Kosovo independence may not be bombshell some seem to fear

The controversy over the province of Kosovo formally declaring independence from Serbia on Sunday may not turn out to be as explosive as some observers think. But the move is an example of how decisions taken during emotional periods can have consequences years down the road that are not necessarily beneficial for the original decision […]

Bhutto assassination will have far-reaching effects in politics

The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who recently returned to an active role in Pakistani politics, is a setback for any hope of democratic reform there. Even more alarming, it is a significant victory for the forces of Islamic extremism — the Taliban, al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and supporters and sympathizers everywhere […]

Area men work to provide clean water, God’s word

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Bible scriptures that refer to Jesus Christ as “the living water” aren’t lost on three Portales men who set up water purification systems and taught the Gospel recently in Nepal. Charlie Crane, David McFadden and Claude Vigil spent nearly two weeks in the southwest part of Nepal during November, […]

Troops train on Andersen Air Force Base

By Master Sgt. Art Webb: 36th Operations Group ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Eighteen F-16s from Cannon Air Force Base’s 522nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron recently arrived in Guam in support of the deployment for the Theater Security Package to the Western Pacific. The nearly 400-person deployment is part of the continuing force posture to […]

Area woman races toward nationals

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer LUBBOCK — In her first season with the Lady Red Raiders, Dora graduate and former Eastern New Mexico University Zia Brittany Bennett is the top barrel racer in the Southwest Region, and in the process has helped the Texas Tech women’s rodeo team claim third place in the 17-team […]

Police: Marijuana plants seized

Freedom Newspapers Marijuana plants with an approximate street value of $51,200 were confiscated from a Clovis house Friday afternoon by police and drug task force agents, according to officials. No arrests were made at the scene and no suspects were at home at the time of the search, the Clovis Police Department said in a […]

Support of Kurds could be mutually beneficial

Editorial In all the reporting on the Iraq war it is too seldom noted that one region of the country can tentatively be called a success story. The northern portion of the country dominated by Kurds, Muslims who are neither Persian nor Arabic but a separate ethnicity with a long history, is generally calm and […]

ENMU cross country to host own invite

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Joel McMullen feels pretty good about his Eastern New Mexico University cross country program. The Greyhounds and Zias hope to make some noise in the Lone Star Conference and in South Central Region competition this fall. They open their season by hosting the Mike Boit Invitational on Friday at Ned […]

Feds outline available assistance for N.M.

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Federal officials outlined the type of assistance they can provide to eastern New Mexico during a meeting of the Local Growth Management Committee held Wednesday at the Clovis City Hall. Representatives from the Office of Economic Adjustment said they can provide technical expertise and financial assistance to the region […]

Hurlburt personnel feel uneasy about move to Cannon

Freedom Newspapers A fine alabaster sand cradles the edges of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where teal pockets of shallow ocean give way to deep, navy expanses. In this paradise in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, tourism and the military have jockeyed for space. “Fort Walton is bound on the south by coastal waters, bound on the […]

ENMU rodeo members to compete at nationals

Freedom Newspapers Two members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, senior Rowdy Sanders and sophomore Raelyn Gardner, will represent the school in the College National Finals Rodeo beginning on Sunday in Casper, Wyo. Gardner, from Lovington, was first in the Southwest Region this season in breakaway roping, while Sanders placed second in bull […]

Winds of change

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By Marlena Hartz The wind that whips through eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle sends dust dancing through the streets. It rattles doors and windows, unravels neatly pinned hair, and leaves residents stumbling in its path. Harnessing its power has never been a more popular pursuit. Wind energy developers from across the nation see […]

Residents continue support for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Remnants of the Base Realignment and Closure process linger around eastern New Mexico. Posted outside several businesses are thick, plastic banners. They were designed months ago in a campaign to overturn a Department of Defense proposal to shut Cannon Air Force Base. The banner hanging outside Napa Auto Parts on […]

White honored by football Web site

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University senior cornerback Corey White of Lubbock has been chosen third-team All-Southwest Region for the 2005 football season by D2Football.com, which covers NCAA Division II football. Earlier this month, White was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference South Division selection for the second consecutive season. White was the only ENMU player […]

Illnesses found in water

Nicole Bode and Paul H.B. Shin: Knight Ridder News Service NEW ORLEANS — A new threat of waterborne illnesses has emerged in the hurricane-ravaged coastal towns of Louisiana and Mississippi, where people continued to wade through putrid floodwaters Tuesday. People suffering from such illnesses are flocking to the few hospitals operating in the devastated Gulf […]

Three qualify for national rodeo

Freedom Newspapers Three Eastern New Mexico University rodeo athletes have qualified for the 2005 College National Finals Rodeo June 12-18 at Casper, Wyo. The ENMU qualifiers are senior Dusty Higgins of Roswell (bull riding), James Gilliland of Tularosa (team roping) and freshman Brittany Bennett of Portales (barrel racing). The top three finishers in each region […]

Dairy brings Bradley back

By Mike Linn Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley is coming back to Clovis, and he’s bringing the milk mustache with him. The Clovis native whose experience on dairies came from milking his grandmother’s cow recently accepted a position as director of government and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of America’s Southwest region, which includes New […]

Three ENMU rodeoers going to national finals

By Kevin Wilson Even with two-third of his qualifiers going to the College National Finals Rodeo for the first time, Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach David Browder doesn’t think his team will be intimidated. “These guys have been to big rodeos,” Browder said. “It’s not going to blow these guys out of the water.” […]

Smith learning the ropes just in time

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By Kevin Wilson When Tabor Smith left Greyhound Arena last Saturday, college diploma in hand, he didn’t need to be told that he still had time to learn something new. He knows that already, and proves it every time he and his horse Jax take on another steer in the confines of a rodeo arena. […]

Greyhounds to find out fate tonight

By Dave Wagner After having to sit and wait for several days, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team will find out its fate in the NCAA Division II tournament tonight. Selections for the eight-team South Central Region tournament will be announced at 8:30 p.m. (MST) today. The Greyhound, ranked fifth in the region […]