Principles more important than sympathy

Baxter Black Sometimes you have to choose between personal principles and sympathetic understanding. For example, as a public personality, I have deliberately chosen to decline invitations to do political fundraisers. Although I have strong opinions, I leave those national issues to pundits with thicker skin. Once I had a request to make a commercial for […]

Greyhound soccer debuts in national rankings at No. 17

PORTALES — For the first time in the history of the program, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team finds itself nationally ranked. A team-record five-match win streak has the Greyhounds’ record at 7-1 and tied for 17th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Hendrickcars.com NCAA Division II poll. They share the […]

Leave politics out of climate debate

Freedom New Mexico A consortium of national scientific academies has scolded the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for down-playing uncertainties about global warming, failing to point out when its claims of catastrophe were based on weak evidence and misrepresenting some findings as peer-reviewed by scientists, when they weren’t. The findings of the InterAcademy Council […]

Security forces participate in National Night Out

USAF photo: Greg Allen McGruff the Crime Dog gives 2-year old Brennan Emington information about what a crime dog does during the National Night Out Aug. 3 at Greene Acres Park. The second annual event brought local, state and Cannon Air Force Base law enforcement personnel together to meet the public. Brennan, the son of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: National Night Out and lifeguards needed

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. School help needed The Lighthouse Mission needs your help supplying Clovis children with school supplies. There goal is collecting enough to hand out to 200 students. Call 575-762-1933 for more info and a list of what’s needed. Kitchen tip of the week Add a small […]

Officials at odds over lack of new businesses

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Argen Duncan The national credit crunch is affecting Portales, although opinions differ on how. Several local businesses — Papa Murphy’s, Movie Gallery and La Hacienda — have closed their doors for different reasons during what Roosevelt County Community Development Director Greg Fisher calls a tough time for retail. In addition, Fisher believes strict credit requirements […]

Press release: Flood advisory for Roosevelt, Curry

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

Their view: National PTA joining fight against childhood obesity

The National Parent Teacher Association issued a press release Thursday supporting federal government efforts “to improve child nutrition.” U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., introduced the Nutrition for America’s Children Act. Here’s the PTA release:

Flags-in ceremony honors fallen

Courtesy photo: Capt. Daniel J. Watson A soldier places a flag on the grave of Capt. Kermit Evans during a Flags-In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26. Capt. Evans was killed Dec.3, 2006, in a helicopter crash in Iraq. He was deployed from Cannon Air Force Base where he was the Explosive Ordnance […]

National Veterans Golden Age Games begin

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Hundreds of veterans from around the nation are making their way to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the 24th National Veterans Golden Age Games, the largest annual sports competition of its kind in the world. The events run through Monday. “This extraordinary event is a true testament to […]

Students learn about cultures through dance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Students entertained and taught their families about the history of the dances Wednesday at James Elementary School as part of Festival Primavera. Some 55 students performed regional dances from Mexico as a part of the dual language program at the school. The students covered Mexican, American and other national […]

Shout outs: Area gymnasts win medals

Area gymnasts recently competed in the 2010 USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships with more than 50 teams and 1,200 competitors. Gymnasts ranged from ages 5-25 and varied in experience. Categories included trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini, and tumbling. Eleven athletes from the area competed at the state Championships in their age and level for […]

District attorney recognized for support of National Guard and Reserve

Cannon Connections staff District Attorney Matt Chandler was recently recognized for his support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve military services. The Seven Seals Award is the highest award given by the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, according to a press release. Since taking office in 2004, […]

Young artist wins international competition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales boy has taken third place in an international art competition. Nolan Riggin, 9, won the placing in the 6- to 9-year-old age division of the 2010 International Aviation Art Contest. Nolan, son of Ronda Hutcherson and Caid Riggin, said he learned of the award late last month. […]

Thursday morning briefing: National Day of Prayer and return of the wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Prayer info It’s National Day of Prayer. Some things you might not know about this annual observance: • Participants are asked to focus prayer on seven “centers of power”: Government, military, media, business, education, church and family. • It was created in 1952 by a […]

Guard, Reserve give thanks

By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections For the fifth-straight year, Clovis is providing an opportunity that National Guard and Reserve members don’t get in their everyday service — the chance to say thanks. This weekend’s Guard/Reserve Awards and Recognition Banquet is expected to draw about 150 to Clovis today and Saturday. Attendance includes National Guard and […]

Corn grower tops yield contest

Freedom New Mexico Portales corn grower Craig Breshears has been named a state winner in the 2009 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association. Breshears placed first in the state in the “A No Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated” class with a yield of almost 39 bushels per acre, according to a news […]

Dora student wins gold in national writing contest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer An intelligent young heroine, a mysterious redheaded girl and straw turning to gold star in the story that won a national award for a Roosevelt County eighth-grader. Katie Bickley, a Pep resident and Dora Consolidated Schools student, won a gold medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

How to help

An account for donations to the family of Portales High School senior Jacob Rutherford has been set up at Portales National Bank. Jacob, son of Donna and Scooter Rutherford, broke both legs and his left arm earlier this month while riding a dirt bike outside of Tatum. He remains in University Medical Center in Lubbock. […]