Fire in the sky

Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent
Will Banister plays to the crowd at dusk before the fireworks got started Thursday night in front of the Eastern New Mexico University soccer field.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Bobby Terry’s eyes were as bright as they reflected the fireworks in the Thursday night sky. He made they typical noises that a child would make in awe of the bright flares and smiley face shapes but the colors that garnered the biggest reaction from Terry were red, […]

Strangers supporting scout’s trip

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Boy scout Curtis Utley, left, practices folding the American flag with his younger brother Adam Utley Thursday. Curtis will be attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree next week on behalf of his Portales troop and says flag-folding is a common practice for ceremonies.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Curtis Utley is amazed at how the communities of Portales and Clovis are rallying behind him as he makes his way to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree next week in the nation’s capital. “These people opened up their hearts, and they don’t even know me,” said Utley, a […]

Let freedom ring through this day

Throughout the history of this nation men and women have made tremendous sacrifices to maintain freedom. Life without freedom is a life of every type of tyranny. Freedom is the most precious gift a country can possess and it comes with a price. This is our America and we want our freedom. We love our […]

Vultures aren’t so bad

Larry Brock: Courtesy photo
Vultures are very striking to people when viewed in public areas, but the birds usually find well-hidden places to nest their young and migrate in very large groups.

My first encounter with vultures was when I saw them in a movie years back. They were circling over dead Calvary in the hot desert of the Southwest. That impressed me. Not long afterwards, I sighted some circling vultures as a youngster while my friend Frankie and I were hiking the foothills of mountains near […]

Events Calendar — July 5

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales Blood Drive — 3-6:15 p.m., Wal-Mart parking lot. Must be at least 16 years of age and good health to donate blood. Information: Bloodhero.com  Saturday Star gazing — Dusk, Oasis State Park. Viewing will take place at the park office parking […]

My Turn: ‘Monsters University’ as cute as first

“Monsters University” had a different dynamic than as its predecessor, “Monsters Inc.,” but it was just as cute with just as much excitement as the first one. The new movie goes back to the college days of leading monster characters Mike and Sully, who start the movie with a strong dislike of one another then […]

Genuine freedom is costly gift

Over 28 years ago, when I moved to small town America, I discovered the largest and best part of America, the small town part, and Independence Day came alive with color. I felt like a deprived little rich kid growing up in a mega-church who thought he knew what a church dinner was but then […]

Bad report should be wake-up call

We’re dead last. That’s the sorry news according to the latest “Kids Count” report. The gist of the report is that in terms of health care, education, economic conditions, and family unit cohesiveness, New Mexico children are worse off than kids in other states. The report was co-released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and […]

Plan could save us from socialism pit

There are a lot of libertarian books and authors out there. Most of the older examples can be rather dry and difficult for modern readers to wade through. As enlightening a book as Albert Jay Nock’s 1935 work “Our Enemy, the State” is, it can’t be considered light or leisurely reading. But it will upset […]

SBA results justify targeted funding, accountability attached

— Albuquerque Journal If there was any question of whether New Mexico’s students — including minority students from poor families — could rise to meet higher expectations, the 2013 Standards-Based Assessment answers it. And if there was any question of whether state-level education reform and spending — targeted to address specific deficiencies — could do […]