Moisture coming at right time for parched crops

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer The flash increase of rain in recent weeks has farmers in the region pleased, but it still isn’t enough to compensate for the drought plaguing the normally arid climate, according to agriculture officials. “It has been an extremely difficult year,” said Jimmy Shearer, the manager of Sunland Peanuts Inc. […]

Hurlburt personnel feel uneasy about move to Cannon

Freedom Newspapers A fine alabaster sand cradles the edges of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where teal pockets of shallow ocean give way to deep, navy expanses. In this paradise in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, tourism and the military have jockeyed for space. “Fort Walton is bound on the south by coastal waters, bound on the […]

Roosevelt rebounds to beat Zia

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The second match-up between the 9-and 10-year-old Roosevelt County All-stars and Clovis Zias produced a different outcome than the first with Roosevelt County coming out on top with an 11-1 win last night at Rotary Park in Portales. The Zia’s struck first, stealing home in the top of the […]

Supreme Court in transition stage, rulings reflect that

Editorial The case that will be remembered from the most recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the court told President Bush that he couldn’t simply create military commissions — especially commissions authorized to deliberate and render decisions with the defendant not even present — without authorization from Congress […]

We can do without films, cells, stats

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s no real need to give a long introduction to this one. There are things I encounter in my life that just need to go, and I’ll tell you why: • Computer-animated films: I’ll admit it, I loved “Toy Story,” made at a time when Pixar was pretty much alone […]

Bike journey passes through Portales

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Bryant Million The Journey of Hope’s annual fund-raising bike ride across the nation stopped Monday in Portales. The journey is held by Push America, an organization founded by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity in 1977 in order to commit themselves to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. Nineteen cyclists arrived at City Hall to […]

Unmanned aircraft will be tested at base bombing range

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Perched on the front lawn of the Clovis Community College, the spy plane looked strikingly similar to a praying mantis. Produced by Boeing, the unmanned aerial vehicle known as the ScanEagle was brought to Clovis in preparation for training classes scheduled to begin today at the college. Boeing, the world’s leading […]

Let North Korea’s neighbors play tough guy this time around

Editorial North Korea’s pitiful regime no doubt intended to get Washington’s attention by testing six missiles on July 4, beginning a few minutes after the launch of the space shuttle Discovery. It may turn out to have been a severe miscalculation, as is often the case when a government operates on bravado and testosterone rather […]

Deals missed by drive-by garage-salers

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor You’ve heard of drive-by shootings. My wife is the master of drive-by garage-sale shopping. She wants to go to garage sales but the whole process of walking up to each house, pawing through the stuff and making a deal is too much for her sensibilities. The idea of a […]

Bonem House set to open

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A new youth shelter facility opening in Portales this month will give children who are out of options a safe place to live. The new Bonem House will open July 18 in Portales as an eight-bed treatment facility for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The just-completed […]