Bryan Bronson

Army Pvt. Bryan H. Bronson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons […]

Roosevelt fire requires neighbor’s aid

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Firefighters spent more than four hours Tuesday battling a blaze that consumed more than 7,000 acres of grassland south of Portales, according to officials. A towering column of smoke to the south was noticeable to residents in downtown Portales late in the morning. Acting Portales Fire Lt. Steven Cain said firefighters and road crews cut […]

Anti-drug plan will cause more harm than good

Editorial President Bush confirmed last week, at the U.S.-Canada-Mexico “summit” meeting, that the U.S. is planning a “robust” aid package to help Mexico combat the illegal drug trade. There is little question Mexico is experiencing a tragic wave of violence as various drug cartels battle among themselves and with the federales. But throwing more resources […]

Government should take cue from aid groups

Editorial Even as many Americans continue to clamor that government hand just about everything into our waiting palms, elsewhere more people and groups are recognizing how vital free markets are to international development. The international humanitarian relief group CARE recently rejected a shipment from the U.S. government of some $46 million worth of food to […]

States should follow Illinois’ example

Editorial Ronald Reagan once said the goal of welfare agencies should be eliminating the need for their own existence. A noble goal, but is it possible? According to Gary MacDougal, it is. MacDougal used experience gained from running a successful business to help reform the Illinois social services system and move people off welfare rolls […]

Tornado assistance

Freedom Newspapers A summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Bush’s major disaster declaration for New Mexico. Assistance for affected individuals and families can include: • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up […]

Richardson declares area state disaster

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Government entities of three eastern New Mexico communities hit hard by tornadoes Friday were given access to state funds for restoration Sunday, but aid for affected individuals hinges on the federal government, according to authorities. Gov. Bill Richardson declared Clovis a state disaster area Sunday as he toured a […]

Legal office faces possible closure

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Lucy Lopez has spent 29 years guiding Curry County’s low-income residents through the legal system maze. But now the Clovis paralegal’s job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works is being recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez said. “Some […]

Cannon firefighters help in Texico blaze

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Cannon Fire Department responded to a request to render mutual aid for a 5,500 gallon fuel spill near Texico on Sept. 20. Two Cannon firefighters responded by pulling the base’s 1,000 gallon foam trailer to the spill and teamed with Texico and Clovis Fire Departments to lay a foam […]

Increasing aid could send wrong message to corrupt officials

Freedom Newspapers The agreement among the world’s economically developed countries, called the G-8 countries, to forgive more than $40 billion in debt owed by some of the world’s poorest countries to international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could be the beginning of a fresh start for those poor countries. But […]

Communities enter into mutual aid agreement

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The City of Portales and surrounding communities mapped out a system of accountability for donations pledged in support of “Operation Keep Cannon.” A mutual aid agreement was signed Friday by key entities and will be in place in a matter of days, officials said. The agreement, drafted between the […]

Rolan takes time to complete degree

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Lenna Rolan doesn’t think it’s a real good idea for her to pursue a master’s degree. She’s just not sure when she would ever finish it. You have to understand, it took her 26 semesters to get her undergraduate degree. It’s not that Rolan had trouble in class – in […]