Humans can be as witless as dogs

May I state the obvious? People react to other people, situations, and issues on the basis of their perceptions of those people, situations, and issues, and not necessarily on the basis of reality. I mean no particular disrespect to either breed, human or canine, but in that regard I think we humans generally operate a […]

Nature opens up my eyes to life

Wendel Sloan

Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

Retail all about respect

It was a little bit of a shock to see his obituary since I didn’t know what had become of Mr. Nick or for that matter that he was even still living. Luke Nichols, Mr. Nick, as my grandmother referred to him, was the J.C. Penny store manager in Portales when I was growing up […]

Storm spotter’s courses being offered

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a little more than a week away. So is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and […]

Roads in need of repair

The roads in Clovis are horrible. I have lived in three states and these roads in Clovis are the worst. They are filled with potholes and are a hazard to drive on. Everywhere I have lived, the roads are watched over 24/7 and are always under construction to maintain the best quality. I was hoping […]

GOP voters have little choice in race

Freedom New Mexico Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination suffered its first real setback, a resounding loss to Newt Gingrich in Saturday’s South Carolina primary. The former House speaker’s first victory is the latest manifestation of the trepidation GOP conservatives and Tea Party activists have for the former Massachusetts governor. Still, Republican voters […]

Christmas proposal memorable

Christmas 1981 was easily the best one ever for me. It was the Christmas that I proposed to my bride. I wanted to ask her that Christmas but every time I thought about it I got the shakes and cold feet. Then one day in early December, while I was back in Portales for the […]

amos the churchmouse: amos turns holiday glutton

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. amos turns holiday glutton boss this holiday seasongot the best of me iturned […]

In search of ponies: Hummingbirds need some sugar

Every now and then a neighbor needs to borrow a little sugar — and sometimes it could be a matter of life and death. No, not because of that batch of cookies they started only to realize they didn’t have enough in their canister. It turns out that perhaps because of the extreme weather we’ve […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Thursday morning briefing: Art treasure, a free film and a million behind bars

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Be amazed Or, at least a little surprised by taking a walking tour of art treasures at Eastern New Mexico University. It’s from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and includes stops in the Administration Building, the Roosevelt County Museum and end sin […]

In search of ponies: Schedules help avert cat-astrophe

Waking to teeth on my nose was not a pleasant feeling. In all honesty, it was downright disturbing. To add insult to injury, the little black furry face – I could only see in segments because of the macro view I had between my eye and the end of my nose – shifted and found […]

Hounds keep unbeaten with tie

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University men stayed unbeaten Monday with a 1-1 double overtime tie with visiting Wayland Baptist. Sophomore midfielder Luiz Buosi scored his second goal for ENMU (4-0-2) and senior goalkeeper Peter Horak made four saves in his first appearance of the season. The Pioneers (3-3-2) struck first when Jevaughn […]

Little learned in last 10 years

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Last weekend America observed the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Apparently few Americans have learned anything in the past 10 years. At least, that is the lesson I take away from what I saw of the commemorations. If the terrorists hate us for our freedom, they […]

Districts focus of special session

Robin Fornoff There seems little question eastern New Mexico will lose a seat in both the House and Senate during a special session of the Legislature set to start Tuesday. The challenge will be to minimize the damage, according to several area lawmakers. The special session was set primarily to deal with the Legislature’s every-decade […]

Hounds know little about Highlands

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Neither Eastern New Mexico University’s Mark Ribaudo nor New Mexico Highlands’ Eric Young wants to give away a whole lot entering Saturday’s 7 p.m. season at Greyhound Stadium. Young, in his first season at Highlands, has pretty much cleaned house with the Cowboys, who were 1-10 last fall. He […]

Not all matters can be resolved in courtroom

Freedom New Mexico Little Caylee Anthony’s cherubic face will haunt some of us for a long time. There’s nothing more tragic or riveting than the unexplained death of a child, and we all wish such tragedies could be neatly resolved with justice served. Now that the dust has almost settled on the Casey Anthony case, […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune A pivot sprinkler waters Colin Chandler’s corn field Saturday morning on N.M. 236. Even though he hasn’t turned the sprinklers off since February, Chandler said, the irrigation can’t keep up with the drought. Half an inch of water evaporates from the soil a day, and the sprinkler takes six days to […]

Area farmers, ranchers say federal aid little help in drought

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County farmer Gene Massey harvests some of his wheat crop Friday in Rogers, southeast of Portales. He said the yield is down from 20 bushels an acre last year to 5-12 bushels an acre this year. Argen Duncan Drought is making this year more difficult for area farmers and […]