McGee: Roomate was right about computers

Have you ever heard about something new and thought, “Pshaw, that won’t be around long.” I got to thinking about this while I was at a rummage sale over in Earth, Texas. There amongst the books for a dime or a quarter was a thick, yellowed volume labeled “FORTRAN.” It was a textbook about the […]

U.S. credit downgrade long overdue

I heard it reported that Timothy Geithner, the treasury secretary of the U.S., said that Standard & Poor’s made a terrible decision when it downgraded the U.S. government’s credit rating. He claimed this showed that S&P didn’t understand the math that is used to figure the U.S. government’s budget. Yeah, I don’t understand the fantasy […]

With God, worrying about age unnecessary

Have you heard about telomeres? A telomere is “a region of repetitive DNA sequences at the end of a chromosome, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration or from fusion with neighboring chromosomes” (Wikipedia). Hmm. Telomeres, it seems, are sort of like tails on the ends of our chromosomes. Like the plastic tips […]

Real cowboys don’t have to curse

I never heard a swear word come out of my father’s, or my husband’s mouth. Both were what modern “dress-up” cowboys consider anachronisms — REAL cowboys. I suspect they might have cursed now and then when they were in a wreck out among the junipers and cactus — and no human females were around to […]

Police blotter — June 19

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10 p.m. June 4 an officer responded to a residence in the 1900 block of Chapparal Court for report of shots fired. A woman said someone shot a pellet gun at her home, causing a hole in the wall. The woman […]

Education column: New principal likens job to coaching

Nearing the end of the school year, we took the opportunity to speak with some of our principals to hear their reflections. What we heard were things like: “We have great kids and a caring, dedicated staff; remarkable academic gains; and wonderful instructional collaboration that’s taken place among instruction teams.” Secondary principals also emphasized the […]

Rooting through family tree facinating

Family trees can be a fascinating thing, when you really stop to climb them. Being a bit too ADHD to spend the requisite hours on computer, I have generally allowed others to do the researching. I’ve heard a slight flurry of interest due to the Royal Wedding — perhaps from people who wondered if they […]

Regular church attendance can make you fat

Curtis Shelburne Have you heard the latest “health” news? It seems that going to church—I mean really going, so regularly that folks notice when you’re absent—not just going at Christmas and Easter and whenever completely convenient and the barometric pressure is right and none of the kids are kicking balls and no relatives are visiting […]

Education column: Test preparations becoming more innovative

This is that time of year when murmurs of testing are heard throughout the district. During this week and the next you may walk down school hallways and see “Do Not Disturb” signs on doors as most grade levels starting with third begin the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA). The outcomes of these tests will […]

Tractors bring back memories

It was a sound I heard when I was young but rarely hear today. Listening to the old two-cylinder tractors at the N.M. Ag Expo this week it was easy to remember the sight of an old farmer on a Poppin’ Johnny tractor, plowing two to four rows and remembering the smell of fresh turned […]