Kim Jong Il’s death brings opportunity

Freedom New Mexico The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il presents both dangers and opportunities for America. The dangers come from the instability in the North Korean regime, which with Cuba is the last of the old, hard-core communist regimes. Every other communist regime — China, Russia, Vietnam, etc. — has switched to some […]

Support grows to eliminate Cuba embargo

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the most significant sign that U.S. policy toward Cuba might change beyond the lifting of restrictions on how often Cuban-Americans can travel to Cuba or how much money they can send to relatives there lies not in how enthusiastically President Obama shook somebody’s hand at a Latin-American summit — but in […]

Castro resigns presidency

The Associated Press HAVANA — An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday. The end of Castro’s rule — the longest in the world for a head of government — frees his 76-year-old brother Raul […]

U.S. should think before instituting democracy in Cuba

Editorial The news that Fidel Castro was having unspecified intestinal surgery that caused him to hand over formal power to his brother Raul (who is 75) was so fraught with hope that Cuban-Americans in Miami’s Little Havana turned out for a massive street party. That even a rumor of the 79-year-old dictator’s imminent demise would […]

4/22 Obituaries

Matilde Santamarina, 81 Services: 4:30 p.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery. Mrs. Matilde Labandera Santamarina, 81, of Bethlehem, Pa., died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. She was born on April 6, 1924, in Cuba, to Maria and Jose Labandera. She grew up in Cuba, where she attended school. She married Everardo […]

Rams face test against Elks

By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Unlike the girls team, the Portales High boys won’t meet a District 4-3A rival in the semifinals of the Class 3A state basketball tournament. The Rams will face a talented, experienced foe in today’s 9:45 a.m. clash at The Pit, however, in Pojoaque, which knocked out Lovington 60-55 in Wednesday’s […]

Cuba no match for Rams

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — The team bus was about the only thing that didn’t finish the job on Wednesday for the Portales Rams on Wednesday The Rams kept Cuba — and its boisterous fans — from getting any momentum, as they held high-scoring senior Michael Kilroy 15 points under his Class 3A-leading average and […]

PHS boys open against Cuba

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By Dave Wagner Portales High boys basketball coach Mark Gallegos is hoping this week for a repeat of 2001, when both the Rams and the Lady Rams walked away with Class 3A state championship trophies. The PHS boys, who haven’t been to the state meet in Albuquerque since winning it that year, received the No. […]