Libertarianism offers contentment

Life. Family. Friends. Those are things that really matter. At least, to me. I hope those are the things that really matter to you, too, regardless of where you might place yourself on the political grid, or the antiquated (and never very accurate) “left/right” political spectrum. The reason I embraced libertarianism, after I discovered there […]

Congressional compensation needs cutting

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

At least four jailers recommended for termination

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Child Sense: Sun protection

Priscilla J. Dunstan Keeping our children free from sunburn can be a quite a task, but there are ways to make the process a little easier. If swimming or at the beach, use sun-protective t-shirts, shorts and rash guards. During the day, clothing should at least cover the shoulders – an area that can get […]

Our view: Global warming facts may not hold water

A scientific poll shows that 69 percent of Americans believe it is at least “somewhat likely” that scientists falsify data to support their beliefs, of which 40 percent believe it is “very likely.” Only 6 percent believe it’s “not likely at all.” New hard-science global warming data from NASA may back up the cynics. If […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

Commentary: Housing markets tight for military communities

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

Military mama: Store memories within, not in closet

Each year as it starts to warm up I get that urge to purge, clear out the clutter in my home. The first few bags of trash are always easy to go. This is the junk. The things that I would feel embarrassed to donate to a charity, more than likely because one of my […]

Floyd school news — Dec. 21

Second Annual Alumni Tournament On Jan. 15 the Floyd Booster Club will host its second annual alumni tournament. Any adult who has attended Floyd Schools is eligible to be on a team. Teams must have a minimum of eight members, at least two must be of minority gender. During play at least one minority member […]

Military guaranteed pay raise

Military members are guaranteed at least a 1.4 percent pay raise effective Jan. 1, even if a bitterly divided Congress can’t pass a defense authorization bill. What almost certainly will end, however, is an 11-year string of annual military pay increases that exceeded private sector wage growth by at least a half percentage point. The […]

Portales holding kickball tournament

Registration is open for the City of Portales kickball tournament 9 a.m. Sept. 4 at Rotary Park. The cost is $50 per team, said city Athletics Director Mike Doerr. Proceeds go to Portales city sports. Players must be at least 12 years old. Each team must have eight to 14 members, including at least two […]

Distemper cases concern vets

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer At least two recent cases of distemper in dogs have doctors at Caprock Veterinarian Clinic concerned. “It’s been years since I’ve seen any distemper cases,” Dr. Kathryn Bartlett said. Distemper is an airborne and contagious disease that can affect a dog’s respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, optic nerves and central nervous […]

5K run could be near-death experience

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Kevin Wilson, 31, of Clovis, N.M., died Saturday, April 10, 2010, on the streets of Portales. He was born May 15, 1978, in Townsend, Mont. He was a writer, photographer, columnist and expert in mediocrity. There … so in case my fears come true on Saturday, my coworkers at […]

At least I helped with chumming

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Some people suffer from motion sickness. I’m one of them. Horseback is about the only movement my body can tolerate without nausea. I’ve thrown up in airplanes, cars, trucks, buses, boats — even in water when the only flotation device was my body. I’ve read that about half our […]

PRMC changes visitation policy

Plains Regional Medical Center announced a new visitation policy Friday, citing efforts to help stop the spread of flu. Visitors must be at least 15 years old and all visitors will be limited to two per patient at any one time. Here are some exceptions to the age requirement for visitors age 14 or under: […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting school vacation celebration

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Freedom New Mexico The Lighthouse Mission is making sure children get at least a little bit of vacation this summer. The mission is hosting Fun in the Park beginning at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park Saturday. Richard and Geri Gomez of the mission said as children, their families didn’t have the money for summer vacations. […]

Power outage in Portales

After wind knocked down a transmission line serving parts of Portales on Monday, 3,136 customers were without power for as long as almost 2 1/2 hours, Xcel Energy spokesmen said. Spokesman Troy Foos said the power went off in stages, but the longest time before it was restored was two hours and 20 minutes. Spokesman […]

Official: Evidence of 2007 tornado still visible

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Two years ago today, many residents were greeted by sights of destruction and debris when they emerged from their homes in the aftermath of the worst tornado to hit the area in at least 43 years. The March 23, 2007, tornado killed two elderly residents, affected about 500 homes […]

Feral hog population threatens agriculture industry

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The feral hog is rapidly becoming the new coyote, or pest, for farmers across eastern New Mexico, a state agriculutural official said Thursday at the 41st annual Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar in Tucumcari. State officials outlined the problem as well as a creative program still being developed to […]

Square renovations making headway

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Renovations at the Roosevelt County courthouse square should make this busy section of downtown Portales at least a little more pedestrian friendly. That’s the goal of city and county officials, who have joined forces and funds to complete the project. Crews spent much of last week tearing up the […]