Pandemic preparations under way locally

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Health officials in Portales and across the state have begun preparing for a flu pandemic that officials say could devastate communities with its rapid spread. In May, Portales city officials received a briefing book from the New Mexico Department of Health outlining precautionary measures the city must take for [...]

McFadden called to pulpit of FBC

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The First Baptist Church of Portales has been without a pastor for the last 20 months but that will all change this Sunday with the church’s first service by their new pastor, David McFadden. McFadden recently moved to Portales from Kerrville, Texas, where he pastored at the First Baptist Church [...]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep [...]

Obituaries for June 30, 2006

Charles M. Griffin Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. Charles M. Griffin, 57, of Portales died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Born Sept. 9, 1948, in Crockett, Texas, to Gladys and Melvin Griffin, he moved to Portales in the early 1970s following a brief time in the Army. [...]

It may be too late for Republicans to save sinking ship

Editorial It may be too late for Republicans to restore their lost luster as the party of fiscal responsibility, at least in time to prevent a drubbing in the coming elections. But at least some of them are trying. A few senators are pushing the SOS bill, the Stop Overspending Act of 2006, which attempts [...]

It makes cents to save our penny

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes our government does something outrageous and oversteps its bounds. Ok, this has been happening more frequently lately. But we know things have really gotten bad when the feds go after our precious penny. There has been a movement in recent years to get rid of our copper-faced Abe Lincolns [...]

Give thanks for our country and for Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist America has come through many conflicts to preserve her freedom. Many have given their lives to keep this nation free. Let us not take this for granted. Is that not why we celebrate July 4th? We want freedom and independence. No other place can replace the United States of [...]

U.S. special ops commander outlines future

By Mladen Rudman: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: Mladen Rudman is a staff writer for the Northwest Daily News, a Freedom Newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — One of the keys to taming insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan is ensuring that each country has a military that can handle itself, said the [...]

Roosevelt County now has 911 cell phone tracking system

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County 911 dispatchers now have a new system using global positioning satellite technology (GPS) which allows dispatchers to pinpoint the exact location of a cell phone caller. Before, Roosevelt County was phase one compliant, which means they were only able to track a caller by the cell tower [...]

Independence Day’s is going to be a blast

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Explosions of color will flood the skies this July Fourth in celebration of the nation’s 230th year of independence. Lucky for locals, they won’t have to travel far to see them. Clovis, Portales, Elida, Ute Lake and Sumner Lake will all hold events for this year’s Independence Day holiday. Clovis [...]