Enforcement not job for rail companies

More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union Pacific Corp. to […]

Portales Police Department’s accreditation first in state

PNT Staff Report By Sharna Johnson Freedom New Mexico sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com The Clovis Police Department is taking a giant step to become more transparent. It’s a step the Portales Police Department has already taken. This month, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council — the accrediting authority for the state — is evaluating the Clovis […]

Cannon airmen become naturalized U.S. citizens

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Now it’s their country, too. After working for years to achieve an honor some are born with, five Cannon Air Force Base airmen on Monday became American citizens through a ceremony held at the Landing Zone. Coming from countries like Trinidad-Tobago, the Phillipines and Ethiopia, the quintet joined hundreds […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

Printing building becomes event venue

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A dilapidated building has become a new downtown event facility with brick and concrete interior walls, rusty antiques for decoration and open-air rooms. Portales MainStreet has renovated the former Bishop Printing building on Main Street to become the Stargazer, named for the two roofless rooms at the front of […]

Cannon training exercises to become routine

Freedom New Mexico A military plane that circled Tucumcari for about a half hour Tuesday night could become a routine event across the region. A Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson confirmed the plane — which had many residents worried and local officials preparing for an emergency — was a U.S. Air Force plane conducting a […]

Policies put forth by Reagan become too marginalized

Freedom New Mexico A bipartisan crowd celebrated last week’s unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan in the Capitol Rotunda. We admit we felt a little choked up, just like former first lady Nancy Reagan, who shed a few tears at remembrances of the heady days of the Reagan presidency. More than […]

Desperate PBS looks or ways to be relevant

It has become oh-so-cool to look down on mainstream religion in these days of clergy scandals and unpopular wars. As such, our country’s Public Broadcasting Service has decided to jump on the bandwagon after decades of religious broadcasting. The network — desperate for relevance amid the commercial success of cable networks such as Discovery, the […]

Police investigating armed robbery at Sonic

PNT Staff Report An armed man robbed the Sonic on Chicago Street about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said one person entered the restaurant with his face partially covered, produced a handgun, demanded cash, and left. As of about 10:15 p.m., Berry said the police didn’t have a […]

Real estate agents have new affiliation

Portales real estate agents Charles and Beverly Bennett have become affiliated with United Country Real Estate. Located at 708 S. Avenue C, their office is now called United Country–Vista Nueva Inc. “We’re excited about joining the biggest network of traditional real estate agents and auctioneers in the country,” Charles Bennett said. “United Country has jumped […]

Porn industry fine without federal dollars

Freedom New Mexico The porn industry wants economic stimulus. It wants a federal bailout, which should resolve any confusion as to what this country has become. Some don’t believe in the free market’s ability to turn garbage into gold, to deliver anything and everything a consumer could ever want. People like that have never examined […]

Altrusa event features new, remodeled homes

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Organizers say the annual Altrusa Home Tour has become a social event, attracting around 500 people. This year’s tour, scheduled for Sunday, features five homes, some new and some remodeled. “We just have nice people who volunteer their homes,” said Frankye King, home tour co-chair. The main attraction this […]

Sept. 21, 1933

Coyotes had become a problem to area farmers, and an editorial in the Portales News-Tribune suggested poisoning them. “A systematic poisoning of these pests would save the poultrymen and livestock interests many thousands of dollars,” it read.

Editorial: Real fathers not portrayed in TV sitcoms

In the world of humor, fathers have become the fail-safe target. In television comedies and commercials, they are regularly depicted as out-of-touch with their families — and reality. They are stubbornly behind the times, playing air guitar to old Styx 8-tracks instead of quietly nodding to the beats of Finger Eleven fed through ear buds […]

School district seeks new Valencia principal

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A search is under way for a new elementary school principal in Portales. Valencia Elementary School Principal Todd Morris resigned from his position, effective June 30, to become principal of James Bickley Elementary School in Clovis. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said Morris gave him a written letter of […]

We don’t endorse candidates — we just critique them

Freedom Communications newspapers, which include this one, do not endorse political candidates. The practice dates to the company’s founder, R.C. Hoiles, who developed a political philosophy of small “L” libertarianism that advocates limited government, respect for the individual, free markets, free trade and property rights. Hoiles fearlessly criticized powerful institutions and practices that many take […]

We must solve B.E.L.C.H. issue

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist As global warming increases, and most agree it has regardless of the cause, ruminant raisers are going to become conversant in a new field of science called “Bovine Emissions Lately Considered Hazardous,” or B.E.L.C.H. The study of B.E.L.C.H. will revolve around a simple formula — greenhouse gas emissions per pound […]

Bigger isn’t necessarily better

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so much […]

Democrats must keep promises to keep majority

For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican boat […]

Being Julio’s daughter is enough

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Many people mistake me for my mom, but not many have said over the years that I resemble my dad. With that said though, most people do know me as “Julio’s daughter.” I’m proud to be Julio’s daughter, the daughter of a baker, the daughter of a “musico,” the daughter […]