Tuesday morning briefing: A salute to veterans and the first bikini

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch The following governing bodies in Roosevelt County

McGee: Corrections officers deserve salute

One of our area jails has a new guy in charge. That can’t be an easy job. I mean, on one hand you’re basically working for a committee, and on the other, you’re sitting on top of what is, for all intents and purposes, a pressure cooker. I had a brief career as a corrections […]

Graduates, I salute you

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s graduation time again. Did you worry that you might not make it? I got to thinking about those who are graduating and those who’ve dropped out. Then I remembered a high school friend named Catfish. Back then I wondered if he was going to join me and my pals […]

State pledge credited to Portales women

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico, the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures. Current students in New Mexico’s public school systems are likely very aware of the salute to the flag of New Mexico, having to recite it along with the pledge of […]

It took strong women to forge salute

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It takes strong bricks to build strong buildings. It takes strong women to build a strong community. That’s what I heard Tuesday at a reception honoring the women of the Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. If that’s true, and I believe it is, […]

Saluting the flag

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer A handful of Portales women will forever be stitched into the fabric of every state flag that flies over New Mexico. On a day in 1955, members of the Portales chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy led by W.B. Oldham saw a great need for the state […]

Flag salute reception set for Tuesday

PNT Staff Report New Mexicans are reminded of unity and friendship when reciting the salute to the flag of the state of New Mexico. The salute was created by Portales women of the Ellen W. Jones Chapter, No. 1022, United Daughters of the Confederacy and adopted by the legislature in 1963. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, […]

Origin of pledge hand salute unknown

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Almost immediately after the Legislature adopted the salute to the New Mexico flag, school children and public meetings immediately began making the pledge part of their day. Most organizations, including public school classrooms, say the pledge with the right hand outstretched and the palm upward. Members of the Ellen […]

Legislature salutes pledge writers

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Nearly a half century after a Portales organization recognized the need for New Mexico to have a salute to the state flag, the 2008 New Mexico Legislature will recognize members of the organization from that era this week. Members of the Ellen W. Jones chapter of the United Daughters […]

Citites plan party for troops

Portales and Clovis residents are throwing a party for their military neighbors from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. The event is dubbed, “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration,” and will feature welcome speeches by both city’s mayors, an F-16 flyover, live music, games and entertainment. Residents from both […]