Including women in draft would be counterproductive

Freedom Newspapers Sometimes you wonder if people in government have any sense at all. “The chief of the Selective Service System has proposed registering women for the military draft,” reported Hearst Newspapers last week. We oppose a draft — for women or men — on the grounds that the state should not have the power […]

Torbert, William Elton

William Elton Torbert Service: Have been held. William Elton “Bill” Torbert, 71, of Amarillo, died Friday, March 12, 2004, in Topeka, Kan. He was born on July 23, 1932, in Arkansas City, Kan. He was raised in Canadian, Texas. He graduated from West Texas State University. He married Beverly Beck on June 30, 1956. They […]

Amos poeticizes a painting

By Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos, the erstwhile poetic church mouse, types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks — except the hyphens and dashes. Lately, Amos has been having a tough time gaining inspiration for his writing. He has tried […]

Tucumcari election ends in tie

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — One Tucumcari city election appears headed for overtime. Incumbent District 2 Commissioner Jimmy R. Sandoval and challenger Christopher Maestas each received 67 votes on Tuesday. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Tucumcari City Clerk Rachel Hicklin. “I’ve heard of it happening in other places but it’s never happened here […]

Brown, Harold Bell “Fuzzy”

Harold Bell “Fuzzy” Brown Services: Have been held. Harold Bell “Fuzzy” Brown, 83, of Roswell, retired, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at his home. He was born on June 22, 1920, in Floydada, Texas, to Travis and Maud Brown. He grew up in Rhea, Texas. He married Dora Blalock in August 1940. He served in […]

Post-Sept. 11 security methods have serious gaps

We could find out eventually that heroic clandestine efforts have thwarted terrorist attacks. Certain non-specific and anonymously sourced stories have suggested as much. But it is also possible that security bureaucrats were overreacting with little to show for the trouble they caused to travelers over the holiday season. Either way, American society has been tied […]

Professors doubt attacks will diminsh

By Glen Seeber Finally in the hands of U.S. Forces, Saddam Hussein is likely to go through an interrogation process, an assistant professor of political science speculated Sunday evening. Dr. David Rausch, who teaches at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, said the question he would ask first if given an opportunity would be: “Where […]

Cycle crash kills 2

By Jack King Two motorcyclists died early Sunday after they collided with a tow truck hauling an 18-wheeler near the intersection of Norris Street and Mabry Drive. Timothy Lasiter, 33, of Clovis, died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, according to his wife, Shellie Lasiter. Johnnie Vankleeck, 44, of Lovington, died at […]

Sandoval County vote totals flip

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – The Associated Press questioned a vote reversal in Sandoval County’s end-of-night results reported for the election on a constitutional amendment that would increase school funding. Statewide, the AP tally showed the amendment leading by fewer than 900 votes and the race was too close to call early Wednesday. Sandoval […]

Surprise welcome amazing to some

By Clyde Davis We were entering the Dump. Opening the toolbox clasp, I checked the contents once again: saw; hammer; combination square; disassembled hand drill and some bits; three or four screwdrivers, both Phillips head and slots; chalk line; plumb line; chisel. This included all the necessary hand tools, there not being much use there […]

Kobe Bryant case creates media circus

By Ned Cantwell Why couldn’t it have been Portales? Deming? Socorro? I mean, who ever heard of Eagle, Colo.? Just about the whole world, is all. Some little New Mexico town could have been famous if Kobe Bryant had misbehaved there. Thirty-five satellite trucks showed up in Eagle, Colo., so television viewers the world over […]

Family follows the cowboy code

By Dave Gragg Family members say Clarence Fought was a cowboy at heart. And he took the cowboy code to heart. Out of respect for that code, his family decided they would pay him one final tribute. “He was an old cowboy, and old cowboys buried each other,” said Clarence’s son, Dale Fought of Buckeye, […]

Rain doesn’t slow cowboys

By Eric Butler A cowboy’s work still has to go on even when it rains. Naturally then, the rodeo does also. The first full night of the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo went off on Thursday evening at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena — even if it wasn’t all as planned. No traditional […]

Girl’s spirit just a ghost story?

By Clyde Davis To be absolutely honest, I cannot remember whether my hand was squeezed before or after I woke up with a mild case of heartburn. The answer to that question is key to understanding what happened, and I can’t remember. If my hand was squeezed the first time I was in that drifting […]

Warning: Cactus sap can be hazardous

Tibor Machan Back in the early 1970s a friend of mine in the Louisiana state house told me a lesson he learned. Trying to indicate to his colleagues the absurdity of government micromanagement of the state’s economy. He introduced a bill that would have government regulate water diviners. By his lights, these folks were not […]