McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

‘Unintended’ consequences from health care reform no surprise

Freedom Newspapers During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. The […]

Peterson fifth in 15-16 Sun Country Junior PGA event

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s Ethan Peterson shot a second-round 78 Tuesday to finish fifth at 9-over 155 in the boys 15-16 division of the 2010 Sun Country Junior PGA Championship at Four Hills Country Club. Portales’ Paige Hartman, meantime, finished eighth in the girls 15-16 division, shooting a 96 on Tuesday for […]

U.S. citizenship precious to all

Baxter Black What a country! July Fourth, Independence Day 2010 — as dissent and malaise fill the headlines, and bitter diatribe and blame mongering flood the airwaves, the question we should each ask each ourselves is, “Where would we rather be?” Would I have a happier life if I took my family and moved to […]

I’m blessed to live in America

Let this Fourth of July be a renewal of respect, courage and dedication for this great country. I don’t know about you, but I get just a little weary of continual controversy over issues that would adversely affect this nation. Excuse me, but I love our country. I love the red, white and blue, and […]

Cover of darkness no refuge from angry cow

Baxter Black Late-night calls are usually not good news. Especially if it is the police calling to tell you a car has hit a cow on the highway. Jack got the call at 11:15 p.m. on a Friday night. The local police all have his number because he knows the country, all the ranches and […]

Bill revoking U.S. citizenship dangerous

Freedom New Mexico U.S. citizenship is a right protected by the Constitution; it is not a privilege that can be taken away at will. That truth needs to be maintained. Several members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship and kick certain people out of the country. […]

Prayer can revive holiness of country

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist On May 6, this year’s National Day of Prayer will join those who are sincerely lifting up the needs of our nation. We must have a deep resolve. We do this with conviction, looking the enemy in the eye, telling him that he cannot have this country. Prayer is our […]

Banda records ace at Portales CC

PNT staff Meno Banda hit his first hole-in-one Sunday at Portales Country Club. Banda hit the ace on the 181-yard fifth hole, using a Ping driver and a Taylor-made golf ball. Witnesses were Larry Jewell, Jeff Hardt, Rick Short and Mike Stratton.

Hole-in-one hit at Portales Country Club

Freedom New Mexico Meno Banda hit his first hole in one Sunday at Portales Country Club. Banda hit the ace on the 181-yard fifth hole, using a Ping driver and a Taylor golf ball. Witnesses were Larry Jewell, Jeff Hardt, Rick Short and Mike Stratton.

Annual Floyd Jamboree marking 60th anniversary

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Chek Rippee rehearses a song on the fiddle Sunday with the Floyd Jamboree Band. Rippee is a regular in the annual jamboree. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections The annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree celebrates 60 years of music Thursday through Sunday at the high school gym. It’s a major […]

My turn: Not everyone can stomach Thumper

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I got my first taste of country life with my grandfather, Butler Earl “Smitty” Smith. He was a wise and funny old man. Smitty liked to hunt, fish, go four-wheeling and hang out with his buddies at a local diner in Catersville, Ala. He taught me a little about […]

Hamilton Big Country closes Tucumcari dealership

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari closed its doors Friday morning after 12 years of servicing Quay County, according to the manager. “The word came in at 9 a.m. that we were closing,” said Larry Birch, a manager and salesperson alone at the office Friday night waiting for drivers […]

Fighting terrorism should be focus

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Hospital administrator candidates discuss goals

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The five finalists for the opening administrator position at Roosevelt General Hospital hail from around the country, including two from the local area, and have differing types of experience. W. Jeff Commer Jr. Commer, of Tucson, Ariz., is the founder and owner of Southwest Business Facilitation LLC, which provides […]

Nov. 19, 1961

Portales Rotarians dined on barbecued beef, hot rolls and country butter with pumpkin pie for dessert Friday at the Christian Children’s Home, according to the Portales News-Tribune archives.

I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Hounds third in LSC cross country

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Freshman Jacob Lozano of Hobbs finished 11th in a time of 26 minutes, 27 seconds over eight kilometers, leading the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team to a third-place finish on Saturday in the LSC Championships, hosted by West Texas A&M. With 109 points, the Greyhounds finished […]