field with sparse feed left. A big horse and […]

Ticket feature: CCC group performing ‘Holy Ghosts’

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico As the cast and crew hurriedly prepared for dress rehearsal, the crunch of straw under their feet drowned out the urges from director Christy Mendoza The straw set the scene of a rural meeting house of a southern Pentecostal sect, which the story of “Holy Ghosts” centers around The […]

Carter, Super 8, Fort family honored by ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A story of helping others after tragedy and contributions of time, effort and money make the recipients of this year’s Eastern New Mexico Foundation awards stand out. Late ENMU Regent and businessman Alva C. Carter Sr. is posthumously receiving the Volunteer of the Year award, while Super 8 motel […]

Pizza chain expanding to Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The story is getting a little cheesy, but that’s only because of the pizza. A Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza store is on its way to Portales. The White family, owners of the Clovis Papa Murphy’s, plans to open a second store here within weeks, probably in mid-August, said Adrian […]

Portales author wins award

Freedom New Mexico Darynda Jones of Portales has received a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for Best Paranormal Romance Manuscript for her story “First Grave on the Right.” Jones received the award last Saturday in Washington, D.C. “It’s very surreal,” she said. “I never thought it would final in the first place.” Jones […]

Squeeze chute was better laid to rest

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist This is another squeeze chute story. In my world it is the equivalent of a shark attack or a middle-of-the night calving call … a story that sends shivers down my spine. Monty said he was just along for the ride, helping his neighbor Whitey gather his cows and calves […]

Some officials bit more frugal with tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico A story in Sunday’s newspaper detailed expense reports for six key government leaders in eastern New Mexico. The report covered 11 months and raised questions about how and why our appointed representatives spend our tax money. Why, for example, did Curry County Manager Lance Pyle spend more than $1,700 on food from […]

School officials kick off year-long ENMU anniversary with picnic

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Patrice Caldwell likes to tell a story about the first people to attend the fledgling Eastern New Mexico University back in the mid-1930s. About how they were dazzled by the idea of having an educational opportunity beyond high school in the area. From interviews with two former students, Caldwell […]

Sotomayor’s decision-making questioned

Freedom Communications President Barack Obama surprised some court watchers with his choice of Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to replace the retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. In several respects it was a shrewd choice, although some of the factors that made it shrewd speak […]

Story behind singing sensation inspiring

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I have a new hero. Her name is

Former prisoner tells story

PNT staff Memories of war often haunt a person who was a part of it. For Clemens Kathman, the memories of the Bataan death march, prison camps and his trip home will remain with him for the rest of his life. Kathman wrestled his demons in the cathartic process of writing his memoirs — a […]