Heating safety hot topic

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer According to the National Weather Service this winter is likely to be warmer than the 30-year norm but cooler than last winter. The national weather service anticipates that El Nino should bring a wetter winter as well. So with a cooler winter predicted, is your heater up to snuff? [...]

Some things can only mean end of summer

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We know it’s coming every year, Old Man Winter, and yet here on the High Plains, where our wardrobe mostly consists of flip-flops, tank tops and shorts, we’re shocked when we feel that first chill. The official first day of autumn isn’t until Sept. 23, still a few weeks away, [...]

Weather prediction not difficult

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist You’d think America’s scientists would have better things to do than conduct fruitless research into global warming and the expanding universe. Instead they should tackle problems vital to the nation’s welfare, such as when to stop mowing our lawns. A few years ago my attention became focused on cutting grass [...]

Winter games have different meaning here

By Karl Terry The world may be focused this week on the XX Winter Olympic games, but in eastern New Mexico the excitement is … well let’s just say a little more subdued. Winter games around here take on a completely different meaning. First of all, most visitors to this area immediately notice that the [...]

Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series gives fans quick rodeo fix

Compiled by Kevin Wilson For nearly three decades, Charlie Thompson has produced winter training rodeos. This season’s rodeo offers spectators a chance to get a glimpse at potential future world champions, in addition to names they may already recognize. What is it? The Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series was spawned from a small organization called C-T [...]

Museum offers 3 million artifacts

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Compiled By Karl Terry During the winter months a safe bet for a daytrip is always a museum, and one of the biggest and best is the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. The museum’s Web site bills the institution as the largest history museum in [...]

Moody Planetarium hosts holiday shows

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Compiled by Karl Terry Need a day trip diversion for the week between Christmas and New Year? The Moody Planetarium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a couple of special holiday programs going on through Jan. 8 that could just fill the bill for the whole family. A little science mixed [...]

Cold front heats up emergencies

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Area residents awoke Wednesday morning to single-digit temperatures and found their yards and vehicles covered with a fine, white layer of frost from a blast of Arctic air off the Rockies. Temperatures remained in the teens Wednesday with 15 to 24 mph winds making it seem even colder, according to the [...]

Spring has sprung and winter sales have begun

Helena Rodriguez You know what tomorrow is, right? Yes, it’s Saturday. Yes, it’s also the first day of spring break. Hurrah! Surah! Surah! Saturday is also the first official day of spring, and you know what that means. It’s time to take down the Christmas tree. Time to get up on the roof and take [...]

Rattlers shaking county residents

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Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, who [...]