Totalitarian government begins with baby steps

Editorial Nothing else has turned a majority of Venezuelans against dictator-in-making Hugo Chavez; maybe his Easter Week booze ban will do the trick. Chavez recently won re-election, despite a string of policy shifts that are moving the country in the direction of a Cuban-style dictatorship, with Chavez reprising the role of Fidel Castro. He’s nationalized […]

Cannon rewarded for safety record

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base rose to the top of the Air Force in four award categories for the 2006 Air Force Safety Awards. Recognized for having the best flight safety program, Cannon received the Colombian Trophy last week. The award acknowledges the group with the lowest mishap rate, according to Cannon Public Affairs. […]

Safety program for seniors launched

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Safety for senior citizens is the goal of the Newman Project that pays tribute to area couple Odis and Doris Newman, who were killed in March 2005. “They are a couple who had a big impact on Portales and Roosevelt County,” said 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler during […]

Senior safety project launch scheduled

By Freedom Newspapers The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office will launch a senior citizen safety project at 11 a.m. Monday at Valencia Elementary School in Portales, according to a press release. The program is called “The Newman Project” in honor of Odis and Doris Newman, a Roosevelt County senior citizen couple killed in 2005. Its […]

Fire substation could be on horizon

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors discussed the feasibility of adding a fire substation on the north side of Portales and the possibility of expanding the law enforcement center at Tuesday’s meeting. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez addressed councilors on the topics, saying he had received several calls from people in North […]

Students put safety first

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Challenged to turn a tragedy into something positive, a Portales High School student organization developed a traffic safety program aimed at elementary students. Family Career and Community Leaders of America students presented the program Tuesday to James Elementary School second-graders. The safety program was inspired by the August death […]

Halloween tips listed

Compiled by Casey Peacock The PNT spoke with Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department regarding safety on Halloween night. Q. What are the best hours for children to be out trick-or-treating? A. “We would like for them to go about 5:30 p.m. or so, to give the five o’clock traffic time to die […]

School safety is priority in area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer In light of the recent school shootings in the past week, area schools have heightened their awareness of campus activities and are emphasizing the safety measures that are in place at their respective schools. Two of the schools involved in the recent shootings are comparative in size to the […]

Farm safety is no laughing matter

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched before thrusting the hose forward, letting loose a stream of water. Zig-zagging it from side to side, she watched in satisfaction as the orange glow gave way to smoke and the flames disappeared. “I was scared of (the […]

Cautious crossing benefits all

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer It’s time once again to watch out for the flashing lights in area school zones as the school year kicks off. Following the death of a James Elementary student the first week of school near her home on a rural highway, school officials are reiterating safety but believe their […]