Words are all we have to honor soldiers’ sacrifices

Editorial They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was serving […]

Letters to the Editor for May 28, 2006

Reader says column unfair Dear Editor: Regarding Sunday’s column by Karl Terry on Portales’ Maypole tradition: Each person is entitled to his/her own opinion about events. It’s obvious that when the girl called Terry about winding the Maypole years ago, he should have said, “No.” I found Terry’s remarks about Barbara George to be rude, […]

Good night and good luck with TIVO

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My granddad used to call it the idiot box 30 years ago. If he reappeared alive today, television would be a foreign thing to him. On my day off this week my wife and I (history buffs both of us) purchased the movie “Good Night and Good Luck” on […]

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 […]

Portales trio tests waters

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — It’s not a big field at the oldest New Mexico tennis tournament this weekend for the women’s open singles competition. Even so, the top of the draw is extremely good and it didn’t take long for three Portales entrants to find out. Thanks to the entry of Ella […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific Prowler idled, bird nests and cobwebs cluttering her insides. That was until Jim Terry rescued her. Three years ago, the retired Air Force pilot restored the famous World War II bomber, built in August 1944. “It was a ghost,” said Terry, a […]

Blackmon, Gomez move on next year

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers Just as one local product makes her way to South Plains Junior College in the fall, another will come back from the Levelland, Texas school. Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon has decided to go to South Plains for her freshman year, while Portales’ Roni Gomez has signed to play at Eastern New […]

Clovis players sign with ENMU

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Clovis High graduates Sean Cruce and Matt Ulibarri are happy to be staying close to home. Cruce and Ulibarri signed national letters of intent to play baseball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Both were four-year regulars for the Wildcats under former ENMU player Shane Shallenberger. The […]

Area teams busy with summer schedules

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The season may be nearly six months off, but Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler believes the summer schedule his team will go through over the next six weeks is crucial. Isler’s four-week summer league began Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym, and he hopes the Wildcats can […]

Airman artists give base library facelift

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A1C Jerry Calalang gives A1C Diana Garcia some suggestions as she paints a mural of the world at the base library. The two 27th Services Squadron Airmen and other Airmen contributed their artistic talens to brighten the library. Janet Taylor-Birkey The children’s area at the Cannon library is getting a mini-makeover. Airmen from the 27th […]

Pool opens, offers splashing good summertime fun

Cannon’s Liberty swimming pool opens Saturday for a summer season of water fun. The pool will be open noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Janet Taylor-Birkey The days of summer may not be as lazy as they were a few generations ago, but many people still […]

Memorial Day a time to honor our fallen heroes

27th Fighter Wing On Memorial Day we pause to remember all who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation, the fallen warriors who never came home to their families and friends. Liberty is a precious gift whose benefits we all enjoy, but too often give little thought to its price. Memorial Day is the one […]

Spouse of the Year – ‘The total package’

Janet Taylor-Birkey Mary Roux is the winner of Cannon’s 2006 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year award. Col. Robert West, 27th Maintenance Group commander nominated her, asserting that Mrs. Roux is “the whole package — a master of every trade and inspiration.” Mrs. Roux is quick to say that while she received the […]

0-0-1-3 safety program promotes responsibility

Tech. Sgt. Michael Rogers Cannon’s focus this summer is to “Live Smart, Train Hard and Defend Freedom.” 0-0-1-3 is one way to remember what smart living is all about. Developed to provide F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Airmen guidance on responsible drinking, the 0-0-1-3 program concept has become well-known and accepted by its populace […]

Valencia Elementary will have new fence

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales School Board approved a bid to construct a fence around part of Valencia Elementary to protect fourth- and fifth-graders at school. Western Builders of Amarillo was awarded the contract for $19,880 Thursday during a school board special session. T.N.T. Fence of Savoy, Texas, submitted a bid of […]

Clovis man convicted of murder

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Her jaw clenched, eyes shielded behind glasses, the mother of shooting victim Roshawn Pitts sat with arms and legs crossed, nodding her head emphatically Thursday as each guilty verdict was read. William Riley, 33, showed no emotion as his family members shook their heads in disbelief and anger after a […]

Thunderbirds ready to entertain at Saturday’s air show

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Despite the sweat-inducing heat, Maj. Nicole Malachowski appeared calm, cool and collected as she stood on the flight line Thursday afternoon at Cannon Air Force Base and recalled the moment she knew she would one day be a pilot. Malachowski, 31, said an air show she attended with her parents […]

Veterans council seeks to mark veteran graves

Freedom Newspapers The Joint Veterans Council of Curry and Roosevelt counties will place approximately 2,300 American flags on veterans’ graves this weekend. But each year, council volunteers miss veterans’ graves because there is nothing to indicate veteran status. All veteran organizations have bronze markers that can be purchased to mark veterans’ graves. VFW Post 9515 […]

Be grateful to those who have sacrificed

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Every day I hear complaints, murmurs and criticisms of my beloved land. I am an American and proud of it. I cherish the freedom I have. I wouldn’t live anywhere else on Earth. For more than 200 years this country has opened arms to those who seek a better […]

Raid on Congressman’s office questionable but not unconstitutional

Editorial A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit overwrought. […]