Plains Regional Medical Center administrator resigns

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By Marlena Hartz Plains Regional Medical Center officials on Friday announced that Administrator Brian Bentley has resigned. No reason for the resignation was given and officials would not say if Bentley’s leaving is related to an unannounced hospital inspection earlier this month by New Mexico Department of Health officials. Bentley did not return telephone calls […]

Levelland makes name for itself with town mosaics

Compiled by William Thompson Freedom Newspapers When one thinks of art meccas, cities like New York, Paris and Rome come to mind. Levelland, Texas doesn’t roll off the tongue when thinking of a place to view great art, but Levelland boasts a “small, but impressive collection of art pieces donated by Marjorie Merriwether Post, the […]

Arrest made after hostage standoff

By Andy Jackson A Clovis man was arrested early Friday morning after police said he held his 19-year-old girlfriend captive and assaulted her and a dog, according to Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel. The arrest followed a three-hour hostage negotiation at the victim’s residence at 1113 Prince St. The standoff ended about 4 a.m. Police […]

Legislature learning how to say ‘no’ to Richardson

By Barry Massey The Associated Press SANTA FE — Leading up to this year’s legislative session, Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed 2006 the “year of the child” for his policy proposals. The “year of the Legislature” might be a better description of the just-ended session, however. More than any time during Richardson’s administration, lawmakers — particularly […]

Students’ performance now being tracked online

By Tony Parra It used to be that parents would have to wait for a report card to find out how their children were doing in school. Not anymore, not with the Internet at their disposal. At the click of a button, parents can check on their children’s grades, attendance and lunch room balance, all […]

Thanks for the memories

When making a scrapbook Mrs. Debbie Kmiec teaches others to crop out distracting elements before arranging them in a scrapbook. By Janet Taylor-Birkey Scrapbookers preserve their families’ histories The faces and ages of the women at the table are as varied as the scrapbook albums in front of them. From a 9-year-old girl working on […]

You’ve earned the right – wear your uniform with pride

Master Sgt. Michael Dols Last week the results of the 97th Air Force Uniform Board were released. The board approved a number of changes we all need to be aware of, adhere to and enforce. The following are some of the more notable changes. “Scrunchies” are no longer allowed while in uniform. Hair must be […]

Visitor Center policies clarified

Tech. Sgt Rich Jones The visitors center is currently staffed 24 hours a day to issue temporary base passes that are valid for 24 hours during the week and up to 72 hours on the weekend. The center is open for 24-hour operation to reduce the pedestrian traffic crossing traffic lanes at the main gate […]

And then there was one

Airman Thomas Trower Two Cannon basketball giants took to the court Tuesday to fight for an unblemished record. With 7-0 records, EMS and MDG competed to see which would be the only team in the base intramural league left with an undefeated record. EMS arrived in their new personalized uniforms ready to play and win, […]

Journey to fitness provides new life after surgery

Janet Taylor-Birkey Now petite, perky and a size four, Mrs. Julie Bizer, a Cannon Fitness Center instructor, remembers what life was like when she weighed 245 pounds. “I thought: ‘this is it; I’m going to be fat, matronly, ignored by society.’ I did not have to put the fat suit on; I lived in it […]

McGowan returns as priest at St. Helen

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By Helena Rodriguez At one point James McGowan wanted to be a stand-up comedian. He also considered careers in military and police work. But ultimately, he following a calling he received in first grade to become a priest. However, this was not before being a jack of all trades while he tried to figure out […]

Officials say search for Cannon mission at midway point

By Marlena Hartz A glossy brochure peddling the assets of Cannon Air Force Base was issued to government agencies Thursday, according to the office of Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M. The release marks the midway point in the search to find a new mission for Cannon. It is the fourth step in an eight-step process set […]

Parker says water and civic pride city’s top issues

Editor’s note: The following is the first part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Incumbent Dianne Parker is running for re-election in Ward D and will be facing Eddy Hiner and Jim Lee. 1. In your view, […]

Roundhouse approves $6.7 million for Roosevelt County

By William Thompson Out of a record $762 million in capital outlay approved for state projects, state legislators approved $6,743,000 in capital outlay for various projects in Portales and Roosevelt County as their 2006 budget session ended yesterday. Officials with Eastern New Mexico University, the City of Portales, Portales schools and Roosevelt County all said […]

Beware what passes through the mailbox

Helena Rodriquez How stupid do they think I am? That’s what I ask myself when I get these annoying $5 or $10 checks in the mail from credit card companies, when I get e-mails saying I’ve won dinners at restaurants or gift certificates from department stores. And then there’s the e-mail I got this week […]

Paper ballot bill among those clearing Legislature in final hours

By Susan Montoya The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers approved a flurry of bills in the final hours of the session that ended Thursday, including a measure that would impact voters across the state by requiring all counties to use paper ballot systems. Voters would fill in spaces on the ballots for the candidates […]

Lawmakers fail to give governor some key items

By Deborah Baker The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers wrapped up 30 days of work Thursday without delivering on several of Gov. Bill Richardson’s key priorities. He called the session “disappointing” and said he would decide next week whether to call them back for a special session. Among the casualties: a minimum wage increase, […]

Forbes exploring Buddhism in eastern New Mexico

By Marlena Hartz Her slate blue eyes cast downward, Rhomylly Forbes evokes a rich, crisp sound from the concertina, a small instrument in the accordion family. This is how she meditates. “My mind cannot wander when I play (the concertina),” Forbes said. Every weekday after lunch, Forbes ascends by elevator to the top floor of […]

Where do you run when your soul hurts?

By Joan Clayton We go through pain being born into this world. Many endure excruciating pain upon leaving it. Somewhere between these stages, we will have a brush with problems … mental, physical, and emotional. Love makes vulnerability. It takes risks. Reaching out with love may find rejection, abuse and scorn. I once heard it […]

Zias size up LSC opponents

Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team has probably gotten its toughest Lone Star Conference opponent out of the way. Now the Zias will see what the rest of the conference looks like. ENMU lost to Abilene Christian 9-0 on Feb. 1 at Zia Tennis Complex. The Zias take on Western New […]