Pentagon facing tough fight

By Bradley Klapper The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Lawmakers signaled a difficult battle ahead for the Obama administration’s plan to dramatically overhaul the nation’s military, voicing opposition Tuesday to proposed cuts in benefit packages, long-standing weapons programs and bases that mean money and jobs across America. The skepticism from both Republicans and Democrats augured poorly […]

Synthetic drug testing at issue

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer When a bill that would have put in statute more than 100 chemicals found in synthetic drugs failed to pass, Sen. Wilson Beffort took matters into her own hands. The Sandia Park Republican issued a letter to law enforcement agencies across the state urging them to prosecute distributors […]

Capital outlay request includes Ute study funding

By Thomas Garcia CMI staff writer In an ironic twist, a capital outlay request that included $100,000 for the Ute Pipeline would also fund a new study of the feasibility of the project. Some Quay County officials are opposed to the federally authorized $500 million project that would pump water from the Ute Reservoir […]


Portales ballot and poling places • Early voting will continue through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Portales City Hall. • Election day is from 7 a.m. to p.m. at the Portales Memorial Building.   Mayor Vote for one • Sharon L. King   City Council Ward A Vote for […]

In-flight cell phone usage should be airlines’ call

Why would Congress jump into the debate over whether people should be able to talk on their cellphones while flying on airplanes? The answer is obvious: political pandering while avoiding some of the real issues the people we send to Washington should deal with. Like the fact the country is headed for financial disaster. A […]

Away from gridiron, poetry reigns

• How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning   • “Love, if you knew the light — That your soul casts in my sight.” — Robert Browning   Before the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl in Arizona, I happened upon the sixth-ranked Baylor University Bears practicing indoors in Waco, […]

Act of kindness inspires pay-it-forward attitude

Just when you think, that things are really bad around here, someone comes along and brightens your day. My husband and I went to the Yam theater on Thursday and enjoyed listening and dancing to Will Banister and the Modern Day Ramblers. I left my purse in the theater, and did not realize it until […]

Event celebration brought about unintended results

I am writing to apologize for the 5 a.m. fireworks that occurred without warning last Saturday morning. The university has received more than a few emails and phone calls about the noise and confusion this caused. The fireworks occurred at the conclusion of the university-sponsored “Up All Night” function, an exceptional event dedicated to raising […]

All friends cannot be labeled the same

Kevin Wilson

“Oh,” he intoned. “So you two are friends?” We gave each other a brief glance, each unsure how and by whom the query should be handled. We were spending time together, getting along splendidly, and in a setting where neither of us would argue this was a date. “Yeah, that’s it,” she responded to break […]

Nuclear waste storage should be top priority

Zero. That’s essentially the tolerance level for radiation escaping from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, according to N.M. Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn. WIPP, near Carlsbad, is the nation’s only deep underground repository for U.S. nuclear defense waste. WIPP operators are scrambling to figure out what caused radioactive plutonium and americium to be detected on Feb. […]