ENMU kicks off homecoming week

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer “Under the Big Top” is the theme for this year’s Eastern New Mexico University homecoming, set to kickoff on Monday. This will be the 68th year of homecoming at ENMU, said Janice Cowen, alumni affairs coordinator. Among Friday’s activities will be the dedication of the new KENW Broadcast Center […]

Southern composure is fleeting at times

By Anita Doberman: Columnist If there is one thing that I learned living in the South, it’s that a Southern lady maintains control no matter how badly her children act. A few weeks ago, after an absence of almost five years, I embarked on a trip to Rome with my children. I was determined to […]

Religion, politics don’t belong together

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Communications A wonderful aspect of a free, capitalist society is that nearly everything is privately owned. That applies to churches. They are owned by the order — Roman Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Muslims and all the more than 4,000 different religious groups that exist now in the United States — or by […]

U.N. General Assembly serves as reminder that world is crazy place

Editorial The opening days of the United Nations’ General Assembly debate were unusually entertaining last week. Americans heard Iran’s militant Islamic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rant about the evils of Zionism and Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez refer to President George W. Bush as the “devil.” Such colorful discussions among world leaders don’t take place every […]

Day Trip: Tatum Cow Pasture Golf Course

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer It’s possible to play golf among cow patties and coyotes at Tatum’s “cow pasture golf course. “ Located about an hour south of Roosevelt County, down Highway 206, it has unique fairways and greens. Two years ago, Tatum Schools Superintendent T.J. Parks got together with some of his board […]

Summit makes second run

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Enthusiasm rippled through the crowd as high school students gathered Friday at Eastern New Mexico University to participate in the second annual Latino Leadership Summit. Keynote speaker Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch spoke passionately about her experiences growing up in the barrio in Laredo, Texas, and the challenges she faced as […]

Group seeks to promoto Latino education

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The odds were against Ricardo Arrendondo. No one in his family had ever entered a college classroom. That did not stop him from earning his master’s degree in English. The odds were also against Ron Martinez. As an undergraduate at Eastern New Mexico University, he was slammed by discrimination for […]

Texico residents allowed to go home

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen Texico residents were allowed to return to their homes around 2:30 p.m. Friday, two days after a truck accident resulting in a fuel spill forced their evacuation, according to Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper. The residents of five homes in the 300 block of north State […]

Church group protests N.M. funeral

Staff and Wire reports RIO RANCHO — Members of a Kansas fundamentalist group that contends the deaths of U.S. soldiers are God’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality showed up at an Army soldier’s funeral. Flags around the state were flown at half-staff Thursday as family and friends honored Spc. Alexander Jordan, 31, who died […]

Accident claims life of Jal man

Freedom Newspapers A 21-year-old Jal man is dead following a single- vehicle rollover early Friday morning in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from police. Jared B. Hunter was traveling north on State Road 206 at approximately 2 a.m. when the vehicle he was driving crossed the south-bound lane and into a field, rolling […]

Caring companions

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Senior companions help their clients run errands. They alert doctors and relatives about health conditions. They act as caregivers when the need arises. Something else happens with senior companions — almost as an unwritten rule. They become friends. “I’ll (schedule some companions) from 8 a.m. to noon, but it doesn’t […]

Goddard rides big first half to beat Portales

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Mickey Winfield, Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Goddard Rockets jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead behind a strong running game, and held off a late Portales rally en route to a 21-13 win Friday at Greyhound Stadium. Despite the loss, Portales head coach Andy Correll said the Rams (1-3) played well, especially against […]

Cannon, AFSOC leaders brief communities on new mission

Col. J.D. Clem Air Force Special Operations command deputy director for plans and programs, briefed the Clovis community Monday evening at CCC on Cannon’s new mission. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Cannon and Air Force Special Operations Command leaders held three community meetings this week to garner public input about the move of AFSOC […]

Airman gets a little help from his friends

Janet Taylor-Birkey CFC helps when unexpected happens Senior Airman Jason McGlawn took a few days in July from his job with the 27 Equipment Maintenance Squadron to go to Arkansas to purchase a new vehicle. He also planned to visit family and spend time with his girlfriend, Clarisa Little, who was within six weeks of […]

Cannon Reserve recruiter makes fiscal year goals

Janet Taylor-Birkey Tech. Sgt. James Ring, a three year in-service Air Force recruiter stationed at Cannon, has not only met his yearly goal in recruiting, but has exceeded it. Sergeant Ring will have reached 112 percent of his goal by the end of September, the end of the recruiting year. All Airmen separating from active-duty […]

Stateside spouse stays busy volunteering

Janet Taylor-Birkey Gidget Sanders is a stateside spouse who has been left behind for four deployments in just three and half years of being married to Senior Airman Nicholas Sander, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, currently deployed to Balad, Iraq. Like many spouses, Mrs. Sanders said coming home to an empty house is one of the […]

Lights, camera, action

2nd Lt. Courtney Bullock 27th CMS Airmen put procedure to video for Air Force-wide viewing Across the Air Force, Airmen are required to stay up to date on the latest procedures and techniques related to their jobs. Soon, a new training video starring a group of Cannon Airmen will provide guidance and instruction on a […]

ENMU earns ‘A’ from graduating seniors

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University received a good grade from students in its exiting senior satisfaction survey this spring. The results show ENMU ahead of other the state’s five other four-year institutions in three major categories — curriculum, students services and overall assessment. ENMU’s charts compare 2006 data against the […]

ENMU kicks off fine arts season

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Culture, class, sophistication, and a little reminiscing are just a few of the things coming to the High Plains this fall as the arts and entertainment schedule hits its stride at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU kicked off it’s Fall 2006 Fine Arts Calendar with a piano recital on […]

Farm safety is no laughing matter

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched before thrusting the hose forward, letting loose a stream of water. Zig-zagging it from side to side, she watched in satisfaction as the orange glow gave way to smoke and the flames disappeared. “I was scared of (the […]