Enforcement not job for rail companies

More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union Pacific Corp. to […]

Portales Police Department’s accreditation first in state

PNT Staff Report By Sharna Johnson Freedom New Mexico sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com The Clovis Police Department is taking a giant step to become more transparent. It’s a step the Portales Police Department has already taken. This month, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council — the accrediting authority for the state — is evaluating the Clovis […]

Cannon airmen become naturalized U.S. citizens

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Now it’s their country, too. After working for years to achieve an honor some are born with, five Cannon Air Force Base airmen on Monday became American citizens through a ceremony held at the Landing Zone. Coming from countries like Trinidad-Tobago, the Phillipines and Ethiopia, the quintet joined hundreds […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

Printing building becomes event venue

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A dilapidated building has become a new downtown event facility with brick and concrete interior walls, rusty antiques for decoration and open-air rooms. Portales MainStreet has renovated the former Bishop Printing building on Main Street to become the Stargazer, named for the two roofless rooms at the front of […]

Cannon training exercises to become routine

Freedom New Mexico A military plane that circled Tucumcari for about a half hour Tuesday night could become a routine event across the region. A Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson confirmed the plane — which had many residents worried and local officials preparing for an emergency — was a U.S. Air Force plane conducting a […]

Policies put forth by Reagan become too marginalized

Freedom New Mexico A bipartisan crowd celebrated last week’s unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan in the Capitol Rotunda. We admit we felt a little choked up, just like former first lady Nancy Reagan, who shed a few tears at remembrances of the heady days of the Reagan presidency. More than […]

Desperate PBS looks or ways to be relevant

It has become oh-so-cool to look down on mainstream religion in these days of clergy scandals and unpopular wars. As such, our country’s Public Broadcasting Service has decided to jump on the bandwagon after decades of religious broadcasting. The network — desperate for relevance amid the commercial success of cable networks such as Discovery, the […]

Police investigating armed robbery at Sonic

PNT Staff Report An armed man robbed the Sonic on Chicago Street about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said one person entered the restaurant with his face partially covered, produced a handgun, demanded cash, and left. As of about 10:15 p.m., Berry said the police didn’t have a […]

Real estate agents have new affiliation

Portales real estate agents Charles and Beverly Bennett have become affiliated with United Country Real Estate. Located at 708 S. Avenue C, their office is now called United Country–Vista Nueva Inc. “We’re excited about joining the biggest network of traditional real estate agents and auctioneers in the country,” Charles Bennett said. “United Country has jumped […]