Business exchanging letters for CD

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Area residents can support troops and get an exclusive CD all in one place. Big Valley Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep is participating in a nationwide effort to collect a total of 1 million notes thanking troops for their service, said Big Valley sales representative Kurt Conard. The Zac Brown Band, a country group, is working [...]

Obama administration should leave Afghanistan to the Afghans

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. President Barack Obama has returned from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he sought to encourage U.S. troops and reportedly delivered yet another lecture to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the importance of [...]

Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our [...]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which [...]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that [...]

Adding troops in Afghanistan not necessary

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Thursday that the “era of the blank check is over” in Afghanistan. But the plan he laid out Friday looks very much like a blank check for an increased military and civilian presence in Afghanistan that is unlikely to be successful or to end any time [...]

Scouts host blood drive

PNT Staff The Girl Scout troops of Portales are having a “Scouting for Donors” blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Ave. C, in Portales. Donors must be 16 yrs old (with a signed parental consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have picture identification. [...]

Caring Campaign

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A group of Eastern New Mexico University employees are reaching out to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan — especially those who have ties to the university. The offices of academic affairs and academic services have started a care package campaign to let the troops know they haven’t been [...]

Local Brief: Phone card campaign complete

The Portales Municipal Schools choir and band programs raised more than $600 for prepaid phone cards for U.S. troops overseas during their recent holiday concerts. According to director Franklin Smith, the cards, along with notes of thanks and encouragment to the troops, were sent to Balad Air Force Base in Iraq where they will be [...]

Advocate touts Air Force’s strengths

Freedom New Mexico Clovis businessman and long-time Cannon Air Force Base advocate Randy Harris joined a handful of civic leaders from around the country a little more than two weeks ago on a trip to deployed military locations and combat zones. Sponsored by the Air Force Chief of Staff’s office, the Air Force Civic Leaders [...]