‘Unconfirmed’ reports of mumps reported in N.M.

By William P. Thompson, Freedom Newspapers A mumps outbreak that has blazed through the Midwest may be knocking on New Mexico’s door. The New Mexico Department of Health has issued a release stating that two “possible” mumps cases have recently been discovered in New Mexico, although the release is quick to add that New Mexico […]

Forty — not over hill, just near summit

Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers My sister Becky sent me an e-mail that posed the question, “Why do we women gain weight as we age?” The answer is that we women are so full of the wisdom we have acquired over the years that we run out of room in our brain to hold it […]

Garcia brought out best in everyone

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Edward Garcia demonstrated compassion by the way he respected the lives of others. He honored their integrity and sought to bring out the best when even the darkest times presented themselves in full. According to family members, he was a man with an open heart to love. Edward Garcia died Oct. […]

Helena Rodriguez: FreToo young for a cara de suegraedom Newspapers

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers While visiting my grandma in Lubbock last weekend, she said I have a cara de suegra. In translation, that’s the face of a mother-in-law. Grandma Chaya was basically saying that my 15-year-old daughter Laura is maturing into a young lady and it may not be too long before Laura gets married […]

Priorities become simpler with age

Bob Huber: Local Columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

Forget your age and enjoy life

Joan Clayton: Religion columnist Believe it or not, advantages come with growing older and you can be happy about it. Our culture puts a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young looking. Extreme makeovers are “in,” despite the pain and expense. I think we should try […]

Rules change as one gets older

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist It’s May again, time to gather ye the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort and go a-Maying. But if you’re into less strenuous activities, just give thanks you got through another winter. By and large, that can be a heady sensation. That said, let’s today delve into the human […]

Older is here, but wiser seems to be on hold

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Jack Benny got away with calling himself 39 right up to his death at age 80. In reality, he actually turned 40 on St. Valentine’s Day in 1934. Now that I’m getting older, he has become my role model. My friends tell me I need to stop saying I’m 39, […]

Suspects arrested in Newman case

Three men and one woman are in police custody in connection with last week’s deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. The following profiles of the suspects were compiled by Freedom Newspapers Staff Writer David Irvin. Jerry Fuller Age: 32 Residence: Portales Charge: Two open counts of murder Bond: None Fuller is hospitalized at Covenant hospital […]

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional for those under 18

Freedom Newspapers Civilization has developed an imperfect but constructive system for transitioning error-prone children to responsible adulthood: We designate by law at what ages young people are designated partly and then fully responsible for their actions. Sixteen-year-olds can drive, but not vote or sign contracts. At 18 they are generally recognized as full adults, though […]

When are you too young or old to have children?

By Helena Rodriguez The miniature rubber duckie on the soap dish in my shower always reminds me of Amanda. Dear, sweet Amanda. But here lately, I see the rubber duckie and all I can think is, “Amanda is pregnant! Amanda is pregnant!” Amanda was my daughter Laura’s best friend when we lived in Abilene, Texas. […]

Pioneers honored

By Tony Parra Find your sneakers, paint your turtles, and break out your stick horses, because there is much to celebrate Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fair. At 2 p.m. in the Pavillion, the turtle race will kick off a day for the kids and family. Southwest Box Turtles will be divided up into heats. […]

Kids’ events set for Saturday

PNT Staff Find your sneakers, paint your turtles, and break out your stick horses, because there is much to celebrate Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fair. At 2 p.m. in the Pavillion, the turtle race will kick off a day for the kids and family. Southwest Box Turtles will be divided up into heats. Each […]

Pig chase draws crowd

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By Laurie Stone The chase was on at the Roosevelt County Fair Wednesday evening as children stomped, trampled and ran after the bow on a pig’s neck. Capturing the bow from the squealing pig would grant five children, from different age groups, a trophy and bragging rights at school the following day. Every year Roosevelt […]

No rules, just red hats

By Helena Rodriguez There are no rules. No dues. No committees. No officers. No charity work. No men allowed. No set meeting dates. No actual meetings or parliamentary procedure. And absolutely no responsibilities. The only requirements to be a member of the Red Hat Society is you must be a woman age 50 or over, […]

Nonagenarians celebrate long life

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By Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson in a proclamation said people over the age of 90 from New Mexico are one of our greatest treasures and those from Roosevelt County were honored in the Sixth Annual Roosevelt County nonagenarian tea party which took place on Wednesday afternoon. The event was created to honor residents of […]

Local people remember Reagan in respectful manner

By Ryan Lengerich Mary Lewis said she never missed a Ronald Reagan movie. The 77-year-old Texico resident praised the former president. “I just loved him, he was just so handsome and such a good actor,” she said. “He was a wonderful president and a loving husband.” Reagan, the nation’s 40th president, died Saturday at age […]

Cannon newspaper editor receives court-martial conviction

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The editor of the Cannon Air Force Base newspaper will spend nine months in military prison, be demoted to the lowest enlisted rank, and receive a bad conduct discharge following his court-martial conviction Wednesday for carnal knowledge. Master Sgt. Stefan […]

Old Cannon buildings are becoming more modernized

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to extra funding provided by Congress on Nov. 12, Cannon Air Force Base will be able to replace some World War II-era buildings and add more runway lighting to improve pilot safety. The work will be in addition to upgrades the base has been doing all year. New Mexico Sen. Pete […]

9-14 Birth Announcements

Abarca Aaron and Tonia Abarca of Portales are the parents of a 8-pound-15-ounce boy born on Sept. 4, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, NM. Anthony Louis Abarca has one sister, Erica Abarca, age 10. Grandparents are: Tony and Dusty King of Ontario, Canada; Jesse and Dyann Abarca of Portales and Janette Paiz […]