Not all injuries visible to eye

Sixty-six percent of the most seriously wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have “invisible” injuries of brain trauma or post-traumatic stress, which their families and society will be dealing with at great cost for decades, said Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff. “The truth is, because we don’t see these […]

My Turn: An eye for trouble

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By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnisy “You are going to put your eye out!” That is almost a line from a classic movie, “A Christmas Story.” But it actually is a line from my childhood. I can’t remember how many times my mom told me that when I had wanted to try some new project. It […]

My turn: Age no excuse for inaction

I went to the eye doctor last week. It has been a pretty long time since I have been and I think I know why I waited so long. I sat in the chair and the doctor gave me the once over. When he got finished, he said, ”You have pretty good eyesight, for your […]

Military mama: Threatened shutdown real eye-opener

We all knew we were in for a roller coaster ride when we either married into the military or signed off on allowing our significant other to become government property. But, I don’t think that any of us had last week’s thrill ride in mind. I try to avoid public political discussion, because I don’t […]

Xcel Energy plans for upgrades

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Alisa Boswell A colder-than-normal Feburary has given New Mexico power companies even more incentive to make power system upgrades. Xcel Energy had upgrades already in the works, but company spokesperson Wes Reeves said power outages on days featuring below-freezing were eye-opening. Reeves said during Portales’ cold spell, the most drastic temperatures were in the early […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Old school, snow’s coming and an eye-catching sequel

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Those were the days New Mexico students were required to attend school for five months in 1912.Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie offers up and eye-catching sequel. Game: Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Genre: Platformer System: 360, PS3 What is it? Eye-catching […]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Pajama fashion statement not for me

Grant McGee The Lady of the House and I were getting out of the car at the supermarket the other day when a young woman caught my eye. Her attire grabbed my attention: Pink pajama bottoms with white bunnies on them, pink fuzzy slippers and a t-shirt that read “GREAT PLACES TO SAY %$&*.” When […]

Obesity matter of personal responsibility

Many of us in the food producing business are watching with a suspicious eye Michelle Obama’s pending federally funded efforts to combat obesity in children. Our skepticism is justified because every special interest group from global warming to UFO conspirators somehow wind up casting blame on modern agriculture. Nevertheless, obesity apparently is a serious problem […]

Thursday morning briefing: An eye for local baseball and free eBooks

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. The old ball game The Clovis Baseball Umpires Group needs help to umpire local high school baseball.

TRICARE officials encourage eye exams

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Maintaining healthy eyes and vision is an important part of personal safety and quality of life. Getting an eye exam is a smart idea for anyone, whether or not he or she has vision problems. Active duty family members can get a routine eye exam every year, […]

State’s ruling slowly stripping away rights

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Daniel Hauser is at the center of a heated controversy that pits his parents against the state of Minnesota in a question of life, death and freedom. Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Sleepy Eye, Minn., was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, this past January. His parents, Anthony […]

Health officials: Take basic precautions to avoid swine flu

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local health officials are keeping an eye out for swine flu, but aren’t advising any precautions other than basic health tips. After a recent outbreak in Mexico, swine flu has also been confirmed in the United States, Canada, Scotland and Spain, but not in New Mexico. […]

Didn’t shoot my eye out, but …

In the sporting goods department of a discount store my eyes fell on the most sought-after Christmas present of my childhood — a Daisy BB gun. Just seeing it brought back memories. Yeah, that’s right, Ralphie from the 1983 movie “The Christmas Story” and I had a lot in common. We both wished for a […]

Banker had eye on community service

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Ken Huey was a friend worth having, but even better to have when it came to public service. The former president and CEO of First Bank in Clovis died Monday of progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative brain disease. He was 64 years old. Born Sept. 20, 1944, in Pampa, […]

It’s Their Job: Charles W. Brooks

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Charles W. Brooks Job: Optometrist and owner of Charles W. Brooks Optometry Background: Charles W. Brooks is from the northeast and grew up in Clovis. His frandparents homesteaded in the area.Brooks graduated from Clovis High School and then went to University of New Mexico and earned a degree in […]

UAVs give military constant presence over battlefield

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor They’ve been called the U.S. military’s “unblinking eye,” and the ability to provide a near constant presence overhead is the attraction of unmanned aerial vehicles. High-tech military systems such as the MQ-1 Predator, which the Air Force eventually plans to bring to Cannon Air Force Base, have changed the […]

There’s power in being bossed

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Once upon a time, a warlord rampaged throughout the countryside, killing every peasant until only a monk remained. Furious, he ordered the monk brought before him and shouted, “Do you know who I am?” “I am he who can run you through with a sword without even batting an eye!” […]

Coach Stockton fondly remembered

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Benny Stockton is remembered as a fierce competitor, a great coach, a practical joker, and a loving father. Stockton died on Thursday. He was 68. He was a boys basketball coach at Dora and Portales High Schools, was the athletic director at PHS for 15 years and, after his retirement in 1990, […]