Driving history details life changes

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer I have a checkered driving history, which reveals more than my driving habits over the past two decades. It speaks volumes about each three-year increment, the time my insurance company goes back to count tickets. My friend Bernard says I’m a crazy driver, usually while telling me to slow […]

Delivery driver stabbed in Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man was stabbed multiple times and robbed Saturday while delivering pizza, according to Clovis police. Guido Fernandez, 20, an employee of Papa John’s Pizza, was stabbed at least five times around 10:30 p.m. after he delivered pizza on Gidding Street, according to a police report. Fernandez suffered a […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a true […]

Earmarking funding sure to end in scandal

Editorial If anyone still believes the changing of the guard in Congress will curtail the annual raids on ye ol’ pork barrel, or end the practice of earmarking special expenditures for the home district or state, they didn’t read last Sunday’s story in The New York Times, “As Power Shifts in New Congress, Pork May […]

Bullying journalists endangers freedom

By Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to take a case involving a prosecutor seeking the telephone records of two reporters with The New York Times. The decision is regrettable — even though it is far from certain that the high court would have decided the case as we would have preferred. […]

Local writer leaves lasting legacy

Editorial “Once I owned a few cattle myself, all descendants of a spotted heifer named Easter. One dry spring, they all died from grazing on shinnery brush except one dogied yearling steer. He unwisely stood by a barbed-wire fence when a thunderstorm broke the drought, and died of lightning. It was such misfortune that kindled […]

Food safety research must be left to professionals

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Combine E.coli 0157:H7, “naturally” produced spinach, food poisoning, an organic foods purveyor and author, cows and the New York Times and you get — guess what? That’s right. Evil factory farming! No surprise. I have compassion for the ill and also for the California spinach growers. Like lots of farmers […]

Same freedoms should apply to all Americans

Editorial A recent New York Times front-page article, “Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow,” the first in a series on the topic, raised the following question: Why are religious organizations increasingly exempt from the rules businesses and many other organizations must follow? The Times focused on two Alabama day-care centers. “At any moment, state […]

Air Force selects units likely to come to CAFB

Freedom Newspapers The 16th Special Operations Wing bound for Cannon Air Force Base will be formed from existing units and new squadrons, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley told the Air Force Times in an article published in the July edition. A representative of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office forwarded the Air Force Times article Friday to […]

Tombstone race a Fort Sumner tradition

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent FORT SUMNER — There’s legends and then there’s legends so big that they beget even more legends. The Billy the Kid tombstone races at Old Fort Days are all about an offshoot activity at the legendary outlaw’s gravesite. And it makes for an athletic event that certainly is unique by […]

Response to letter not enough; U.S. needs to talk to Iran

Editorial May you live in interesting times, goes the old Chinese curse. Judging by the sophomoric letter apparently sent by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush, we certainly live in interesting times. Iran and the United States — backed to some degree by most of Western Europe — are involved in a potentially deadly […]

Santa Rosa rallies to beat Coyotes

PNT staff SANTA ROSA — The Dora Coyotes doubled their pleasure in the second inning — five times, to be exact — but Santa Rosa rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out an 11-8 victory on Monday. Dan Massey, Tyler Wilhoit, Casey O’Connor, Ben Massey and J.R. Gonzales hit […]

Floyd girls win Hagerman meet

PNT staff HAGERMAN — Floyd senior Kelli Johnson captured wins in the three distance races on Friday to lead the Lady Broncos to the team title in the Alfalfa Relays track meet. Floyd finished with 92 team points to outdistance second-place Fort Sumner, which had 82. Johnson ran times of 5:52.75 in the 1,600 and […]

Thankful for water, spiritual and physical

By Joan Clayton The 24-hour shutdown of water recently brought to my attention appreciation of the lack of, simple things. I thought of my great grandparents who had 11 children. They carried buckets to the windmill and filled them with water and thanksgiving. They had only the basics of life … no plumbing … no […]

Hobbs holds off Portales, 42-41

PNT Staff A solid effort wasn’t enough for the Portales Lady Rams to score an upset on the road against Class 5A Hobbs. The host Lady Eagles rallied late for a 42-41 victory. “We played pretty solid,” Portales coach Brenda Gomez said. “We had turnovers in some bad spots.” Hobbs, which scored six of the […]

Last time or first time a matter of perspective

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I cried when each son left home. The empty closets made me sad. No cars were parked in the driveway. No balls bounced and no skateboards rolled up and down the sidewalk. I couldn’t cut the apron strings, so they did. I couldn’t let go of them, so they let go […]

Be thankful for life even when you don’t understand it

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Thanksgiving always becomes a year in review for me as I look back at the events in the news and in my personal life and try to find reasons to give thanks. Yeah right. Well at least I try to think of things to be thankful for, but sometimes it’s just […]

Persistence pays off with success

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Do you ever experience failures? Welcome to the crowd. When I make a mess of things I feel defeated. I have to remind myself I’m not perfect. Human beings do make mistakes but learning from those mistakes enables one to pursue success. I am encouraged when I hear about the […]

Critics need to employ standard of liberty

By Tibor Machan: PNT columnist No one is more prone to criticize the various levels and branches of the U.S. government than I am. My complaints, however, tend to focus on how our political institutions have departed from the best ideas on which the country was founded. When you read most prominent mainstream newspapers and […]

Whispers can mean so much

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist He first saw me in front of a grocery store… a 13- year- old fat girl wearing ugly glasses eating an ice cream cone. That this tall lanky, handsome kid should even notice me made me believe in miracles. He smiled at me and I smiled back thinking, Was […]