GOP candidates not ready for prime time

Freedom New Mexico The most-recent Republican presidential debate was a weary two hours of television, and not much help for any candidate. Front-running Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his streak of appearing not ready for prime time, and potentially offending his party’s base. Sound-bite answers to complicated questions are offensive to begin with. What are [...]

Dual-credit, remedial education top concerns at town hall meeting

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Argen Duncan Continued support for dual-credit programs, universities’ autonomy and what to do about remedial courses rose to the top of discussion topics at the Higher Education Department Town Hall meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University. The department is collecting public input from around New Mexico for a statewide higher education master plan. Secretary [...]

Portales past: June 28, 1960

June 28, 1960: A hot June continued in Portales with a high temperature of 101 — the sixth day of triple-digit heat during the month. The year’s high temperature was 104, reached on June 20.

Year in review: Cannon sees growth, new commander

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, new squadrons, new aircraft and extensive construction and renovation. Personnel surpassed 4,000 and continues to grow. Here are three highlights among many important events of the year: Change of Command [...]

Wool tradition continued

By Karl Terry: PNT special writer Wool is back in style at the Roosevelt County Fair. After a hiatus of several years, the Shepherd’s Lead returned during the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair. Young ladies and their lambs continued the revived tradition Saturday at the fair with entries in three classes. The competition uses models classed [...]

Despised neighbors tumble back onto roadways

By Karl Terry: Local columnist As I drove to Clovis from Portales early Friday morning the prairie was on the move around me. The sand was blowing alright, but more impressively it was the first really good tumbleweed day of the season. Speeding down the highway in a small car it appeared that herds of [...]

Defendant’s ex-girlfriend, father take stand

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The prosecution continued its case Wednesday morning with testimony from five witnesses, including Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. Edward Salas is being tried for the first-degree murder of Carlos [...]

Fuller sentencing hearing continued

By Freedom Newspapers The sentencing hearing in the Jerry Fuller case scheduled for Friday in Roosevelt County District Court has been continued until Jan. 17. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, the courts postponed the hearing again because of the difficulty juggling schedules before the holidays. Fuller, 34, has pleaded guilty to two [...]

Loss of singing sensation Freddy Fender felt by many

Editorial David Letterman once called his one of the greatest voices in all of music. Baldemar Huerta, known worldwide as Freddy Fender, rose from the humble beginnings of a migrant worker to the summit of fame in the mainstream music industry — and he did it three times. And although he changed his name to [...]

Elections can be better than Halloween

By Jim Lee Here we are at Halloween again, munchkins begging for munchies while dancing along the street in quasi-Mardi Gras outfits. As a matter of fact, some may be coming for the second consecutive evening because of the occasion falling on a Sunday. I would really look forward to Halloween if I were allowed [...]