Publication honors Hounds punter

Freedom New Mexico BROOKFIELD, Ill. — Eastern New Mexico University senior punter Taylor Cannon was selected to the second-team defense on the 2011 Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region Four team, announced on Monday. Cannon, from Los Lunas, led the Lone Star Conference this season with a 42.9-yard average on 38 punts. He had seven [...]

Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select [...]

Illinois man to face charges in New Mexico

A 59-year-old Illinois man was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual Internet activity with what he believed to be an 11-year-old Melrose girl. Jerry Wexler of Barrington, Ill., faces up to 30 years imprisonment for the crime of attempted production of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according [...]

My turn: Next bestseller could be in my head

I was hard put to come up with something to write for my column this week, because due to being ill last week, I haven’t done anything since New Year’s Eve. Not going to events definitely puts a damper on writing about them. Then as I thought, it occurred to me that I had experienced [...]

Editorial: North Korea’s stability at stake with ill leader

The health status of North Korean “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il is still a matter of speculation. The South Korean intelligence service, which tends to keep up with such matters more reliably than any Western service, has told Korean legislative leaders it is likely the North Korean dictator had a stroke sometime in mid-August, but that [...]

Fed meddling may do more harm in foreclosure mess

Editorial Most of what Congress does is ill-advised. But when Congress is in a hurry to appear especially active and responsive to a perceived crisis, it is likely to go beyond ill-advised to downright boneheaded. It is becoming increasingly obvious that several aspects of the bill passed in response to the decline in housing prices [...]

Curry County children ill from E. coli bacteria

Staff and Wire Reports Three children in Curry County are recovering from a bacterial gastrointestinal illness caused by E. coli bacteria, according to a state Department of Health press release. The cases are linked to a multistate outbreak traced to ground beef, according to the release. The children became ill last month. The department did [...]

Firing over divorce proper, but should spur discussion

Today, divorced couples equal married couples in numbers. So imagine if divorce were a fireable offense. It is, at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. Popular English Professor Kent Gramm was fired recently, after 20 years at the school, because he and his wife divorced. Students have circulated a petition in support of Gramm, and debate [...]

Medical marijuana bill back on floor

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer After initial efforts to pass a medical marijuana bill in the state Legislature were shot down in the House last week, the issue is back at the urging of the governor. A substitute bill for the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act passed the Senate 32-3 late last week [...]

One dies in crash

PNT Staff Report A one-vehicle rollover accident Friday near Portales claimed the life of an Illinois woman, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. The driver, Velma Joanne Smith, 72, of Granite City, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the release stated. Passengers Jerry Talmadge, 62, and Marilyn Talmadge, [...]