Military update: Money lacking for disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members are closer to landing a 3.4 percent basic pay raise next January, which would be the 11th consecutive annual increase set higher than private sector wage growth. But in approving a $550.4 billion fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill and $130 billion for wartime operations last week, […]

Fire cause undeterminable

PNT staff reports A New Mexico State Forestry Division investigator has ruled the cause of the grassfire southwest of Causey on April 9 could not be determined, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Hooker said the investigator was able to approximate a point of origin, but couldn’t find the cause. The fire burned 1,300 […]

Child predators can lurk anywhere

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I try not to judge someone when I first meet them, but I couldn’t help myself when I saw this man at my neighbor’s daughter’s birthday party. He looked scary. The neighbor introduced him as an ‘uncle.’ He had long white hair in a pony tail, blue eyes and a […]

April 5, 2009 On the shelves

Still Life by Joy Fielding Best-selling author Joy Fielding delivers a suspenseful and riveting tale of a young woman caught in a nightmare somewhere between life and death. Casey Marshall couldn’t be more content with her life. She’s beautiful, happily married and the owner of a successful interior design business. Everything changes when a car […]

Editorial: Automakers no longer shielded from feds

We pored through the U.S. Constitution and just couldn’t find the clause that says, “the president of the United States shall have the authority to fire the president of any corporation with whom he is dissatisfied.” Maybe it was an amendment that hadn’t been printed yet in the edition we have? We understand the argument […]

Hounds lose seventh straight

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By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds went all in Saturday night against Angelo State but couldn’t cash in on their first Lone Star Conference win, falling 75-66. The Hounds (0-5, 4-16) for the second time this week stayed competitive with a visiting LSC team but couldn’t turn the corner […]

Hounds drop sixth straight

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By Karl Terry, PNT Correspondent The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds (4-15, 0-4) hung around until the final two minutes but couldn’t drop the hammer on their first conference win Wednesday, falling 70-60 to Texas A&M-Kingsville (13-6, 3-1). “I think ENMU came to play tonight,” said Javelina coach Pete Peterson. “I’ve been in the same […]

Signs are there, withdrawl in Iraq should begin soon

Editorial It couldn’t come soon enough. President Bush agreed with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday to a “general time horizon” to have Iraqis take control of their own security, and thus reduce U.S. forces in Iraq. President Bush finally responded days after the initial overture by the prime minister, who let it be […]

Scott to be honored for service to N.M. bases

Hanson Scott By Kevin Wilson, Cannon Connections Military supporters around New Mexico say they couldn’t succeed without the efforts of Hanson Scott. Scott insists it’s a mutual partnership. “What we’ve had is a team working together in the state,” said Scott, who was named the Public Sector Official of the Year by the Association of […]

Gen. Scott honored for advocacy

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Military supporters around New Mexico say they couldn’t succeed without the efforts of Hanson Scott. Scott insists it’s a mutual partnership. “What we’ve had is a team working together in the state,” said Scott, who was named the Public Sector Official of the Year by the Association of Defense […]

Baskett, Eagles shake Rock Staubus Gym

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By Kevin Wilson Hank Baskett couldn’t bring Clovis to Philadelphia, so he did his best Saturday to bring Philadelphia to Clovis. Joined by his Philadelphia Eagle teammates, Baskett entertained a packed Rock Staubus Gymnasium Saturday night in a less-than-serious basketball contest against Clovis High School Alumni. Before the tip-off, the third-year receiver knew Clovis had […]

Apathy in Italy creates mozzarella tragedy

By Anita Doberman I heard a lot of outrage about New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s alleged involvement with a prostitution ring and this man’s fall from grace. Even my husband, who is originally from upstate New York and presently in Iraq, has not only followed the scandal closely, but couldn’t get over his disappointment about […]

Everybody has a snake story

What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds we made […]

Stuffed solution given for car

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Everywhere he goes, people gawk and take pictures of his car. But James “Woodstock” Laljer didn’t cover his 1974 Ford LTD with stuffed animals to get attention. He did it for his wife. “My wife is exactly 5 feet tall,” he said, explaining she always complained she couldn’t find […]

Goddard dispatches Lady Rams

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams visit to Roswell Tuesday night lasted about an hour, as the Goddard Lady Rockets quickly dispatched the Portales girls in three games, 25-9, 25-14, 25-9. “We just didn’t serve, receive or pass the ball,” Chavez said. “I think (Goddard) is better than us right now, but I don’t […]

Cliff Cowgirls rope Elida Lady Tigers

By Eric Butler; PNT correspondent RIO RANCHO — Based upon results in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament, Elida’s followers might suspect that their Tigers would stand a pretty even chance with Cliff in the semifinals. But everything’s an inexact science in the state’s smallest classification, where teams from different corners […]

Children’s illnesses can be unpredictable

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I spent most of this past week at the pediatrician’s office. As every parent of a sick child knows, some days our main activity is getting to the doctor and waiting to see the person who makes our life easier with the right medicine, quickly transforming a cranky child back to […]

Tatum boys edge Dora

PNT Staff DORA — Senior Grady Herrera scored 21 points and the Tatum boys held off Dora 52-50 Monday night. Senior Jesse Montanez added 12 points for Tatum (2-0). The host Coyotes were led by 19 pointws from junior Tyler Wilhoite, while juniors J.R. Gonzales (14) and Brent Hays (12) also reached double figures. Dora […]

Spelling test one of many “triumfs”

By Bob Huber Each fall I’m reminded of my heroic attempts to pass the spelling test at the University of Colorado. I’m legend in the faculty lounge at Boulder where they say, “Do you remember that rocket scientist who couldn’t spell CAT?” Back then, CU believed in an 11th Commandment that said students couldn’t become […]

Drug bust leads to several arrests

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Sheriff Roger Hatcher and his deputies arrested two Clovis residents Saturday evening in a routine drug bust, but Hatcher said those two arrests multiplied to seven as more people continued to visit the residence to buy drugs. One of those arrested drove from Portales when a deputy set up a drug […]