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, [...]