Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Falcons set to face Georgia Tech in Independence Bowl

By Troy Garnhart: Athletic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force will play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2010 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium, bowl officials announced Dec. 5. The game is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. E.T. and can be seen on ESPN2. Air Force […]

U.S. citizenship precious to all

Baxter Black What a country! July Fourth, Independence Day 2010 — as dissent and malaise fill the headlines, and bitter diatribe and blame mongering flood the airwaves, the question we should each ask each ourselves is, “Where would we rather be?” Would I have a happier life if I took my family and moved to […]

Officials dish about Fourth of July menus

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Jared Tucker The Independence Day weekend is here which means the patio table is set, the American Flag is flying proudly in the front yard, and it’s time to fire up that grill. So what are area officials and residents throwing on the grill this year? Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said he likes a […]

Despite downturn U.S. keeps going

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Independence Day in the United States of America: the more it changes, the more it stays the same.

American spirit of independence still thrives

Freedom New Mexico Independence Day weekend is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Immigrants guaranteed rights, too

Freedom New Mexico Americans have lived under the same Constitution, and behind the same Declaration of Independence, for more than two centuries. It’s sad, then, to see that so many people don’t know — or at least don’t appreciate — the basic precepts those great documents assert. Sadly, even members of our own government — […]

Independence Day celebrated July 3

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Portales residents started celebrating their independence a day earlier this year at the second annual Smokin 4th of July Bash on July 3. Slowly over the afternoon hours more than 150 people gathered at Greyhound Arena to enjoy the music, food and vendors at the bash.“It is doing pretty […]

Kosovo independence may not be bombshell some seem to fear

The controversy over the province of Kosovo formally declaring independence from Serbia on Sunday may not turn out to be as explosive as some observers think. But the move is an example of how decisions taken during emotional periods can have consequences years down the road that are not necessarily beneficial for the original decision […]

Woman earns independence

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BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Having autism has not stopped 29 year-old Portales resident Tabby Taylor from having a positive and upbeat outlook on life and she passes that on every day at her job. “I’ve done so good with my disability. I’m managing it real well,” Taylor said. Ever cheerful, Taylor holds down […]

Citizens must protect freedoms guaranteed by U.S. government

Editorial Each year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation on July 4, remembering the conflicts and patriots who died to preserve our ideals. This week, we will again remember those men and women and gather with family under the sheltering umbrella of the United States of America. But let us remember more. Let us […]

Dia de Las Familias takes place Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A bell rung by Father Idalgo on Sept. 16, 1810, signaled the start of Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain. The ensuing battle lasted for 10 years before independence was gained. Today the celebration marking the day is known as Diez y seis de Septiembre A local event marking […]

Independence was dad’s greatest legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Who’s your daddy anyway? Growing up in Portales, it’s a question I’ve gotten used to answering frequently. Around here it’s not meant as a question to categorize you into your place like it is in the Deep South, but it’s close. Growing up in my father’s shadow could be […]

Portales celebrates Hispanic heritage

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Although Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on Sept. 16, it was in the waning moments of Sept. 15 when the wheels were in motion to break free from Spain’s rule. Every year at midnight on September 15, Mexicans shout the grito (yell), honoring the crucial, impulsive action that was the […]

Portales to mark Mexican Independence Day

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Hispanics from around the state of New Mexico will gather in Portales for many of the festivities celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. There will be a ballet folklorico from Miguel Caro and his dancers from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dallan Sanders patio area […]

Independence includes tenet of responsibility

By Kevin Wilson The story of my July 4 evening is probably not much different than the story of a lot of people reading this right now. I was a spectator at the annual Portales fireworks show, and I was one of many to be pleased that rain wasn’t a participant as well. I made […]

City celebrates freedom

By Kevin Wilson They gathered together with coolers and portable chairs, 14 in all. They had come from Clovis, Portales and Amarillo — and gathered to celebrate their independence. While in wording it might have seemed like a contradiction in terms, that’s just what one particular group did as part of its annual tradition at […]

College plays host to independence celebration

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By Laurie Stone Eastern New Mexico University kicked off the Mexican Independence Day with a celebration filled with singing, dancing and speeches about the upcoming month of Hispanic heritage. Albuquerque’s Consul of Mexico, Benito Valdez Vega, spoke to the crowd of participants and commended them. Through an interpreter, Mary Ayala, Vega praised audience members for […]

ENMU prepares for Mexican Independence Day

By Tony Parra Screams of freedom and fireworks will highlight the Mexican Independence Day celebration on Thursday by the fountain in the middle of the Eastern New Mexico University campus. The Mexican Independence Day celebration kicks off Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from Wednesday to Oct. 15. Nancy Varelas, who works at the office of […]