Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Learning from our elders

Veteran newspaperman Allen Stock has been out of the Independent office for a few weeks now.

This is the first time since I purchased the newspaper in October 2021 that he has been absent for more than a few days.

Let me tell you, readers, it has been an adjustment.

Over the past 45 years, he has answered the office landline in the evening and on the weekends. If he is there when it rings, he pick...