Judge could limit some testimony

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The jury that will determine Stanley Bedford’s fate has seen nearly 300 pieces of evidence and heard testimony from nearly 40 witnesses – including nine Friday, the first day of mitigation for Bedford. There’s plenty they haven’t seen as well. The instances are more frequent during the current [...]

Meetings Watch: Portales school board

At their regular meeting Monday, the Portales Municipal School Board heard from officials and board members of La Casa Family Health Center in Portales regarding their recent discontinuation of services at Portales Schools. The board also heard a presentation of the 2004-2005 audit by Gayland Cowen of Roy Woodard & Associates. In other business the [...]

American public has right to be heard

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My morning routine changed drastically this week — maybe for the better. Several years ago I heard about this talk radio guy named Don Imus who lived in New York and owned a ranch in New Mexico. I checked out his radio show a few times and liked it [...]

Storm victim recounts time spent in rubble

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished [...]

Board approves new books, materials

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A months-long process of evaluating new text books and materials for math and fine arts in Portales Municipal Schools came to an end Monday as the school board approved the selections. The process involved a wide range of faculty and staff as well as parents in making the evaluation [...]

Peace on Earth can be costly

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As a resident of a community with a strong military presence, I’ve often heard, “Freedom isn’t free.” It’s a notion that we sometimes have to sacrifice for our way of life, and it makes sense. As a reader of current events, I’m coming to fear something else. Apparently in Colorado, [...]

Human baby delivered at Clovis veterinary clinic

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Donna Morrow arrived at the Curry County Animal Hospital for her dog’s shots — instead she delivered a baby. A surgical nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, Morrow was waiting for her Chihuahua to be seen Tuesday when she heard a woman scream. Morrow followed the sounds to a small [...]

Profit is a dirty word these days

By Tibor Machan As I was channel surfing the other night, I went past one broadcast channel on which I saw and heard the following sentence uttered by a young woman: “He was a businessman so he would do anything to turn a profit.” I caught a glimpse of the name and it was “Law [...]

All sheep need a good shepherd

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist One night while visiting in the living room with friends we heard “pitter-patter” step sounds on our front porch. My husband turned on the porch light and there stood seven little sheep. They stared at him as if to say, “Will you help us please?” Emmitt opened the gate to the [...]

Legend of ‘Ooo’ fills out holiday

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Let’s take a look at Sasquatch in New Mexico, because October is Halloween Month — a 30-day celebration commemorating the grand opening of the first Wal-Mart Scary Costume and Candy Store, a time when traditional gangs of masked dwarves roam the streets, extorting candy from their neighbors. And that’s just the [...]