Phoning while driving invites more accidents

Editorial For some time now, we’ve been beset with electronic governors, disembodied digitized voices telling us to do what we ought or should have realized. Now there are cellular phones that will do for us what we should be doing ourselves regarding driving and phone use. It seems Motorola is developing a cell phone that […]

Auction nets $138,000 for kids

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Wallets and cage doors came open Saturday evening at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, as the Junior Livestock Auction got underway at 6 p.m., featuring 54 exhibitors and 54 of the best animals in the fair. Parents, business owners and local residents filled the arena, ready to examine the scene and watch […]

May 29 Letter to the Editor

I am disturbed by two of President Bush’s recent statements concerning governmental funding of stem-cell research. In a press conference recently, he said he could not support the use of public funds for a program that would destroy life in order to save life. In a later statement, he said he could not use tax […]

Communities enter into mutual aid agreement

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The City of Portales and surrounding communities mapped out a system of accountability for donations pledged in support of “Operation Keep Cannon.” A mutual aid agreement was signed Friday by key entities and will be in place in a matter of days, officials said. The agreement, drafted between the […]

Agreement proposed to align abilities and resources

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When Orlando Ortega is asked about the upcoming meeting regarding Cannon Air Force Base’s place on the Base Realignments and Closures list, his standard response is, “Which one?” From steering committees to letter-writing committees to finance committees to Washington committees, Portales’ mayor said that numerous meetings have taken place […]

Cell phone behavior can be improved

By Kevin Wilson A few years ago, I was on a date with my friend Stephanie. We’d decided to go to the movies. I only had two regrets from that night. The first was that I was given the honor of picking the movie, and I chose the unwatchable “K-Pax.” The second was that I […]

Government needs to focus on cleaner energy

By Jim Constantopoulos: Guest columnist It is becoming increasingly clear that if industries in the Southwest are to survive, something must be done to hold down energy costs. Of all fuels, natural gas requires the most immediate attention, because wholesale gas prices have tripled in the past four years. The key reason is that 90 […]

Taser bill concerns law enforcement

By David Irvin Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is concerned about a bill moving through the state Legislature that would certify a taser as a deadly weapon, meaning that deputies could only use the device to counter deadly force by a subject. If passed, Hatcher told the Curry County commission Tuesday, his department would have […]

Region should plan for worst

By Bob Baker What will the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process mean to eastern New Mexico? We won’t know until federal officials finalize it all late this year. Of course we’re all hoping Cannon Air Force Base will survive the cuts, maybe even expand as other bases are closed. But is anyone even thinking […]

City council approves building purchase

By Tony Parra City officials during Tuesday’s city meeting approved to allow city attorneys to draft a contract with Eric Dixon of Portales on the purchase of a city building in the downtown area. The recommendation from the Portales MainStreet Board is to have city attorneys draw up a proposal on purchase of a building […]