VA disease dispute getting heated

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will get the Senate hearing he didn’t want. Sen. James Webb, D-Va., says he will use a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing — rescheduled now for Sept. 23 — to have Shinseki explain his decision to compensate Vietnam veterans, and many surviving spouses, for three more ailments including heart disease. Shinseki […]

My turn: Summer tales still haunt me

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Growing up, summer was a time of fun in the sun, during a time in which we didn’t worry about getting over-tanned or catching too much UV rays. But it was also a chilly time of evenings spent hovering under the covers, afraid of the electrifying thunderstorms that shook those summer nights. And during the […]

Steiner memories significant

By Sharon King: Guest columnist No, I didn’t attend when the school was called the East Ward, but I did attend J.P. Steiner Elementary School when grades 1-6 went to the school closest to your home. I have wonderful memories of my six years there and I’m a little sad that it will be torn […]

Volunteer profile: Marnee Stratton

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Name: Marnee Stratton Residence: Portales Occupation: Licensed practical nurse Volunteer service: She went to Haiti and helped Haitians who didn’t have food and sheets. She also helped to deliver a baby there. Stratton also went to Mexico and brought food to those in need. Stratton volunteers in church nurseries to help to take care of […]

Don’t believe everything you see

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It was an interesting time to be on Twitter the last few days. Not just for the 140-character reflections on the U.S.-Canada gold medal hockey game, or the one-liners about the Oscars. It was great for the stuff that didn’t happen, too. I noticed a lot of Twaffic and […]

DECADE IN REVIEW: Y2K and beyond

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By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Y2K didn’t hurt a bit. The hours and days after 9/11 hurt a lot, but concerns that we would live the rest of our lives in fear of terrorists never really materialized. Cannon Air Force Base closing would have been disastrous … but it didn’t happen. So most […]

Parade lights up Portales square

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cold weather didn’t dim the lights or stop the crowd at the Live on the Square Portales Christmas celebration Friday night. The night included live music, living window displays, downtown businesses open late, and, of course, the Christmas Jubilee Lights Parade and crowning of the new Little Miss Merry […]

Ag well application closure receives mixed reactions from local farmers

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Local members of the agriculture industry have mixed reactions to the recent closure of the High Plains aquifer to new appropriations of water. Last week, the Office of the State Engineer announced that it would no longer allow permits for agricultural, commercial, municipal or industrial wells that would pump […]

ENMU rehires Maguire as volleyball coach

Freedom New Mexico Jeff Geiser didn’t have to leave Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to find its new volleyball coach. But the college’s athletic director doesn’t think he would have found a coach better than Mike Maguire if he searched the country. Maguire, who spent 20 seasons leading the Zia volleyball team, returns to the […]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by […]

Flu information spread at presentation

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Students at Eastern New Mexico University didn’t get the seasonal flu vaccine shots they were expecting Wednesday, but they did get some insight into H1N1 virus. Student Health Services planned to administer seasonal flu shots to students after an H1N1 presentation. But because of a short supply, a spokesperson […]

Home invasion experience still haunts resident

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It was late on a cold March 30, 2008, night and 82-year-old Jo Ann Vickers of Portales was already in bed when her doorbell rang. Vickers got up, looked outside her front door, but didn’t see anything. She walked back to her bedroom. “I heard a noise that wasn’t […]

TRICARE increase stuns retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense health officials didn’t do the Obama administration any favor last week when they announced a “small” increase in the daily fee that military retirees under 65, their families and covered survivors must pay for inpatient care in civilian hospitals under TRICARE Standard starting Oct. 1. The jump, in fact, […]

Obama should aim to reduce health costs

Freedom New Mexico Team Obama didn’t need this, but it’s important for the rest of us to know, especially as we listen to his address to Congress on health care, scheduled today. President Obama’s plans to increase the national government’s responsibility and power over health care have had a rough time of it this summer. […]

Student heads to Italy for arm wrestling championship

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico tho When Ashley Romero was young, her father told her never to date a guy she could beat at arm wrestling. That didn’t leave many prospects for dating, so she had to break the rule. She’s 18 now, attending Tucumcari’s Mesalands Community College, and preparing for a trip to […]

Class takes over dig site

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico One dig site at Blackwater Draw, for all anybody knows, might have been a gold mine for a graduate student back in the 1960s. But Alberto Isequilla didn’t get everything out of the pit he started digging. Now, a new generation of anthropology students at Eastern New Mexico University […]

Cannon spouse launches business

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Lisa Thalleen talks to a customer about the natural ingredients in the berry smoothie that she ordered Tuesday at Chillers Nutrition. By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When Lisa Thalleen relocated to Cannon Air Force Base last November, she found that the cities of Clovis and Portales didn’t quite have […]

New ENMU coach signs St. Mike’s star

Freedom New Mexico Andrew Helton didn’t take long to land his first in-state hoops star for Eastern New Mexico University. Jordan Romero, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard from St. Michael’s, signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Greyhounds, who introduced Helton as their new coach April 28. Romero was a five-year varsity member […]

First impressions key, AD candidate says

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer First impressions are important. Wayne Baker knows that. Just in case he didn’t, a coach he hopes to work with reminded him. “You’ll be surprised the number of recruits that come in the evening,” Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh said, “and (you’ll) go get them for […]

Despite economy, U.S. still thrives

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I was in Colusa, Calif., in the beautiful Northern Sacramento Valley. Farmers are worried because of the lack of snowmelt in the surrounding mountains, which furnishes their irrigation water. Drought is a serious problem in many parts of the country. In times when conservation of water is so critical, how […]