9-11 history still evolving

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Five years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the event Americans call 9/11 is still affecting people’s lives. According to local historians, the event is probably still in search of its place and perspective in history. “It really made us aware that we […]

Some tragedies one never forgets

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Historic events good and bad stick in our memories but tragic historic events and where we were as they happened are burned onto our souls. So it seems with Sept. 11, 2001. Anyone who was school-age or older can quickly recall the horrible details of that day, the despair […]

Day Trip: Silent Wings Museum

Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock is dedicated to the World War II experience from the perspective of the glider pilots who flew in every major invasion of that war. The focal piece of the museum is a restored WACO CG-4A glider, according to the museum’s Web site, www.silentwingsmuseum.com History In 1971, former pilots of the […]

Church to protest at Clovis funeral

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers They spread a message of hate and condemnation without apology. In fact, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., embrace the national animosity they have received and use it as fuel to push their message all the more. Church members announced last week they plan to picket Monday’s funeral […]

Fire marshall calls halt to Clovis gas war

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers When a fevered gas war between rival convenience stores snarled traffic at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, Clovis Fire Marshall Allan Silvers had seen enough. Silvers said with about 200 vehicles lined up to buy cheap gas, blocking the stores and a local fire station, he put […]

Clovis remembers fallen soldier

Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Their white gloved fingers slid the length of the flag before them, creasing it along the stripes. As the fabric was snapped and pulled by the members of the Cannon Air Force Base honor guard, sniffles and sobs perforated the otherwise silent sanctuary. In a quiet voice, a female […]

City remembers its fallen

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A group of Portales residents assembled in the bright sun at the Portales Cemetery Monday to remember the country’s fallen soldiers with a Memorial Day ceremony sponsored by American Legion Post 31. With the lawn before them displaying white crosses representing the dead from each war America has been […]

Some gave their all

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Clovis and Portales residents will take a moment to honor fallen military veterans Memorial Day. American Legion Post No. 31 in Portales is having an honor ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Portales Cemetery. Chief Master Sgt. Ray M. Clark of Cannon Air Force Base will be the […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific Prowler idled, bird nests and cobwebs cluttering her insides. That was until Jim Terry rescued her. Three years ago, the retired Air Force pilot restored the famous World War II bomber, built in August 1944. “It was a ghost,” said Terry, a […]

Draper weaves together, art, war and Navajo tradition

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Teddy Draper III has visited lots of battlefields over the last few years, including some in Iraq. But it was his trip to one historic battle site that has had a half century to heal that provided the inspiration for a mural he completed at the Community Services Center […]

Santa Fe architect seeking election to U.S. Senate

Republican David Pfeffer is campaigning to win the U.S. Senate seat held by Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Pfeffer, 61, is a self-employed architect from Santa Fe, where he has served on the Santa Fe City Council since 2002. Born in upstate New York, he has lived in New Mexico for more than 30 years. Pfeffer visited […]

Milosevic encouraged hatred and hostility

In the end, Slobodan Milosevic may be best remembered as simply one more petty example of what Hannah Arendt called the “banality of evil.” A midlevel communist apparatchik who took advantage of various incidents as the former Yugoslavia was unraveling along with the rest of the communist enterprise in the late 1980s to propel himself […]

Jan. 15, 2006 Letter to the Editor

Senatorial candidate clarifies statements I read with interest the review by Andy Jackson of the recent Republican senatorial candidate debate in Clovis. Unfortunately, some statements attributed to me are false. While “(Jeff) Bingaman’s stand on the war in Iraq is not consistent with the beliefs of state voters” is certainly a statement with which many […]

Five senate candidates take on Bingaman’s commitment

By Andy Jackson Five men vying for Republican nomination to a U.S. Senate seat say incumbent Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is disconnected from the people he serves. “Is he (Bingaman) committed to New Mexico or to a job?” asked Dr. Allen McCulloch, a Farmington urologist, on Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Curry County Federated […]

United Daughters of the Confederacy remember history

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Women of the United Daughters of the Confederacy celebrated the 100th year anniversary of the local area chapter in Portales on Friday. The chapter is comprised of women from eastern New Mexico. The members who met on Friday to celebrate the 100 years of the local chapter traveled from Ruidoso, […]

Letter to the Editor, Jan. 4

This is a letter of remembrance of the wounded and the 2,165-plus men and women who have given their lives in the Iraqi war. I grieve for them and their families. In remembrance of the 406,000 men and women who died and the thousands who were wounded in World War II, I grieve for them […]

Remembering World War II

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An American flag hangs year-round outside Lt. Col. Judy Griego’s childhood home. The man who hung it is her father, a veteran of World War II. He detonated mines buried deep in ocean beds to spare other seamen from unexpected blasts. She is now an Albuquerque-based member of the Air […]

Specifics may help Bush gain support for war in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy on Wednesday was disappointing on several levels. First, of course, was that it was long on chest-thumping bravado and short on actual strategy, let alone details. Even more disappointing is that it suggests the president seems to see “staying the course” and being seen as unwavering […]

Iraq war debate carries implications of future U.S. foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers The public call by Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha, a 37-year Marine Corps veteran who has been generally pro-military and hawkish, for a prompt beginning to withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq has been a catalyst for what was bound to happen anyway: a national debate or discussion on what to do about […]

Old Top remembered with respect on Veteran’s Day

Jim Lee: Local Columnist As most of us know, Friday was Veterans Day. The observance was originally called Armistice Day because it marked the end of hostilities of World War I, up to that time the bloodiest and most widespread war in human history. That first global conflict finally stopped with the Treaty of Versailles […]