Workforce ready

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area community colleges are offering programs designed to help students earn state certification allowing them to enter the workforce with more opportunities. For many, a traditional four-year college education such as programs offered at Eastern New Mexico University is just not an option. While ENMU has adjusted to offer […]

Students take cyber safety seriously

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The avenues of communication between men and women have widened considerably with the advent of the Internet and cellular services. For those overly persistent in amorous pursuits, the phone and in-person contact have been supplemented by e-mail, Twitter and Web pages such as Facebook and MySpace. It’s no wonder, […]

April 28 ENMU Briefs

Annual dinner set for Saturday The annual ENMU Women’s Lovers for Learning dinner and silent auction will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Campus Union Building Sandia Room. Proceeds help fund scholarships. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, or $25 at the door. Sodexho will cater a “Little Italy” buffet. Music and silent […]

Unknown person injured in wreck

PNT staff reports Law enforcement officials found blood but no people upon arriving at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover Monday afternoon on N.M. 358 in northeast Roosevelt County. County Sheriff Darren Hooker said he and a deputy responded to the call about the wreck around 1 p.m. A van had left the road, and […]

Former prisoner tells story

PNT staff Memories of war often haunt a person who was a part of it. For Clemens Kathman, the memories of the Bataan death march, prison camps and his trip home will remain with him for the rest of his life. Kathman wrestled his demons in the cathartic process of writing his memoirs — a […]

Programs gives offenders second chance

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Alternative Sentencing Programs and Educational Networks of New Mexico (ASPEN) has been giving people convicted of crimes the chance to turn around their lives for the last seven years. District, magistrate and municipal judges in Roosevelt County often sentence offenders to attend the program in conjunction with paying […]

Nov. 3, 1963

A businessman from Hereford, Texas, was the only person injured in a collision between two cars near Elida on U.S. 70.

Voting machines to be tested

PNT staff Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins will be test voting the early vote, absentee vote and in-person voting machines at 9 a.m. Friday in the courthouse basement. Any interested person may observe.

First Person: Staying in the game

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Kayne Gutierrez, 27, spent his high school and college years playing football and running track. He stays in the game as a referee with the New Mexico Activities Association. At the beginning: I’ve been a referee for seven years. I ref football and basketball. I started in college for the extra money. As I did […]

Downtown crash

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A two-vehicle accident at the corner of Second and Main streets just before 8 p.m. Thursday resulted in one person being transported to the hospital. Details were unavailable at press times.

Park fees threaten general access to public lands

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor As we sprawled on the cool sands, the last bit of pink faded in the western sky and lightning flashed in the distance over the Sacramento Mountains. It was a special Saturday evening but not a whole lot of people had joined us at White Sands National Monument for […]

First person: Tish McDaniel organizes Prairie Chicken Festival

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico Part of Tish McDaniel’s job with the Nature Conservancy is to coordinate the Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand each year. Born and raised in eastern New Mexico, McDaniel, 54, is glad she can do what she loves in a place she calls home. The issues: The grasslands are critically […]

Edward Salas trial begins in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Ruben Perez, the person police have said was the intended target of the shooting that took his 10-year-old brother’s life, was the first witness to take the stand Monday in the first-degree murder trial of a Clovis man. He detailed the events of Sept. 14, 2005, the day leading […]

Area residents sound off on health care issues

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Norma Rey Vazquez de Houdek does not advocate gun control. That is a political issue. She says she is concerned about the people issue. New Mexico ranks fourth in the nation for teen suicides, losing one person a day. “When we live in a state that is so diverse, […]

Novak found not guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death of his wife, Airman Basic Edward Novak II walked out of the Cannon Courthouse on Friday a free man. He was beaming from ear-to-ear, a smile etched on […]

Fatal wreck

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Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office personnel secure the scene of a car crash. One person was killed and another transported to a Lubbock hospital in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of N.M. 236 (Bethel Highway) and North Avenue O, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker. State police were investigating […]

United Way extending deadline

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is extending its campaign deadline to reach its campaign goal. On Friday, the organization was about $24,000 short of reaching its goal of $565,000, according to executive director Erinn Burch said. “We were trying to wrap it up by last Friday, but because we were […]

Happiness matter of attitude

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist There’s a saying, “It’s not what happens to you in life, but how you react to what happens to you that makes the difference.” I’ve also heard this story often, “Two prisoners looked out the window through bars. One saw mud, the other saw stars.” Attitude determines success in life. […]

Jury to consider death penalty

PNT Staff ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury will consider the death penalty for Stanley Bedford. One week after finding Bedford, 43, guilty in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales, the jury found murder in the course of kidnapping to be an aggravating circumstance for both the Newmans, allowing the state to proceed […]

Forgetting Paris harder than expected

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ve been on a mission lately, and I’m sad to say I’ve been failing. On my desk is a copy of the 1987 classic, “Throw Momma From the Train,” starring Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal. I look forward to any awards ceremony, or pretty much any movie with Crystal involved. […]