Sometimes going forward is all you can do

By Helena Rodriguez When you enter that dark, cavernous passageway of uncertainty that life so often brings us to, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it’s just a flicker, just a spark, just a shadow up ahead, if that. Sometimes there’s nothing but darkness. By continuing to move […]

Lady Tigers seeking return trip to state

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By Dave Wagner ELIDA — Elida volleyball coach Darrell Chenault knows the road to winning a District 3-1A championship this fall goes through Fort Sumner. The Lady Tigers posted a 16-7 record in 2003, finishing second to Fort Sumner in district play before reaching the state Class 1A tournament. But they and the rest of […]

Vocabulary is fun and fundamental

By Bob Huber A few weeks ago the Washington Post published its annual Pulitzer Prize winning list of wacky word definitions. It was a slow news week. But I enjoy lists like that. This particular file was sent my way by Maurice and Ethel Trimmer of Santa Fe, because as old friends they knew I […]

Lady Blues fight off elimination

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — On Saturday morning, first-round play of the state USSSA softball championships began at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex in Clovis. Those contests determined whether teams would be playing in “winners” or “losers” bracket games later that day in the double-elimination tournaments. But whether the night contests were by nature elimination […]

ENMU cowboys pursuing different career paths

By Kevin Wilson A few weeks after impressive finishes at the College National Finals Rodeo, a pair of Eastern New Mexico University team members are working their own circuits. Royce Lynch, a senior-to-be for ENMU, is currently trying to get in as many rodeos as he can for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). “I’ve […]

Maguire balances dual roles

By Abby Dunn: PNT Correspondent He’s been a head coach at the collegiate level for 18 years, but Mike Maguire still can never get enough of the action. “I love what I do,” said Maguire, “I want to be at all the games; I want to make sure that (athletes) are making academic progress, and […]

Carter says experience matters

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Brett Carter says experience counts. He’s counting on that experience to carry him to a victory on June 1 over challenger Matt Chandler for the Ninth Judicial District Attorneys position. But it could be tough. Chandler, the 28-year-old Eastern New Mexico University graduate, is running an intense campaign in a […]

Power naps have a purpose

By Helena Rodriguez My one and only nephew, Bobby Stoppel of Albuquerque, introduced me to a phrase called “power napping” when he visited recently. I’d never heard of a “power nap,” but since it came from Bobby, I figured it was a cool new concept sweeping America by storm like Krispy Kreme donuts and reality […]

Mother’s Day can be for children too

By Helena Rodriguez Mother’s Day is a time to tell our mother’s how much we love them. I love you, Mom. But how many of us mothers take time to show our children how much they have blessed our lives as well? Because of them, we have the greatest job descriptions on Earth that no […]

It’s time to revisit May traditions

By Bob Huber I don’t go a-Maying anymore, nor do I bring home the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort. But now that I’m officially seniored, I’ve thought about returning to that celebration, because there’s bound to be some good in it. But what I really like to do nowadays is celebrate birthdays that […]

A man is worth his salt if he works hard

Joan Clayton God’s blood covenant is chief of his wonderful provision for man, but this column is about another covenant our wonderful God provides. My grandfather used to say, “A man is worth his salt if he works hard.” I thought about the meaning of that statement every time I picked up the salt shaker. […]

Health fair to educate residents

Ryan Lengerich Dan Otero, a physician assistant at Trinity Family Medicine, said Clovis is an average city that can do much better in terms of health. “We want people to be able to brag about the health of Clovis and want to live here,” Otero said. “To our community it is vital to make sure […]

Years fly by when you’re having fun

Jim Lee Well, here’s my 52nd column in this space. I suppose that means I’ve been doing this for a year now. Is it my imagination, or does each year go by a bit faster than the previous one? Maybe it just seems that way because I’m having such a good time. During this past […]

Let ‘Dear Bobby’ take care of your problems

Bob Huber I came out of the closet a few years ago, admitting the authorship of “Dear Abby” columns in newspapers. It began when my identity was exposed by a composing room boo-boo that placed my picture over a “Dear Abby” column. It turned out to be beneficial, however, because I no longer have to […]

Water documentary receives strong participation

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Water may be a simple mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, but attaining the vital substance — at least for long-term use in eastern New Mexico — can be costly and complicated. Such themes surfaced time and again during KENW-TV’s broadcast of “Just Add Water: Facing New […]

Suggestion selling is a national conspiracy

Helena Rodriguez “Do you want pantyhose with that?” I’m not joking. That’s what a salesperson asked me at a clothing store where I purchased an outfit recently. That store clerk set off just about every nerve in my body. No one knows better than my daughter, Laura, that my biggest pet peeve is suggestion selling. […]

Sheriff expresses concern

Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett expressed several concerns at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, from a shortage in police escorts for females to computer problems to the use of $4,000 confiscated from an inmate who was selling marijuana in jail over the summer. Currently, inmate guardians escorting inmates to other facilities get paid […]

Being cheap can pay off in a big way

Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard the phrase, “A penny for your thoughts?” Well, cheapskates like me don’t even want to pay that much. We’d rather wait to see the printed version, assuming it’s free. I’m so cheap, I refused to buy an office planner late in the year because I couldn’t get 12-months use out of […]

Carpenter adjusting to college basketball

By Kevin Wilson Matt Carpenter used to step on the Greyhound Arena floor as part of an annual tradition called the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Now he steps on the court as part of a daily routine called practice. It’s one of many transitions the Dora native and Eastern New Mexico University freshman […]

Public defender likes having an impact on people

Monica Casias, 26, was recently hired as an assistant public defender with the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office. Question: When were you officially hired as an attorney with the public defender’s office, and when did you start work here? Answer: I began working in this office on Sept. 17 as a law clerk for […]