Portales men cross paths in Iraq

By Marc Schoder Six men from Portales have more than 6,100 miles separating them from home. Though they are now serving their country in Iraq, they now have reason to believe that it is a small world after all. Lt. Darren Hooker is one of those believers. Hooker leads the 32-member, 126th Military Police company [...]

Ex-officer tells war stories

By David Irvin A former Clovis police detective returned from Iraq last month after spending a year training police. He recently took a job as an investigator in the district attorney’s office and is involved in a Roosevelt County homicide case. Safely back in the states, Keith Bessette spoke recently about his experiences in Iraq, [...]

Military provides help for soldiers severely injured in Iraq

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Service members and veterans severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan have inspired two new initiatives to help them and their families through difficult times. The first is a call center, with its title and phone number hard to memorize but worth the effort: The Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations [...]

Woman dedicated life to helping victims of war

Freedom Newspapers Looking at photographs on various Web sites of the smiling 28-year-old California blonde with more than a hint of impish good humor in her eyes, it is difficult to believe such a person could be dead. But Marla Ruzicka, who had spent much of her time in Iraq since 2003 working on behalf [...]

Each of us should decide whether we support the war

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Celebration certainly isn’t the right word, but we recently observed the second anniversary of going to war with Iraq. When talk of sending combat troops to that country began, just about everybody I knew assumed war was inevitable. I appeared as an invited guest on a TV talk show with [...]

Marine visits letter-writing students

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By Tony Parra Valencia Elementary fifth-graders received a pleasant surprise on Thursday afternoon when one of their letter-buddies serving in Iraq greeted them in the elementary gym. Larry Long, staff sergeant of the 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion of the 7th Marines, answered questions from a group of fifth-graders eager to ask about his experiences in [...]

April 1 Letter to the Editor

My old pal Noam Chomsky wrote, “The United States is unusual if not unique in the lack of restraints on freedom of expression. It is also unusual in the range and effectiveness of the methods employed to restrain freedom of thought.” In other words, Ye may babble, but don’t dare to think. If diplomacy is [...]

For better or worse, it is time for U.S. troops to keave Iraq

Freedom Newspapers A poignant indicator of how the American occupation is going two years after the initial invasion of Iraq came Wednesday. Iraq’s National Assembly met, a sign that the new transitional government chosen in the inspiring elections of Jan. 30 is beginning to govern. But the meeting was shaken by a volley of mortar [...]

Students sending packages to former classmates in Iraq

By Tony Parra Portales High School students are devoting their time and efforts to provide food and hygiene supplies to United States soldiers in Iraq. Approximately 35 PHS students are helping soldiers, who are former PHS graduates, by sending toothpaste, chips, granola bars, wipes and other non-perishable food items in boxes. Students sent out their [...]

Dec. 22 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Cold, breezy and nice harvesting days all last week. If it stays that way all this week, the farmers should be getting in good shape as far as gathering it all in is concerned. Now it’s time to see if the wet season did any damage to the quality of the product [...]