Local Briefs June 12

Staff reports Community Fan Drive under way The Print Shop, High Desert Honda and United Way of Eastern New Mexico are sponsoring Community Fan Drive 2008 from June to September.Many older individuals and families with small children sit in sweltering houses during hot New Mexico summers without air conditioning or even a fan, according to […]

Club Notes May 11, 2008

United Daughtersof the Confederacy The Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met for a luncheon for its May meeting. The program committee, with Jan Ross and Janelle Foster, served as hostesses. Debi Lee, Nicole Wilkening and Mayor Orlando Ortega were guests. Ortega talked to the group about future projects. Jane […]

National Day of Prayer events planned

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Many people throughout Portales, Clovis and across the United States will dedicate themselves to one common purpose next week: the power of prayer. For this year’s National Day of Prayer, local groups have organized a variety of events and services beginning Wednesday and Thursday to rally area men, women […]

Applications accepted for United Way funds

Freedom New Mexico Applications for the Eastern New Mexico Combined Federal Campaign will be accepted through the April 15 at the Principal Combined Fund Organization’s offices at 215 N Main Street or via mail at P.O. Box 806 Clovis, NM 88101. The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized workplace charitable giving program at federal […]

United Way distributes funds to non-profits

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico distributed funds from its 2007-2008 fundraising campaign Friday during its annual meeting. The organization collected about $580,000 for Curry and Roosevelt counties. The money includes designated and undesignated donations, according to United Way director Erinn Burch. Designated funds were donations to a specific group, she […]

Kosovo independence may not be bombshell some seem to fear

The controversy over the province of Kosovo formally declaring independence from Serbia on Sunday may not turn out to be as explosive as some observers think. But the move is an example of how decisions taken during emotional periods can have consequences years down the road that are not necessarily beneficial for the original decision […]

Castro resigns presidency

The Associated Press HAVANA — An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday. The end of Castro’s rule — the longest in the world for a head of government — frees his 76-year-old brother Raul […]

United Way extending deadline

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is extending its campaign deadline to reach its campaign goal. On Friday, the organization was about $24,000 short of reaching its goal of $565,000, according to executive director Erinn Burch said. “We were trying to wrap it up by last Friday, but because we were […]

United Way looking for help to meet goal

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico needs the community’s help to reach this year’s campaign goal of $565,000. The campaign is $73,000 short of its goal and the drive ends Friday, said Christina Martinez, assistant director for the United Way. Of that money, about $61,000 is designated for […]

Bhutto assassination will have far-reaching effects in politics

The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who recently returned to an active role in Pakistani politics, is a setback for any hope of democratic reform there. Even more alarming, it is a significant victory for the forces of Islamic extremism — the Taliban, al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and supporters and sympathizers everywhere […]

Charitable organization $160,000 short of goal

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is about $160,000 short of reaching its goal for its 2007-2008 pledge year, according to a news release from the organization. The non-profit organization has pledged to collect about $565,000 this year, according United Way Executive Director Erin Burch in September during a block party to kick off […]

November 18, 1993

• Local restaurant teamed up with the United Way to raise funds for the final portion of the United Way fundraising drive. A portion of the profits from soda sales during the day would be donated to United Way. The 1993 fund drive was at 80 percent with two days left to go to raise […]

U.S. made right move in awarding of medal

Editorial The Bush administration’s foreign policy is a mess, given its preference for war and bluster for dealing with adversaries in the Middle East. But the administration has pursued a reasonable policy toward China, still at least a nominally communist regime that has mixed authoritarian political rule with relatively free markets. The president has engaged […]

Iranian president OK, but not ROTC?

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices and all sorts of comments regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of […]

United Way kicks off fund-raising campaign

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico kicked off its 2007-2008 fund-raising campaign Thursday with a block party on Main street. The group’s goal is to raise $560,000, which is $30,000 more than it collected last year, according to United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said. People who donated three […]

United States faces Turkish troubles

Editorial Most of the commentary surrounding the election in Turkey revolved around the fact that the Justice and Development Party (known as AK), a moderate Islamist party, achieved a solid victory. This in a country that was established in the 1920s by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who expected to have an explicitly secular rather than a […]

Nation’s drug policies must be reconsidered

Editorial We couldn’t help but notice a recent wire story headlined “Illegal drugs getting scarcer.” The report began by noting that the availability of most illegal drugs is down and drug seizures are up. Drug warriors point to this information as proof the war on drugs is succeeding. Not everyone, however, is reaching that same […]

2-1-1 service offers free information

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt and Curry county residents seeking assistance can turn to a free phone service to help guide them to the proper resources. The 2-1-1 system is a service being provided by United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Callers to the number are connected to the proper organizations for help. […]

Hussein not entire basis for decision leading to war in Iraq

Editorial Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distinguished and polished, as advertised, and generally in command of the issues he discusses. But his views are still troubling on the most important decisions a president has to make, those concerning war and peace. During the most recent Republican candidates’ forum in New Hampshire, Romney made the […]

Iraq negotiations open line of communication between U.S., Iran

Both the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain issues, requiring a […]