In search of ponies: Human vending machine wants more from pets

Hair tousled, with grungy slobber on his shoulder, he approached me, held out his thumb and proceeded to tell me how the horse had bitten it and wouldn’t let go. “Were you giving them peppermints?” I asked my visiting family member. “No, I didn’t have any with me today. Why would he be so mean [...]

Fire chief: Firefighters’ job varies

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Alisa Boswell Most Portales firefighters say their job is no life of glamour but they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Preschool tours, car accidents, community events and fires are just a few of the daily and weekly activities which take up a Portales firefighters time. “You can be playing with kids one minute and be [...]

My Turn: Plum sauce has many uses

Argen Duncan A while back, a friend made plum jelly that wouldn’t gel, so she had a large quantity of plum sauce. I offered to take some off her hands and dreamed up uses for it. (It was tough, but somebody had to do it …) First, I made French toast, and instead of syrup, [...]

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 [...]

Nov. 5, 1963

The day after tomorrow wouldn’t be a good day to plan the perfect crime in Portales. Around 200 sheriffs and police department personnel from around Eastern New Mexico and Western Texas will be here for the semi-annual meeting of their association.

Local Bataan death march survivor dies

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Physically, John L. Johnson changed during World War II. He was 119 pounds lighter than his normal 215 pounds and three years older when he returned from his ordeal as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II. But his personality defied the starvation, disease and [...]

Forgiveness ultimate lesson in selflessness

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor When it’s given it appears to be a precious gift to the recipient — forgiveness may be one of the most liberating things the giver can do for themselves, however. Forgiveness goes against our stingy human nature. We want to hang onto things — and grudges and perceived wrongs [...]

Peace on Earth can be costly

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As a resident of a community with a strong military presence, I’ve often heard, “Freedom isn’t free.” It’s a notion that we sometimes have to sacrifice for our way of life, and it makes sense. As a reader of current events, I’m coming to fear something else. Apparently in Colorado, [...]

Perks of living in P-Ville: Batteries included

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist I managed to get to the garage without tripping over the cat or forgetting where I was going. This time I remembered to open the garage door before putting the vehicle in motion and got into the car without banging my head. Things were really going my way that morning [...]

Movies can be predictable

By Kevin Wilson I saw “Spiderman 2” two weekends ago, and I could spend thousands of words elaborating on it. Instead, I’ll just give you this paragraph. Read Roger Ebert’s review of the movie. I agree with everything he said, and he has a Pulitzer Prize that says he’s better at writing than I am. [...]