Gay pride parade scheduled

Kevin Wilson Members, and supporters, of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community of eastern New Mexico are taking to the street Saturday afternoon. The Eastern New Mexico Pride Parade is set for 12:45 p.m. Saturday, with the route running along Main Street from 14th Street to Grand Avenue. It will be followed with a […]

Gay rights student group plans rally against bullying

Russell Anglin A new gay rights advocacy group at Eastern New Mexico University is planning a demonstration Friday to discourage bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual individuals. Students for Equality, a chartered student organization founded by Robert Johnston, 18, a freshman political science major from Albuquerque, will participate in the National Day […]

Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that […]

Health care provider preparing for flu surge

The New Mexico Department of Health is warning local health care providers to look for a surge in flu cases in upcoming weeks, including the H1N1 strain. Director of Marketing for Roosevelt General Hospital Gay Weese said the surge is normal for flu season. “Flu season works in waves,” she said. “We’ve seen a decrease […]

Several issues iffy in Santa Fe

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican As if the state’s budget crunch wasn’t enough, lawmakers in the session starting Tuesday will tackle issues from the death penalty to gay marriage. Here’s a look at some key issues and their chances of surviving the next 60 days. Ethics reform It’s a hot topic — […]

State senators win unopposed

Freedom New Mexico Stuart Ingle of Portales and Gay Kernan of Hobbs were unopposed in their re-election bids for the New Mexico state Senate. “It’s hard to lose (when you’re unopposed), but I’m certainly glad the counties of Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Chaves support me,” said Ingle, the Senate Minority Leader who has been […]

Domestic partnership bill passed by House

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico A domestic partnership bill passed Tuesday by the House is a positive step, according to the leader of a Clovis church that openly accepts gay people. The bill would allow gay and heterosexual couples to form domestic partnerships and enjoy the same rights and benefits as married couples. “It […]

Man charged with cattle theft

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A 29-year-old Portales man was arrested last week and charged with cattle theft, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Christopher Neil Gay, 29, stole five heifers and a calf a month ago from a ranch on N.M. 267 near Floyd, according to police. Police […]

Double standards not OK for any reason

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s been a few weeks since former NBA player John Amaechi announced he was gay, and I’ve stood on the sidelines until today. Some call his admission courageous, and others call it a money grab. I’ll call it a post-career statement from a below-average NBA player, and a story that […]

Intolerance knows no boundaries

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor NBA basketball star Tim Hardaway’s anti-gay comments prior to the All-Star game point up bigotry is alive and well in our country and shows up in all colors, backgrounds and economic situations. Hardaway is a black man in a country where black males have historically been the target of […]

Court should repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy

Freedom Newspapers Can colleges, in this instance law schools, bar military recruiters from their campuses because of the schools’ policies not to discriminate, as the military does? This was the central question in oral arguments heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rumsfeld vs. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights. The latter is an […]

Pastor: Love is best response to destruction

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Boarded up windows and remnants of spray paint mar the facade of the Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church. Located on Fourth Street in downtown Clovis, the church has been vandalized twice in the last two weeks, according to church officials and police. Church members fear their lifestyle has attracted the […]

Students observe day of silence

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor For Eastern New Mexico University freshman Jenny Gheer, the sign hanging from her neck said everything she needed to say. And if it didn’t, she had a pen to help. Gheer was one of many in the community who took part Wednesday in Day of Silence, a national program […]

Reactions differ on Day of Silence

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Some Eastern New Mexico University students are trying to make a statement today — by staying silent. The Day of Silence is a national youth movement organized to protest harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people. Those participating in the Day of Silence will wear a red T-shirt […]

ENMU students debate platforms

By Tony Parra There were no video cameras, no crowd of reporters, no analysts, however, debaters argued for President George W. Bush and presidential candidate John Kerry on Monday in the Becky Sharp Auditorium on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. College Republicans and Democrats of ENMU weighed in on the issues and tried […]

County commission passes same-sex marriage license ban

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners passed a resolution on Tuesday prohibiting the issuance of gay-marriage licenses. County Clerk Joyce Fraze and commissioners said they felt a resolution was needed after Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid, in late February. […]

County commission to introduce gay marriage resolution

PNT Staff All signs point towards the approval of a resolution of No. 04-06, prohibiting the issuance of marriage license to couples of the same sex in Roosevelt County in today’s county commission meeting. Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said originally, the commissioners were going to pass a ordinance to disallow the issuance of marriage […]

Oil man campaigns on water issues

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Water is one of those issues that always seems to be a talker around election season. It’s also the No. 1 reason why William V. Palmer wants to be a New Mexico Senator. Palmer, a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor, thinks he can do something about […]

Gay bishop causes controversy

Darrell Todd Maurina Sunday’s consecration of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church has led to protests from many in the denomination. The Rev. John Rollinson, pastor of Clovis’ St. James Episcopal Church and three mission churches in nearby cities, counts himself among the dissenters. “It was […]

Commissioner opposes new senate bill

Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner is seeking signatures from county residents to help halt a Senate bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law applies to both private and public businesses. At Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, Commissioner Gene Creighton spoke adamantly against Senate Bill 28 — signed this year […]