Man scarred by smokeless tobacco to speak in area

By William P. Thompson Area students will think twice about using smokeless tobacco after listening to Gruen Von Behrens talk about his battle with cancer, according to anti-tobacco advocates. Von Behrens, who has undergone more than 35 surgeries on his face since being diagnosed with oral cancer at 17, will speak about his experiences next […]

AHORA looking for tourney help from recreation board

By Tony Parra Ron Jackson, Portales Recreation Board chairman, said he will talk with Association to Help Our Race Advance members from Eastern New Mexico University on the costs of using the Portales Softball Complex to raise money for scholarships. Freddy Bolanos of AHORA said last year AHORA members didn’t have to pay any fees […]

Portales residents cope without water for a day

By William Thompson Portales residents who hopped in the shower the morning of Feb. 18 got a chilly surprise. A water main break had left the city without running water. Water service wasn’t fully restored until about midnight. The following residents tell how they dealt with the incovenience. • Zach Cathey, a conductor for BNSF […]

If a stranger calls, let it ring

Janet Taylor-Birkey New DoD policy prohibits using cell phones while on the road Effective Monday, vehicle operators on Cannon will not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or they are using a hands-free device, according to an updated Department of Defense Joint Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision Regulation. The regulation further says that […]

Senate approves paper ballot voting systems in close vote

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A requirement that every New Mexico county use paper ballot voting systems passed the Senate on a party-line vote Monday. With less than three days left in the legislative session, the bill headed to the House. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for the change, saying paper ballots would […]

Recycle for environment, save some money

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Every day we are buried in an avalanche of paper. We live with computer printed “hard copy,” receipts from gasoline pumps and ATMs, unwanted special offers courtesy of the United States Postal Service, paper towels, paper plates, paper coffee filters, and enough other paper whatevers to fill the Grand Canyon and […]

Senate passes clear limits on military interrogation

Freedom Newspapers The most gratifying development in the nation’s capital in recent months was the 90-9 vote in the U.S. Senate last week to set clear limits on the techniques the U.S. military can use when interrogating detainees in military custody throughout the world. Now it’s time for the House to do likewise. Setting clear, […]

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 […]

Court martial results

27th Fighter Wing Legal Office Airman 1st Class Robert Myers, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, pled guilty to distribution and use of methamphetamine on multiple occasions, distribution of marijuana and fraudulent enlistment in a general court-martial held on Aug. 16, 2005. The case arose when a local law enforcement investigation found that Airman Myers was selling […]

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 […]

Timeripper: Preventer of social errors

By Kevin Wilson I ask a lot of questions to people around the city — it goes with the territory. But every once in a while, I get a question thrown back at me. A few weeks ago, I was more than prepared to answer. The question is one we ask our Personality Plus subjects […]

Farmers’ water usage a concern

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Ute Water project wasn’t the only local water issue to come before last week’s meeting of a legislative interim committee. On Thursday morning, two state representatives spoke to the Water and Natural Resources Committee at Clovis Community College to explain the concerns of local residents over the consequences of unregulated […]