Stock contractors rowdy crew

Bennie Beutler got inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame this summer. He’s one of a good handful of stock contractors that have been so honored. Stock contractors are an odd lot. They’re not smilers. They’re always on the job … sort of a cross between a prison guard and the captain of a […]

Small budget calls for homegrown fun

Our summer began with a wonderful trip into unknown places, at least unknown to me, though familar to many from this area, as we went to southern Colorado. However, that will probably be the extent of our travels this summer, as like many families, our budget is small. We have found, though, small celebrations can […]

ENMU briefs — June 30

Summer session beginning The second four-week summer session at Eastern New Mexico University is scheduled July 6-30. To enroll: call 1-800-FOR-ENMU or e-mail enrollment.services@enmu.edu. To register: www.enmu.edu.

My turn: Camping tips offered

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Summer means camping in the great outdoors. That means pitching a tent, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over a campfire while telling ghost stories or singing songs. So here are some helpful survival tips for your next camping trip: • If you’re going camping in a public campsite always borrow a tuba from someone and […]

My turn: Summer tales still haunt me

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Growing up, summer was a time of fun in the sun, during a time in which we didn’t worry about getting over-tanned or catching too much UV rays. But it was also a chilly time of evenings spent hovering under the covers, afraid of the electrifying thunderstorms that shook those summer nights. And during the […]

It’s their job — June 22

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Portales City Pool lifeguard Daniela Gomez demonstrates duties in the baby pool. She is working a a lifeguard for the first time this summer and enjoys her co-workers and seeing the children. Gomez said the job isn’t as easy as it looks.

My turn: Rain can be too much of a good thing

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A little rain sounds good about now, but be careful what you wish for. Portales had maybe too much of a good thing in the spring, summer and fall of 1941. Records show the city received almost 43 inches of rain from March through October — more than double its annual average and a record […]

Homegrown

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By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Spring is here, summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to bring the best harvest of vegetables to area farmers’ markets. Beginning the end of June, area vendors will gather at two locations — one in Clovis and one in Portales — to sell a variety of fresh […]

My turn: Summer never boring

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist One summer, as a child, the only tough decision I made each evening was, “Do I take my purple tricycle around the driveway for a few laps during commercials or wait here so I don’t miss any of ‘Bewitched?’” Usually, I’d take my purple tricycle for a spin, and then […]

Summer school in full swing

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Clarence Plank Summer school has already started and continues until June 17 at schools around Portales. Teacher Connie Hernandez said she has been teaching summer school for 19 years and she loves seeing a child’s reaction when they get something they have worked hard at learning. “The most important thing we look at are the […]

Dora School News — June 8

Summer library hours Dora students may come to check out books from the school library from 10 a.m.-noon on the following days: Today, June 22, July 6 and July 20. We want to encourage all students to keep reading throughout the summer break.

Program targets safe summer driving

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Police department is undertaking its annual 100 Days and Nights of Summer, but local officers would like to be able to reduce more than just alcohol-related incidents. “It’s not just about drunk driving,” said Lt. Eric Garcia, public information officer for the state police. “It’s […]

Hereford to hold tennis tournament

Freedom New Mexico Hereford Schools is hosting a summer tennis tournament June 4-5 at the high school’s tennis courts. Friday play will include junior singles competition, with 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U tournaments for both genders. Saturday’s play features youth doubles, also 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U, with the age of the oldest player recognized. […]

Library kicking off summer reading program

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Children and adults alike can dive into books, and rewards, this summer with Portales Public Library’s water-themed summer reading programs. The library has separate programs for adults, sixth- through 12th-graders and children younger than sixth-grade. “I think the benefit for the kids is it keeps them reading over the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Bear facts and summer flicks

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing.Caution please The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is asking anglers, campers and hikers to be aware of fire restrictions and bears. Check fire restrictions before travel. Also note: Fireworks are banned in all 105 wildlife areas the department owns or leases. Avoid unpleasant encounters with […]

Workshop aims to help parents keep up with educating students during break

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Summer break is coming soon, but Portales teachers are hoping the learning won’t take a break. Valencia Elementary is hoping to help parents take up the effort with the “Summer Survivor Skill” program. The “Summer Survivor Skill” is a series of trainings that show parents what they can do […]

Dreams shape children’s futures

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Sometimes the world is best seen through the eyes of a child, where the world of wonder is still all encompassing, where the harsh limits of reality have not yet begun to intrude into one’s life space. Such a view is still capable of believing, for example, in a magical […]

Hungry bears no laughing matter

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist One summer my husband and I ran what was called a “guest ranch” in the mountains. It was a group of cabins built so they enclosed a middle open space where children could play and grownups could visit. Wood for the fireplaces was stacked in there as well. Besides handling […]

Newest family addition keeping me on my toes

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The Terrys are once again a two-dog family. After last summer’s death of a dog we’d lived with for 13 years, we had been a single-dog family. But I knew it wouldn’t last. We’ve had more than one pet for most of the 27 years my wife and I’ve been […]

Family inspired to dish out dinners

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Helping her mother move into a new house in Austin, Texas, during the summer reinforced a revelation J’mi Heflin had last year before Christmas. “We have too much stuff,” Heflin said. Her mother, JoBeth Broadhurst, agreed. Last year, the two used the money they would have spent on each […]