Standing your ground worth the fight

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist She came out of nowhere, this little game hen, and bravely took up residence in our back yard. She knew that “Bear,” my husband’s big Rottweiler, was there. Despite the dog’s menacing bark and vicious demeanor, the little hen took her chances. Several times we came to the rescue by […]

Grasshopper plague struck 1913 Elida

Editor’s note: Elida celebrates its centennial this Saturday and Sunday as a part of its coverage of the event, the PNT is revisiting historical happening in the community. The sandhills west of Elida are a long way from Egypt, but in 1913 homesteaders there felt like they had stepped into a biblical plague. Newspaper accounts […]

Karnival offers high-flying fun

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By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers Kites colored the sky above Doc Stewart Park Saturday and captivated the crowd below at Cannon Air Force Base’s fourth annual Kite Karnival. “At a good kite festival, you want color on the ground and in the air,” Bruce DeFoor, 52, of Ruidoso explained as he corrected terminology for an […]

Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

Peanut harvest looks solid

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent sightings of peanut trailers coming in from the fields to be off-loaded at the local peanut mills means it’s harvest time again. Jimmie Shearer of Sunland, Inc. said the majority of the peanuts being harvested at this time are from the Texas area, although a few are starting […]

Deteriorating ground conditions indicate Iraq still needs attention

Editorial President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, even if […]

God helps place our lives on higher ground

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Many references to the word “ground” are recorded in the Bible. I find it fascinating that the Lord formed man of the “dust of the ground.” (Genesis 2:7). He breathed the breath of life into Adam and he became a living soul. It’s humbling to know that when our […]

First-graders have ‘eggs-tra’ fun with science project

By William P. Thompson Steiner Elementary students spent Thursday morning watching eggs being tossed to the ground from a cherry picker about 90 feet up in the air. Unanimously, the students agreed it was a fun way to learn elementary physics. Thursday’s “Egg Drop” was the fifth annual for the school. Teacher Diane Maez said […]

There are no degrees of separation in combat

Maj. David Nicholson Are Airmen Warriors? We are at war. In case you need a reminder, just tune your TV to any news channel and it won’t be long before you hear about the latest military operation launched or the current U.S. body count. Most of the press centers around the Army and Marines, as […]

Peanuts, gluten-free flours new topics

By Sheryl Borden: PNT columnist Information on harvesting, peanuts, and using gluten-free flours for baking will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturday 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain).”Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Gayle Stephenson will discuss harvesting, […]

Background on expansion

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base seeks to expand its military airspace to allow pilots to fly lower and faster. If approved, the airspace would increase by 700 square miles to 3,300 square miles. Changes proposed in the expanded areas include lowering the altitude pilots can fly from 1,000 feet above ground to 500 feet […]

Hotel partners optimistic

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By Tony Parra The wet ground from Tuesday evening’s rains made it softer for those who brought a shovel for the Holiday Inn Express ground-breaking on Wednesday morning. There were cranes behind Mayor Orlando Ortega and Holiday Inn Express developers doing the heavy work while Ortega and developers dug with a shovel. Developer Tushar Patel […]

Commission plans second phase of tax implementation

By Tony Parra County commissioners made the second step towards the implementation of additional gross receipt taxes on Friday during the Roosevelt County Commission meeting. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said the announcement was made of the intent to adopt the ordinance. There will be a special session for the members of the public to […]

Cannon officials defend airspace proposal

Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A proposal by Cannon Air Force Base officials to expand military airspace is an effort to prepare pilots for war. It will help increase a pilot’s survivability and, Cannon officials say, allow for training that emulates live conflict. Cannon Commander Col. Robert Yates on Monday spoke in detail […]

Weather reporters are never wrong, really

Jim Lee I am often kidded about guessing wrong when I do the weather on the radio. Well, I am hereby informing the world my forecasts are never wrong. Unlike mere mortals, weather reporter guys are never wrong. True, we are not always right, but we are never wrong. What’s the difference? Sorry, I can’t […]

Balloon Jubilee takes off

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Janet Bresenham When it comes to hot air ballooning, it’s all about the wind. How fast it’s blowing on the ground. How much speed it gathers climbing to higher altitudes. How fast it could carry a balloon. How much balloon enthusiasts wish it would calm down long enough to lift aloft and assure a safe […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]