Time is precious commodity

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Today is all we have. We cannot go back and relive yesterday. Neither can we live tomorrow today. Psychologists agree that one of the main hindrances to victorious living is looking back. Past hurts, guilt and remorse lead to despair. Dwelling on the past impedes moving forward, stifles success and promotes […]

Mornings provide sense of peace

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer As children, my sister Becky, my aunt Paula and I competed to see who could rise the earliest. In college, the competition turned into who slept the latest. Now, I’m back to being an early bird. These are the cycles we go through in life. Of course I can’t […]

Socialist leaders have propensity to become dictators

Editorial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent strong-arm moves illustrate a couple of truths we’re weary of seeing illustrated. The first is that those who proclaim themselves socialists — avatars of “the people” and battlers for the underprivileged — all too soon end up taking the maximum possible power unto themselves, to the point of becoming […]

Welcome home AEF 3/4

Staff St. Sean Mulcahy, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, embraces his daughter, Sabrina after returning home from a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This deployment has been gone since September. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Nearly 300 Cannon Airmen returned home Thursday to hugs, handshakes and thank-yous after completing a four-month deployment to Balad […]

New tax laws, pointers

Cannon Tax Center The 27th Fighter Wing Legal Office will be providing free tax help, beginning Jan. 26. To help better prepare Airmen for filing their taxes this year, the Cannon Tax Office has scoured the law for changes since filing last year. Airmen might be interested to know … Expanded IRA Options for Military […]

Organization key to reaching financial success

By Janet Taylor-Birkey It’s the time of year when people think about getting their finances in shape. According to Dave Ramsey, the average enlisted person will have $750,000 go through their hands in a 20- year career. It’s important to know what is going on with that money. When was the last time you looked […]

Fuller gets 127 years

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As Jerry Wayne Fuller was escorted by deputies from the Roosevelt County district courtroom Wednesday to begin a 127-year double murder sentence, he left with a new Bible clutched in his shackled hands and with the forgiveness of at least some of the victims’ family. After hearing victim impact […]

Cannon families await arrival

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers It could be today, tomorrow or even Saturday, but after more than five months, Jennie Halfmann knows her husband is coming home from deployment soon. Msgt. Robert Halfmann is one of approximately 300 Cannon Air Force Base airmen returning this week from Iraq, base spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Seals said Tuesday. […]

ENMU Board of Regents meets

PNT staff The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents held their monthly board meeting on Wednesday in Santa Fe. Items from the agenda were presented to the board for informational purposes only, with no action items being presented for vote, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble. Those items included: • A resolution of appreciation […]

Lady Rams fall at Clovis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — While Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters is still looking for consistency on offense from the Lady Wildcats, he’s pretty happy with their play on defense. The Lady Cats, struggling early on, used pressure defense to fuel a 9-0 run and take the lead for good in a […]

Rams open district with hard fought win

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Nobody said it was going to be easy. Tuesday night, the Portales Rams began defense of their District 4-3A championship with a hard fought 49-43 victory over the New Mexico Military Institute Colts at Portales High School. The Colts finished last season in last place in District 4-3A, but Portales […]

Councilors address street concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As the Portales City Council’s regular meeting drew to a close Tuesday, Councilor Jake Lopez finally spoke about what had been on the minds of many — road conditions in Portales. “Our streets are terrible,” Lopez summed as he questioned what could be done. Lopez said he was referring […]

Officials debate substation

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Representatives from the city and the county discussed the advantages that an emergency services substation could bring to the north side of Portales. Currently this area is not covered by emergency services and various factors have caused delay in emergency response time. The two major factors contributed to the […]

United Way seeks volunteers

Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking volunteers to serve on a fund distribution panel. The panel will be responsible for reviewing applications submitted by area programs and recommending funding levels, According to Executive Director Erinn Burch, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. “We (United Way) need people to help us […]

Teens accused in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Two Clovis teens have been charged in connection with robberies that took place about the same time and place a homicide occurred last week. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the teens have not been charged in connection with the killing. “Additional information is being collected, (investigators) are completing interviews and […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a true […]

Politicians must let scientists handle scientific research

Editorial The recent finding that stem cells drawn from amniotic fluid rather than from human embryos might have induced a “timeout” from the ongoing politicization of the emerging field of stem-cell research. After all, the potential of stem cells to provide cures or treatments for a variety of diseases is still very much in the […]

Text of Richardson’s State of the State Address

The Associated Press Text of Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 State of the State Address, as prepared for delivery: Lt. Gov. Denish, Senate Pro-tem Ben Altamirano, and Speaker Ben Lujan; Native American and spiritual leaders; chief justices and members of the judiciary; Democratic and Republican leaders, members of our state House of Representatives and Senate; former […]

Lady Rams visit Clovis tonight

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers PORTALES — While the Portales Lady Rams play their final pre-district tuneup tonight, their Clovis counterparts are glad to be back on the court. Portales (8-7), riding a three-game winning streak, visits Rock Staubus Gym for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against the Lady Wildcats. Meantime, Clovis (8-5) had a scheduled […]

Area remembers civil rights leader

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Celebrating the heritage left by Martin Luther King Jr., area residents gathered Monday at the Memorial Building to continue living the dream that has been passed on through the generations. Sponsored by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, festivities included a puppet show, guest speakers and musical performances by Andy […]