Truth surrounding Sept. 11 attacks still long time coming

Editorial The commemorations and endless coverage Monday highlighted an interesting fact. Five years on, America still has not come to terms with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Despite the attacks being televised and despite a moment of stirring unity, life has returned to a “new normal” involving inconvenience but little sacrifice, except among […]

Everyone needs place to hide sometimes

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember those wonderful days of childhood? We all had our favorite hiding places. Mine was in the fork of my grandmother’s peach tree. It was just right for me to lie down, prop up my feet, eat peaches and find all kinds of shapes in those fleecy white clouds. My […]

Peanut producers participate in field day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Area peanut producers and researchers came together yesterday for the annual Peanut Field Day that was held at several locations, throughout Roosevelt and Curry counties. The group gathered together to hear presentations about various techniques and experiments being used to farm peanuts. According to Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County Extension […]

Africanized bees becoming bigger problem

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Problems with Africanized bees in Roosevelt County may be getting worse after a Portales woman was stung multiple times by bees in her back yard Tuesday. That bee incident, as well as a few others this year, are reason enough for residents to be cautious, but preliminary data on […]

Floyd fun day is planned

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer When the Nov. 30 fire roared through the community of Floyd, neighbors and friends rallied together to help one another out and save their community in the ensuing blaze. On Saturday, the Floyd Lions Club will host a community fun day to say thank you to those who helped […]

Portales Municipal School board votes down proposed charter school

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Organizers of the proposed Horace Mann School were dealt a blow Wednesday as the Portales Municipal School board voted down its application to become the district’s first charter school. “It’s not a huge surprise,” Joan Brown, one of the school’s organizers, said following the meeting. “We will be appealing […]

Local Growth Management Committee sets framework for volunteer organization

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Framework for a volunteer organization and its oversight group was sketched Wednesday at a Local Growth Management Committee meeting. The yet-to-be-formed volunteer organization will advise the Local Growth Management Committee regarding growth development and the availability of federal funding for the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. The […]

Zia soccer downs Highlands

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Freshman forward Samantha Lawrence scored on a rebound of senior forward Megan Dozier’s shot in the 78th minute on Tuesday, lifting the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team past New Mexico Highlands 1-0. The Zias (4-4), who snapped a three-match losing streak, won despite Highlands’ 18-5 advantage in […]

Zias continue fall, lose to Highlands

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Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team is having one of those years where going to a fifth game has proven to be tough. The Zias saw their losing streak reach nine matches on Tuesday when they bowed to New Mexico Highlands 28-30, 30-25, 30-28, 20-30, 15-10 at Greyhound Arena. ENMU fell to […]

Goddard defeats Portales in thriller

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales coach Ruth Chavez knew that hosting the undefeated Goddard Lady Rocket volleyball team would be a good test for her defending state champion Lady Rams, and it was. The Lady Rockets (9-0) defeated the Portales girls (7-4) in four games Tuesday night in Portales; 25-19, 23-25, 25-22, and […]

ENMU kicks off Digital Cinema Arts degree program

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Digital Cinema Arts, a new degree program being offered at Eastern New Mexico University just approved this summer is starting to roll this fall. While ENMU has been teaching film related classes for the past 10 years, according to ENMU Professor of Art Greg Erf, the idea of putting […]

United Way celebrates start of fall campaign

Freedom Newspapers United Way of Eastern New Mexico officials are hoping to raise 9 percent more than last year’s goal of $482,005, or $525,385. “It’s a reasonable goal,” Executive Director Erinn Burch said, “but I’d like to blow it out of the water.” The organization will celebrate its fall fund-raiser campaign with events in Clovis […]

Officials to visit Hurlburt Field

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers This Thursday, a group of local officials will board a military aircraft headed for Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command. An AC-130U Gunship from Hurlburt will usher about a dozen regional officials to the installation, where they will meet with Air Force Special Operations […]

Military looks to change laws regarding payday loans

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Concerns over payday loans have military leaders looking for legal changes in the lending system. Charles Brown, a former airman at Cannon Air Force Base, said he found himself in financial trouble when using payday loans became a vicious cycle in his life. Brown entered the military with bills, and […]

Dinner honors General Lloyd ‘Fig’ Newton

Freedom Newspapers The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets for an appreciation dinner to honor retired Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton. Newton served on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission and proposed sparing Cannon Air Force Base from closure. About 50 tickets remain for the dinner, and about 160 people already are expected […]

Board recommends TRICARE be realigned

By Tom Philpott: Military Columnist The Air Force, the only service opposed to creation of a Unified Medical Command, saw its arguments get strafed, rocketed and bombed during a meeting last week of the Defense Business Board, a group of outside management experts that advises Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The board unanimously recommended that Rumsfeld […]

Mexico’s new president must act quickly to ensure economic growth

Editorial Mexico’s Federal Electoral Judicial Tribunal has unanimously ruled that Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN) won the July 2 election as president. In many ways this marks a triumph for democratic procedures and transparency in Mexico. International observers agreed this was perhaps the fairest election in Mexico’s history, a challenge from the […]

Confidence returns for Segovia

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales Ram senior running back Eric Segovia remembers it clearly, the play that could have ended his high school football career. It could have, but it didn’t. “It was the worst pain in my life, when it happened, I knew I was done (for the season),” Segovia said. Early […]

Local fire chief recounts his part in rescue efforts

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As a lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, Raul Muniz escaped death by mere minutes at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Portales Fire Chief shared his story Monday morning at a memorial in Portales for the victims of 9/11. Muniz told the crowd […]

School board set to make decision on proposed charter school

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a grueling public hearing Monday during its regular board meeting, Portales Municipal Schools board members are set to make a decision on a proposed charter school in Portales at a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. “I want to encourage you to vote for the charter school,” […]