March 29, 2009 On the shelves

Eyes on the Horizon: Serving on the Front Lines of National Security by Gen. Richard B. Myers with Malcolm McConnell.

Legislation proposes changes to train security, warning bells and fines

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The New Mexico Rail Runner Express could have its own police patrol, would ring its bell for a shorter amount of time in Santa Fe and could tap into more funding under measures moving in the House and Senate this session. Another measure would increase by $90 the fine […]

Editorial: Border fence commands reevaluation

Much of the Department of Homeland Security’s border fence already has been built or is under construction. Even so, the matter is becoming a mess. For this reason work on the project should stop immediately, at least until a few matters are cleared up. U.S. Reps. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, and Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, […]

Lujan appointed to Homeland Security

Freedom New Mexico Democratic Rep. Ben Lujan’s first committee appointment will have him work closely with Cannon Air Force Base, a spokesman said Wednesday. Lujan, who won the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd Congressional District, was appointed Monday to the Committee on Homeland Security, according to a press release from Lujan’s office. Created […]

Government security intervention warranted

Freedom New Mexico As I listened to reports from India with reactions of people to November’s terrorist attacks, I noticed that nearly every

Longtime security officer remembered as Rams’ biggest fan

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer According to friends and family, Bobby Grimes spent several hours a week on his garden. Grimes invested his time planting, watering and guiding each individual plant to its full potential, and according to those that knew him best, appreciating the fruit of his labor. In much the same way, […]

City to observe 9-11

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Portales residents are planning a local remembrance service Thursday morning in the Portales National Bank to mark the seventh anniversary of Sept. 11. This service is to honor the firefighters, police officers, military members and civilians who lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, said […]

Improper use of national security letters should be curbed by Congress

Freedom New Mexico FBI Director Robert S. Mueller has confirmed in a Senate hearing that a forthcoming report from the Justice Department’s inspector general will find that abuses by FBI agents in the use of a tool called national security letters (NSLs) occurred in 2006. This comes even after abuses had been documented from 2003-05, […]

Government waste reaches new lows with TSA contraband

Most Americans recognize that wastefulness is pervasive in the federal government. By now, revelations that once generated disbelief and anger garner a defeatist shrug. But some cases still can make us shake our heads in dismay. Have you ever wondered where all the stuff goes that Transportation Security Administration personnel confiscate at airports, while they’re […]

12-5 Local Briefs

AARP to discuss identity theft The Roosevelt County chapter of the AARP will host a forum from 9:30 -11 a.m. Thursday at the Community Services Center in Portales. The forum will discuss how to place a security freeze on financial records to protect from identity theft. Several health care reform proposals that may go before […]

Government not reliable in protecting public

Editorial Following the 9/11 attacks, Americans have become accustomed to increasingly obtrusive and expensive security measures ostensibly designed to keep terrorists from boarding airplanes. But recent government security tests confirm what many of us suspect: Most of the poking, prodding, wanding, X-raying and searching by Transportation Security Administration security guards is largely for naught. Government […]

Clovis bank receives third bomb threat

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Bank of America received its third bomb scare in five months on Tuesday. Police evacuated the bank at the corner of Prince and Manana streets and secured the parking lot around 1 p.m. after a woman called a business next door and said there was a bomb in […]

Boomer benefits available

Freedom New Mexico Social Security offices nationwide are bracing for the first round of baby boomers to hit retirement age. Local Social Security officials are urging individuals to utilize the Internet to file their application. “Staffing levels are at an all-time low,” Social Security District Manager Tony Romero said. “So, we are really pushing the […]

It’s confusing on Planet IOKIYAR

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A recent commercial strikes a funny chord with everybody I know, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. In it, a mom asks her daughter who she’s text messaging so much, and she responds, “IDK, my BFF Jill,” as “I don’t know, my best friend forever Jill” runs in […]

Proposed labor policy riddled with problems

Editorial Labor Day began at the instigation of labor unions in the 1860s as a way to celebrate the “working man” and demonstrate the “esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.” As membership in unions (except, interestingly, government employee unions) has waned, the day has increasingly become, unofficially, the Last Great Barbecue of […]

Politicians using smoke screen against public

Editorial If lawmakers are worried about border security, they sure aren’t putting their money where their mouths are. Congress recently allocated $747 million to some 50 U.S. cities in its latest round of anti-terrorism funding, and just like previous allocations the money isn’t addressing what many say is their primary concern — keeping terrorists out […]

Checks-and-balances system effective in guarding against overzealous government

Editorial U.S. District Court Judge John Bates has set a July 5 deadline for the FBI to hand over documents relating to the bureau’s possible misuse of what are known as National Security Letters, or NSLs, under the Patriot Act. An earlier Justice Department audit found the FBI had improperly and sometimes illegally misused the […]

ENMU evaluates safety measures

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In the wake of last spring’s campus shooting at Virginia Tech, Gov. Bill Richardson and the state of New Mexico are implementing a campus safety plan for all 28 state public colleges and University campuses, including Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “We have a lot of security plans […]

Area colleges have upgraded security measures

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In the wake of shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., experts on security are saying acts of violence on college and school campuses can and do occur in communities of all sizes. Officials at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College said Monday they […]

District court seeks new home

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cramped and insecure in the Curry County Courthouse, the 9th Judicial District Court needs a new home, according to the court’s chief judge, Teddy Hartley. Building a judicial complex is a “project we must begin in earnest,” Hartley told Curry County commissioners last week. Growth of the court and […]