Melrose police chief dismissed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose has dismissed Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. City officials cited job performance as the reason. She said it’s retaliation because she refused to date Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle. “The Village Council was not pleased with her performance and, as a probationary employee, has released her from […]

Lopez cites conflict as reason for resignation

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The announcement that Jake J. Lopez is resigning from city council didn’t come as a surprise to many at Portales City Hall, but it was a disappointment. Lopez said Tuesday he was resigning his seat on the Portales City Council, effective after a Jan. 20 meeting. Lopez said he […]

U.S. fortunate media can cover spectrum of bias

Freedom New Mexico For some reason, this election season seems to be more emotionally charged than is normal (as if anything is normal in presidential elections). Maybe it’s that neither major tickets for the nation’s top spot are the usual pairings of middle-age white guys. Perhaps it’s conservative talk radio providing handy sound bites and […]

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Jan. 9, 1961 • Bob Heselton of Hessie’s 66 Service Station received a $50 award from Phillips 66 for providing perfect driveway service to a “Mystery Motorist.” • Travis Gossett advertised Jersey and Holstein milk cows for sale from one to 100 head. His reason for selling, as stated in the ad — “Going fishing.”

Their perspective: Melrose seniors sound off

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By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Thoughts and insights by Melrose’s graduating seniors based on a written survey: Most will be going to college The U.S. military is in Iraq for a good reason Most will likely not return to Melrose to live Alcohol, drugs and peer pressure are the biggest challenges today’s teens face […]

Constitution must preserve individual liberties first

Editorial Face-scanning technology for police to compare the faces of thousands of passersby with mostly driver’s license photos on file to find known criminals is of serious concern to civil libertarians — and for good reason. As was reported last week, the technology, designed for Arizona law-enforcement agencies, operates on everyone who comes under its […]

Kurt Vonnegut proves lifes is about searching

Jim Lee: Local Columnist On Oct. 7, I watched a television interview with author Kurt Vonnegut on PBS. Although TV makes me more disgusted just about every time I hit the “on” button, this interview became a rare and valuable experience. I witnessed non-contradictory contradiction. Hey, how’s that for a topic to drive a person […]

Ideas I have had for columns

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Here at the Bureau of Very Important Essentials, we’re often asked where in the world we get ideas for our columns. So, allow me to come out of the closet today and tell you. After long, arduous, scholarly hours in front of a computer, I steal them. Still, that routine […]

More questions than answers surround Sept. 11

By Helena Rodriguez More questions than answers following Sept. 11 Three years, more than 1,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars since Sept. 11, 2001, I ask, “Have we made a dent in fighting world terrorism or have we unleashed a bigger monster?” Have we become part of the problem or the solution? Saturday […]