New look for Web site

PNT Staff In case you haven’t noticed, our Web site has a new look today. The idea is to make navigation a little simpler. One new feature online is called “Data Central.” Look for the link on the home page or find it under the “News” category in the blue bar at the top of […]

Bill seeks to bolster ENMU, parks partnership

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Senate memorial bill passed late last week seeks to build on a partnership between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks Division in operating the Blackwater Draw Archaeological site north of Portales. The bill, which was approved unanimously by the Senate and has been signed by […]

Jet forced to make emergency landing

Freedom New Mexico An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately 10:35 a.m., according to a news release. The pilot was able to save the $35 million aircraft by jettisoning the external tanks, maintaining […]

PNT launches new Web site system

Today we launch new tools on our Web site. We call the system SiteLife. SiteLife allows readers to start their own blog and share photos. But the biggest change is tied to commenting on stories. We gave readers the ability to comment — anonymously — on stories, starting last year. Comments poured in. Sometimes they […]

Museum dedicates new signs, shelter

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Early man and the way he likely lived got a sharper focus at a local National Historic Landmark as new interpretive signs and a group shelter were dedicated Friday. Representatives from New Mexico State Parks and Eastern New Mexico University came together for the ceremony marking the completion of […]

Project completion to be marked with ceremony

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks will celebrate the completion of a project to improve visitor facilities at Blackwater Draw near Portales with a public ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to an ENMU press release. Using funds requested by Gov. Bill Richardson and appropriated by the New Mexico […]

Commodities program works to assist area residents

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico strives to provide monthly commodities to residents in the eastern part of the state, something that is becoming more difficult to do, according to executive director Nancy Taylor. “It (food bank) distributes over 200 million pounds of food to the needy, ill […]

Fires don’t care if you’re famous

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I followed with great interest and apprehension the California fires, not only because I fear any kind of atmospheric phenomenon, but because I empathized with those who lost their homes and left behind their possessions. Having lived in hurricane prone areas for a few years, I know that it can […]

Special Operations: MC-130W Combat Spear, AC-130 Gunship

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MC-130W Combat Spear The MC-130W Combat Spear flies in “direct support of unified and theater special operations commands and USSOCOM contingencies,” according to the Armed Forces Special Operations Web site. The aircraft participates in “infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of U.S and allied special operations forces,” according the the AFSOC Web site. Flying primarily at night […]

Government travel budget should be re-examined

Editorial As big and costly as the federal government is, we wouldn’t expect that its travel budget would be a pittance. But last year’s total of more than $14 billion is still a shocker. Perhaps we can take solace in the fact that it’s lower than the 2005 bill by $1.3 billion. But it’s still […]

Kos criticism proving costly for Fox

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers My coworkers have to hear me talk about TV and movies all the time. The way I figure, why deprive readers that same joy? With that in mind, here are four things I think about TV, movies and media: 1. The tit-for-tat continues with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly and […]

Report entertaining but unfair

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” is a hate-mongering show, and its viewers and advertisers believe Muslims are lazy, and Democrats are communist slime maggots whose views would embarrass Nazis. At least that’s the statement I would make if I were applying Bill O’Reilly’s journalistic standards to his own program. Stay […]

KENW auction now online only

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer It’s time to bid and buy in KENW-TV’s 31st annual summer auction but you won’t be watching your television — instead, you’ll be watching your computer screen and clicking your mouse. The auction is going completely online for the first time this year because of the station’s ongoing transition […]

The bone keeper

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An early morning rain has made the earth soft. On days like this, Joanne Dickenson strolls through her back yard, searching for treasures revealed by the rain. She bends down and examines something, shifting her glasses from her neck to her nose. The bottoms of her white sneakers sink into […]

Day Trip: Larger than life

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Compiled by Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Natives call Jal the “Gateway to the Land of Enchantment,” according to its Web site. With its larger-than-life cowboy sculptures overlooking N.M. 18 and a well-stocked lake that spells J-A-L, the town is a waiting adventure. Jal is a small city of 1,800, located about 42 miles south […]

Day Trip: Enjoy City of Mosaics’ mix

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A Texas MainStreet city, Levelland is home to an eclectic mixture of art and entertainment that will provide a chance to enjoy a day of shopping and exploring. “We are the City of Mosaics,” said Mary Siders, Levelland Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet president. Mosaics are works of art […]

Students seek to unearth club

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hollywood archaeologist Indiana Jones never visited eastern New Mexico in his movies, but if he had arrived on the scene at Blackwater Draw in the 1960s, he would have sought out the members of the El Llano Archaeology Society. Archaeology students at Eastern New Mexico University and a few […]

Public meeting regarding proposed ethanol plant scheduled

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Arguments against the proposed location for an ethanol plant will be given at 7 p.m. today in the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Hosting the public meeting is a group of Clovis residents who oppose locating an ethanol plant at 1327 U.S. Highway 60-84 near Clovis. That location is less […]

Cranes return to refuge

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By Ashley Lee: PNT staff writer There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to 250,000 sandhill cranes during the winter season. And winter is the best time to visit, according to refuge manager Harold Beierman. “We have the largest concentration […]

Home business goes world wide

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Shipping products to places such as Australia, Switzerland and Sweden has taken Webb Direct 2U.com Children’s Apparel and Specialty Store from a home-based business to an international company. “We are an international business but we can offer comparable prices for an area like this,” said owner Suzi Webb. Started […]