My turn: Don’t be afraid to settle for what’s on earth

I’ve heard many keynoters tell their audience not to “settle.” It’s inspiring — but could inspire dissatisfaction. Shooting for the stars is great if you own a spacecraft, but most of us live with more pedestrian transport. The nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is 270,000 times farther than the 93 million miles to the sun. Allegorically, […]

My turn: Fish luring trial and error process

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer There is such a fascination with lure and bait when it comes to catching fish. I’m old fashioned. I use worms and sometimes turkey liver. A fisherman has plenty to choose from these days. If you go to any sporting goods store, you will see a wide variety of […]

My turn: No shortage of talent locally

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Major League Baseball opens its season this week, and Portales is well represented. Cody Ross, born in Portales on Dec. 23, 1980, is the Florida Marlins’ right fielder. He may start the year on the disabled list with a calf sprain, but he belted 24 home runs last year and is key to the team’s […]

My turn: Black-eyed peas make chili sing

I wouldn’t have thought to put black-eyed peas in chili, but my co-worker, Victoria Garrett, does. Her recipe for Black-eyed Pea Chili is modified from a version in the American Profile magazine, and she suggested it for this column. The recipe is tasty and nicely spicy, and Victoria says it’s easy to make, which is […]

My turn: I want to hear veterans’ stories

I never knew Glen Hubbard Stevens. My granddad’s little brother died 15 years before I was born. A newspaper obituary reports Sgt. Stevens, a paratrooper, was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944. That’s what’s inspired me to learn more about him this year, the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. […]

My turn: Green chile adds flavor to culture

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer “What’s the fascination with green chile?” a co-worker asked. According to county natives: “Other than the fact it’s just plumb good, it’s good for you. And it’s tradition. Everything’s better with green chile on it, the way I see it.” — Rick Ledbetter, chile grower. “Green chile is our […]

My turn: You’re an old timer if…

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By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Now that 50 is the new 30, and 85-year-old ex-presidents are jumping out of airplanes, how can you tell if you’re an old-timer? You’re an old-timer if you can remember … • the Green Hornet radio show, which ran from 1936 to 1943. Newspaper publisher Britt Reid […]

My turn: Let’s talk about this

In completing this two-part introduction, let me assure you I’d rather not write about politics or religion. Unfortunately, I am sometimes compelled by misfired missives or wanton words. Example: a recent mass e-mail that said our country had elected a “half-Arab president” who had “nominated a black attorney general.” Whether you are apolitical, think Glenn […]

My turn: Preferring a pinch of green

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I’m thinking green today. It’s not payday, but St. Patty’s Day, that time of year when we pay homage to a fifth century saint by drinking green beer and slurping lime Jell-O shots. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was known to use the shamrock to explain The Holy […]

My turn: Small towns still memorable

I grew up in Muleshoe and in 1979 started writing about small towns in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. Name a town located between Canadian, Texas, and Melrose, and I’ll tell you something memorable about it. Here’s one of the things I think about when I think about … … Portales: Dallan Sanders, […]