By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But […]
PNT Staff Report Caleb Dodd of Melrose has been chosen as one of 50 participants in the National FFA Organization 2009 New Century Farmer Program. Dodd is an Eastern New Mexico University student majoring in general agriculture. He plans to work on his family’s farm after college and expand operations using technology. This year’s New […]
By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The president of the state high school rodeo association is hoping he can take his calf roping skills to the national stage. Trent Bilberry, who serves as president of the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association, finished fourth Friday night in the second round of calf roping at the […]
By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Jesse Clark of Dora has been waiting all year to get back into the national finals. After this weekend at the New Mexico High School Rodeo Finals in Clovis, he might have the chance. The rodeo runs through Saturday at the Curry County Special Events Center. Clark has been […]
By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members today deserve a better “return on investment” for their frequent deployments and long family separations. And that should include improved health benefits and two ways to retire earlier than age 60, said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of Army Reserve. In an interview in his Pentagon […]
Fugitive By Phillip Margolin After rescuing the warden of a state penitentiary during a prison riot, Charlie Marsh, a petty thief and con man, becomes a national hero. It doesn’t take long though before he is wanted again, suspected of killing a United States congressman. Charlie flees for home to face his murder charge, after […]
By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Joe Ollie Castleman knew how to play along when Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales decided to spice up things during National Nursing Home Week. There was “Western Day” and “Gilligan’s Island Day” among others, and Castleman, 90, was a sport the whole way through. For entertainment in normal […]
Best Ryan Best of Elida High School has received a $2,000 scholarship from the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association’s Foundation for Rural Service 2009 College Scholarship Program. Roosevelt Rural Telephone promised to contribute an additional $500. Ellis Shelby Ellis of Portales High School has received a $2,000 scholarship from the Sparx and Lorenzo Antonio Foundation based […]
By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist In the midst of national trauma comes an outpouring of prayer. From Omaha Beach in World War II to Columbine, the Oklahoma City bombing and the horrendous 9/11, we need prayer more than ever. On May 7 we will pray in deep hunger for spiritual renewal. Throughout history, Americans of […]
Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is staging a career fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Campus Union Building Ballroom. It is open to the public. Participants can explore job opportunities and interview with local, regional and national employers, as well as graduate schools. They should bring multiple copies of […]
By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Tom Izzo was never a collegiate head coach before he came to Michigan State, and he led the Spartans to a national championship. Andrew Helton doesn’t see why he couldn’t do the same thing at Eastern New Mexico University. “I’m never going to be in the position to have […]
Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service is scheduled to conduct a free training for people who want to volunteer to call in severe weather. The 2 1/2- to three-hour training is set to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Building. Instructors are expected to teach attendees to spot severe weather and alert […]
The Portales High School band, directed by Vernon Allen, was awarded a distinguished service citation by the Music War Council of America in recognition of its “patriotic and inspiring use of music to aid the national war effort,” according to the Portales Daily News.
Eyes on the Horizon: Serving on the Front Lines of National Security by Gen. Richard B. Myers with Malcolm McConnell.
By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Members of the New Mexico Peanut Growers Association at their meeting in Portales Wednesday approved a referendum supporting continuation of the National Peanut Board. Leaders among New Mexico and west Texas peanut farmers have said the National Peanut Board, which is up for a reaffirmation vote in April, is […]
By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years. That’s what Reserve leaders have told Congress. Reservists might deserve extended health care coverage too, also in recognition of their […]
National art winner Kristen Wagner just received a letter of recognition from Gov. Bill Richardson congratulating her on placing third at the national level of an international aviation art contest. At the state level, several Portales Junior High students swept the contest, and their work was sent to Washington, D.C. Art instructor Jon Birdsong said […]
President Obama is reported to have settled on Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, taking the position commonly referred to as “drug czar.” It would have been preferable to abolish the position and transfer the 100 or so employees the “czar” supervises to other departments or to […]
Freedom New Mexico A call to Portales dispatchers about an armed robbery call Friday afternoon at Portales National Bank turned out to be a false alarm, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the call came around 5 p.m. Several officers responded to Portales National Bank, but police found no evidence of a […]
The Portales News-Tribune reported the national gas pinch was hitting the area, causing three Portales fuel stations to place “No Gas” signs at their stores. However, the local prices were slightly cheaper than the national average. Gas cost 43 cents at many local stations while the nation-wide average was 49 cents.