Anti-Wal-Mart campaign hurting poor

Editorial Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of our […]

Hound gridders getting their licks in this spring

Freedom Newspapers Nearly two weeks into spring drills, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo likes the look of his team. The Greyhounds are slated to have the first of two game-style intrasquad scrimmages at 3:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Stadium. Ribaudo said the scrimmage should last about two hours and is open to […]

Locals have their own take on Oscar

By Jean Verlich Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is tonight when the Academy Awards are presented. But Hollywood insiders are predicting low ratings for the ABC broadcast because four of five best-picture nominees did not have the benefit of a big studio’s big marketing budget. It’s a mixed bag for area movie buffs, some […]

Patchwork of new generation

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By Helena Rodriquez The Red Barn Quilters shatter the image of the Quilted Northern Quilters, a group of old ladies in a TV bathroom tissue commercial who quilt together around a big table. The Red Barn Quilters is a new group of quilters designed for the young working women of Portales. They meet once a […]

Committee shelves bill to speed up tax cuts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the […]

Quinceañera not a coming out, but reaffirmation of faith for Sigalas

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Noelle Sigala celebrated her 15th birthday on Saturday with a quinceañera, an elaborate formal affair often confused as a “coming out party,” in which a young girl reaffirms her faith in Jesus Christ. Just as many girls dream of their wedding day since childhood, many Hispanic girls also dream about being […]

Serviceman evokes feelings of faith, volunteerism

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Just before I start to lose faith in the human condition and get swept away in a torrent of apathy, I usually meet someone who restores my faith. James Montgomery, a young National Guardsman from Portales did that for me this week. James is home for a short two weeks, […]

Hurricane victims relocate to Muleshoe

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The house Annie Young grew up in is gone. So is much of city she calls home. So are photographs of her childhood. Hurricane Katrina took much, but it spared her family. Her parents, three siblings and their four dogs are currently staying in her Muleshoe home. The full house generates […]

The young and the wireless

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Inside 16-year-old Kristin Smothermon’s purse is a flip-top Motorola cellular phone. The Albuquerque teen takes it with her most places she goes — school, weekend trips, basketball and track practice. The palm-sized phone has even become a bed-time companion. “I talk to my boyfriend for hours at night,” said Smothermon, […]

CASA seeks help

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Court Appointed Special Advocates from Clovis and Portales are trying to combat the child abuse in Roosevelt County with the help of volunteers. April is considered National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. There are more than 380 children abused or neglected in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. Workers and […]

Newspapers help educate

It’s hard to think of any ingredient to success as important as a good education. Unique talents, be they athletic, artistic or scholastic, certainly play their roles. Hard work always has its place. Even dumb luck leads some to success. Whatever other factors help a person find success, none has played a leading role for […]

ACLU files suit on behalf of man with bumper sticker

By David Irvin By David Irvin Freedom Newspapers David_Irvin@link.freedom.com Lawyers for a Clovis man charged with distribution of sexually explicit material to minors for placing two nude she-devil stickers on his car have filed a civil motion in state court asking for declarations on the issue. Specifically, the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the […]

Sticker artist, wife shocked at controversy

By David Irvin Those sexually-explicit little devils at the heart of controversy in Clovis have been distributed all over the country, with more than 100,000 copies sold, according to the wife of the artist who made them. Ruth Waytz said her husband, Chris “Coop” Cooper, has sold or licensed more than 2 million nude devil […]

Bumper stickers at center of controversy

By Mike Linn CLOVIS — Stickers on a Clovis man’s car portray cartoon images of bare-breasted female devils in sexually compromising positions. And the images have caught the attention of Clovis police. Officials have charged 31-year-old Dean Young, the owner of a yellow Ford Focus displaying the images, with distribution of sexually oriented materials to […]

When are you too young or old to have children?

By Helena Rodriguez The miniature rubber duckie on the soap dish in my shower always reminds me of Amanda. Dear, sweet Amanda. But here lately, I see the rubber duckie and all I can think is, “Amanda is pregnant! Amanda is pregnant!” Amanda was my daughter Laura’s best friend when we lived in Abilene, Texas. […]

Nov. 17 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Thanksgiving supper The Milnesand community and many friends gathered in the community center Monday night for a pre-Thanksgiving feast and fellowship. Sympathy To Fern and George Hay in the death of her brother, Joe Anderson of Fort Sumner. Harvest Farmers are anxiously awaiting the sunshine and a few days without moisture so […]

Ex-ENMU athlete recalls Olympic dream

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — When most people turn on their televisions this week to tune into to the 2004 Olympics from Athens, they see little more than a gathering of athletes competing for awards and recognition. For oneformer ENMU student, however, watching the Olympics is different. It is different because he represented his country […]

Take my advice, just don’t expect results

By Bob Huber It amazes me how brilliant I am about so many things and why folks don’t more often seek my counsel. My wife Marilyn used to say, “Maybe you should stop trying to solve world problems and straighten out your own life.” I miss her wit. But to show what I mean, in […]

PHS teams set for fall seasons

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By Dave Wagner Portales High football coach Glenn Johnson knows the Rams lost many key players from last season. One thing he’s not going to do, though, is call the 2004 campaign a rebuilding year. “We try not to look at it as rebuilding because we’ve had a lot of young men who’ve been in […]

July 7 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Things were rather quiet in this part of Roosevelt County over the weekend. There were no clouds for rain but Migdon Cox said one afternoon she looked out and was a regular sandstorm coming in from the north. I think it was just in a small area and did not last long. […]