Ex-Zias star hired to coach at Xavier (La.)

Freedom New Mexico NEW ORLEANS — Former Eastern New Mexico University volleyball standout Christabell Hamilton has been hired to coach volleyball at Xavier University of Louisiana, an NAIA school. The former Christabell Mariner played at ENMU from 1999-2002, earning all Lone Star Conference South Division honors three times. She set school records for kills in […]

New Orleans’ Mayor Nagin little too edgy

By Freedom Newspapers Ray Nagin must find it hard to walk with a foot perpetually lodged in his mouth. The New Orleans mayor was at it again last week, trashing New York’s Ground Zero rebuilding efforts in a pathetic attempt to deflect criticism over the slow progress in cleaning up his city’s Ninth Ward. Nagin […]

Government hindered rather than helped Katrina victims

Editorial A year ago Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and caused widespread destruction. A year later we’re in the midst of an orgy of media overkill about the Meaning of It All. Why should one hurricane out of several a year that hit the continental United States still stir our memories a year later? […]

Rebuilding guidelines step in right direction

Editorial After nearly eight months of misdirected spending and bureaucratic bungling, the federal government may be on the road to getting it right in the wake of Katrina. With its announcement of guidelines for rebuilding last week, it has sent a signal that rebuilding may not be too constrictively micromanaged from Washington but will rely […]

Local professor sees damage first-hand in Louisiana

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though he’s been a preacher throughout New Mexico for nearly 20 years, Portales’ Don Holladay decidedly has a past, a present and a future in New Orleans. Holladay, an assistant professor of religion at Eastern New Mexico University, recently returned from a five-day trip to help one family in […]

Questions remain on rebuilding city of New Orleans

Freedom Newspapers The hurricanes that lashed Louisiana and parts of Texas unleashed not only misery but an outpouring of generosity and tangible help from people all over the country. There is little question that most of what has been destroyed will be rebuilt, including New Orleans. The question is: Who will do the rebuilding, and […]

New Orleans serves as clean slate for creating perfect city

Freedom Newspapers The flood waters have not receded yet — indeed they have been augmented — but the devastation that is much of New Orleans has attracted a coven of planners, visionaries, utopians, reformers and moral uplifters to dream at the Big Easy’s corpse. They don’t seek to pick the city’s bones clean, but to […]

Money Congress set aside for evacuation plan went elsewhere

Rita Beamish: The Associated Press As far back as eight years ago, Congress ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a plan for evacuating New Orleans during a massive hurricane, but the money instead went to studying the causeway bridge that spans the city’s Lake Pontchartrain, officials say. The outcome provides one more example […]

Government simulation predicted 61,290 deaths in hurricane

Ron Fournier and Ted Bridis: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As Katrina roared into the Gulf of Mexico, emergency planners pored over maps and charts of a hurricane simulation that projected 61,290 dead and 384,257 injured or sick in a catastrophic flood that would leave swaths of southeast Louisiana uninhabitable for more than a year. […]

Hurricane victims relocate to Muleshoe

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The house Annie Young grew up in is gone. So is much of city she calls home. So are photographs of her childhood. Hurricane Katrina took much, but it spared her family. Her parents, three siblings and their four dogs are currently staying in her Muleshoe home. The full house generates […]

Police step up efforts in New Orleans

By Sharon Cohen: The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Using the unmistakable threat of force, police and soldiers went house to house Wednesday to try to coax the last 10,000 or so stubborn holdouts to leave storm-shattered New Orleans because of the risk of disease from the putrid, sewage-laden floodwaters. “A large group of young […]

Illnesses found in water

Nicole Bode and Paul H.B. Shin: Knight Ridder News Service NEW ORLEANS — A new threat of waterborne illnesses has emerged in the hurricane-ravaged coastal towns of Louisiana and Mississippi, where people continued to wade through putrid floodwaters Tuesday. People suffering from such illnesses are flocking to the few hospitals operating in the devastated Gulf […]

Sept. 22 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Showers fell Sunday over most of this area. There was just over half inch at Milnesand, but only showers other places. There was almost two inches that fell on Weldon and Hershell Carmichael areas and on over in Texas in the Maple area. No hail or damage was reported anywhere that I […]