Air guitar filled with purple haze

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I realized lying awake one morning about 4:30 that I played the air guitar left-handed. Or maybe not. Since I couldn’t sleep I was thinking about column ideas and I recalled a story on handedness and how science was trying to figure out what makes you right- or left-handed. […]

No. 21 MSU crushes Greyhounds

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — There wasn’t much to say after Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division mismatch at Greyhound Stadium. Midwestern State, needing to win out to have a shot at an NCAA Division II playoff berth, took care of business quickly and efficiently. Meantime, Eastern New Mexico University continued […]

Laws still important in flag flaps

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I’ve heard both sides of the Confederate flag debate, once as a student participating in an online intercultural communication class discussion, and last summer, as an instructor teaching an Upward Bound class in multicultural history. In both debates, the overwhelming consensus was the Confederate flag is more divisive and […]

Breastfeeding group seeks to educate

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis breastfeeding support group believes education is the best way to spotlight the issue of breastfeeding in public. Although they have had no problems with the local Applebee’s restaurant, the group supports a nationwide protest planned for today against the national restaurant chain, according to group spokeswoman Heidi Zamora. […]

Elida beats Tucumcari

PNT Staff Report The Elida Lady Tigers swept Tucumcari in three games at home Thursday to remain perfect in early-season play at 5-0. Elida made quick work of the visiting Lady Rattlers with scores of 25-6, 25-6 and 25-15. Elida coach Darrell Chenault said the young Lady Tigers, with just one senior in their ranks, […]

Real education comes after school

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Know what I hate about back to school? The superficial commercials that try to make school seem so cool and hip by showing kids rapping and dancing in the latest fashions. You have to have the right shoes, the right look, the right gadget, IPod, IPhone, laptop and designer shirts […]

White Oaks offers tourists chance to see ghost town

Ghost towns can be found across New Mexico and the Southwest, but the one located at White Oaks is probably the best-kept secret around these parts. This ghost town comes complete with a few locals, and plenty of scenery. Where is it? White Oaks is located about nine miles outside of Carrizozo. The distance from […]

Local Growth Committee OKs consultant search

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Local Growth Management Committee members say they’re impressed with the efficiency of their sister organization, the Local Growth Management Organization. They say planning for the transition at Cannon Air Force Base to Special Operations is falling in place right on cue. “It’s amazing the people they have surrounded themselves […]

Interpretation of disrimination law unfounded

One can understand the frustration that led Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to issue her dissent orally, from the bench, last week in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber. But her argument is properly with the law as written rather than with the court’s majority opinion. If the law offers an insufficient remedy […]

Religious right movement may end with death of Rev. Jerry Falwell

Editorial The passing Tuesday of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., at age 73 coincides with what just might be the passing of the influence of the political movement that he helped launch. While the Rev. Falwell struck us as a genuine and decent person, his […]

Everyday heroes deserve acknowledgement

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Every day we hear bad news about bad people who do bad things. Amidst all of this we seem to forget the real heroes, those good people who do good things. You will find them in everyday situations. They stand for honesty and integrity. Faith and courage enable them to […]

911 tornado call transcripts

The following conversations are samples of calls being taken simultaneously by four Clovis 911 dispatchers during the March 23 tornado: Dispatcher: Debby Blankenship 7:55 p.m. Dispatcher: Clovis 911, what is your emergency? Caller: Just calling to report what appears to be a tornado having passed through just south of Clovis. Dispatcher: Where at? Caller: If […]

Government harassment should not be tolerated

Editorial Let’s say government officials want you to turn over a piece of your property to them for free. Let’s say you refuse, arguing that you have no legal requirement to do so. And let’s say the government officials then embark on a harassment campaign to intimidate you into giving them what they want. Should […]

Hounds tear up East Central

ADA, Okla. — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team spread the offensive wealth around on Sunday and completed a four-game Lone Star Conference crossover sweep of East Central. Three-run homers by Derrick Kennedy and Troy Vaughan helped stake the Greyhounds to a 10-0 lead en route to a 12-8 win in the opener. ENMU, […]

Second Amendment needs recognition as individual right

By Freedom Newspapers Viewed narrowly, the decision March 9 by a federal appeals court to overturn the 1976 District of Columbia law barring the ownership of handguns with just a few exceptions — such as for law enforcement officers in the course of duty — applies only to the District of Columbia. Therefore it has […]

West Texas dominates Hounds

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — According to Eastern New Mexico men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan, the Hounds aren’t playing defense, and when they don’t play defense they can’t win games. Especially true against Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M, who beat ENMU Tuesday night 91-79 at the First United Bank Center in […]

Zia softball on-deck for Friday

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Kelsey Kubik didn’t know what to expect last spring when she came to Eastern New Mexico University to play softball, and she admits her teammates weren’t sure either. Suffice it to say, things went pretty well for her. She posted a Lone Star Conference-leading .439 batting average with eight home […]

Elida’s life after EPAC

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Don’t expect the Elida Tigers to continue to bask in the glow of their history-making EPAC championship, not with the district schedule around the corner. In fact, moments after the Elida boys won their first EPAC title on Saturday at Texico, the eye of the tiger shifted from the shine […]

Thanksgiving: Time for added thanks

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Thanksgiving isn’t over until you’ve made the green chile turkey enchiladas with the leftovers the day after. We haven’t eaten the last of Dad’s delicious pumpkin pie either, so technically it’s still Thanksgiving. My friend, Bernard Polaco, says every day is Thanksgiving, so I can, in fact, write this column […]

Military families not immune to conflict

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week my husband and I had an argument. Every married couple fights once in a while, but fighting when someone is away, especially during military deployments, makes it all the more difficult. For starters, there is no way to call back. Then, there is the pressure of trying to solve […]