Cannon commander recalls 9/11 Pentagon attack

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer If a meeting hadn’t been canceled, Col. Stephen Clark would likely have died when a terrorist-piloted plane slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Although he is now the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing, Clark was at the time assigned to the Pentagon, with an [...]

Squeeze chute was better laid to rest

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist This is another squeeze chute story. In my world it is the equivalent of a shark attack or a middle-of-the night calving call … a story that sends shivers down my spine. Monty said he was just along for the ride, helping his neighbor Whitey gather his cows and calves [...]

Doctors reattach Curry County man’s arm after pig attack

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A week after a 900-pound hog mauled him, Juan Cruz wonders whether he’ll be able to keep his arm, nearly severed in the attack. The 26-year-old Curry County man spoke about his ordeal for the first time Wednesday through an interpreter. Cruz returned home after five days in a [...]

Ribaudo: Air attack is shaping up

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — So far, so good, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo says. The Greyhounds’ transition from a triple-option offense to one which will rely more heavily on the passing game continued Saturday morning during a two-hour scrimmage under brisk conditions at Greyhound Stadium. “I was [...]

Zoo officials ensure tiger attack couldn’t happen

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to Blondie, a 450-pound Siberian tiger rescued from an Oklahoma exotic animal operation two years ago. The tiger involved in the [...]

Attack against Iran would’ve been stupid

Editorial An obvious question arises in the wake of a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program. The report judges “with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” If the 2005 NIE assessed “with high confidence that Iran currently is determined to develop nuclear weapons” was so wrong, how [...]

Survivor recalls attack on Sept. 11

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Penny Bailey remembers watching in amazement as firefighters rushed into the Pentagon trying to find survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, despite orders to fall back. Bailey was working in the Pentagon at the time of the attack. “Every fire department within 30 to 100 miles was there,” said [...]

Invasion of Iraq large mistake

Editorial A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland Security Secretary [...]

Panic attacks, anxiety not uncommon

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I get panic attacks. They’re not frequent, and I’ll go years without one. But inevitably and without warning, they show up like an uninvited guest. I say without warning, but they’re not entirely random. While my husband is trying to assure me I’m not having a heart attack, he’ll gently ask [...]

Torture tactics not cure-all

Editorial One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as a legitimate [...]