Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron was 17 years old and attending high school in Denver when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. It was a day that cemented his resolve to join the military and become a firefighter. “I try to take a step back every [...]

Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created a sense of vulnerability that struck close to home for the community, in more ways than one. The tone was one of worry and fear as people around the U.S. watched in horror and [...]

Sept. 11 attacks cemented family’s move to New Mexico

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Sharna Johnson David and Erinn Burch were already making plans in 2001 to move back to New Mexico to be near family when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks only raised their motivation. “We decided we didn’t need to find the perfect job; the perfect this or that,” said Erinn Burch, executive director for United Way [...]

Afghan attack indicates U.S. ill advised

Freedom New Mexico The recent Taliban attack in downtown Kabul, which killed at least 15 people and wounded some 70 others, has been dismissed by some people as not militarily significant since the reported 20 Taliban guerrillas did not take and hold any building or position. That interpretation misses the real goals of a guerrilla [...]

Army: 12 dead in attacks at Fort Hood, Texas

The Associated Press FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A soldier opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, unleashing a stream of gunfire that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman, and apprehended two other soldiers suspected in the attack. The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., [...]

Community seeks to remember significance of 9/11

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales businessman David Stone, like many, can remember exactly what he was doing when terrorist attacks occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. What he fears is the significance of that day is starting to wane. “When it happened, we thought no one would ever forget it,” said Stone, president of [...]

Invading Iraq may haunt world for years to come

The bombings last week in Algiers, at a United Nations compound and the Algerian Supreme Court, have prompted news reports suggesting the group that claimed responsibility, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has “matured in its ability to conduct terror attacks that could destabilize the Algerian government.” The bombings killed at least 34 people, and [...]

Sept. 11 remembrances planned

• In remembrance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Portales National Bank. • The Portales Lion’s Club has also added Sept. 11 to their normal schedule of flags that are placed throughout town. The flags will be placed in remembrance [...]

It’s their Job: Bill Rice

PNT staff Name: Bill Rice Job: Cardiac Rehab Director at Roosevelt General Hospital Time on the job: Five years, on board since before the hospital opened. Background: Started working as an orderly in 1978, has been a nurse since 1984. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. “My job is an interesting job. I get [...]

Immigrants make U.S. better place

Editorial Immigration won’t destroy America — rather, it built America and made it great. No one knows that truth better than George W. Bush, whose international vision was clear back when he was Texas governor and wasn’t shackled by conservatives at the national level. So it might seem that in signing the bill earlier this [...]