Editorial: Mexican drug cartels strong, growing force

This week marks the anniversary of one of the saddest events in the history of our nation’s war on drugs. Twenty years ago, University of Texas pre-med student Mark Kilroy disappeared during a spring break jaunt into Matamoros; his remains and those of others were found a month later in a horrific scene of pagan […]

Jan. 18, 2008 Portales Junior High News

School closed Monday Students and school employees have the day off Monday as the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tough times for dairy farmers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Area dairy farmers, like their counterparts around the nation, are struggling financially due to the global economic downturn. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales said milk prices are low and many dairies, including his, are locked into high-priced feed contracts set when predictions for milk prices were much […]

Census metropolitan population estimates

The Census Bureau cannot go out and count every man, woman and child each year. Instead, it uses statistical models and a multitude of data sources to estimate the nation’s population down to the smallest geography. The data here is sorted in descending order by the overall population change from 2000 to 2006. Click on […]

Embracing our nation’s diversity good for society

Freedom New Mexico A new law enforcement agency is growing quietly in Texas. While it’s likely that few people see the motives behind this change as cause for alarm, it seems redundant, and therefore an unnecessary draw on tax funds that already are being fought over. The Attorney General’s office frequently gains a new department […]

Local banks, economy stable

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local bankers and economic experts say the Clovis and Portales area is insulated in some ways from the instability gripping the nation’s financial markets and filling citizens with trepidation about the future. Smaller towns such Clovis and Portales, for the most part, depend on small, local banks and the […]

Holiday spotlights presidential history

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico So just how much do you know about the presidents we honor on Presidents’ Day? Many of today’s youth might not know that at one time the nation used to observe both George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in February. However, Donald “Doc” Elder, a professor of history at […]

Pearce talks Cannon, immigration

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., stopped in Clovis on Tuesday on his campaign trail through eastern New Mexico. In his sixth year as a representative, Pearce is running for the Senate seat held by Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Domenici will retire at the end of his term this year. […]

Romney handled no-win situation well as possible

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, handled a no-win situation as well as could be expected in a speech Thursday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas. Romney is facing a tough challenge from religious-right candidate Mike Huckabee in the Iowa Republican caucuses and decided to deal head-on with nagging […]

Veterans should be honored, as they honored us

Freedom New Mexico As we all owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s veterans, those same veterans should be thankful for the efforts of Raymond Weeks. A World War II veteran, Weeks organized “National Veterans Day” on Nov. 11 — then the designated date for Armistice Day — in 1947 in Birmingham, Ala. Weeks’ […]

Veterans deserve respect, thanks

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Throughout the history of this nation, men and women have made tremendous sacrifices to maintain freedom. They realized that a life without freedom is a life of slavery with every type of tyranny. William Penn said, “Unless we are governed by God we will be ruled by tyrants.” Freedom is […]

October 16, 1958

• More than $7,000 was raised for the Christmas Decorations Campaign Fund by members of the community. • The Floyd Future Farmers of America chapter received one of the top honors of the organization during the national convention held in Kansas City. The award is given only to top chapters in the nation for their work […]

Constitution keeps great nation running smoothly

Editorial Sept. 17, 1787, is one of a handful of dates that have changed the world. It was the day a group of men, representing colonies that had recently won independence from England, put forth a rather short and simple, yet dynamic, document that prescribed how their new nation would be run. People today, distanced […]

City commemorates anniversary of tragedy

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A reflective mood fell over the crowd as members of the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard raised the American flag at a Sept. 11 memorial service Tuesday morning in the Portales National Bank parking lot. “Time reduces pain, anger and outrage,” said David Stone, president of Portales National […]

Citizens must protect freedoms guaranteed by U.S. government

Editorial Each year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation on July 4, remembering the conflicts and patriots who died to preserve our ideals. This week, we will again remember those men and women and gather with family under the sheltering umbrella of the United States of America. But let us remember more. Let us […]

Internet may help pave way to world freedom

Editorial In an authoritarian nation, individual freedom is subordinate to the state’s authority. Dissenters risk their lives and personal fortunes. In the People’s Republic of China, those risks are ongoing. As the U.S. State Department noted for 2006, China’s “human-rights record remained poor, and, in certain areas, deteriorated. There were an increased number of high-profile […]

U.S. falling behind in entrepreneurial activity

Editorial Our nation was founded by people risking their lives to personally profit. They became people who risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to establish a never-before-attempted form of governance, also for individual and mutual profit. America emerged as the world leader in innovation, risk-taking and optimism, the most profitable country on Earth. Calculated […]

Some tragedies one never forgets

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Historic events good and bad stick in our memories but tragic historic events and where we were as they happened are burned onto our souls. So it seems with Sept. 11, 2001. Anyone who was school-age or older can quickly recall the horrible details of that day, the despair […]

Dairyman discusses business

By Tonya Fennell By Tonya Fennell CNJ STAFF WRITER tonya_garner@freedom.link.com Albin Smith is a local dairy owner. Q: How long have you been in the dairy business? A: I came to Portales 30 years ago this month with 28 cows. Q: What does the dairy business mean to you? A: I like the cows, but […]

Give thanks for our country and for Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist America has come through many conflicts to preserve her freedom. Many have given their lives to keep this nation free. Let us not take this for granted. Is that not why we celebrate July 4th? We want freedom and independence. No other place can replace the United States of […]