She was very much like a steel magnolia

David Stevens She enjoyed writing and painting and collecting Indian artifacts. She played the piano, acted as literary agent for creative family members and loved gardening. She was a beauty queen — Miss Roswell in 1947 — and could have been Miss New Mexico if she hadn’t caught the measles and been eliminated from the […]

Scientific wonder to take place in Fort Sumner

Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The city is best known for Billy the Kid’s grave and historical memorabilia of the Wild West. But north of town, several miles down a two-lane road that passes fields with grazing goats and cows, stands the old Fort Sumner Army Air Field. While some buildings show their age […]

Officials hop BRAC won’t target Cannon

Darrell Todd Maurina Following the end of the Cold War, the Department of Defense has repeatedly cut the number of military personnel and military bases. Between 1988 and 1995, 97 major military bases were selected for closure in four rounds of cutbacks known as Base Realignment and Closure or “BRAC.” In 2005, a special nine-member […]

Dora High teen wins cooking contest

By Mike Linn Jena Bilberry wasn’t going to let a frito pie win this year’s New Mexico 4-H cooking competition. The Dora High School junior who had smelled but never tasted victory in seven previous years finally won approval of the judges’ stomachs on July 16 in Las Cruces. She edged 16 other competitors and […]

Elida mayor resigns

Mike Linn After more than 12 years as Elida’s mayor, Bennie Thurman is calling it quits. The longtime mayor of the town with roughly 200 residents resigned on July 11 and said many things have changed over the years. “There was no specific reason why I resigned — I just got tired and resigned,” Thurman […]

Tale of two patriots

Darrell Todd Maurina On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Darren Eicken followed his normal routine by walking the few blocks from his home to his New York City law office in a building located just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Eicken had a much longer walk that afternoon after terrorists flew […]

Professor enjoyed work, life

By Angela Peacock A brilliant man with a dry sense of humor who had a unique outlook on life is how Troy Hunt said he will always remember his close friend Lee Scanlon. “Even though he understood the seriousness of (his profession) and of what others did, he found humor as a means of helping […]

Melrose teacher honored, humbled by award

By Gary Mitchell Although Melrose math teacher Lisa Graham didn’t feel “worthy” of her recent Golden Apple Award, her colleagues and peers did. Earlier this month, Graham was one of seven teachers presented with the 2003 award at the “Tribute to Teachers” recognition dinner in Albuquerque. The annual award is presented to teachers who represent […]

Reflection on Bush’s war plans

Tibor Machan The thing about this Iraqi war plan is that in a republic — or representative democracy, which is not the best form of government… Which is a constitutionally limited democracy wherein the “people” — i. e., the majority of them — can decided only a few matters and a sound, libertarian constitution guides […]