Double standards not OK for any reason

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s been a few weeks since former NBA player John Amaechi announced he was gay, and I’ve stood on the sidelines until today. Some call his admission courageous, and others call it a money grab. I’ll call it a post-career statement from a below-average NBA player, and a story that […]

North Korean agreement should yield quick results

Editorial Winston Churchill famously argued it is better to “jaw-jaw” than to “war-war.” If that’s the general principle, a new preliminary agreement struck with North Korea by the United States and North Korea’s neighbor countries is probably a modestly hopeful sign. But it will bear watching. Fortunately the deal is structured so that watching might […]

Bombing range fire knocked out quickly

Freedom Newspapers A small fire at Melrose Bombing Range was stamped out Monday in less than an hour, according to officials. The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. and was extinguished at 1:10 p.m., according to Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals, chief of media relations at Cannon Air Force Base. Personnel from Cannon, Floyd and Melrose […]

Group pushes for universal health care

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer By Casey Peacock A health care access advocacy group is pushing state lawmakers for a health care system that would cover all New Mexicans. “It’s becoming very important because of the rising cost of health care,” said Charlotte Roybal, director of Health Action New Mexico, at Monday’s meeting of […]

Schools: Vaccine still has concerns to be addressed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Plans to begin vaccinations for human papillomavirus are creating a stir among school officials, parents and public health officials. Texas Gov. Rick Perry touched off a firestorm earlier this month when he issued an executive order requiring all sixth-grade girls to receive the vaccine. The New Mexico Department of […]

Vixens and Lady Buffs advance

Freedom Newspapers Fort Sumner and Melrose will get a quick rematch of Friday’s double-overtime thriller, only this time the stakes will be a little higher. Fort Sumner held off Floyd 34-31 while Melrose cruised past Dora 49-15 on Monday in District 3-1A girls tournament openers, each on the winner’s home floor. Wednesday night, the third-seeded […]

Udall talks wages, health care in town hall

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Minimum wage and health care were the dominant topics Monday during U.S. Rep. Tom Udall’s Town Hall Meeting at Portales City Hall. The wide-ranging discussion also covered topics from student loans to the Iraq War. It was Udall’s first meeting in Portales since Democrats took control of the U.S. […]

Ram baseball re-builds

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If the Portales Ram baseball team hopes to match or exceed their success from a year ago, they’ll be doing it with a younger, less experienced team. The Rams concluded their 2006 season with a 7-6 loss to the eventual state champion and district foe Lovington Wildcats in the […]

Portales nabs movie premiere

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Bright lights and red carpet are in store for the Tower Twin Theater as it was announced this week Portales will be included in the national premiere of the locally filmed movie “Believe in Me.” Two showings of the movie will be held at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. […]

Survivors get support at relay

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer She surpassed the odds in the control of her cancer and served as honorary chairperson of the annual Relay for Life charity event for the American Cancer Society Friday and Saturday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. Bethany Harenberg, a 19-year-old Eastern New Mexico University sophomore, was diagnosed with melanoma […]

Congress sets sights on No Child Left Behind

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For Clovis special-education teacher Lisa Gershon, the coming weeks will be a lesson in frustration. Students in her classroom and in public schools across New Mexico will begin New Mexico Standards Based Assessments on Feb. 26. The tests, required under the No Child Left Behind Act, will continue through March […]

Buzzer beater propels Hounds

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter scored the game’s final five points, including a 3-pointer from the corner with 1.4 seconds left on a feed from Tristan Largent, and then stole the ball on the inbounds to seal Eastern New Mexico University’s 68-65 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over […]

Dora boys and Elida girls await challengers

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If the district regular season was any indication, this week’s boys and girls District 3-1A tournament could offer some intriguing matchups. “You better be ready to play (in the district tournament) or it’ll be over,” Elida boys head coach Darrell Chenault said. As the district top seeds, the Elida […]

Zias fall at Angelo State

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State wiped out an early 4-0 deficit with a 15-2 run and the Rambelles held Eastern New Mexico Univdersity to 32 percent field goal shooting en route to a 60-50 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory on Saturday night. Senior forward Meghann LeJeune was the only player […]

Hounds split doubleheader

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After losing the opener of a four-game series with Northeastern State 26-3 on Friday at Greyhound Field, Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh acknowledged that there were positives the rest of the weekend. Still, the fact that the Greyhounds dropped three of the contests to the Redmen left […]

Intolerance knows no boundaries

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor NBA basketball star Tim Hardaway’s anti-gay comments prior to the All-Star game point up bigotry is alive and well in our country and shows up in all colors, backgrounds and economic situations. Hardaway is a black man in a country where black males have historically been the target of […]

Extending immigrants credit poses no threat

By Freedom Newspapers We must confess to befuddlement over all the anger directed at Bank of America for its policy, revealed Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal story, that it will offer credit cards to Spanish-speaking people who do not have Social Security numbers. The implication, of course, is that the most likely candidates for […]

Fostering love

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers This afternoon, the Easley house is quiet. The only distractions are the bouncing logo on the computer screen, and the Easleys’ dog, who scratches on the door to be let in from the cold. As veteran foster parents with three (now grown) children of their own, Charles and Anna Easley […]

Investigation launched into alleged inmate abuse

Freedom Newspapers An investigation has been launched into allegations detention officers at the Curry County Adult Detention Center assaulted a male inmate Wednesday, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Officials are withholding the inmate’s identity and information about any injuries, citing an ongoing investigation into the matter. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Friday his office […]

Police: Portales man out on bail after shooting

PNT Staff A 22-year-old Portales man is out on bail after being arrested Friday for shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Ollie Fitts admitted to firing four shots from a 22-caliber rifle Thursday night at Marcus Martin, who was driving a 2002 […]