Turkey tales for the holidays

F ootball. Turkey. Sleep. Family and friends. Area residents are looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Here’s a sampling of plans: The holiday will be a turning point for one Clovis woman who plans to gather with friends for the first time in two years. When her husband died two years ago, [...]

Turkey Bowl more than ordinary game

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As the family sprawled around the living room watching Denver beat Dallas after Thanksgiving dinner, I was thankful. I was thankful no one called or knocked on the door to tell us the Turkey Bowl was on at Lamb Field that afternoon. I was stuffed to the gills with dressing [...]

Terrified bird talks turkey

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted Wednesday with Tom T. Turkey in a barnyard just south of Portales. Q. Mr. Turkey, what does the middle initial T. stand for? A. Terrified, until I realized that was a telephoto lens in your hand and not a hatchet as you [...]

Military deployment causes heartache at holidays

By Marlena Hartz There is a short pause at the end of the answering machine message. And then an outpouring. “Um. Hi Dad,” a child begins. It is the voice of 9-year-old Victoria Garza. “If this is you, we hope that you will be safe. … And, we love you so much,” Victoria says, passing [...]

Enjoy Thanksgiving with turkey to go

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By Tonya Garner Brownies can be popped in the microwave and ready to eat in minutes. Salad comes in a bag, chopped, washed and ready to toss. Today’s consumers are accustomed to convenience. That’s why local stores and restaurants are offering fully cooked meals and take-out turkeys this Thanksgiving. Katie Brassfield, 33, described herself as [...]

Ham preferred after turkey fiasco

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real [...]

Thanksgiving has evolved with America

By Jim Lee I hope everybody had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and is back to sensible eating. I would gladly wager all of somebody else’s money that this holiday causes more creative excuses for out-and-out gluttony than any other occasion throughout the year. “Well, I sure didn’t expect to eat that much.” I’d call statements like [...]

Turkey rodeo a precious Thanksgiving memory

By Bob Huber Now comes Thanksgiving Day with fond memories of family gatherings and succulent roast turkeys — you know, those buzzard-looking birds with Jurassic brains the size of peas and flapping wings strong enough to tear your head off. One particular event in my family’s history had to do with 200 of those nasty [...]

You shoulda been there — but it’s best you weren’t

By Bob Huber You should have been there the year my son Glen turned 13. That was the same year I purchased six white turkeys on the hoof, figuring to slaughter them for crowded holiday banquets we always hosted each year. The turkeys were hand fed by a friend’s daughter as a project of 4-H, [...]

Don’t forget to give thanks this year

Helena Rodriguez The malls are decked with boughs of holly and Christmas spirit is in the air — and it ain’t even Thanksgiving yet. Regardless of what retailers think, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as “the biggest shopping day of the year.” As we hectically prepare to gobble [...]