Soft drink suit windfall for lawyers

“You guys in the elite media are nothing but sluts and prostitutes for your crybaby opposition to common sense tart reform!” Whoa. My friend Barney from New Jersey was off to such a bombastic and erratic start I glanced at my watch, only to remember Jimmy Buffet’s admonition, “It’s five o’clock somewhere.” No doubt the […]

Commandos urged to drink responsibly

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs Every 15 minutes — someone dies as the result of an alcohol-related collision. The 27th Special Operations Wing safety and Airmen Against Drunk Driving are reminding Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base to stay safe and use proper judgment during the holidays. “As […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Pink dinners, coats for kids and Alaska for a song

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Food and drink There’s a Tickle Me Pink Wine Dinner 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dakota’s Steak House. The dinner will feature a specialty four-course menu that includes a wine chosen to compliment each dish. Tickets are $75 and will benefit the Susan G. […]

Stay safe: don’t drink, drive

By William Keely: 27 SOW Safety Don’t let Halloween turn into a nightmare is a reference to both the spirit of Halloween and the possibility of arrest or crashes due to impaired driving. Night is an especially dangerous time to be on the road, but Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of […]

Local bars, senior center ready to ring in new year

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer By Clarence Plank PNT Staff Writer clarence_plank@link.freedom.com New Years eve revelers will have an assortment of places to ring in 2010. Area businesses are opening their doors with drink specials, live bands and food. And, a non-alcoholic party features dancing at the Portales Senior Center. Portales Senior Center Director […]

Clovis approves Sunday alcohol sales

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Clovis voters have approved Sunday alcohol sales in bars and restaurants. Those sales would be limited to liquor by the glass — which opponents contended would increase alcohol-related incidents and send the message that it’s acceptable to drink and drive. More than 55 percent of the 5,264 votes cast Tuesday […]

New Year’s hangover remedies vary widely

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico New Year’s Day brings a new year, and with it can come hangovers for those who celebrate a little too much. Hangover remedies vary from old wives’ tales to the tried and true methods. Joseph Carpenter, a nutritionist at Gym X, said the leftover toxins from the alcohol in […]

Drive-through prank equals assault, stupidity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ll fess up. I do a lot of stupid things as an adult, and I did a lot more as a kid. There was the time my friends and I won water guns at an arcade and tested them while driving the streets of Helena, Mont. I got challenged to […]

Beating the heat

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Landscapers are some of the busiest day laborers during the summer months. Loren Chatterton and Chris Hernandez work for Garden Source Nursery and Landscaping. Recently, they have been assigned to work out in the spring heat laying pavers for a new patio outside of a Portales restaurant. Chatterton, who has […]

0-0-1-3 safety program promotes responsibility

Tech. Sgt. Michael Rogers Cannon’s focus this summer is to “Live Smart, Train Hard and Defend Freedom.” 0-0-1-3 is one way to remember what smart living is all about. Developed to provide F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Airmen guidance on responsible drinking, the 0-0-1-3 program concept has become well-known and accepted by its populace […]

Town hall meetings bring teen drinking to light

Freedom Newspapers A harsh light will be shone on underage drinking at two town hall meetings scheduled this week for Portales and Clovis. The meetings will examine the extent of underage drinking in the area and address ways to prevent it, said Terry Teti, a consultant with Community Resources in Portales. According to the 2004 […]

Thankful for water, spiritual and physical

By Joan Clayton The 24-hour shutdown of water recently brought to my attention appreciation of the lack of, simple things. I thought of my great grandparents who had 11 children. They carried buckets to the windmill and filled them with water and thanksgiving. They had only the basics of life … no plumbing … no […]

Favorite soda pops have unique histories

Jim Lee: Local Columnist I often wonder how and why some things get their names. For example, how do parents dream up some of those monikers for their helpless-to-do-anything-about-it offspring, and why do they afflict their descendants with labels that cause schoolyard fisticuffs and lifelong humiliation? And what about those weird names for planets? Why […]

Americans should err on side of life

By Richard Bradfute: Guest columnist After 15 years in what doctors call a “persistent vegetative state,” Terri Schiavo had her feeding tube removed recently, essentially inflicting her death by dehydration (or starvation) because she lacks the ability to drink and/or eat for herself. I have an experience with one such as Schiavo. I went to […]

Locals share cures for the day after

By Jack King On New Year’s Day some of you out there (and you know who you are) will already have broken your first resolution — the one not to begin the year with a tongue the consistency of the Sahara Desert and eyes like two very, very painful poached eggs. We refer, of course, […]

Quality quotes and jokes never get old

Bob Huber I’m addicted to collecting memorable quotes. I can’t help it. I have shoeboxes full. My wife Marilyn often called me a poor man’s “Reader’s Digest” looking for a bathroom. At one time I thought I should categorize all my quotes — you know, with headings like “Stupid Remarks,” or “Racy Statements.” I never […]

Crime Report, June 25

PNT Staff Police arrested four teenagers for drinking beer at the intersection of 17th Street and Avenue I on Saturday. One of the teenagers was arrested immediately for holding a beer can at the time the officer arrived. The other three decided to throw the cans about 20 feet. They were all arrested on charges […]

Former Air Force sergeant reminisces about Clovis AFB

By Darrell Todd Maurina Coming to Clovis in 1954 was a major change for New York City native Peter Hendricks. But even five decades later, Hendricks said he enjoyed his time at what was then known as Clovis Air Force Base — quiet was precisely what he wanted after having served during the Korean War. […]