Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airmen gather around the drunken driving simulator during the national Save a Life tour at The Landing. The simulator allowed airmen to experience the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on […]

Military feature: Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on both sides of the road before she managed to straighten her vehicle. As she kept driving, her control over the vehicle didn’t get any better, the car took longer to stop and turns became out of control. It […]

Student’s art flies high

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales Junior High School student who didn’t intend to take an art class has won third place in a national aviation art contest. The week of Feb. 15, seventh-grader Kristen Wagner received a letter from Gov. Bill Richardson informing her that her drawing of three stunt planes in […]

Hounds drop pair to Aggies

Freedom New Mexico Cameron pitcher Brad Bichel didn’t need much run support Friday, but got more than enough. When the Aggies pitching struggled in the second game, they turned to the long ball to pull away. Bichel pitched a seven-inning six-hitter in the opener as Cameron (13-4, 7-3 LSC) rolled to a 9-1 Lone Star […]

Portales woman recalls serving in Land Army

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer It didn’t take 83-year-old Portales resident Eileen H. Loveall long to learn she didn’t like farm work. She grew up in Great Britain and joined the British Women’s Land Army in 1942. At 16, she was the youngest in her group, which worked on farms and drove heavy equipment […]

Children need to find own path

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT Columnist My oldest daughter, age eight, is beginning to show concerns about what other people think of her. She asks me if a skirt looks nice or if her hair resembles the other girls’ in her swimming class. I see her eyes furtively checking out her friends’ attires and shoes before […]

Man convicted on meth charges says he didn’t manufacture

PNT staff A Roosevelt County man sentenced last week on methamphetamine manufacturing charges says he didn’t cook meth and was sentenced 15 years in prison for being an addict. Cody Banister, 28, agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 21 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections, with the last six years […]

Always best to think for yourself

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I wanted static, but got the word of God. The radio in my car broke, though no fault of mine (in case the warranty people are reading this). I made a call to get it replaced. No problem, they said, and it would be great if I could come […]

Lopez cites conflict as reason for resignation

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The announcement that Jake J. Lopez is resigning from city council didn’t come as a surprise to many at Portales City Hall, but it was a disappointment. Lopez said Tuesday he was resigning his seat on the Portales City Council, effective after a Jan. 20 meeting. Lopez said he […]

ENMU celebrates commencement Saturday

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Eric Coca didn’t intend to go to college, but now he has a degree and is aiming to follow in the footsteps of teachers who helped him. Coca, 25, was one of about 210 Eastern New Mexico University students who finished degrees this semester. Commencement was Saturday morning at […]

New Deal didn’t spark economy

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist If President-elect Barack Obama is serious about admiring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for how the latter dealt with America’s Great Depression, then America and the world may be in for some very ugly times. By the most reliable historical accounts, FDR did not overcome the economic crisis of […]

In Tribute: Superintendent followed family tradition

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Schools employed W.M. Roberts, but he didn’t just draw paychecks there. They’re where his family worked, where he taught his family to work, and where he met lifelong friends. He was 98 years old. The longtime Farwell Schools superintendent died Oct. 9 of congestive heart failure and pneumonia. Born […]

Obama’s planned tax cuts costly to working class

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Barack Obama proposes a welfare plan that will transfer billions of dollars from those who earned it and to others who didn’t. He doesn’t call his plan “welfare” or even “hand-outs,” which would be accurate descriptions. Instead, Obama portrays this massive redistribution of wealth as “tax cuts,” which is more palatable […]

Managing finances a challenge

By Anita Doberman I used to spend money recklessly. Working during what used to be the golden days on Wall Street didn’t help and this went on for a few years. Being an investment banking analyst had lots of perks, but most of the people I knew lived way beyond their means, despite the fact […]

City feels conference’s economic impact

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Jim Clark didn’t notice too many new customers in the two Clovis restaurants he owns, but he just needed to see Clovis’ streets to know the impact of the New Mexico Municipal League. “I’ve seen the buses just running around all over town,” said Clark, who owns Dakota Steakhouse […]

Summer school not in session at PHS

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer For the past several years, Portales High School students who fail to collect necessary credits in a given school year didn’t go to summer school — instead, they participate in a different type of credit recovery program. Instead of coming back to school over the summer to make up […]

Commissioners discuss lack of subdivision oversight

By Karl Terry One Roosevelt County commissioner questioned why the county was bothering to approve subdivisions if they didn’t have authority to enforce the covenants and rules they provide. During Tuesday’s regular meeting, Commissioner Gene Creighton told his fellow commissioners of a complaint he had received from a resident about a calf operation in the […]

Sanchez takes 7th in tourney, clubs pay price

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A broken driver on the first day didn’t stop him, and a broken three-wood on the last day certainly didn’t stop him. Portales Ram golfer Donavin Sanchez pushed through the two unlucky events, and took seventh place in the 2008 Texas Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament this week in Wichita […]

Men not so tough when it comes to women's issues

By Anita Doberman Men, and military men in particular, can take a lot. They are tough, hard working and have high tolerance for pain. Take my beloved hubby. He almost died of a burst appendix because he didn’t go to the hospital right away — he preferred to take the pain than go to the […]

L.J. Jenkins experiences brief homecoming

By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent Monetarily speaking, L.J. Jenkins really didn’t need to participate at the Pioneer Days rodeo on Thursday night, even if bull riding is his chosen vocation. The Texico youngster, ranked fifth on the Professional Bull Riders circuit, celebrated one of his sporadic homecomings by competing at the opening night of the […]