Carbon tax may be best way to halt polluters

Freedom Newspapers Michigan Congressman John Dingell, a Democrat who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, through which any major climate change measures must pass, is calling the bluff of colleagues who demand that something, anything, everything be done to address global warming. And while Dingell’s gambit might backfire, given the atmosphere of alarmism that […]

Race brakes for breakfast in Portales

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Amid cheers and whistles from bystanders, participants in the 25th annual Great American Race rolled in for a breakfast pit stop Tuesday in Portales at the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce volunteers were on hand to serve the Great Race participants and staff a hearty breakfast […]

Tadpoles tough out western terrain

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The water in the barrow ditch was alive with something bigger than bugs. The water was moving, bubbling. I had to pull off the road and park my bicycle. I peered into the murky, algae-rimmed rut and saw tadpoles. Hundreds of tadpoles were swimming around and doing what tadpoles do […]

Death difficult to grasp

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When we first decided to travel to Rome, I told my children we were going to visit my parents’ home because my grandmother was dying. I didn’t hide the fact she was ill, and that this was the last time I would see her. I also explained that my parents and […]

Cage fights draw strong support

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Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brandon Head of Prime Performance Boxing and MMA captured his match against Jonathan Petit of Kensu Studio of Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Despite the wind and rain blowing in through the side of the arena Curry County Fairgrounds, more than 600 fans gathered to see watch cage fighters […]

Movie persona relationship killer

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I learned from an early age that every story worth telling needs a beginning, a conflict and an end. Now, the story of my summers. There’s the beginning, when I’m talking with my dad about all of the movies I want to see. There’s the end, where I’m instead making […]

Summer seminarian

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CNJ staff photo: Helena Rodriguez John Trambley, a second-year seminarian, is spending the summer in a priestly internship at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales, learning firsthand about his future career as a man of the cloth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer John Trambley believes he was called to the priesthood over several years […]

Congress left with no choice but to fund war

Freedom Newspapers C ongress finally has done what seemed inevitable from the outset, passing a bill late Thursday that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through Sept. 30, to the tune of about $95 billion. And it’s without a timetable for beginning the withdrawal of American troops or even imposing standards regarding troop training, […]

Zias get offseason makover

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — To say the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team will have a different look in 2007-08 could be considered a serious understatement. Only four players who were active on last year’s 14-12 squad (5-9 Lone Star Conference South) will be back, plus redshirts Erica Cook and […]

Child-like faith, hope, helpful when trying to say goodbye

Anita Doberman Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, before going […]

amos feels summer heat

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i have decided that winter must be over and i have put away my mittens […]

Saying goodbye never easy

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, […]

Mother’s Day lesson one to remember

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist One Mother’s Day many years ago, I got in trouble at church for talking during the Sunday morning service. I was sitting in the balcony of the old church at eighth and Hinkle. The church was packed that day, but Mother’s Day was not on my mind. I had just […]

Eastern adds forensics program to offerings

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — High-tech crime-solving science called forensics is a big part of TV crime dramas these days. But as the science has evolved over the last few years in the real world, the supply of forensic scientists hasn’t kept up with the demand. It’s that demand that faculty and administration […]

NCOs are the ones who make things happen

Lt. Col. Michael Deitz I recently attended the base’s NCO promotion ceremony where I listened to the oaths of the new NCOs, SNCOs, and Chief. I’ve attended these ceremonies many times before and I can’t remember how many times I’ve heard the oaths. This time, however, I paid closer attention. Instead of smiling and being […]

Homefront Quilters

Janet Taylor-Birkey Comprised of local chapters, Operation Homefront Quilts makes quilts for the parents, spouses and children up to age three who had a loved one die in the war effort. Caprock Quilters, Cannon’s local chapter of Operation Homefront Quilts, have made and sent more than 174 quilts in two years, making them the largest […]

NCO remembers helping hand

2nd Lt. George Tobias The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is one of the four foundations funded by the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF), but is, perhaps, the most notable for Airmen. AFAS assists Airmen of need, and according to one Cannon Airman, that is just what it has done. Tech. Sgt. Heather Jones, 27th […]