Training helps airmen become physician assistants

By Staff Sgt. Craig Seals, 27th SOW Public Affairs Is it possible to receive medical training to become a physician assistant and become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force at the same time? For one airman at Cannon Air Force Base, not only is it possible, it’s now a reality. Airman 1st Class […]

Editorial: Real fathers not portrayed in TV sitcoms

In the world of humor, fathers have become the fail-safe target. In television comedies and commercials, they are regularly depicted as out-of-touch with their families — and reality. They are stubbornly behind the times, playing air guitar to old Styx 8-tracks instead of quietly nodding to the beats of Finger Eleven fed through ear buds […]

School district seeks new Valencia principal

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A search is under way for a new elementary school principal in Portales. Valencia Elementary School Principal Todd Morris resigned from his position, effective June 30, to become principal of James Bickley Elementary School in Clovis. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said Morris gave him a written letter of […]

Cannon Community May 16

Cannon Idol holds auditions Auditions to become Cannon Air Force Base’s first “Cannon

Cannon Community May 9

Stock up and save The Cannon Air Force Base Commissary is having its Worldwide Case Lot Sale today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cannon Idol plans auditions Auditions to become Cannon Air Force Base’s first “Cannon

We don’t endorse candidates — we just critique them

Freedom Communications newspapers, which include this one, do not endorse political candidates. The practice dates to the company’s founder, R.C. Hoiles, who developed a political philosophy of small “L” libertarianism that advocates limited government, respect for the individual, free markets, free trade and property rights. Hoiles fearlessly criticized powerful institutions and practices that many take […]

We must solve B.E.L.C.H. issue

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist As global warming increases, and most agree it has regardless of the cause, ruminant raisers are going to become conversant in a new field of science called “Bovine Emissions Lately Considered Hazardous,” or B.E.L.C.H. The study of B.E.L.C.H. will revolve around a simple formula — greenhouse gas emissions per pound […]

Bigger isn’t necessarily better

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so much […]

Democrats must keep promises to keep majority

For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican boat […]

Being Julio’s daughter is enough

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Many people mistake me for my mom, but not many have said over the years that I resemble my dad. With that said though, most people do know me as “Julio’s daughter.” I’m proud to be Julio’s daughter, the daughter of a baker, the daughter of a “musico,” the daughter […]

Elida graduates six seniors

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer ELIDA — A night of remembering, honoring and celebrating the high school careers of the six Elida High School seniors had some of the graduates and few audience members shedding tears. The ceremony, which included Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia as guest speaker and a senior video of the […]

Village neglecting its duty to children

By Helena Rodriquez We all know the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But what happens when the village doesn’t want to raise the child? What happened to the old days when children were taught to listen to adults and other figures of authority? And what happened to the days when people […]

Library hosts one-woman show for Women’s History Month

By William P. Thompson A southern belle will come to life at noon Friday inside the Portales Public Library when performance artist VanAnn Moore brings her one-woman show from Belen. It’s all part of the library’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Moore, who has created 20 characters for herself over the past two decades, said […]

McGowan returns as priest at St. Helen

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By Helena Rodriguez At one point James McGowan wanted to be a stand-up comedian. He also considered careers in military and police work. But ultimately, he following a calling he received in first grade to become a priest. However, this was not before being a jack of all trades while he tried to figure out […]

Retired cop turns to new life of service

By Darrell Todd Maurina On Sunday, Clovis resident and retired state police Capt. Alan Brockmeier exchanged his police uniform to become a man of the cloth with a different color — the black cassock and white collar of an ordained Episcopal priest. Raised in a small German denomination that merged with the United Methodists in […]

What is a ‘real’ politician anyway?

Helena Rodriguez The California governor’s race has literally become a circus of the stars. From the “Terminator” — a.k.a. “Governator” — to a “hustler” to a 1980s sitcom star who doesn’t even plan to vote for himself. By now, we’ve all heard just about every Arnold Schwarzenegger line being pitched like campaign slogans and I […]