Roadside bombs remain top threat in Iraq

By Tom Philpott: Military Update AL FAW PALACE, BAGHDAD — His voice is as flat and unemotional as one might hope to hear from someone trained to disarm and dispose of bombs. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Hamaker, 31, is an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with EOD Mobile Unit 8, out of U.S. […]

Portales’ Heritage Days has variety of events, family fun

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Whether people want to play poker riding a motorcycle or watch competitors carry 50-pound peanut bags and hurdle obstacles, the 2005 Heritage Days in Portales will offer many activities for families. The 2005 Annual Heritage Days will kick off with the Pioneer of the Year reception Friday and […]

Happy to be back to the bare essentials

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When my wife Marilyn departed for that Great Classroom in the Sky, my grocery list got civilized. Before she left I did the shopping for several months, but suddenly I no longer had to buy gourmet ingredients found in her confusing cook books. Today I live simply on bare essentials […]