Gays pressing for equal benefits

The dismal failure by the congressional “super committee” to deal with the nation’s debt crisis leaves the Department of Defense facing automatic $55-billion-a-year spending cuts from 2013 through 2021. This is in addition to defense cuts of near-equal size already planned across the same decade. President Obama promised before Thanksgiving to veto any attempt to […]

Building resilience in children: Set reasonable expectations

Kenneth R. Ginsburg Now more than ever, it’s critical that families, schools and communities understand how to raise children and teens to be emotionally and socially intelligent so they will thrive in both good and challenging times. The following excerpt is taken from “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” (American […]

Fitness failure: Move over Albert

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Am I in better shape than Albert Haynesworth? That’s the question I asked, and answered, late Monday night, armed only with workout clothes, my phone and a pouch of Gatorade … or is it G? No matter. I wasn’t concerned with letters, only numbers — 70 and 73, to be precise. Haynesworth is the much-maligned […]

Death of Doha Round not end of world for trade

Freedom New Mexico The final failure of the so-called Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations last month has been described as a crisis in trade policy and even in the headline to a Wall Street Journal editorial, as “the end of free trade.” There’s no question it was disappointing, but it may be that such […]

12-30-07 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Guadalupe Granados, 39, pleaded no contest to the charges of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor/drugs (second offense), speeding, no insurance, expired registration, failure to maintain lane, open container and driving on a suspended/revoked drivers license. […]

Press release: Sex offender sentenced to prison

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Freedom Newspapers A former Roosevelt County deputy was sentenced to almost six years in prison Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Gates, 49, must remain in prison until June 7, 2013, the release said. Gates pleaded guilty to […]

AYP results to be discussed

PNT staff report Portales Municipal School District will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at the board room at the Administration Building to discuss the release of the Adequate Yearly Progress results, and answer questions about the reports that are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Superintendent Randy […]

Sexual offender captured

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A convicted Roosevelt County sex offender was captured last week in Texas after he was profiled on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Raymond Gates, 48, was arrested on outstanding warrants from Roosevelt and Curry counties. He is charged with failure to […]

Valve upgrades not in place soon enough

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales has spent a little over a year working to avoid the water problems caused in February 2006 when a 24-inch water main failed. The upgrades were still a couple months off when another big line burst Sunday. Installing a series of valves that would enable […]

Americans deserve more accountability from government

Freedom Newspapers The FBI has committed at least 13 violations of the guidelines governing its conduct under the Patriot Act serious enough to be referred to the Intelligence Oversight Board. That’s an arm of the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which is charged with examining violations of laws and directives. These facts came to light […]

Persistence pays off with success

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Do you ever experience failures? Welcome to the crowd. When I make a mess of things I feel defeated. I have to remind myself I’m not perfect. Human beings do make mistakes but learning from those mistakes enables one to pursue success. I am encouraged when I hear about the […]

Jan. 30 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Andrew Boyer, 19, pled guilty to public affray and will serve six months of supervised probation. • Jaime Rullan, 44, pled guilty to battery and will serve six months of supervised probation. • Gregory Mead, 18, pled guilty to aggravated DWI and will […]