Children can feel life’s unfairness

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, my second born, Anna, threw a temper tantrum because her older sister was going to play at the home of a friend from kindergarten. She insisted it was unfair, and what started with a pleading tone quickly escalated into whining and yelling about this apparent age discrimination. […]

Libby’s jail sentence miscarriage of justice

Editorial As one of the major behind-the-scenes architects — from his position as Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff — of the lamentable war in Iraq, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has a great deal to answer for, whether in the depths of his conscience or in the annals of history. For the crimes of which […]

Canyon cowboy leads steer wrestling

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Entrants in the second night of competition of this year’s Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo didn’t exactly get a chance to size up the leaders in person because, by and large, Friday night’s set of cowboys and cowgirls was ºsomewhere other than Clovis on Thursday when the event began. Even if […]

Prosecution rests

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford. The defense expects to do the same thing quickly next week. After a motion to dismiss charges against his client due to lack of evidence was denied, defense attorney Gary Mitchell told Judge […]

‘Bombs’ away

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Airmen from nine Air Force bases displayed their skills in two separate competitions Friday morning at Cannon Air Force Base. Eight of the bases represented, including Cannon, fall under the 12th Air Force, which is headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Airmen from Hurlburt Field in Florida also […]

Animal cruelty charges against ex-chief reduced

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A former Melrose police chief will face a single animal cruelty charge after a Magistrate Court judge ordered the prosecutor to dismiss six other charges, according to court records filed Thursday. Records show Magistrate Judge Buddy Hall — who previously ordered the charges be prosecuted individually — based his decision […]

Water rate decision postponed again

By Freedom Newspapers A decision on the New Mexico American Water rate case pending before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is expected next week, according to a PRC spokesman. The PRC postponed a decision again Thursday on the proposed water rate hike in Clovis and Edgewood, asking for additional time to compare other Edgewood-area […]

Fire destroys historic Tucumcari building

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Chelle Delaney TUCUMCARI — Fire destroyed the historic two-story Sands Dorsey building at Second and Main streets in Tucumcari Friday. No injuries were reported. The blaze erupted about 5 p.m. Firefighters were still on the scene at 10 p.m. and occasional flames could still be seen on the roof. Firefighters from the Tucumcari Fire Department […]

Calendar for week of June 9-15

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Saturday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — Noon to […]

Witnesses: DNA evidence lacking

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Expert witnesses testified Thursday there was no DNA, fingerprint or shoeprint evidence at various crime scenes to tie capital murder defendant Stanley Bedford to the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. Prosecutors walked Noreen Purcell, a DNA analyst with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, through […]

Cannon celebrates anniversary of name

Freedom Newspapers Today marks 50 years since Clovis Air Force Base became Cannon, named in honor of the late Gen. John K. Cannon. Cannon served as commander of Tactical Air Command after a lengthy career that extended through World War II and up to his death in 1955. Gen. John K. Cannon Born: 1892, Salt […]

ENMU hosts choir camp

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer High school students from across the state spent the past week on the Eastern New Mexico University campus participating in the school’s annual choir camp. Not only does the camp help to prepare students for the upcoming All-State auditions, it is also instrumental in helping the students improve their […]

Colon to visit Portales today

Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This story was edited for clarity, length and style. Brian Colon was elected in April as the new chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. An attorney in Albuquerque, he will be in Portales at 4:30 p.m.today at the home of Dr. Jim Le, 2111 Boxwood Street. The event is […]

Centennial parade expected to draw record numbers

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Expect to see a 1963 Coca-Cola Cadillac, a three-star general and a record amount of entries in Saturday’s Pioneer Days parade in Clovis. In addition, there will be an fly-over prior to the parade featuring four F-16 jets. “Honoring Our Past” is the theme for the 2007 Pioneer Days celebration, […]

Cannon airmen train in Guam

Freedom Newspapers Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]

June 8, 1958

• Ten students representing Roosevelt County left for Roswell to participate in Boys State on the New Mexico Military Institute campus. • B & J Drug advertised Old Spice gift sets for Father’s Day. Prices ranged from $1 to $5.

Seminarian spending summer at St. Helen in Portales

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers John Trambley believes he was called to the priesthood over several years in which God worked through those around him. The 41-year-old Iowa native is spending the summer helping out at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales after completing his second year at a seminary school in Connecticut. Since he […]

Flag Day prompts patriotism

By Joan Clayton: Columnist June 14 is “Flag Day.” This is a time to honor “Old Glory” and to show our patriotism for America. I love our flag and the freedom it stands for. On June 14, 1777, Congress officially passed an act declaring that our flag have 13 stripes, alternating with red and white. […]

Sister’s move prompts thoughts of Oz

helena_rodriguez@link.freedom.com “I think I’ll miss you most of all, Scarecrow.” Those are the words my mom said to my 5-year-old niece, Marissa, as she hugged her goodbye when my sister Julie moved her family to Odessa, Texas, in April. Since then, Mom has referred to Marissa as her little scarecrow and that got my daughter […]

Subsidies not answer to energy problems

Editorial The slogan for public consumption is “energy independence,” with a modest but not especially sincere bow to concern about climate change. But as congressional leaders prepare energy bills they hope to pass by mid-July, the coal industry is quietly lobbying for billions — yes, literally billions — of dollars in subsidies, price guarantees and […]