Firefighters warn of high-risk fire season

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Christina Calloway Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales and Clovis fire departments are preparing for another high-alert fire season and officials want to make sure residents and farmers are prepared. Portales battalion chief Mike Golden said this season is definitely more high-risk for fires because of the low humidity and the increase in winds. […]

Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Benna Sayyed Lt. Col. Tom Palenske shared his rise from an at-risk youth to an Air Force commander Friday during Marshall Middle School’s Veterans Day program. Palenske, commander of the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, emphasized what the military did for him and how it helped him reach his position in the 20th Special […]

Snooping bill raises risk of ID theft

Freedom Newspapers A Big Brother bill quietly moving through the House of Representatives would effectively end Americans’ online privacy. H.R.1981, the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, would force Internet service providers to maintain a national database of every user’s name, address, phone number, credit card information, bank account numbers and IP address. […]

Our view: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard.Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, which […]

McGee: Answer door at own risk

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was another sunny Saturday morning on the High Plains and I was just kicking back at home. The doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone. I pondered whether to just stay in the recliner or get up and answer the door. I got up and looked out the window. I […]

Nuclear energy still one of safest power forms

Freedom New Mexico Americans need electricity. But when a modern source of it threatens humans and wildlife, it is time to reassess how much risk we’ll accept for voltage. Is an abundant and sustainable source of electricity worth the risks? To date, no American has been killed by commercial nuclear power — a fact confirmed […]

Officials: Traffic lights pose safety risk

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, which owns the lights. Issues of faulty wiring and outdated equipment surfaced during a Clovis Public Works Committee meeting Wednesday. At […]

Risk pays off for Farwell barrel rider

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. Cassie Moseley, 27, finished the 2008 season at fourth place year-end standings in barrel racing. Entering the Professional […]

Portales schools approve truancy program help

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education on Monday approved the Roosevelt County Youth Resource Team program to help the district on truancy and at-risk youth. Landon Mayberry, juvenile probation officer for Roosevelt and Curry counties, said the program offers ways for at-risk students to attend classes. As an […]

State conducting risk survey

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Health has your number. Now they would like answers to questions about your health. The DOH is making phone calls across the area to gather information. The annual survey, dubbed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, is designed to collect information on behaviors and risk factors for […]