Witnesses: DNA evidence lacking

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Expert witnesses testified Thursday there was no DNA, fingerprint or shoeprint evidence at various crime scenes to tie capital murder defendant Stanley Bedford to the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. Prosecutors walked Noreen Purcell, a DNA analyst with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, through […]

Presidential candidate Edwards not hypocrite

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Since it’s already come up and will come up more in our campaign season, let’s have a vocabulary lesson. Today’s word is “hypocrisy.” On dictionary.com, it’s “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person […]

Understanding key to racial harmony

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer By the time you read this, Don Imus’ racial slur aimed at the Rutgers women’s basketball team will have been talked to death. But will there be a resolution to forgive and forget? I doubt it. Since Imus recently referred to the mostly black team as “Nappy-headed hos” after […]

Some thoughts not worth entire column

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m in a fortunate position where I can spend 500 to 600 words reflecting on whatever I want. Sometimes, a thought of mine simply isn’t enough to fill that word amount. So here’s a bunch of things that are good enough to share, but not good enough for their own […]

Officials work to educate public about TB

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Sparked by the recent news of a DairiConcepts employee who contracted tuberculosis, health and public safety officials are working to educate and promote awareness of the disease in the community. Community Resources executive director Terry Teti, is working to put in place a plan that encourages employers to requires […]

TB case reported in area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An employee at a local milk processing plant has contracted tuberculosis, but health officials say there is little danger of the disease spreading. DairiConcepts spokeswoman Monica Coleman confirmed late Thursday the company had been contacted by the state health department regarding an employee with tuberculosis. She said all employees […]

Dreams on display

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The essays below were the winning entries in an essay contest sponsored by organizers of the 15th annual Clovis Community-Wide Observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. First Place: High School By Michelle Coyle Clovis High School junior Sure we all remember Martin Luther King Jr. We all remember what he did and […]

Long gone are days of personal interaction

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It seems we’re rapidly trading all that is unique and interesting about our communities and our lives these days for better technology, more selection and better price. Some might say the homogenization all began with Wal-Mart but the first mass-marketer to actually come into a town where I lived […]

Animal research necessary to medical breakthroughs

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist There are people who are ennobled by their service to mankind. We think of soldiers, nurses, teachers or ministers whose contributions are recognized daily. Others are national leaders, inventors, Olympic athletes or philanthropists. Their achievements attract laudatory headlines and press. But there are many who toil beneath the radar, who […]

Immigrants make U.S. better place

Editorial Immigration won’t destroy America — rather, it built America and made it great. No one knows that truth better than George W. Bush, whose international vision was clear back when he was Texas governor and wasn’t shackled by conservatives at the national level. So it might seem that in signing the bill earlier this […]

Treason may be justified in case of terror videos

By Freedom Newspapers The words “traitor” and “treason” are sometimes used rather loosely in common parlance, applied to anything from criticizing the current administration’s policies in impolite terms to actually taking up arms in a foreign army at war with the United States. The U.S. Constitution, however, is much more explicit and limited in its […]

Good mothers are nurturing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I gained a greater appreciation for my mom and the upbringing she provided this week. It wasn’t from anything she did for me this week it came from an experience that showed me just how blessed I’ve been compared to some youngsters growing up today. I had the opportunity […]

Cinco de Mayo celebration to embrace all families, people

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There will be no shortage of events celebrating Cinco de Mayo in eastern New Mexico Friday and Saturday. Organizers say they want to make their celebrations family venues and not just for Hispanic families. Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari. There will be a […]

Another lesson from Miss Manners

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I may not exactly be Miss Manners, but when it comes to social etiquette, I’ve got a few things to say. I’ll call these Helena’s mannerisms. When someone sneezes, any proper, caring individual should say “Bless you!” If the person sneezes again, it is only proper to sigh and say […]

Hitson says people skills, common sense her strengths as judge

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Arla Hitson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Hitson will be running against Oscar Robinson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Area residents make 2006 resolutions

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Leslie Spence: PNT Staff Writer With 2005 coming to a close, many local residents are entering the new year with promises of change. At the beginning of each year, Americans think of resolutions to make the new year better than the one before. Clovis and Portales residents are no different. Lose Weight According to the […]

Graduate student feels at home in Portales

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Q. What do you think of Portales? A. “I like Portales. There are so many friendly and generous people here. I’ve met so many wonderful people at the university. I’ve had an awesome experience in Portales so far. I wouldn’t mind staying here after I graduate. Especially since I’m […]

Sometimes kids should wear the pants in the house

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Who wears the pants in the house? That’s a question often asked today, and I’m not just talking about husbands and wives. I’m talking about parents and children. My teenage daughter Laura and I recently went through a tough ordeal that really tested us as a family. It pitted us […]

Unreliability is the worst discourtesy

Jim Lee: Local Columnist One of my pet peeves is unreliability. Don’t say it if you ain’t gonna do it. Take plumbers for example. The kitchen faucet has been dripping for six months, and we have to flush the toilet 28 times (waiting for who-knows-how-long for the tank to fill up each time). The pipes […]

Leadership learned through experience, guidance

Jim Lee: Local columnist On Saturday, I became a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Portales. It was the first day of our club’s new administrative year, and officers serve a one-year term. Elwyn Hulett became our new president. Elwyn will do a great job, and I’ll be able to take a break now. […]