Day Trips: Latin Dance Fest offers lessons in salsa, merengue

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez If you have ever wanted to learn to dance salsa, merengue, or other Latin dances, then the first Latin Dance Fest 2005 in Las Vegas, N.M. is the place to be Oct. 21-23. There will be workshops during the day to learn the dances and then dances at night to show […]

Citizens visit the Pentagon to commemorate 9/11 attacks, honor victims

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Rebecca Carroll: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — To Carol Anne Giza, the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, violated everyone in America. “We all felt their pain and still feel their pain,” said Giza, 67, of Lancaster, N.Y., who was among 1,500 people to participate Saturday in the first walk-in tours of the site where a […]

Residents asked to put phones on “ICE”

By David Irvin A nationwide initiative is underway to help emergency personnel locate next-of-kin and emergency contacts for incapacitated victims in those critical moments following an accident, officials say. The idea is simple: Mobile phone users place emergency contact information in their phone’s contact numbers under the heading “ICE.” Emergency personnel can quickly find names […]

Some want base closed

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers “Keep Cannon” signs can be seen just about anywhere in eastern New Mexico, from front yards to business windows to billboards, as residents seek to publicly make known their opinion of the Department of Defense plans to close the Air Force base west of Clovis. But not everyone is in […]

Ceremony set for Saturday

Freedom Newspapers The forced relocation of the Navajo and Apache people to the Bosque Redondo, a crumbling internment camp located in Fort Sumner, began in 1862. The grueling 350-mile march is now known as the Navajo Long Walk. A host of dignitaries will gather at the historical site Saturday for the Bosque Redondo Memorial opening […]

Legislation work mind-boggling

By David Irvin While state legislators battle over the many thousands of bills scheduled to be introduced in the 47th Legislature, those with an active interest in the outcome of the discussions are often left in the dark. The number of bills passing through both houses each day is mind-boggling, officials say. And those peering […]

Heartland takes care of minor issues

By Mike Linn and Tony Parra A government Web site that compares the quality of area nursing homes has been criticized for being too vague, poorly updated and sometimes displaying incorrect information. Officials say information on nursing homes displayed on the federal Medicare.gov Web site can be a useful starting tool for people researching nursing […]

Identity theft a concern during shopping season

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent On the day that Scott Davis went to buy a car at a dealership in the city he lived in at the time, he thought about the car he’d be getting. Instead, he was presented with an unexpected credit check failure. “When they ran my credit report at the dealership, […]

Planet Kevin makes its second orbit

By Kevin Wilson It’s not often I write two columns about something, but sometimes inspiration sends you an e-mail. During the summer, I did a column on “Planet Kevin,” a fictional planet with rules set to my values of common sense. It was loosely based on a standup comedy routine from Charlie Viracola called “Planet […]

CAFB captures award for air combat command

PNT Staff Cannon Air Force Base has won the Commander-in-Chief’s 2005 Installation Excellence Award for Air Combat Command, according to a Cannon news release. The award recognizes efforts of airmen at Department of Defense installations who have most efficiently used their resources to support the mission, the release said. The award comes with $100,000 to […]

Cheese plant construction on schedule

By Jack King Five new raw milk silos, each 75 feet tall, have been erected at Southwest Cheeses’ site on Curry County Road 4, said Maurice Keane, the company’s president and chief executive officer. Keane said the 54-acre, $190 million project is on schedule, with plans to begin production sometime in October 2005. Four of […]

Mayor plans housing goals for Portales

Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega has 20/20/20 vision. He wants 20 new homes for 20 new homeowners in 20 months. Ortega said he is aggressively pursuing an affordable housing program, something that may be a city-initiated project. “It’s one of the major efforts for the mayor and city council to establish more affordable home […]

Blackwater Draw site showcases Clovis people

Michelle Seeber Evidence of Blackwater Draw’s Clovis people was hidden for centuries before Dust Bowl winds revealed their existence 75 years ago. Ridgley Whiteman, a teenager who regularly explored the site in search of those who came before him, is credited with discovery of Clovis Man. In 1929, Whiteman sent three letters, accompanied by a […]