Heart health to take center stage Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Promoting the health benefits of cardiovascular exercise is the focus an event called Heart Walk that will be held on Saturday. Be True to Your Heart: Motivating Others To Take Responsibility for Their Health, is the motto and platform that has inspired Miss Central New Mexico Ashley Sego to […]

Award-winning pianist George Winston to perform

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Focusing his songs to reflect the fall and winter seasons, Grammy-winning pianist George Winston will perform Jan. 25 at Marshall Junior High School Auditorium in Clovis as part of the continuing Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series. Winston is best known for playing three styles of piano: New Orleans rhythm […]

Five presidents later, chief calls it a career

Airman Elliott Sprehe Education most important benefit of career Thirty years ago Jimmy Carter sat in the White House, the Yankees beat the Dodgers in the World Series and Chief Master Sgt. John Woods, 27th Maintenance Group, became an Airman in the United States Air Force. On May 11 Chief Woods will finish his career […]

Messenger bags not synonymous with man purses

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I saw my friend Shannon, who’s a girl. It’s a bad song, but it’s a true story. We went out to bowl, we went out for walks, we went out to see her friends. All throughout, we took photos and wrote […]

Portales prom couple arrived by helicopter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A unique twist was added to the 2007 Portales High School prom as students witnessed the arrival of a helicopter bearing senior Jessica Adkins and her date. Wishing to do something memorable for her prom, Adkins decided arriving by helicopter would be pretty neat. It would also be something […]

Contingency skills training provides valuable experiences for Airman

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals As an Airman, I did not relish the experience of Army-based training for my upcoming deployment. But the Army changed my perspective of the Air Force after two weeks of tactical movement training, urban combat training, combat first aid, convoy training and even a bit of hand-to-hand combat. The Air Force’s […]

With God you are never alone

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Last week, I had surgery on my ankle in Lubbock. An antibiotic was prescribed as a precautionary measure to avoid infection. Within 30 minutes of taking the first pill, I began to sneeze. I must have sneezed 20 times. I noticed my hands had turned red and my face […]

Government poses danger to free market

Editorial You’re ‘free’ to do what the state tells you to do. As Alice, of Wonderland fame, might have put it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is revealing a curiouser and curiouser understanding of the free market. The one-time follower of free-market champion Milton Friedman is sounding less and less like the man he claimed to […]

Residents react to report of attempted abduction

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Grady Schools Superintendent Joel Shipley believes Monday’s report of an attempted abduction of a teenage girl in Grady was an isolated incident. Still, he said it shows small towns aren’t immune to potentially serious crimes. “Grady is a safe, quiet little community, but bad things can happen anywhere. The chances […]

Pursuit of happiness worthwhile quest

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving […]

Color red connotes many things

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve been seeing a lot of red lately, and I’m not referring to my bank account. Yes, it has something to do with the red bows, lights and candy canes of Christmas, but there’s more. Have you ever noticed there is something about the color red that puts people on […]

Game show appeal baffles viewer

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom newspapers One joy of living in the Mountain time zone is the two-hour difference with Eastern time, upon which most of the world runs. Monday night football games that start too late for the average New Yorker end here right before the evening news. And then there’s morning baseball. There’s also […]

Joke provides no shortage of punch lines

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I’ll rarely say or write something amusing to friends that won’t result in some type of laughter, even if it’s out of pity. Sometimes, I’ll get something I didn’t expect — an endorsement. I wrote something mildly amusing to a friend and she told me, “You should be a standup […]

Small talk more than minor irritant

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I never […]

Beliefs based on individual choice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers Another way of titling this column could be “hazards of determinism.” But my specific focus is ethnicity, following a monthlong visit to Europe and many discussions about just how much one’s ethnic or national origins matter. One favorite way of attempting to understand people is by reference to their ethnicity: […]

Snake stories hard to pass up

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now that hot weather is blasting the High Plains — as if hot weather isn’t usually blasting the Plains — it’s high time for one of the coolest creatures to come lurking from its hole. Welcome the season of the rattlesnake. Perhaps the most regrettable aspect of my leaving New […]

Families take part

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, the would-be cowgirl grimaced and let out a wail as the bull inched downward. An event designed to initiate children into the world of rodeo, Thursday’s second […]

Garman’s history lessons extend from classroom to home garden

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Alex Garman has been living and working in Portales since he and his wife moved here in the fall of 2004. Garman moved here to teach European history at Eastern New Mexico University, where he is now the assistant history professor. Garman has a great love not only of […]

White House needs changes in policies, not faces

Editorial We’ll abstain from clichés about rearranging deck chairs, but the personnel changes at the White House in recent weeks, while they may matter greatly to inside-the-Beltway pundits and the immediate families of those involved, don’t suggest that significant policy changes are in the offing. That’s unfortunate, because changing policy in significant ways would do […]

Profit is a dirty word these days

By Tibor Machan As I was channel surfing the other night, I went past one broadcast channel on which I saw and heard the following sentence uttered by a young woman: “He was a businessman so he would do anything to turn a profit.” I caught a glimpse of the name and it was “Law […]