Cowboys prove they’re rough and ready

By Baxter Black Sheryl Crow, a popular pop singer, made headlines in 2007 by proposing a method to waste less natural resources. It made us cowboys look environmentally ahead of our time: A purist global warming star said we should use less paperWhen tending to hygienic needs, we should begin to taperOur use of trees […]

Board approves funding for ENMU weight training facility

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved the use of $395,000 toward the design and construction of a weight training facility at the Portales campus. ENMU fields 14 men’s and women’s Division II teams. “It make sense to construct the new facility to increase the recruitment of […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to curb electricity use Monday afternoon

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation and transmission capacity on Monday afternoon. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on […]

Business owner hopes to draw new neighbors

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Local business owners are trying to attract new and existing businesses with the construction of new office and retail space in the 400 block of South Avenue C. There will be 11 units constructed for retail or office use, said project owner Max Merrick. There is no date set […]

Oasis pond to close down again

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish issued an emergency order Monday to allow people to salvage fish from the man-made pond at Oasis State Park after a leak was discovered in its liner, according to a news release. The order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. March 3, the […]

Going green

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With rising energy costs, Americans are taking a harder look lately at alternative energy and ways to save on their energy bill. Agriculture producers are included in that mix. Agriculture experts say that not only are producers looking for ways to save on costs, they’re also on the lookout […]

Torture justification runs counter to U.S. values, practicality

So it’s out in the open now. Central Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the CIA used the coercive interrogation technique known as waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, on three al-Qaida operatives in 2002 and 2003. The technique is widely viewed as torture, which is […]

Wilson talks water, economic development in Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., visited Clovis on Tuesday on her campaign trail for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Pete Domenici. Domenici will retire when his term ends this year. Wilson has served for nearly 10 years as District 1 representative. The district includes Albuquerque, Torrance County and […]

Baseball ’roids report may demonize unfairly

Editorial The release of a report by former Democratic Sen. George Mitchell on the use in Major League Baseball of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs certainly received plenty of attention. Although the Mitchell investigation was conducted without benefit of subpoenas, cross-examination, any interaction between accuser and accused or sworn testimony, all the named players […]

Consumers likely to see benefits from FCC auction

editorial An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has been assigned regulatory […]

Base observes annual Great American Smokeout

By 27 SOAMDS On November 15th Cannon Air Force Base will celebrate the Great American Smokeout. Held the third Thursday in November, the Great American Smokeout motivates tobacco users across the country to quit for one day. Are you thinking about quitting? Perhaps, you want to but have some hesitation. The Health and Wellness Center […]

10-28 PHJS News

Parent meetings planned This week parents and teachers will be meeting to devise a success plan for students who had a low grade on their report cards the first quarter. Counselor Alan Dodd and Assistant Principal Glenda Meeks are facilitating these meetings. Basketball tryouts continue The eighth grade boys basketball coaches are hosting tryouts for […]

Food safety important to remember during holiday season

By 27 SOMDG Throughout the holiday season, many people enjoy celebrating by entertaining friends and family, throwing parties, and preparing feasts. From the kitchen table to the office party, food becomes a focus of celebrations. Although safe food handling rules should always apply, extra precautions are necessary during the holidays to prevent food borne illness. […]

It’s their job: Dominique Gonzales

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Dominique Gonzales Job: Workstudy for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Time on the Job: Since August Background: Currently Gonzales is a sophomore at Eastern New Mexico University, majoring in Biology with an emphasis on pre-med and a minor in Spanish. In the past she has worked for […]

Time is gift from God

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Each day is a gift from God, just waiting to be opened. How I use that gift is up to me. I cannot put it in the bank. I cannot use it tomorrow. I must use my gift now or it will be forever lost. I must use wisdom. Since time […]

Nation’s drug policies must be reconsidered

Editorial We couldn’t help but notice a recent wire story headlined “Illegal drugs getting scarcer.” The report began by noting that the availability of most illegal drugs is down and drug seizures are up. Drug warriors point to this information as proof the war on drugs is succeeding. Not everyone, however, is reaching that same […]

Small towns, big problem

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, which is said to be mostly a “small-town America problem,” is being attributed locally as a reason for increased crime and calls […]

Rental rates to rise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A lenient fairgrounds facility rental policy has come to an end after county officials reported an increase in damage and problems. County commissioners agreed to a $500 deposit in addition to hourly rental fees ranging from $3 to $12 depending on the building and purpose for usage. Youth organizations […]

Keep Independence Day injury free

By Staff Sgt. Julan Bentley CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The American traditions of camping, cookouts, and of course fireworks celebrate the summer season, especially our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. However, each of these activities can turn from a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children or adults are injured. The […]

Forced giving tyrannical use of power

Editorial “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Who could deny such words? Who among us would want our money taken from us and used to aid political groups and to advance political ideas that we find offensive and […]