Keep Independence Day injury free

By Staff Sgt. Julan Bentley CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The American traditions of camping, cookouts, and of course fireworks celebrate the summer season, especially our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. However, each of these activities can turn from a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children or adults are injured. The […]

Imagination provides amusement

Tonya Fennell Monday evening I received a telephone call from a Cannon Air Force Master Sergeant who I have never met. This was the second call in a month I have gotten. He calls to check on my family and ask if I need anything while my husband is away. I think this is wonderful […]

Family remembers couple

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Family members say the way Doris and Odis Newman were brutally killed left emotional scars that will never heal. Six family members testified Tuesday — one via videotape — during the prosecution’s victim-impact portion in the penalty phase against Stanley Bedford. They all told similar stories about how […]

Father's love knows no boundaries

Tonya Fennell Father’s Day is just around the corner and many Cannon Air Force dads will spend their special day thousands of miles away. But, even though they’re not with us physically, we can still celebrate the wonderful role they play in our children’s lives. My husband is a father of two and step-father of […]

Libby’s jail sentence miscarriage of justice

Editorial As one of the major behind-the-scenes architects — from his position as Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff — of the lamentable war in Iraq, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has a great deal to answer for, whether in the depths of his conscience or in the annals of history. For the crimes of which […]

Hog story one for the record books

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor Have you seen Hogzilla II, a.k.a. Monster Pig? I’m not talking about the latest horror thriller — though I guess that’s on the horizon — I’m talking about the feral hog reportedly weighing in at 1,051 pounds killed by an 11-year-old boy in Alabama with a pistol last month. […]

Graduation ‘bittersweet’ for Clovis Christian seniors

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers With boys robed in blue and gold gowns and girls in white, 17 students graduated from Clovis Christian School on Friday night. The commencement ceremony, which also featured students carrying yellow roses for their moms, was held in the sanctuary of the private school. “This is bittersweet,” said CCS graduate […]

Movie industry would benefit from suggestions

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes smoking, […]

Local prairie chickens get unique protection

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sitting in the dark in the middle of nowhere with people I’d just met, everyone in the van was focused on one thing — prairie chickens. Soon, we started hearing them. I grew up around the prairie gobblers but their numbers were never great and I never paid them […]

With God you are never alone

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Last week, I had surgery on my ankle in Lubbock. An antibiotic was prescribed as a precautionary measure to avoid infection. Within 30 minutes of taking the first pill, I began to sneeze. I must have sneezed 20 times. I noticed my hands had turned red and my face […]

Local women recall parts in film

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When Allison Draper and her Melrose basketball teammates would hit the floor at the Farwell Invitational every December, she would never look forward to seeing Hailey Richey and her Farwell Lady Blue teammates. The two were enemies until they were united on the basketball court as fictional teammates in “Believe […]

Class 1A capsules

Boys Quarterfinals No.1 Cliff vs. No. 8 Elida, 8:30 p.m. When: 8:30 p.m. today. Where: Rio Rancho High School Records: Elida 25-4; Cliff 23-3 How they got here: Elida beat Desert Academy 72-29. Cliff beat Gallup Catholic 76-36. Last state title: Elida last won the Class 1A state crown in 1995. Magdalena has never won […]

U.S. falling behind in entrepreneurial activity

Editorial Our nation was founded by people risking their lives to personally profit. They became people who risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to establish a never-before-attempted form of governance, also for individual and mutual profit. America emerged as the world leader in innovation, risk-taking and optimism, the most profitable country on Earth. Calculated […]

Life’s music surrounds everyone

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I wonder how many of us dance our way through life but never hear the music? Life has “a music” about it and if not heard, it isn’t appreciated. God gives his children guidance and they “hear the music.” Peace and encouragement comes with it. Your life is strengthened […]

Love, everlasting

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Staying busy and knowing when to keep your mouth shut are the secrets to a long, happy marriage, according to C.P. and Ruth Jefferson. The Clovis couple, who celebrated 61 years of marriage in January, said their marriage has been relatively easy. “We get along well and seldom argue,” Ruth […]

Area theater gives taste of stage life

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve never had formal acting lessons, but as a child I did spend some time on the stage in our north Portales community theater called Teatro de la Comunidad de los Niños. We were the junior version of the high school group, Teatro de la Comunidad, which featured a […]

Broken resolution only another chance for success

Janet Taylor-Birkey Although it is not yet into the second month of a new year, many resolutions are already broken. And while that may not sound very optimistic, it can actually be a freeing mindset. Resolutions can be broken due to schedules, illness or responsibilities that take precedence. The key when making a resolution is […]

Life is full of changes

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Have you ever returned to your childhood home and found it to be almost unrecognizable? Yet, in your mind you remember it so vividly. My grandmother lived by the highway. Every time we pass by her old house, I can almost smell freshly baked gingerbread accompanied by a glass […]

Neighbors, relatives shocked by death, arrest

By Karl Terry and Casey Peacock: PNT Staff The death of a 6-year-old Portales boy and his mother’s arrest in connection with his slaying has surprised neighbors and family members. Lorenzo “Lenchito” Cabral Jr. died Thursday at Roosevelt General Hospital. A preliminary autopsy shows he suffered a head injury, but the report did not rule […]

Life without pain leaves one numb to joy

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist When you were just a plan in the mind of God, what if he were to ask you some questions about your journey on earth? With incredible technology having been accomplished already and the God given intelligence to master such feats, it is not inconceivable that God could show […]