Merit badges should be awarded for life experiences

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It took a scrolling headline this morning to let me know I’d accomplished nothing in my life. The headline was about James Calderwood, an 18-year-old resident of Chevy Chase, Md. Other than living in a town whose name peaked 15 years ago, Calderwood is famous for completing merit badge requirements […]

United Way doles out 2006 funding

By Andy Jackson The United Way of Eastern New Mexico gave its largest allocations to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Curry County and to the Shelter for Victims of Domestic Abuse in Roosevelt County. Funding for nonprofit programs in Curry County remained near 2005’s level, while Roosevelt County’s rose almost 40 percent […]

Scouts celebrate anniversary

By Kevin Wilson More than 500 boys and girls in Curry and Roosevelt County celebrated a birthday on Tuesday, and the celebration is set to continue the rest of the month. Tuesday marked the 75th anniversary of Cub Scouts, one of three scouting organizations of the El Llano Grande district, which incorporates the counties of […]

Pimpernels fought the good fight

By Bob Huber When the Freedom of Information Act brought to light World War II super heroes known covertly as the Scarlet Pimpernels, it exposed a dark world of espionage, bravery, and thankless hardship. The group’s name was derived from a movie by the same name staring Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon, which played one […]

Volunteer brings scouts closer to God

Darrell Todd Maurina John Schonberger says he has a simple reason for being involved with the Boy Scouts of America for nearly 51 years. “A three-letter word is fun. If it’s not fun I don’t want to do it,” Schonberger said. Schonberger will soon be 65 but he has no intention of retiring, either from […]