Non-citizen recruits serve longer

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Time to find sources of gratitude

The autumn months are, not creeping, but barreling, through, and Thanksgiving looms large, in spite of the mostly unseasonably warm weather. It’s a wake-up call time for most teachers, as we realize how much we hoped to get covered first semester, and the reality of how much we probably did not get covered. Not sure […]

Uncertainty slows down economic growth

Freedom New Mexico Two months ago, President Barack Obama lamented that a “cloud of uncertainty” hampered economic recovery. He said Congress must agree on a debt ceiling so businesses will regain confidence to add workers. Congress did. Businesses didn’t. Nevertheless, we agree with the president that economic uncertainty discourages business and consumers. It’s clear, however, […]

Officials: May take months to replace judge Orlik

Sharna Johnson The courts have begun the process of filling a vacancy created by the unexpected death of District Judge Robert Orlik, however officials say it will likely be months before a replacement is appointed. Orlik, 64, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. Services were held Wednesday in Clovis. “Judge Orlik is well […]

Social issues belong on backburner for now

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Glenda Price: Human inventions interrupt natural rhythm

Rhythm rules the world. Years, months and seasons (where appropriate) are directed by a rhythm or cadence. Animal migration, hibernation, reproduction all follow the directive in Eccliastes: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Plants grow, bloom and die on cue. Even inanimate objects expand or crumble according […]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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By Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two counties are suffering a dry season. Farmers said only wheat crops have suffered badly from this winter’s dry spell. According […]

Portales past: Sept. 22, 1910

Roosevelt County Herald: Professor George Lind opened the Floyd School and will conduct for a term of four months. After its closing, he will begin a four-months’ term in a community near Cromer.

Unprecedented terrorism taking root in Mexico

For months we’ve heard reactionaries call for sealing off the Mexican border, alleging that armed terrorists are, or could be, swarming across the border and putting Americans in danger. We’ve been among the many who have insisted that it just isn’t happening; in fact, some of the safest cities in the country are on or […]

My turn: Start making preparations for big game season

Clarence Plank Big game season will be cranking up in the next couple of months for New Mexico residents. Here are some tips to help you prepare: • Always check out the place you want to go hunting, even if it’s someplace you’ve been to many times before. Some private owners could have changed their […]

It’s their job: Sophia Dunsworth

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Sophia Dunsworth, who has been working at Movie Gallery for seven months, said she likes the job because of the interaction with customers and the different types of customers.

Getting to know: New pastor says Portales good fit

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David Heflin is the new pastor at the Church of Christ at Third Street and Kilgore Avenue. Heflin and his wife, Katie, and their children Josiah, 6, Micah, 4, and Rebekah, nine months, moved to Portales in January. Heflin is from north Texas and his wife’s parents live in California so they were looking for […]

Business feature: Video game store provides safe environment for teens

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PNT staff Kayce Whitacre and her son opened a new business that caters to gamers and collectors alike. The Echo Chamber has been operating for a couple months, located in the shadow of the Portales Fire Department. Whitacre’s son, Andy Anderson, and his wife, Samantha, are volunteering to help her. The store offers used video […]

Clovis health office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the H1N1 vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines are […]

Overzealous lending not just in U.S.

Freedom New Mexico The announcement that Dubai World, the state-owned investment/development arm of the emirate of Dubai on the Persian Gulf, wants to postpone payment on some $60 billion in debt by six months sent immediate shock waves through the world financial system last week. But markets recovered Friday and Monday, suggesting that while Dubai’s […]

Economic downturn affecting local dairies

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Six months after the drop in milk prices, Roosevelt and Curry county dairy owners are still trying to wait out the slump. In January, milk prices dropped to half of the prediction from six months before. On top of that, many dairymen are locked into high-priced feed contracts. “I […]

Gold Star plates new way to honor fallen family members

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bob and Lucy Kassin will never forget their son Robert. In a few months, they’ll have a way to share his memory with the world. The Kassins, who have been in Clovis since 1990, are awaiting New Mexico’s new gold star family license plate, created to honor surviving members […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

Cherish your spouse, work on issues

My husband tried to feed one of our five girls (the last one) Honey Nut Cheerios when she was 4 months old. Nothing happened, but I remember being annoyed that he didn’t remember he couldn’t do that, and worse, that he felt like he should have gotten credit for trying. I sounded like one of […]

Star athletes don’t belong on pedestal

Freedom New Mexico Just a few months after everybody was celebrating swimmer Michael Phelps for his Olympic feats, the world is abuzz over a photo of Phelps apparently inhaling from a water pipe that’s commonly used for marijuana. Among the many debates are how this incident affects his status as a role model, and what […]