Librarian’s idea to clean up space debris sparks NASA, international interest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales librarian is stepping into the scientific world of outer space. Sean Shepherd, Eastern New Mexico University Instructional Research Center coordinator, is developing devices to clean up small manmade space debris in the lower earth orbit. “I feel like since we made this mess, we should clean it […]

Church profile: Calvary Baptist Church

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Calvary Baptist Church Location: 1101 West 18th St. Phone: 356-4273 Services: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:50 a.m., Sunday morning worship; 6 p.m., Sunday evening worship; 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Cowboy Church; 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting. Description: Calvary Baptist church has a mix of contemporary and traditional music. And a Cowboy Church, which […]

Businesses, customers object to North Prince Street median

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — At the peak of evening rush hour Tuesday, vehicles slowed to a crawl alongside the new and brightly painted yellow concrete barrier in the middle of North Prince Street with drivers staring at entrances across the road, trying to figure out how to get to them. One […]

Don’t judge a party by its labeling

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Politics has the quality of being boring and divisive, all at once. But as Monday showed us twice, adding sex and alcohol, and suddenly it’s hilarious and depressing, all at once. • Last year, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard Act, an expansion of hate crime law to allow […]

My turn: We will always be a Christian nation

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist In the U.S., we’re a proud democratic nation. I didn’t say a nation of Democrats, but a country where democracy reigns. But it was “majority rules” thinking that led Pontius Pilate to condemn an innocent Jesus to death on a cross. Although Jesus did not deserve death, majority ruled. In […]

ENMU briefs — March 31

Saturday Lab set Eastern New Mexico University will show the second installment of its Saturday Night Lab theater performances 7 p.m. Saturday in the University Theatre Center on the Portales campus. The three, 45-minute performances are completely student-run from selecting the script, editing, auditioning and other elements of creating a play for each student director. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Tracking the census and Cesar Chavez

It’s the Wednesday morning briefing from Freedom New Mexico. Chavez birthday 2 p.m. today in the Sandia Room at the CUB — ENMU Hispanic Affairs will look at the Cesar Chavez story in honor of the civil rights and labor rights leader’s birthday. Open to anyone interested. Web site of the day Track your census […]

Censorship shouldn’t be business bargaining chip

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Their view: Lujan protects ‘regular people’

Portales’ Karen Black writes to thank U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., and others who voted for health-care reform: “With all the money being thrown at our senators and representatives by those who oppose reform, I think it is something of a miracle this bill made it through. “Those who oppose reform for various misguided […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]