New look for Web site

PNT Staff In case you haven’t noticed, our Web site has a new look today. The idea is to make navigation a little simpler. One new feature online is called “Data Central.” Look for the link on the home page or find it under the “News” category in the blue bar at the top of […]

New e-Paper to debut Monday

PNT Staff Report Starting Monday, the latest issue of the Portales News-Tribune is a mouse-click away. Freedom New Mexico is debuting its e-Paper feature, and is giving readers a 30-day free trial to test the online version of Freedom New Mexico’s three publications — the News-Tribune, the Clovis News Journal and the Quay County Sun. […]

Special Operations: MC-130W Combat Spear, AC-130 Gunship

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MC-130W Combat Spear The MC-130W Combat Spear flies in “direct support of unified and theater special operations commands and USSOCOM contingencies,” according to the Armed Forces Special Operations Web site. The aircraft participates in “infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of U.S and allied special operations forces,” according the the AFSOC Web site. Flying primarily at night […]

Special Operations: CV-22 Osprey, MQ-1 Predator

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MQ-1 Predator In operation since 1995, the Predator has been used in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Iraq and Yemen. While the Predator will remain in the desert, the unmanned aerial vehicle’s crew is expected to arrive at Cannon Air Force Base in June according to Col. J.D. Clem, director of plans and programs for the 3rd […]

Blog: Verb, noun and new territory

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Welcome to my blog. Now that I’ve researched it, I think maybe I can blog. You’ll notice that I’ve used the word blog as both a noun and a verb. Pretty good for a word I couldn’t even find in my dictionary. OK, maybe I should buy a new […]

NFL imposed time limits unfair

Editorial The National Football League has picked another fight this year with the news media, which have helped make it the world’s most profitable sports franchise. There has been an uproar about vests that all news photojournalists are supposed to wear while on the sidelines of every football game. The vests carry two versions of […]

People must count their blessings

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Life on Planet Earth can be cruel. Just when you think you’ve got it made, another’s greed can rip it from your grasp. As a case in point, let’s take a dramatic little scene I witnessed on a recent trip to the bathroom. As is sometimes the case on […]

KENW auction now online only

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer It’s time to bid and buy in KENW-TV’s 31st annual summer auction but you won’t be watching your television — instead, you’ll be watching your computer screen and clicking your mouse. The auction is going completely online for the first time this year because of the station’s ongoing transition […]

Day Trip: Larger than life

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Compiled by Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Natives call Jal the “Gateway to the Land of Enchantment,” according to its Web site. With its larger-than-life cowboy sculptures overlooking N.M. 18 and a well-stocked lake that spells J-A-L, the town is a waiting adventure. Jal is a small city of 1,800, located about 42 miles south […]

White advances with Dodgers

Portales High School allumni Logan White was promoted this week to Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. White is the son-in-law of Portales residents Web and Jan Smartnick. “I’m pretty excited for him, he’s a hard worker,” Smartnick said. “He’s never slacked off on the jobs that he’s had, and he’s always had […]

Cranes return to refuge

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By Ashley Lee: PNT staff writer There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to 250,000 sandhill cranes during the winter season. And winter is the best time to visit, according to refuge manager Harold Beierman. “We have the largest concentration […]

Pornography sting nets ENMU student

PNT Staff Report Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University student is among more than 100 arrested in connection with a nationwide child pornography investigation, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler’s office. Matthew Coker, 21, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, was taken into custody by federal Immigration and Customs […]

Day Trip: Fort Stanton offers historical getaway

Freedom Newspapers Fort Stanton, near Ruidoso, has had a varied and long history, but according to those working to preserve it, the former cavalry post remains in remarkably good condition. Located in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Fort Stanton was established on May 4, 1855. It was named for Capt. Henry W. Stanton, […]

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 […]

Comparative look at regional colleges and universities

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University Fall semester begins: Aug. 28 Last day to register: Sept. 1 Cost per credit hour: $89 per credit hour for New Mexico undergraduate students, $103.25 per credit hour for New Mexico graduate students Status: Public university Mission statement: “The university mission is based on the concept […]

Day Trip: Sumner Lake

Families looking to cool off in the water or just relax and have fun can find the opportunity by visiting Sumner Lake State Park for a day or to camp overnight. With a lake that spans 4,500 acres, the 6,700-acre state park just west of Fort Sumner offers activities to enjoy on the water, while […]

Young teens targets for Internet predators

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By Paula Cronic:PNT Staff Writer Tiffany Kendrick and Ashlee Banister said they’ve received messages from older men on their MySpace.com Web site asking for more pictures of them or their phone numbers. “Sometimes there’s creepy older guys that want to talk to you,” said Kendrick, 14. They said when contacted by someone they don’t know, […]

A tale of two Web sites is spun

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers This is a story of two sites — Web Site A and Web Site B. I’m not going to identify A or B, because I’m guessing there are a lot of Site As and Site Bs on this particular topic. Site A, updated by somebody I would consider a friend, […]

Students’ performance now being tracked online

By Tony Parra It used to be that parents would have to wait for a report card to find out how their children were doing in school. Not anymore, not with the Internet at their disposal. At the click of a button, parents can check on their children’s grades, attendance and lunch room balance, all […]

New MainStreet Web site pushes tourism in Clovis/ Portales area

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis may be off the beaten path as far as tourism, but a new Web site’s goal is to attract more tourists to cities such as Portales and Clovis. The new Web site is http://offtheroad.NM.com and it gives viewers a feel for what attractions there are in places in New […]