North Korea no reason to panic

Editorial We should know a great deal more in a few days and weeks about the underground blast in North Korea that is widely viewed as a test of a nuclear weapon. Supposed experts are still pondering the evidence of what seems to have been, from an initial analysis of the seismic data, a low-grade […]

Feds shouldn’t regulate oil fields

Editorial It certainly looks as if BP miscalculated when it came to how often it needed to perform maintenance on a pipeline leading from the oil field at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. As Severin Borenstein, of the Energy Institute at the University of California-Berkeley said, that’s an internal BP problem and […]

Meth still problem in Curry County

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Behind marijuana, methamphetamine remains the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, according to officials. And the destructive nature of the drug poses a community concern because it feeds crime rates and causes health and family deterioration, they say. Although meth production is down, meth-related use […]

Equipment failure caused ammonia leak at local plant

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer DairiConcepts plant officials said equipment malfunctioning caused the June 6 ammonia leak that forced the plant’s evacuation and sent two employees to a local hospital where they were treated and released. “We’ve identified the root cause of the problem,” Ed Steven, DairiConcepts’ site manager, said in a press release. […]

Constantly sending out prayers, a way of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist I believe one of the most important things we can do in life is to pray for others. … “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). I learned this in many years of working with children. The results were astounding. Before I closed my […]

Bill coming due soon on public pension crisis

Editorial When it comes to the mounting nationwide pension crisis, it’s best to follow the advice, “At first, do no harm.” Nationwide, unfunded public and private pension liabilities are at an unfathomable $800 billion. That’s the amount of benefits owed, beyond the funds available to pay them. USA Today reported last month that “taxpayers will […]

Darren Hooker runs for county sheriff

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Editor’s note: Darren Hooker is seeking the Republican nomination for Roosevelt County Sheriff in the June 6 primary. He is running against Tom Gossett. Darren Hooker Age: 37 Wife: Cecily Background: Served as a military police officer from 1986 to 1996 and became certified in Santa Fe in 1996 for law enforcement in New Mexico. […]

Sheriff candidates square off in forum

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County sheriff candidates Tom Gossett and Darren Hooker addressed communication with the commissioners and dealing with staff shortages and meth problems in Roosevelt County during a candidate forum Thursday evening. Roosevelt County and the chamber of commerce sponsored the public forum. Gossett and Hooker are both Republicans meaning […]

Letters to the Editor April 5, 2006

Don’t ignore our own pork The duplicitous nature of our arguments never ceases to amaze. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, are upset at the astounding, “drunken sailor-ish” spending that’s currently going on in Washington. No offense to drunken sailors, but we demand answers! We demand accountability! We demand restraint! And then the Defense […]

PRMC gets time to respond before inspection is public

By Marlena Hartz New Mexico Department of Health officials did substantiate an allegation against Plains Regional Medical Center during a February inspection of the hospital. But federal regulations bind them from releasing their findings to the public expeditiously, according to David Rodriguez, chief of the Health, Facility, Licensing, and Certification Bureau. Rodriguez said “the public […]