Officials take new approach

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County governmental entities and area state legislators took a new approach toward capital outlay requests this year as they brought the various entities together for the first time at the Memorial Building in Portales Tuesday to present their requests all in one day. In previous years each entitity […]

F-16 pilot still missing

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base or […]

Fuller sentencing set for Thursday

PNT Staff Sentencing for Jerry Wayne Fuller of Portales in connection with the 2005 slayings of Odis and Doris Newman, an elderly Portales couple, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. In early October, Fuller pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping as […]

Peace on Earth can be costly

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As a resident of a community with a strong military presence, I’ve often heard, “Freedom isn’t free.” It’s a notion that we sometimes have to sacrifice for our way of life, and it makes sense. As a reader of current events, I’m coming to fear something else. Apparently in Colorado, […]

Military trying to pinpoint ‘quality’ dropout

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Army struggling to attract enough “quality” volunteers is enlisting thousands of additional high school dropouts using an experimental screening tool to identify those most likely to complete their enlistments. The Two Tier Attrition Screen (TTAS) is an added “quality indicator” that officials hope will allow the Army to take in […]

Free society must tolerate even offensive publications

Editorial Those who think government is necessary to uphold public morals and even put limits on offensive speech ought to pay attention to the controversy over O.J. Simpson’s book and TV special, “If I Did It.” The publisher, Judith Regan, said she viewed the book — a supposedly fictional account of how O.J. might have […]

Lady Rams set sights on repeating

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Brenda Gomez doesn’t make excuses. She plays the hand she’s dealt, and usually plays it well. After leading the Lady Rams to their sixth state championship last year, the Portales girls basketball coach finds herself with a brand new pair of hole cards, but one she thinks she can […]

Cannon F-16 crashes in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson and Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 that crashed Monday in Iraq was from Cannon Air Force Base, but base officials said the plane’s pilot was not from Cannon. “All of our Cannon pilots are accounted for,” said Cannon Public Information Officer Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Garcia said […]

People helping people

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 3 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a disabled single mother who lives on a fixed income. Her holiday hopes: To have Christmas presents for her daughter. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12 to 14. Girls winter coat size 12 to 14. Toys list: Bicycle The Empty Stocking […]

ENMU presents concert

PNT Staff The Eastern New Mexico University symphonic band and choirs will perform two holiday concerts Friday at the University Theatre Center. The performances also feature guest harpist Cameron Huster from New York City, who will be accompanying the choirs. “It will be a great event for everyone,” said Jason Paulk, assistant professor of music […]