By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. Cassie Moseley, 27, finished the 2008 season at fourth place year-end standings in barrel racing. Entering the Professional [...]
By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and [...]
By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I never realized how much influence Uncle Sam had over my marriage until a few days ago.
By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico As an assistant under Harold “Bud” Elliott, Kenneth Oliver had a chance to come to Eastern New Mexico University in 1994 as an assistant football coach. But he was doing master’s courses at Northwest Missouri State, and the timing wasn’t right. Now, 15 years later, a more seasoned Oliver [...]
Twenty pledge class members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority were taking an Easter break after soliciting contributions for the Cancer Crusade as their community service project. Joy Wiman, of Hereford, was president of the Delta Pi ENMU chapter.
PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and staff are taking requests for free work from Portales residents as a way to give back to the community. The focus of the Eastern in Action program is doing things for people they cannot do for themselves, such as cleaning windows, painting and pulling weeds. There [...]
By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist In many crimes, the perpetrators are portrayed as victims. We become incensed and hurt by the senseless taking of human lives. The excuse? They had an unhappy childhood. They were deprived. They lost their job. They were passed over for a promotion. The marriage fell apart. The list is endless. [...]
President Obama is reported to have settled on Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, taking the position commonly referred to as “drug czar.” It would have been preferable to abolish the position and transfer the 100 or so employees the “czar” supervises to other departments or to [...]
By Doug Mattson Politicians and union leaders alike are taking aim at the controversial practice of “double-dipping” — public employees returning to work after retirement to collect a salary and pension. The issue comes as lawmakers consider ways to keep some of New Mexico’s biggest retirement funds from hemorrhaging money. The Public Employees Retirement Association [...]
This week at the library: Tuesday at 4 p.m. will be the first meeting of the new Teen Writing Group. Carol Erwin, an English instructor from Eastern New Mexico University, will lead the group. Teens interested in taking part in this group should see Youth Services Librarian Heather Christensen for more information. Preschool Storytime meets [...]