Airmen play vital role in historic launch

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Airmen with the 73rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit stand in front of a MC-130W Combat Spear March 2. In early February the unit helped to launch a “black letter initial,” which means that the aircraft was launched with zero discrepancies By 1st Lt. Matthew Speed: 27th SOAMS February 4, […]

Women play significant role in agriculture

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The classic image of a farmer shows a man getting up with the sun, feeding his animals and getting on his tractor. But what if that farmer is a woman? Michelle Heavyside, a dairy farmer’s wife, and LaVerne Scheller, a cattlewoman and one-time farmer, are active in agriculture in […]

Role-player Vanessa O’Neal is key to Zias’ success

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico A jack of all trades and a master of none. The well known phrase may apply to any number of people — including an athletically gifted Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball sophomore who rarely shows up in the headlines, but is considered crucial to her team’s success by […]

Officials stress gun responsibility

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe A rifle and handgun lay next to their magazines at the base shooting range. Proper awareness of weapons’ capabilities and safety issues keeps firearms owners knowledgable and responsible. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Firearms and gunpowder have played a role in society for […]

Newman’s best role was in charity

Freedom New Mexico America, and the world, lost an exemplary man last week. Paul Newman, who died of cancer at 83, was one of the true legends of cinema. He leaves memorable performances in “The Hustler,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “The Verdict” and more than 60 other films over a five-decade career. Many people in the […]

Film legend, conservative activist Charlton Heston dead at 84

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Charlton Heston, the Oscar winner who portrayed Moses and other heroic figures on film in the ’50s and ’60s and later championed conservative values as head of the National Rifle Association, has died. He was 84. The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his […]

PHS students present play

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Amid the chaos and confusion a play is born. Portales High School drama students will be performing the play “You Can’t Take It With You” beginning tonight and running through Monday evening. Set in 1936, the play follows the Sycamore and Kirby families, one wealthy and the other not. […]

American movie icon always cast as hero

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Heroes, manufactured or real, we don’t have enough good ones these days. Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of America’s greatest hero — John Wayne. My earliest memories of the Duke come from Portales’ old Varsity Drive-In west of the city. My family never missed a John Wayne […]

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, […]

PHS presents operetta

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Its roots may be in a Bible story, but the musical is all about realizing dreams in any time period, according to members of the cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The operetta, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in 1965 and popularized in the […]

Portales pours out for premiere

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hollywood came to Portales for a night. Excitement reigned in the city as a crowd gathered to await the sold-out premiere of the locally filmed movie “Believe in Me” on Thursday night. Babe Morgan arrived at the reception in style. Amid cheers and whistles, Morgan emerged from a limousine, […]

Portales coasts by Roswell

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PNT Staff Tiebreakers didn’t go Portales’ way on Tuesday when the high school girls tennis teams needed them. They broke Portales’ way on Thursday, when the Lady Rams didn’t need them. Morgan Erf played a role in two of four tiebreaker wins for Portales, and only a defaulted match kept the host Lady Rams from […]

DeHoyos latches on with new minor league squad

By Dave Wagner Gabe DeHoyos was a mainstay in the starting rotation during his days at Eastern New Mexico University. In his third season of professional baseball, the 6-foot, 220-pound right-hander has made a successful transition to closer. The Kansas City Royals signed the Artesia native to a contract on July 16 and sent him […]

Reputation of 007 needs our help

By Kevin Wilson I read one of the most disturbing news items of my life on Friday. It had nothing to do with terror alerts, racial profiling, or corner turning — you learn to adjust to those types of things. This is much different. This involves something fictional, but there are real consequences. Pierce Brosnan […]