52-year-old lines up against Greyhound football

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer At 52, Portales resident Jimmy Stratton thought he’d never have the opportunity to play football again. When he heard about the first annual Eastern New Mexico University alumni football game he wanted to play — but there was a slight misunderstanding. “I thought it was going to be alumni [...]

Widow remembers husband’s heroism

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman still wrestles with demons that had their roots in the Iranian hostage crisis more than a quarter-century ago. Trudy McKeel is the widow of John D. McKeel, a Marine guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, one of 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days [...]

Air Force releases impact statement

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Plummet. Spike. Drop. Level out. The next few years of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed transition to a Special Operations base look like a chart of the stock market. Over the next six to seven years, Cannon population numbers will drop significantly when the F-16s leave and the base prepares [...]

Salvation Army attempts to identify victims’ needs

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A replacement car window, food and water, items for the baby, a place to sleep — the list of unique needs goes on and on. More than a dozen residents waited hours Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds to meet with representatives from local agencies offering disaster relief. Just shy [...]

Statement studies proposals’ effects

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Environmental Impact Statement is based on a three-prong proposal by Air Force Special Operations Command. The EIS studies the effect of those proposals on the surrounding environment, scrutinizing everything from air, noise and water impact to potential socioeconomic outcomes. Two of the proposals offer variations of restructuring scenarios for [...]

With God you are never alone

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Last week, I had surgery on my ankle in Lubbock. An antibiotic was prescribed as a precautionary measure to avoid infection. Within 30 minutes of taking the first pill, I began to sneeze. I must have sneezed 20 times. I noticed my hands had turned red and my face [...]

Driving history details life changes

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer I have a checkered driving history, which reveals more than my driving habits over the past two decades. It speaks volumes about each three-year increment, the time my insurance company goes back to count tickets. My friend Bernard says I’m a crazy driver, usually while telling me to slow [...]

Government harassment should not be tolerated

Editorial Let’s say government officials want you to turn over a piece of your property to them for free. Let’s say you refuse, arguing that you have no legal requirement to do so. And let’s say the government officials then embark on a harassment campaign to intimidate you into giving them what they want. Should [...]

Communities remain in holding pattern

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a crowd of Clovis officials Wednesday they weren’t sure when, or if, the state would receive help from FEMA in recovery from Friday’s tornadoes that slammed eastern New Mexico. They seemed quite sure, however, if FEMA funds are denied, it won’t be [...]

Water board considers funding

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request [...]