Dentist says I’m on dental fast lane

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I lost a tooth the other day. It was the molar on the northwest side next to my only wisdom tooth that ever came in. Which explains why sometimes I go over the edge of common sense. I mean, how many wise men would pass a policeman on a double […]

City awards local volunteer citizenship award

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Frankye King of Portales has had her hand in many service projects over the years, from organizing turkey dinners to raising money for eyeglasses to dressing as a witch and giving children snacks out of her steaming caldron. Now, the City of Portales is honoring her with the Excellence […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

Balancing privacy, creativiy fine line

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about privacy and how much to reveal about my children, our lives and experiences. While reading criticism and support I’ve received for my work, I stopped and questioned what writing has meant to me, both in the context of my family and in the […]

Fire chief remembered for generosity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony is remembered as many things. But perhaps most of all, as a man who cared about others and the community he called home. Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Friday while hunting elk near Ruidoso. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was […]

Letter to the editor: Fair dedication great honor for family

Fair dedication great honor for family The grandkids and great-grandkids of Murry Jeffries would like to thank the Roosevelt County Fair Board and the Roosevelt County Fair family for honoring our beloved granddaddy by dedicating the 2009 county fair to his name. We feel so blessed that so many people loved our granddaddy as much […]

Near end, Novak on par with libertarian ideas

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began his career as […]

Afghanistan no longer bigger threat to U.S.

Freedom New Mexico Most of the chatter in Washington is still about domestic issues and how the Obama administration is doing now that the bloom is starting to fade. Will the Senate approve the cap-and-trade bill? How many Republicans will vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor? Will further nationalization of health care be passed at […]

Residents have mixed opinions of lunar landing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For many Americans, that first step on the moon was not just the greatest human accomplishment of all time. It was a one-up on the Russians, it proved the capability of America as a nation, opened up a whole universe to the imagination and it added “astronaut” to the […]

Farmers markets offers fresh produce, conversation

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Some come for the money, some come for the camaraderie. Naturally, many vendors are actually drawn by both to farmers markets in Clovis and Portales, which are just now gaining momentum for the summer season. The customers also are enticed by social aspects of the marketplace, but also by […]

Getting to know: Pastor helps congregation find place in ministry

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Walter Huber serves as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was worked at several churches over his 37 years in the ministry. What is your philosophy of leadership in the church? I believe that the church is the body of Christ and the body of Christ is made up of many members. In fact, the […]

Gunships move to Cannon

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Two AC-130 Spectre gunships left Hurlburt Field, Fla., on May 19. They never returned. Instead, they flew to Cannon Air Force Base, becoming the first of as few as four and as many as seven deployments of Spectres to the base. It’s all part of the base continuing its […]

Another gaffe in retro pay project

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As many as 39,000 disabled military retirees have been left out of the VA Retro Pay program by mistake, say officials at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) who are calculating the amount of money owed. This latest and perhaps most serious gaffe in the problem-plagued VA Retro Pay […]

Sotomayor’s stances on issues remain unclear

Freedom New Mexico The Senate Judiciary Committee no doubt will have many relevant questions for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor concerning what role, if any, her gender, ethnicity and empathy play in her judicial reasoning, her judicial temperament and her judicial philosophy. For today we’d like to explore what her written opinions tell us […]

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 […]

Editorial: President has good start on education

For better and for worse, President Barack Obama has been reasonably consistent in trying to put in place as policy some of the broad and ambitious hopes he expressed during his campaign. Many aspects of his broad vision are alarming to those who see a larger and ever-growing government as more of a problem than […]

New regulations require dairies to report emmissions from manure

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Many Roosevelt and Curry County dairies and feedlots are still waiting to feel – maybe a better word in this case is “sniff” – the impact of a new federal regulation on reporting air emissions. At issue are two major byproducts of cattle operations – emissions of ammonia and […]

Angels are God’s messengers

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Many scriptures tell about angels. It’s such a comfort to know God is always watching over his children when help is needed. I love to read Psalm 91: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Verse 1). Verses […]

Bush exit from office long overdue

Freedom New Mexico In what is likely to be his last news conference and in a series of media interviews, President George W. Bush is understandably trying to put a positive spin on his eight years in the Oval Office. Unfortunately, his next action demonstrated why so many observers — though willing to wait awhile […]

Deputy rates TRICARE ‘C+ or B-’

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Too many beneficiaries of the military direct-care health system still can’t get timely appointments, or reach doctors after hours, or establish a close family-doctor relationship with a single military physician or group. For these reasons and more , Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Elder Granger, deputy director of TRICARE and a […]