Memorial Day time to remember those who died for us

By Joan Clayton Memorial Day brings reflections, honoring and remembering those who have gone on before us. The importance of younger generations knowing and appreciating the principles that has made America great cannot be measured. As a child during World War II, I vividly remember the symbols of pain and sacrifice. My grandmother lived by […]

‘Feel good’ laws make for confusing interpretations

A narrow court ruling upholding one small aspect of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the problems that ensue when Congress passes feel-good legislation that turns out to be imprecise and more sweeping than in keeping with the constitutional ideal of limited government. Sloppy language in laws allows — sometimes requires — the courts […]

Windbreaks on Llano get creative

By Baxter Black Dear Dr. Black, I have a question. I live in an area prone to guerrilla grazing. It’s private land but New Mexico is a fence-out state, so it is legal for people to put cattle on other people’s land. This is unregulated, so unfenced land gets overgrazed. Then cows resort to busting […]

Quest for satisfaction never ends

By Helena Rodriguez “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” — T.S. Eliot, 1943 Last week’s final episode of “Frasier” left me in tears. I’ve found this TV psychiatrist’s dry sense of humor funny […]

Rams assistant moving up to Class 4A Taos

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Managing Editor Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com Rick Apodaca made sure his step up to a varsity coach was a big one. Apodaca, an assistant coach for the Portales boys basketball team for six seasons, on Thursday accepted the head coaching position at Class 4A Taos High School. “For me to go […]

Cook to stay with home team

Kevin Wilson Time will tell as to whether the middle and ending are similar, but Erika Cook has chosen to start her college years the same way she started her high school years — in Portales, alongside Laci Lee and Ashley Golden. Cook has signed on with Eastern New Mexico University to play basketball, where […]

Funding spark

By Tony Parra With a little over a month left before July 4, Roosevelt County Chamber Commerce officials are hoping to get a big funding boost or they may not be able to conduct fireworks’ displays in the future. Chamber Manager Pat Willis said the goal is to raise around $10,000 for this year’s fireworks […]

Teague looking for more involvement

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This is the third in a three-part series about candidates for the upcoming Roosevelt County Commission District 2 primary election. A man who has done everything from operate some of the area’s largest car dealerships to play a key role in city government, is seeking a seat on […]

Roswell to take over Big Brothers/Big Sisters branch

By Ryan Lengerich The Big Brother Big Sister program of Curry and Roosevelt counties has become a branch of the agency based in Roswell, an organization’s official said. Jill Dennis, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pecos Valley, said she hopes to have a program coordinator in Clovis by the middle of June. […]

Council wishing for more wells

By Tony Parra City councilors selected Smith Engineering Company from Roswell to provide construction services for Blackwater well improvement on Tuesday. The contract agreement calls for installing pumps into existing irrigation wells and installing water pipelines from the wells to the existing water mains, known as Black Water Well Field Improvements. It is a step […]