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 […]

Hispanic needs shouldn’t be ignored

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]

Confidence returns for Segovia

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales Ram senior running back Eric Segovia remembers it clearly, the play that could have ended his high school football career. It could have, but it didn’t. “It was the worst pain in my life, when it happened, I knew I was done (for the season),” Segovia said. Early […]

Hounds fall to UT-Permian Basin 3-1

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The University of Texas-Permian Basin Falcons are making the move from NCAA Division III to Division II this season. So far, they’ve shown they can hold their own. UT-Permian Basin scored twice in span of less than 90 seconds Tuesday to beat Eastern New Mexico University 3-1 in men’s soccer at […]

Weather prediction not difficult

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist You’d think America’s scientists would have better things to do than conduct fruitless research into global warming and the expanding universe. Instead they should tackle problems vital to the nation’s welfare, such as when to stop mowing our lawns. A few years ago my attention became focused on cutting grass […]

Congress, courts need to take action in death penalty cases

Editorial R obert Charles Comer wants to take responsibility for the murders, kidnapping, robbery and rape he committed nearly 20 years ago at Arizona’s Apache Lake and face the ultimate punishment — state execution by lethal injection. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won’t let him. Instead, a three-judge panel has refused to rule […]

Officials should pay for taking people’s property

Editorial Politicians, environmentalists and professional planners all claimed the 2004 passage of Measure 37 in Oregon, which forces governments to compensate people when zoning rules or development restrictions lower a property’s value, would mean the end of the world. And it has spelled the end — for cost-free regulating. But the empowerment of property owners […]

Road issues aired at Dora meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor What started as a gripe session evolved into group therapy. Dora and southern Roosevelt County residents filled the Dora Senior Citizens Center on Monday night to hold the collective feet of the Department of Transportation and N.M. 209 road contractors to the fire. Over and over they heard contractors […]

Valencia school to focus on student success, parent involvement

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At Valencia Elementary School, one of the first thing students will learn when school bells ring Tuesday is that “Everyone is in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing to learn.” As principal of Valencia Elementary, Todd Morris wants to make sure that fourth- and fifth-graders […]

Lessons learned on the way home

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Family gatherings are memory-makers. Before you know it the time quickly comes to say goodbye, so I hang on to every moment. Our backyard became the perfect place for sons, daughters-in-love and grandchildren to play badminton, horseshoes and volleyball. We dined on barbecue, hot dogs, hoagies, watermelon and homemade […]

Give thanks for our country and for Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist America has come through many conflicts to preserve her freedom. Many have given their lives to keep this nation free. Let us not take this for granted. Is that not why we celebrate July 4th? We want freedom and independence. No other place can replace the United States of […]