Court should repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy

Freedom Newspapers Can colleges, in this instance law schools, bar military recruiters from their campuses because of the schools’ policies not to discriminate, as the military does? This was the central question in oral arguments heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rumsfeld vs. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights. The latter is an [...]

Pastor: Love is best response to destruction

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Boarded up windows and remnants of spray paint mar the facade of the Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church. Located on Fourth Street in downtown Clovis, the church has been vandalized twice in the last two weeks, according to church officials and police. Church members fear their lifestyle has attracted the [...]

Students observe day of silence

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor For Eastern New Mexico University freshman Jenny Gheer, the sign hanging from her neck said everything she needed to say. And if it didn’t, she had a pen to help. Gheer was one of many in the community who took part Wednesday in Day of Silence, a national program [...]

Reactions differ on Day of Silence

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Some Eastern New Mexico University students are trying to make a statement today — by staying silent. The Day of Silence is a national youth movement organized to protest harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people. Those participating in the Day of Silence will wear a red T-shirt [...]

ENMU students debate platforms

By Tony Parra There were no video cameras, no crowd of reporters, no analysts, however, debaters argued for President George W. Bush and presidential candidate John Kerry on Monday in the Becky Sharp Auditorium on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. College Republicans and Democrats of ENMU weighed in on the issues and tried [...]

County commission passes same-sex marriage license ban

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners passed a resolution on Tuesday prohibiting the issuance of gay-marriage licenses. County Clerk Joyce Fraze and commissioners said they felt a resolution was needed after Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid, in late February. [...]

County commission to introduce gay marriage resolution

PNT Staff All signs point towards the approval of a resolution of No. 04-06, prohibiting the issuance of marriage license to couples of the same sex in Roosevelt County in today’s county commission meeting. Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said originally, the commissioners were going to pass a ordinance to disallow the issuance of marriage [...]

Oil man campaigns on water issues

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Water is one of those issues that always seems to be a talker around election season. It’s also the No. 1 reason why William V. Palmer wants to be a New Mexico Senator. Palmer, a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor, thinks he can do something about [...]

Gay bishop causes controversy

Darrell Todd Maurina Sunday’s consecration of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church has led to protests from many in the denomination. The Rev. John Rollinson, pastor of Clovis’ St. James Episcopal Church and three mission churches in nearby cities, counts himself among the dissenters. “It was [...]

Commissioner opposes new senate bill

Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner is seeking signatures from county residents to help halt a Senate bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law applies to both private and public businesses. At Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, Commissioner Gene Creighton spoke adamantly against Senate Bill 28 — signed this year [...]