Military plot twists show bureaucracy’s problems

Freedom Newspapers Military officials are getting a much-deserved scolding for their dishonest efforts to spin some tragic events in Afghanistan and Iraq into heroic military endeavors as a means to gin up public support for these wars. The congressional testimony from relatives of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back, was particularly disturbing. […]

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. […]

PHS presents operetta

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Its roots may be in a Bible story, but the musical is all about realizing dreams in any time period, according to members of the cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The operetta, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in 1965 and popularized in the […]

Producer pleased with Portales area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hollywood magic doesn’t always come easy when it comes to producing a movie. Selected for its resemblance to northwestern Oklahoma in the 1960s, Portales and the surrounding areas became home for the production crew and actors of the film “Believe in Me,” said co-producer John Bard Manulis. Chosen partly […]

‘Believe in Me’ movie worth seeing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When I got an invite to an early-morning “Believe in Me” screening, I envisioned a consequence-free movie review. If I say it’s great, I give extra motivation to an eastern New Mexico crowd that doesn’t need motivation to see it. If I say it’s a piece of trash, I may […]

Being famous isn’t always good

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The question is simple: Would you rather be rich or famous? The answer is also simple: I’d rather be rich, because you can be famous for the wrong reasons. Now I have proof, because I grew up with somebody who’s now famous … and I’m not sure if it’s a […]

Convicted felon perishes in prison

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A man convicted of brutally raping and murdering a Clovis convenience store clerk more than 30 years ago died Tuesday in a state prison. Stanley Deon Melton, who suffered a long battle with cancer and was seriously ill, was 66, prison officials said Friday. Melton died Tuesday while in long-term […]

Curiosity can lead to strange places

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist This is the story of a curious cow who lived on Mr. Marvin’s farm in the kingdom of Kansas. Her name was Yvonne. She was of Scottish and English heritage but farmer Marv guessed that she had some Native American Pronghorn antelope in her lineage because everyone knows that antelopes […]

Foley’s e-mails another example of excessive power

Editorial The media and the blogosphere are brimming with comments on the sad story of Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned from Congress after ABC News made public some of the suggestive — and well beyond suggestive — e-mails and text messages he had exchanged with young male congressional pages. Did the leadership fail […]

Investigators general make sleeping easier

Editorial The average American taxpayer doesn’t have a lot of friends “inside the Beltway.” Rather, most of the interest groups and individuals that make up the Washington establishment look at the people like tiny ATM machines, from which they want to maximize withdrawals. So today we pay tribute to the largely unsung heroes who are […]

Media should focus on nice stories

By Baxter Black: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes I think I live in a different country than the ones I read about in the newspapers or hear on the radio and TV. For instance, I was in Sacramento, Calif., recently. It is not the same California you read about in the letters to the editor in the […]

ENMU prof pens ghost stories

By Ezra Paul Mann: ENMU Communication Services Some of the best stories come about when they are left to write themselves, according to Stephen King, one of the most successful horror writers of all time. Antony Oldknow, professor of English at Eastern New Mexico University, has the same belief. He hopes that the method will […]

Sober up, that’s show biz for you

Remember when Hollywood swept into New Mexico in the 1960s, ruthlessly taking over hearth and home from innocent, downtrodden natives who had carved a state out of the wilderness after moving here during the Eisenhower years? I was a United Press foreign correspondent in Santa Fe at the time — my specialty was banana republics […]

City officials hope to restore water by 9 p.m.

By Karl Terry City officials told the PNT at 6;45 p.m. Saturday that they hoped to have water restored to residents by 9 p.m. City manager Debi Lee said pumping operations had continued through the afternoon and shortly after 6 p.m. city crews had the pipe placed in the hole to be coupled. Lee said […]

Prediction: Commercials overtake television in ‘06

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Well, it seems like only yesterday it was last year, doesn’t it? Not only that, in a couple of months it will be three years since starting this column. A lot has happened since that first column appeared on March 16, 2003. Since then, our country got itself into another undeclared […]

Live nativity scenes in local area

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many homes during the Christmas season. The small, motionless figurines depict the night Jesus was born and can be simply made from paper mache’ or elaborately cut from crystal. The decorative scene features Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the three wise men, a shepherd, […]

Classic opera starts holiday ambiance

Helen Carroll: ENMU Communication Services Amahl and the Night Visitors returns to Eastern New Mexico University after 17 years. Directed by Dr. Roberto Mancusi, assistant professor of voice, this Christmas opera is a favorite of the faculty and members of the surrounding community. It will be presented on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, […]

Our state claims most UFO sightings

Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re a distinguished UFO-ologist emeritus like I am, you know that New Mexico holds the record for the most ballyhooed assaults from outer space. In fact, the coveted Black Hole Cup has been won by so many communities in this state that Rush Limbaugh has labeled them prime examples of […]

Scary stories create memories

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program […]

Bowl-ed over: wife tells husband’s story

By Marc Schoder Karen Alexander, a reading specialist from Portales is scheduled to have a short story about her husband, Portales physician Dr. Lonnie Alexander, and his experiences growing up. The book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Creating a Better World” is scheduled to hit bookshelves Aug. 23 according to an e-mail from Bradley Winch, […]