Much to be gained from prayer

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist In the midst of national trauma comes an outpouring of prayer. From Omaha Beach in World War II to Columbine, the Oklahoma City bombing and the horrendous 9/11, we need prayer more than ever. On May 7 we will pray in deep hunger for spiritual renewal. Throughout history, Americans of […]

April 3, 1945

The Portales High School band, directed by Vernon Allen, was awarded a distinguished service citation by the Music War Council of America in recognition of its “patriotic and inspiring use of music to aid the national war effort,” according to the Portales Daily News.

March 12, 1942

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Drake received a war cablegram from their son, Cedrick Drake, stating he was “safe and well,” though his whereabouts were censored. Drake, a former student of Eastern New Mexico College, was a bomber-navigator with the American Forces.

Local Bataan death march survivor dies

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Physically, John L. Johnson changed during World War II. He was 119 pounds lighter than his normal 215 pounds and three years older when he returned from his ordeal as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II. But his personality defied the starvation, disease and […]

Long-lasting drug war needs new approach

Freedom New Mexico Americans are addicted to the drug war. Countless billions of taxpayers’ money, at all levels, has been lost in a futile effort to keep unapproved drugs off our streets. The effort has only raised illicit drugs’ value, and thus raised sellers’ profits — and the extremes to which they’ll go to rake […]

Jan. 4, 2009 On the Shelves

The following books are available for checkout at the Portales Public Library: Win the War Within by Floyd H. Chilton with Laura Tucker. Floyd Chilton is a renowned scientist and currently serves as a professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is convinced that a silent and devastating plague […]

Candidate Lujan talks war, economics

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Linda Uttaro said Saturday the country’s economic crisis has affected her daughter’s education. Uttaro, a 65-year-old retired school administrator, expressed her frustration to 3rd U.S. Congressional representative candidate Ben Ray Lujan during a town hall meeting at the Memorial Building in Portales. She said her daughter, already $90,000 in […]

U.S. action should be limited to bluster at Russian war

Editorial The still-small but dangerous war that broke out over the weekend between Georgia and Russia is the culmination of decades of mutual hostility fed by centuries of acrimonious history remembered conveniently by partisans on all sides. Also in play were recent developments that made the Caucasus region something of a tinderbox waiting for a […]

Now that’s mudslinging

John and his wife Martha had a unique relationship. This is an understatement. Mostly what they had was a war of long duration interrupted now and then by skirmishes that came close to truce talks. They lived about 20 miles from town, the last five miles a dirt road. Most days one or the other […]

Vets list being formed

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A retired U.S. Navy officer hopes to compile a list of all veterans within a five-county area of eastern New Mexico to recognize and keep track of the people who have served their country in that region. Richard Robertson, a retired chief petty officer who now serves as director […]