Legislation proposes changes to train security, warning bells and fines

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The New Mexico Rail Runner Express could have its own police patrol, would ring its bell for a shorter amount of time in Santa Fe and could tap into more funding under measures moving in the House and Senate this session. Another measure would increase by $90 the fine […]

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure […]

Children need to find own path

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT Columnist My oldest daughter, age eight, is beginning to show concerns about what other people think of her. She asks me if a skirt looks nice or if her hair resembles the other girls’ in her swimming class. I see her eyes furtively checking out her friends’ attires and shoes before […]

God’s love is forever

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist The holidays are over. Tearful goodbyes are said. The house is strangely quiet. The pride I feel for our sons and the gratitude I feel for God is overwhelming. The dream that began so long ago in my heart has now become a reality. The boys are spiritual leaders in […]

Self-searching reveals plenty

By Karl Terry: PNT Columnist Have you ever Googled your own name? Admit it. We’re all curious to see what’s out there on the Internet with our name on it. My name returns a jackpot of results when it’s plugged into a search engine. The other night it returned 8.25 million results while my wife’s […]

Summit seeks to empower county youth

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer In a Teens Take Control Teen Summit on Saturday, area high school students will do more than talk about sex and drugs. Youth will actually develop plans of action for their families during emergency situations. In addition, teens will get a lesson in media literacy, focusing on how advertising […]

Iraq troop levels no real measure of U.S. control

During his State of the Union message, President Bush argued that his new tactics in Iraq — sending 30,000 additional troops and having them operate actively in neighborhoods rather than return to secure bases each night — “have achieved results few of us could have imagined just one year ago.” There is more substance to […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Fight Like a Girl and Win: Defense Decisions for Women By Lori Hartman Gervasi Unfortunately, women are susceptible to random acts of violence from stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, and worse. With this guidebook, women can learn how to increase their security, outsmart […]

Stubborn self-reliance source of pride

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Roosevelt County folks are a proud lot and the largest percentage of them are ready to live-and-let-live without much concern about what their neighbors are doing. It’s downright hard to get them riled up, but once you do they’re a stubborn bunch. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. County […]

Greyhounds rout OPSU to end season

Freedom New Mexico GOODWELL, Okla. — As anticipated, Eastern New Mexico University’s football finale on Saturday was a relative walk in the park. The Greyhounds broke five school records — two by senior quarterback Michael Benton — and rolled to a 52-0 victory over winless Oklahoma Panhandle State, snapping their own six-game losing streak. Benton […]

Rural N.M. values are conservative

By Allen Weh: Guest Columnist At the beginning of the 20th century, rural America was the center of American life, home to most of the population and the source of the nation’s food and commerce. The core values of hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit and respect for private property took root in these early communities, […]

11-11 Library books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain By Peter Sis. Peter Sis was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia at the beginning of the Cold War. An acclaimed illustrator of children’s books, Sis uses the medium of pen and ink to tell the story of his […]

Hospice program invaluable at difficult time

By Anita Doberman: Columnist The last few days of life for a person with a terminal condition are challenging both for the patient and for family members. During my grandmother, Nonna Dela’s, last days on this earth, her children, including my own mother, were in a state of complete upheaval. Emotions were raw and took […]

Rodeo a family affair

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Rodeo is a family affair for Lovington native and current Zia Raelyn Gardner. Both of Raelyn’s parents participated in the sport, and both did so at Eastern New Mexico University. During her time at ENMU, Raelyn’s mom attended the College National Finals twice, and her dad also made the event. […]

Report entertaining but unfair

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” is a hate-mongering show, and its viewers and advertisers believe Muslims are lazy, and Democrats are communist slime maggots whose views would embarrass Nazis. At least that’s the statement I would make if I were applying Bill O’Reilly’s journalistic standards to his own program. Stay […]

Finding identity can be difficult process

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin M. was recently divorced. During a family gathering, she shared with my sister and me how difficult it was to start a new life as a single woman after having been married for many years. M. joked that her couch cushions permanently show her body imprint because, since getting […]

Seminarian spending summer at St. Helen in Portales

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers John Trambley believes he was called to the priesthood over several years in which God worked through those around him. The 41-year-old Iowa native is spending the summer helping out at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales after completing his second year at a seminary school in Connecticut. Since he […]

March 2, 1969

The members of Chi Chapter Beta Sigma Phi entertained their sister chapters, XI Lambda and Preceptor Gamma at an evening party recently at the REA Hospitality Room with an international dinner consisting of foods prepared from all over the world. The tables were decorated with dolls dressed in costumes of many nations and flags of […]

Death of Hussein gives people reason for hope

Editorial Each faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance and […]

Consistency key to good parenting skills

By Anita Doberman; PNT columnist Lately, my oldest daughter, Luisa, has been testing my ability to be a consistent parent. Every night, she asks to come in my bed when her younger sisters are asleep. I have allowed her to do so on occasions, but since my husband’s deployment her requests have increased in duration […]