Officials: Repaving of N.M. 206 not likely until spring

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor New Mexico Department of Transportation officials say they’re getting closer to determining the cause for failure of new pavement on N.M. 206 between Portales and Dora. A permanent fix isn’t likely until spring, however. “Our lab has done quite a bit of testing and it looks like there’s a […]

War should be ended with as little harm to Iraq as possible

Editorial As expected, President Bush vetoed a $124 billion supplemental spending bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that included a timetable that could have required the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq no later than October. “Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure,” the president said. Whether Congress can […]

Possible bypass prompts questions

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The first large-scale public vetting of the ongoing work on the Portales Transportation Plan drew lots of people Tuesday — most of whom seemed concerned about where a bypass might be located. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of G.C. Engineering, the contract engineers for the study, explained the process […]

Socialist leaders have propensity to become dictators

Editorial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent strong-arm moves illustrate a couple of truths we’re weary of seeing illustrated. The first is that those who proclaim themselves socialists — avatars of “the people” and battlers for the underprivileged — all too soon end up taking the maximum possible power unto themselves, to the point of becoming […]

Avoiding grandkids

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Here at the Great Thoughts Institute, we’re pursuing our never-ending quest for bliss in the American family. Today’s lesson is, “How to Avoid Grandchildren, and Is It Possible?” Ask any grandfather, and he’ll say it’s easier to give up tobacco and booze, even cussing, than it is to shuck […]

NBC and Amy Grant want to grant wishes in Clovis

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers NBC and recording artist Amy Grant are looking to grant wishes in the Clovis area as part of “Three Wishes,” a new prime-time television series that will spotlight people or communities with inspiring stories. Senior Casting Producer Traci Green said Grant specifically asked NBC to do a casting call in […]

Precautions can save lives during lightning

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Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore don’t […]