Osama bin Laden: Born into privilege, died the face of evil

By Rick Montgomery and Scott Canon: McClatchy Newspapers The tall, lean, rich man’s son could have spent his life lounging about Saudi Arabia in luxury. Instead, Osama bin Laden chose to kill. As a young man, he shot at Soviet invaders in Afghanistan. In middle age, he turned his wrath and far-reaching resources against the […]

Hounds face No. 7 UCO in tournament

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Dave Wagner On paper, the Eastern New Mexico University men couldn’t have gotten a tougher draw. Second-year ENMU coach Andrew Helton isn’t complaining, though. The Greyhounds (13-13), the fourth seed from the Lone Star Conference South Division, face North champion Central Oklahoma (25-3) in a 1:30 p.m. quarterfinal matchup today at Bartlesville, Okla. “It’s the […]

Illinois man to face charges in New Mexico

A 59-year-old Illinois man was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual Internet activity with what he believed to be an 11-year-old Melrose girl. Jerry Wexler of Barrington, Ill., faces up to 30 years imprisonment for the crime of attempted production of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according […]

Principles cannot be compromised

It is often necessary to compromise face-to-face, but to compromise when stating principles means you have none. Something I read a few days ago had someone referring to themselves as “ideologically extreme, behaviorally moderate.” I like that phrase. I am serious about libertarianism. I also know that as long as someone is not attacking anyone, […]

Tunisians face uncertain future after ousting

Freedom New Mexico It is still somewhat uncertain just how events will shake out in the Northern African country of Tunisia, with a “national unity” government designed to hold things together until elections can be held and beset by resignations and continuing protests. What is certain, however, is that Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, a dictator […]

Clovis teens face burglary charges

Argen Duncan Five Clovis teenage boys face felony charges, accused of aggravated burglary for an incident that occurred Monday in Roosevelt County, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Aggravated burglary, a second-degree felony, occurs when people break into a dwelling and arm themselves. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Malin Parker said the boys were between […]

Their view: Recession result of financial deregulation

Tucumcari resident Leon Logan offers his thoughts on the economic recession in a letter to the editor: The economic recession we are in is the direct result of deregulation of the financial industry. With the facts staring us in the face some (new governor and lieutenant governor) want to further eliminate governmental controls — “common […]

Incoming lieutenant governor promises accessibility

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Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson Freedom New Mexico kwilson@cnjonline.com In the face of promises that could prove daunting come 2011, New Mexico’s next lieutenant governor made one he hoped would be easier to keep. Sanchez, while stopping in Clovis Thursday morning on a statewide listening tour, said he wants to be the most accessible lieutenant […]

Portales woman honored by Head Start; family plans to start memorial scholarship

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent For more than four decades, Gloria Ortega was a familiar face at Eastern Plains Head Start. Though she retired as site manager in 2007, Ortega continued, up until her illness over a year ago, to be an active volunteer with the program. Ortega began her association with Head Start in […]

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]