Williamson Lectureship in 34th year

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The animated movie “Avatar” and a professional physicist who writes science fiction are set to play a part at the 34th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship at Eastern New Mexico University. The event runs Thursday and Friday, with a Thursday young writers panel at the Portales Public Library and an […]

Troops, families have new advocate

By Tom Philpott: Military update James Webb (D-Va.), a take-charge senator who in just his second year conceived and negotiated passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, made clear Wednesday he will continue to influence issues that impact on the lives of service members, retirees, reservists and their families. Webb has more leverage now as new […]

AGW claims can’t be made forcibly

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist A powerful and vital aspect of the fully free society would be that only those burdens may be imposed on citizens that they have been convincingly shown, via due process of law, to deserve. This is roughly how the criminal law works. This is why the prosecution carries the onus […]

We are fearfully, wonderfully made

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist

President’s actions don’t warrant Nobel

Freedom New Mexico To his credit, in his acceptance address, President Obama addressed several of the ironies involved in his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace with humility, humor and a thoughtful disquisition on the delicate relationship among conflict, war, fanaticism and peace. Although he made the best of the situation, there was […]

Wilson Rule would net improvement

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist The mantra is that rules are made to be broken. I disagree. Rules are made to be replaced by better rules. I was reminded of this while at a not-so-close volleyball match at the state tournament last weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center (rejected slogan: “We’re not the casino, […]

Zias volleyball coach resigns

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Kim Falkenhagen has resigned her duties at the school. ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser made the announcement on Wednesday. “I appreciate all the work that coach Falkenhagen has done here at Eastern,” Geiser said in a release from the school. “I wish her luck in her […]

Teen video contest worth $1,000

Freedom New Mexico A teen could win $1,000 in the Curry County Wellness Council teen video contest, according to a release from the council. The contest is part of the national Stay Teen campaign. Videos for the contest can be made with a cell phone or home video camera to produce a 30-second public service […]

Creative living: Pairing food, wine featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on working with paneling, pairing food and wine, and recipes made with grapefruit will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. and noon Thursday. If your home was built in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s, chances are you have paneling. Joan Hultman is going to […]

Getting to know: Volunteer likes to pay it forward

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Rose Robbins has been living in Portales for five years, and already has made an impact on the people around her. Robbins volunteers for Portales MainStreet, Portales Kiwanis Club and Portales Women’s Club. She moved to Portales from Fort Worth when she married her husband, Gary. Robbins is able to do more things to help […]

Open mouth ruins marriage bliss

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist I know better than to call them like I see them, especially when it involves a purchase my wife has just made. But I’m stupid and I did it anyway. As I inspected what appeared to be some type of new wardrobe accessory my wife had left on the counter, […]

Arrest made in 2007 kidnapping of Oklahoma girl

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The wife of a Canyon, Texas, man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl and dropping her off in Clovis played an integral part in her husband’s arrest. Terrance Lynn McGuire, 27, was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. Friday at his home in Canyon after his wife assisted […]

Government can muddle simple affairs

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In matters of ethics, one is best equipped to understand when one is close up. Politics is different, as is law, although one reason for having courts is to hash out cases with all the details on view. Otherwise misjudgment lurks nearby. A recent incident brings to light […]

Arrest made in nose biting incident

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Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Sunday, charged with biting another man’s nose when he crashed a barbecue last week. Joey Maes is being held on $55,000 bond on aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated battery, according to jail officials. Maes was attending a family barbecue April 19 in the 100 […]

Portales man charged in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year Portales man was charged Thursday in connection with a stabbing last week in the 800 block of South Avenue B. Jose Zapata is charged with aggravated battery and parole violation, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales PD. He is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on […]

Lujan opens office in Tucumcari

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) announced today that Ron Wilmot will head up his Tucumcari office. Lujan has said that his representative in Tucumcari would serve his constituency on the eastern side of the state in the 3rd District. Lujan made the announcement during a visit today in Tucumcari, where he joined Lt. Gov. […]

Zias post sweep of Mustangs

Freedom New Mexico Two big innings made it an easy day for Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team. The Zias scored nine runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 16-2 first-game rout of University of the Southwest at Zia Softball Field, then parlayed an eight-run second into a 9-0 second-game win. […]

Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux […]

Airport to undergo renovations

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will undergo significant improvements over the spring and summer upon receiving federal and state grants worth more than $600,000 Portales city councilors agreed to accept the money at the Portales City Council regular meeting Tuesday night. The state grant, in the amount of $23,684 is […]

Court rights should apply to immigrants, too

Freedom New Mexico Former attorney general Michael Mukasey made a grievous error when he ruled that immigrants have no recourse regarding errors made in their cases. In one of the last acts of the Bush administration, Mukasey ruled that immigrants don’t have the right to have their deportation cases reopened because they had poor legal […]