Officials: Blaze began at bombing range

Staff Reports Air Force officials said Thursday that training was taking place at the Melrose Bombing Range when a monstrous grass fire broke out, but they said the cause of the blaze has still not been determined. A news release from Cannon Air Force Base reported the range was “being used for normal training sorties […]

Senator views Yam Theater

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman took a first-hand look at the Yam Movie Palace on Thursday morning, a theater which has federal dollars invested in it. Bingaman (D-N.M.) helped secure $200,000 in federal funds for renovation of the Yam Movie Palace through a spending bill signed into law Wednesday by President […]

Officials optimistic after visit with Cannon evaluation group

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspaper Matters of military value were dwarfed by matters of a more personal nature Thursday at a meeting between Clovis and Portales officials and the Air Force team sent to gather data about Cannon Air Force Base and surrounding communities. The focus was on people. “Personally, I think we will be able […]

Reforms should establish small government

Freedom Newspapers To paraphrase Lord Acton, Big Government corrupts, and absolute Big Government corrupts absolutely. In the case of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., who pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense companies, the corruption was reported to have included Persian carpets, silver candelabras, a Rolls-Royce, antique furniture, travel and […]

Mulitple choice form simplifies Christmas letters

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Time again for my annual Christmas letter, a tradition dating all the way back to last year when I had nothing better to do than pretend I had a better year than you. When I adopted this ancient ritual, I decided traditional Christmas letters are too pretentious, so I’ve developed this […]

Christmas comes in hearts of children

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I received the following email from our youngest son. With Christmas approaching I find that Lane’s story about my granddaughter truly expresses the real meaning of Christmas. I share it here with his permission: “It was my turn at church to serve communion to the elderly people who can’t make it […]

Local News Brief (Dec. 2)

Names left on Mayor’s Christmas Tree There are still 121 names left on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Portales City Hall as of Thursday afternoon, according to Veda Urioste, an organizer of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. She said there were 244 names of children in Roosevelt County on the tree originally. People can take names […]

Young talents abound in Nutcracker

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer A Christmas tradition is continuing for a pair of local schools, as audiences have four chances to catch “The Nutcracker,” starting tonight and running through Monday. Clovis’ Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy has the first performance, tonight and Friday. Sunday and Monday finds dance classes at Eastern New Mexico University’s Extended Learning […]

Calendar: 12-01-05

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff All times Mountain Albuquerque Family Art Workshops —1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday at the Albuquerque Museum. Visitors of all ages are invited to join the Family Art Workshops. All supplies provided. Free with museum admission. Info: 243-7255. River of Lights— Nov. 26 until Dec. 30 at the Albuquerque Biological […]

Classic opera starts holiday ambiance

Helen Carroll: ENMU Communication Services Amahl and the Night Visitors returns to Eastern New Mexico University after 17 years. Directed by Dr. Roberto Mancusi, assistant professor of voice, this Christmas opera is a favorite of the faculty and members of the surrounding community. It will be presented on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, […]